The temple of Tulja Bhavani is the devoted Bhavani goddess. The temple is situated in the Osmanabad district town of Tuljapur in Maharashtra. The temple is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas. During the 12th century CE, Tulja Bhavani temple was built. She is the Bhosale Royal family’s Kuldevi, Yadavs and many more. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maratha Kingdom’s founder, was Tulja Bhavani’s ardent devotee, and she gave him a’ Bhawani sword’ that brought success in his various expeditions.
The main entrance is called Nimbalkar Sardar. The two entrances are named after the parents of Shivaji Maharaj, Shahaji and Jija bai. There is a temple in front of the main temple dedicated to sage Markandeya Rishi and a Holy Firepit. Two libraries are located in the temple complex. Devotees take a dip in the shallow water tanks of’ Gomukh Theerth’ and’ Kallol Theerth’ before they reach the Sanctum. In the temple premises, there is a temple of Siddhi Vinayak, Amruth Kund, Aadishakti Matangadevi, Annapurna temple, and Datta temple. Goddess ‘ “self-manifested” idol consists of granite stone. This 3 ft high idol has eight hands holding the head and arms of the demon Mahishasura. Sometimes identified as Turaja, Tvarita and Amba are the goddess Tulja.
Tuljabhavani Temple History
There are several legends related to the temple of Tulja Bhavani. According to the legend, both on earth and on heaven, demon Matanga once wrought havoc. Gods have turned to Lord Brahma for help, unable to find any solution. He guided them to Goddess Shakti, who was driven by the other Mata (Sapta) including Varahi, Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Kaumari Indrani, and Sambhavi, who killed the Matanga demon and restored harmony.
History also notes that Bhavani, who took the form of a bull, also killed the demon Mahisha. He took the shelter on Balaghat Mountain Range’s Yamunachala hill. Another legend is a sage’s “Kardam” story. His wife “Anubuti” made a penance to appease Goddess Bhavani on the banks of the river Mandakini. “Kukur,” she was shocked by a ghost. Goddess, therefore, came to her rescue and killed the “Kukur” demon.
How to Reach Tuljabavani Temple
The nearest airport is located at Osmanabad which is 15 km away from Tulja Bhavani temple.
The nearest railway station is Umaid which is 15 km away from Tulja Bhavani Temple.
Tuljapur is located at an equal distance from Mumbai and Pune. Private vehicles and state-owned buses are also available to reach the temple.
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- Kyriad Hotel Solapur
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Near By Places to visit near Tuljabhavani Temple Tuljapur
- Ghat Shila Temple
- Kallol Tirth Tank