Believed to be built somewhere in the 12th century, Tulja Bhavani Temple is an important Hindu pilgrimage center in Maharashtra. It is said that any mention of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is incomplete without the mention of his tremendous faith in the goddess Tulja Bhavani. Not on Shivaji, many royal families were the firm believers of Tulja Bhavani. Besides, Tulja Bhavani is believed to be one of the ‘Shaktipeethas’ of Goddess Durga. Moreover, many royal families of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka are firm believers of Tulja Bhavani.
The Main Sanctum of the Temple
Inside the temple sanctum, a three feet tall granite idol of goddess Bhavani is gracefully adorned. The goddess has eight hands holding different attributes in each. The goddess is also known as Amba. To reach the main sanctum there are two entrances, Raja Shahaji Mahadwar and Rajmata Jijau. While entering the temple, tourists would come across Markandeya Rishi Temple and Yajna Kund. Sanctum of the temple is surrounded by many other shrines like Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Aadishakti Matangadevi Temple, and Annapoorna Temple.
History Behind the Temple
The history behind the temple goes like this: to disturb the feelings of Hindus and provoke a battle, Afzal Khan destroyed the image of Tulja Bhavani. Therefore due to an act of retribution, Afzal Khan was killed at Pratapgad. History of the temple is briefly mentioned in ‘Skanda Purana.
Best Time to Visit
Gudi Padva, Rathasaptami, and Navaratri is the best time to visit the Tulja Bhavani Temple. A Huge procession accompanied with drummers, musicians, and dancers take place during the Tulja Bhavani Temple.
- Morning Abhishek Puja : Starts at 7:00 AM
- Evening Abhishek Puja : Starts at 7:00 PM
- All other Puja's can be performed any time in between 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Gajanan Bhanudas Lasane (Main Priest), Mankawati Galli, Tuljapur -413601
How to Reach
To reach the temple in Tuljapur, tourists can get buses from Osmanabad, Solapur, Barshi, and Latur. Further, take another bus or a taxi to approach the temple.
Tuljapur temple is located in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, which brims with many top rates tourists attractions. Have a look at the list of attractions mentioned below:
- Vitthal Temple
- Naldurg Fort
- Paranda Fort
- Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple
- Shri Siddeshwar Temple
- Rukmini Temple
- Bhuikot Fort