Shri Tulja Bhavani
Tuljabhavani is important and most revered godess in Maharashtra. Lord Tuljabhavani is Famous and family Deity(Kul-daiwata) of people over all India. She is also described as the impressive and formidable Goddess in Hindu Puranas, who is known to combat demons and evil forces and maintain the moral order and righteousness in the universe.
Tuljabhavani also known as 'Turja' is amongst three and half (sade teen) goddess centers (shaktipeethas) of Maharashtra and fifty one shakipeethas of India. She is also fondly revered as Aai (mother) Ambabai, Jagdamba, Tukai by her devotees who throng in millions to Tuljapur for her Darshan and for seeking her blessings.
In ancient India there was a king named Dushyanta. His son's name was Bharat. India is named after this Bharat. In the ancient India there were two forests named Naimishya Aranya and Dandakaryna. Marathawada which is part of Maharashtra is situated in this ancient Dandakaryna. This was known as Yamunachala Parvat (mountain) alias Balaghat. Tuljapur is situated in the hilly area of Yamunachala. In this area the self-immerged idol (Swaymbhu Murti) which is made of Shaligram (nonperishable stone) is situated. The installation (Sthapana) of the godess is not static but dynamic as compared to other temples. In other temples idol is fixed or static. But here the idol is not static but it is 'chala' i.e. it can be moved. The installation ceremony of this idol was done by Adya Shankaracharya on Sriyantra in ancient times. By nonstatic or 'Chala' it means that this idol is taken out from SriYantra thrice a year for pradakhina and once the pradaskina or pratikrama is done by the idol along with SriYantra, Mahadeo and Khanderao.
Idol of Tuljabhavani: The idol of the deity is the original idol (Swaymbhu Murti) which is made of Shaligram (black nonperishable stone). The installation of the idol of deity is of 'Devipanchayatana' type. The idol is having eight hands. One hand is holding the hairs of a monster or Daitya and other hand contains Trishula or trident which is piercing the chest of the monster or Daitya. Below the leg of the idol lies Daitya or monster Mahishasura in whose chest the Trishula or trident appears to be inserted. This shows that the deity is killing the monster Mahishasura. On the right hand of the idol a lion is there which is 'Wahana' (vehicle of the deity on which the deity usually rides). Near the idol one can see the sage or Rishi Markendeya who is reciting Puranas or Hindu mythology. There is image of moon near the idol. One can see the image of sun on the right hand of the idol. In each hand of the idol one can see weapons or Ayudhas like Chakra, Gada, Trishula, Ankush, Dhanu, Pash. On the right side of the idol one can observe lady Anubhuti worshiping the deity. The lady Anubhati was the wife of Brahmin Kardama. Above the head of the idol there is small idol or 'Pindi' of lord Mahadeva. Also there is Swayanbhu Muguta or self-immerged crown on the head of the deity.
There are three types of 'Nidras' or slumber of Deity are Mohnidra, Ghornidra and Mayanidra.
Gomukha Tirtha, Kallola Tirtha, Mankavatee Tirth and Paapa-nashee Tirtha are the four tirthas around the temple.
The Festival Of Full moon day of Chaitra, The festival of goddess Shakambharee Navaratra and The festival of Sharadiya are the annual festivals of this temple.
Many Hotels are available for the accommodation of the pilgrims. Can stay in Hotel Darshan, Shivneri Lodge, Bhaktavatsal Lodge, Hotel Bhaktavatsal, Siddhi Lodge Executive, Kings Executive, Parvati Lodge etc.,
Temple is located in a distance of Osmanabad 30Kms and from Solapur Railway Station 45Kms. Nearest Solapur Airport is in 50Kms to reach by Air.
Buses are available for every 30mints from Solapur and Osmanabad cities.
- 5:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m, Morning Abhishek Puja : Starts at 7:00 A.M and Evening Abhishek Puja : Starts at 7:00 P.M
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