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
ates that troubled by the havoc caused by demon Matanga, the gods approached Goddess Bhavani for her help. She took the form of destroyer and killed the demon.A third legend states that Goddess Bhavani slayed demon, Mahisha who was disguised as a buffalo. She then took sanctuary on the Yamunachala hill where the temple is located today.This temple is part of famous Sade Theen Shakthipeet Darshan Yatra.
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
the sanctum. A temple of Siddhivinayak and goddess Annapurna are also present in the main complex.The idol of Goddess Tulja Bhawani is believed to be 'swayambhu'(self-existing)Pic courtesy: "Tuljabhavani Mandir Mahadwar (Main entrance gate)" by Anjali Sajan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org
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
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.
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.
Flour, rice, saree, bangles are the main offerings at Tulja BhavaniTemple.
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