Location : Near solapur | Category : Religious Places | Distance from Pune : 291 KMs
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The sacred town of Tuljapur lies in the Osmanabad district. Home to the mighty Hindu Goddess Bhavani, this immense ancient temple is perched on the deep slope of the hill Yamunachal. Bhavani, representing both ferocity and compassion, is the ‘Kuldaivat’ (family deity) of not only the Bhosales (progeny of Shivaji) but also of several families in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. 
 
Built by ardent devotee Shivaji Maharaj in 1661, it is believed that he took her blessing before every battle and was presented with the Bhavani Sword by the Goddess herself. This breath taking temple complex adorned with a sculptured Mahadwaar leads to the main temple after a flight of 30 steps. Shrines dedicated to Vithal-Rukmini and Dattatraya can be seen to the right and left respectively. The imposing yet serene idol of the Bhavani Maata seated on a lion holds  different ‘astras’ in her 8 arms and a leg on the Mahishasur. 
 
Being one of the ‘Shakti Peeths’, it is a highly revered and popular worship place which is flocked by thousands of devotees during Navratra or Dasara.  The pooja begins at 5 am and Abhishek at 7am every day. Usually it is highly crowded on weekends and on special occasions and may take upto 3 hours in the queue. 
 
Tuljapur is a hassle-free destination where direct buses are available from Solapur (43KM away) or Osmananbad (30km). It lies on the Solapur-Dhulia road on NH 211. Beware from dupes who claim to give you a direct ‘Darshan’. Strict and unbiased rules for ‘Darshan’ are followed here. 
 
Closely located are Fort Naldurg and Dharashi Caves.
 
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By Arvind Joshi
03 Jan 2014

I visited Tuljapur after almost 10 years and found that the place was changed a lot on the outside. Vendors and beggars flocked at me which I found very irritating but did not fall prey to any of them. The darshan was beautiful and I felt immense peace within myself. The system of lining up good and effective in crowd controlling. And the funny part was the rotating stone which answers your questions by rotating clockwise or anti clockwise! Though my children laughed at me for believing such a thing, the stone always says the truth! Try it for yourself!

By Ajit R
03 Jan 2014

We opted for the ‘Mukhadarshan’ where we got to see the idol from far as I had my old parents with me. But the facilities were impressive. The queue was moving systematically fast and place to sit for the elders was also made. We also used a palanquin for my parents who found it difficult to climb up and down the temple. Sweepers are in large numbers to keep the place clean. I was thoroughly delighted though darshan took almost 4 hours.

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