One of the most sacred destinations in Keonjhar is the temple of MaaTarini in Ghatagaon. Ghatagaon Keonjhar is popular to the tourists because of the holy temple of MaaTarini.MaaTarini is the other name for Goddess Shakti. She is one of the most sacred deities in Orissa. Every year thousands of tourists come to visit MaaTarini’s temple in Keonjhar. There are a number of legends regarding MaaTarini.
Once GovindaBhanja a Commander in chief prayed to MaaTarini to travel with him to Keonjhar. Finally the Goddess granted his wish and promised to go to Keonjhar with him only if he does not look back to see MaaTarini. GovindaBhanja could not keep his promise and MaaTarini in Ghatagaon, Keonjhar turned into stone.Ghatagaon, Keonjhar is in the midst of a wild forest. Tourists and pilgrims from all over worship MaaTarini in the forests of GhatagaonKeonjhar. A number of festivals takes place in Ghatagaon, Keonjhar at the holy temple of MaaTarini. This is one of the important holy places in Keonjhar Orissa. Tuesday and Saturday is observed as the day of Maa. The puja is done by Dehuri, a tribal group that follows the rites and rituals of the Puja. Devotees gather in large numbers to follow the Puja. The Goddess is sacred and important to the tourists.Besides the important Pujas offered here, Ghatagaon, Keonjhar is also famous for the festival. The important festivals are MakaraSankranti, MahaVisubhaSankranti and the Raja Sankranti.