]] Tara (Skt. Tārā; Tib. སྒྲོལ་མ་, Drolma; Wyl. sgrol ma), 'She who Liberates' — a female deity associated with compassion and enlightened activity. There are different forms of Tara, such as the Eight Taras who Protect from Fear and the Twenty-One Taras, but the most popular are Green Tara, who is associated mainly with protection, and White Tara, who is associated with longevity.
It is said that Tara first manifested out of tears shed by Avalokiteshvara.
According to Jetsün Kushok Chimey Luding, Tara sadhanas are Kriya Tantra practices or originate from Kriya Tantra. Some, such as the Praise to the Twenty-One Taras only involve a front visualisation, while others, for example the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik also have self-visualisation. Whichever is the case, it is important to observe Kriya Tantra practice requirements of purity through cleanliness, avoiding eating meat and so on. That is why, Jetsun Kushok adds, Tara practices, and especially Mañjushri practices, are best done in the morning before you have eaten any meat.