In the Mahavidyas, Maa Tara comes next to Kali. Maa Tara closely resembles Kali in appearance. And just as Maa Kaali, Tara too displays gentle yet fierce aspects. Maa Tara is said to be more approachable to the devotees because of her maternal instincts. Tara meaning star is seen as a beautiful but perpetually self-combusting goddess.
Mata Tara is described as seated in the Pratyalidha Asana, on the heart of a corpse, supreme, laughing horribly, holding a cleaver, blue lotus, dagger, and a bowl, uttering the mantra Hum; she is colored blue, her hair braided with serpents, the Ugratara. She bestows all supernatural powers.
Mainly Tara is a form of Durga or Parvati. Tara is the Sakti who ferries Her devotees across the worldly ocean. She protects Her devotees from Daihika (relating to body), Daivika (relating to destiny) and Bhautika (relating to worldly affairs). She is the most benevolent mother who constantly liberates the distressed souls, wandering in many different Yonis or life forms. Tara is described as a giver of siddhis (supernatural powers), a rescuer from all troubles. Tara is a granter of all desires and rewards, including ultimate knowledge and moksha (salvation).
Thus, here are 7 Goddess Tara Mantras to chant in her name for blessings.
Goddess Tara Mantras
1. Ekakshari Tara Mantra (1 Syllable Mantra)
2. Tin Akshari Tara Mantra (3 Syllables Mantra)
ॐ हूं स्त्रीं हूं॥
Om Hum Streem Hum॥
3. Chaturakshar Tara Mantra (4 Syllables Mantra)
ॐ ह्रीं ह्रीं स्त्रीं हूं॥
Om Hreem Hreem Streem Hum॥
4. Panchakshari Tara Mantra (5 Syllables Mantra)
ॐ ह्रीं त्रीं ह्रुं फट्॥
Om Hreem Treem Hum Phat॥
5. Shadakshar Tara Mantra (6 Syllables Mantra)
ऐं ॐ ह्रीं क्रीं हूं फट्॥
Aim Om Hreem Kreem Hum Phat॥
6. Saptakshar Tara Mantra (7 Syllables Mantra)
ॐ त्रीं ह्रीं, ह्रूं, ह्रीं, हुं फट्॥
Om Treem Hreem, Hrum, Hreem, Hum Phat॥
7. Hansa Tara Mantra
ऐं स्त्रीं ॐ ऐं ह्रीं फट् स्वाहा॥
Aim Streem Om Aim Hreem Phat Svaha॥