Tulja Bhavani Temple (Marathi: श्री क्षेत्र तुळजा भवानी देवस्थान) is a Hinduism temple of Goddess Bhavani. Tuljapur is one of the important pilgrim center in Maharashtra and a peaceful and calm city located on the Bala ghat Hills of the Sahayadri Ranges, in the Osmanabad District, Maharashtra and 650 meters above the sea level and on the Sholapur – Aurangabad highway, 45 km away from Solapur.
Tuljapur was formerly called Chinchpur, the Land of Tamarind Trees. This temple was constructed dates back as to much as in the 12th Century.
Tuljabhavani is most regarded Goddess in Maharashtra. This is family goddess (kuldaivata) of many families in Maharashtra and other states. Tuljabhavani is also called ‘Turja’ is amongst the Sadhe Teen Shakti Peeth (three and half) Devi (Goddess) centers in Maharashtra and 51 Shakti Peeth in India. Tuljabhavani is also lovingly respected as Aai (mother) Ambabai, Jagdamba, Tukai these are other names of Tuljabhavani, devotees use to call Devi.
This is the family deity of the Bhosale Royal family. The founder of the Maratha kingdom, Shivaji Maharaj always visited this temple to the blessings of Goddess. It legend that the Goddess gave a sword Shivaji Maharaj- ‘the Bhawani sword’ – for success in his expeditions.
In the Garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) is the Holy Idol (Murti) of the goddess Tuljabhavani, which is believed to be the self manifested idol (Swayambhu Murti). The image about three feet in height and made of granite. The Devi has eight arms which carry various Ayudhas (weapons) in this order.
The lowermost right hand holds a Trident, the next one a Dagger, above this an Arrow and the topmost right hand wields the Chakra. The upper left hand holds Shankh, next is a Bow, the third one carries a bowl and the lower most left hand holds the knot of hair on the head of the Asur (Demon). The right leg is planted tightly on the body of Mahishasur, the Demon that Goddess killed, and the left leg on the ground. Ornaments like earrings, kundalas, necklaces etc. are, carved on the image. The Goddess rides a lion which is her vahan (carrier)
The festivals of Navratri, Gudi Padva and Makar Sankranti are a best time to visit the Tulja Bhavani and participate in the Temple celebrations.
Sharadeeya Navaratri : This festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwina. It begins from the first day of Ashwina (Pratipada) and closes on, the fifteenth day (pournima – full moon day). Goddess Bhavani sleeps on the special auspicious bed (bed or palanga) on the eighth day of the second phase of Bhadrapada month. Goddess is requested to wake up on Aashwin
|| सर्व मंगलमांगल्ये शिवे सर्वार्थसाधिके | शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणि नमोस्तुते ||
Pratipada She is installed on the throne and worshiped with suitable rituals. Then there is the beginning ritual (Ghata-Sthapana). Every night the idol is decorated and ornamented in different forms and incarnation of Devi.
This is an important and magnificent function in which, the imitation of Deity’s holy idol, made of silver is placed on the chariot decorated with colorful sculpts of lions, elephants, horses, bulls, eagles and peacocks, shown as carriers and the procession moves on.
Drum beaters and devotees singing with devotional songs walks along with procession. The devotee’s carries the Chariot on their shoulders. The procession encircles (Parikrama) the temple with religious passion. The event is celebrated on the full Moon (pornima) night.
Daily Devi Puja And Rituals
|Time||Rituals or Ceremony|
|Early Morning 4.00am||On the Main entrance door, with Drumming it’s declared the Daily Morning Rituals being in progress.|
|Early Morning 5.00am||Charan Teerth Puja. मुखप्रक्षालन व चरणतीर्थ पूजा|
|Morning 7.00am||Abhishek Puja|
|Noon 12.00||Prayer Puja|
|Evening 7.00m pm||Abhishek Puja|
|Night 9.00 – 9.30 pm||Temple Closing|