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Tulja Bhavani Temple | Maharashtra, Osmanabad

Holding the head of the slain Mahishasura and weapons in her outstretched eight hands, stands the imposing deity of Goddess Bhavani, the 'kuldevi' for the martial clans of Maharashtra. Her abode, Tulja Bhavani temple, built in 12th century is among the Shaktipeeths. It is the family deity of the Bhosale Royal family, the Yadavs and of many other families belonging to different castes. Chhatrapati Shivaji is said to have been an ardent devotee and always religiously visited  the temple. It is believed that the Goddess gifted him a sword - 'the Bhavani sword' , a blessing for his victory.


Many legends are associated with the origin of the Tulja Bhavani temple. The main legend mentions the story of sage Kardam's wife Anubuti, who after her husband's demise performed a penance at the banks of river Mandakini. While performing the worship, the demon Kukur tried to distract her. The Goddess came to the defence of Anubuti and vanquished the demon. From that day onwards, Goddess Bhavani came to be known as Tulja Bhavani.Another legend s...View more


The main entrance of the shrine is named after Sardar Nimbalkar while the other two after the parents of Shivaji. At the Sardar Nimbalkar entrance, there is a temple dedicated to Markandeya Rishi. The main temple is reached after descending a series of stairs. There is 'yagna kund' (Holy Fire pit) in front of the temple. In the Gomukh Theerth on the right side and  Kallol Theerth on the left side, devotees can take a holy dip before entering...View more

Darsan Info

Tulja Bhavani Temple timings - 5.00 AM to 9:30 PM
Dharam darshan where you can go inside the Garbha griha takes a longer time compared to Mukh darshan where you see the idol from around 30 feet. Avoid people who ask money to give you quick darshan of the deity.

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Darsan Dresscode

Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative clothing while visiting Tulja Bhavani Temple. According to local beliefs, married women are supposed to enter the temple wearing green bangles.


Tuljapur town and the temple is closely associated to the Bhonsale clan to which Chattrapati Shivaji belonged to and hence an important cultural location in the Maratha history. The town welcomes a huge number of people during the navratri festival, when the Tulja fair is also held.

Language Spoken:Marathi

Location and Contact

Mahadwar Road, Tuljapur, Osmanabad, Maharashtra 413601
+91 9449515766

The Tulja Bhavani Temple can be reached by-
By road/rail - Long distance buses and trains are available from major cities in India to Solapur. From Solapur regular buses and taxis ply to and from Tuljapur.                                    
By air - Though Solapur is the nearest airport it does not have good connectivity with other cities of the country. Hence it would be better to fly to Mumbai or Pune and then travel by road/rail to Solapur

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Temple Rituals

Temple priests perform rituals like Puja, Abhishek, aarti etc at Tulja Bhavani. During every Aarti,  musical instruments such as tal, dimdi and zanj are played.

Regular Offerings

Flour, rice, saree, bangles are the main offerings at Tulja BhavaniTemple.

Special rituals

Before the Puja starts, the large drums in the drum house (Nagarkhana) of Tulja Bhavani temple are played loudly. It is a call to prayers for the devotees.

famous Festivals

April - Gudi Padva (Mar/April)
October - Navrathri, Vijayadashami

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