Tulja Bhavani is the one of the three and half Shakti peethas(Sadetin Shakti peethas)(साडेतीन शक्तिपीठ) of Durga Devi. When we talking about Chhatrapayi Shivaji Maharaj it is important to mention his tremendous faith for the goddess Tulja Bhavani. Tulja Bhawani is the goddess of Maharashtra state also it is the family deity of Bhosale family. With Maharashtra she is also the deity of many people from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.
Tulja Bhavani temple is located on the hill of Balghat in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra. There are many festivals associated with this goddess among these Navaratri, Dusshera and Kojagiri Pournima are the main festivals, thousends of people come to Tuljapur on such occasions. In "Skanda Purana" the history of this temple is mentioned. This temple is build in 12th century CE. The idol of goddess Bhavani is made up in granite stone and it is 3 feet high. She has eight hands which holds different attributes in each. In one of her haand she holds head of Demon Mahishasura.
According to legends, Tulja Bhavani killed Matang with the help of seven other goddesses viz. Vaaraahi, Kaumari, Indraani, Shaambhavi, Bhrahmi and Vaishnavi. The goddess also killed the demon Mahishasura. Apart from leagend, this temple has important place in the history of the Maharashtra. Afzal Khan who is the one of the commender of Adil Shah's army was trying to destroy the idol of Tulja Bhawani to hurt the feelings of hindus and the Maratha King Shivaji Maharaja but finally he was killed by Shivaji Maharaja at Pratapgad.
Tourist Attraction Nearby TuljaBhavani Temple:
Chintamani: It is a popular religious destination, Chintamani is located at the outskirts of Tuljabhavani Temple.This temple is surrounded by several other temples of Matangi, Yamai Devi, Khandoba and Narasimha. Mostely this temple is visited by tourist on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Kallola Tirth: It is the giant water tank of size 40 feet by 20 feet in the Prakara temple of Tuljabhavani Temple. The legend has that the water of holy Ganga got settled into a tank on the order of Lord Brahma. Thus, while setting in the tank, it made a huge noise and therefore it was named as Kallola Tirth.
Akkalkot: This is the place of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj and he was a Indian Guru of the Dattatreya tradition (sampradaya). This place is about 75 kms from Tuljapur.
Pandharpur: This pilgrimage hosts the proudly “Vitthal-Rukmini” which is Kuldaivat of the Maharashtra state. Pandharpur is also known as the pilgrimage of the Varkari This place is about 115 kms from Tuljapur.
How to reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Pune (295 kms).
By Rail: Solapur (45 kms) is the nearest railway station from Tuljapur.
By Road: State Transport buses ply from all the major cities of Maharashtra.