Tuljapur Travel Guide
Kulaswamini: Tutelary Deity of Maharashtra
Tuljapur, the abode of holiest of the holy goddess Kulaswamini, is a consecrated pilgrim centre in Maharashtra, almost 430 km to the South East of Mumbai. Tuljapur Kulswamini is the patron deity of Maharashtra and there are tales of Goddess’s miraculous blessing on Shiva ji, the great Maratha who attributed his many conquests to his kul devi (patron god).The holy temple of Ma Bhavani appeals in many ways and one of which is its turmeric and vermillion tinged exuberant carvings on the temple top. Inside the precincts, the goddess welcomes one in the same searing gaze and ferocity as she blessed Shivaji with a divine sword. Revered by many, the Tulja Bhavani Mandir is thronged by more than 10,000 devotees on a daily basis in its prangan (common area).
The town of Tuljapur is located just few meters above the Bala Ghat plateau where the state highway descends into Solapur. Tuljapur is located 40 km from Solapur and 22 km from Osmanabad and the nearest landmark to the temple is ST Bus Station to the left of which descends the path to the temple.
How to Reach Tuljapur
How to Reach Tuljapur Airways: The Airport at Aurangabad is the nearest air strip linked to Mumbai and Delhi. Aurangabad airport is 257 km 4 ½ hours drive from Tuljapur.
How to Reach Tuljapur Railways: Solapur Railway Station is the nearest rail station at 40 km from Tuljapur. You get a good connectivity from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad at Solapur Railway Station.
How to Reach Tuljapur By Road: MSRTC buses ply between Tuljapur (bus every 2 hours starting 7:30 am), Pune ( Swargate, 6:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 10 pm; 7 hrs trip), Mumbai (Dadar; 7:10, 10 hrs), Thane (4.45 pm; 10 hrs), Nagpur, Shirdi and Solapur. The nearest bus station is at Mahabaleshwar. Tuljapur Bus Station is located in Osmanabad district.
This site was built a small temple to pay his earnest orisons to the small idol which was discovered by him at Dhakte Tuljapur (the young Tuljapur). The shrine is located 2 km south of the temple area.
Bharti Buwa Mutt
Timings: early morning to 8:00 pm
The folklore says that on the pious piece of land goddess enjoys the game of chausar or saripat (the game of dice). Bharti Buwa Mutt is located 4 — 5 km from the Tulja Bhawani Mandir area and more precisely from the main temple grounds. The saint Bharti Buwa after whom the mutt in named is considered to be an incarnation of the mighty Hindu Lord Shiva and as believed the goddess plays the dice game with the saint everyday in the evening. A unique practice of the place is evoking and calling the goddess back to the temple area after the game is supposed to be over. Visitors are shown the pieces that are said to move each day.
Located on the Solapur- Tuljapur Road, Paapnashi Tirth is said to be the kund where once Lord Indra bathed in the waters of the pool. Since then the waters of the pool instilled some medicinal properties in it. The Papnashini Tirth opens from early morning to 7 pm.
Ghat Sheel has some mythological connection and as epics mention, Lord Rama passed this way in search of his wife Sita. Tulja Bhawani stood on the rocks to show him the way.
Sant Garib Mutt
This place is also known as Dasvatari Mutt and lies adjacent to the temple of Tulja Bhawan in Osmanabad. The temple exteriors are painted as with frescoes of ten avatars of Lord Vishnu as depicted in the mythology.
Tuljapur Attractions & Tourist Places
Tulja Bhawani Mandir Legend and Architecture
The Tulja Bhawani Mandir architecture reflects the 12th century Hemaad Panthi architectural style where intricate carvings and stout gopurams were the order of the day. An unending stone wall separates the temple from rest of the town in sheer holiness. In its mythological streak Tulja Bhawani Mandir is constructed on the same strip of land where Mahisasur’s slain head fell in a fierce battle between him and Goddess Bhawani, who was borne out of fire pillars created by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Indoors, the main temple sphere, the chala moorti (moving idol), is the main statuette of the holy sanctum sanctorum. As said before Afzal Khan’s attack on the temple the goddess appeared in the dreams of pujari and conveyed him the impeding danger. It was then that the idol was shifted to safer place.
Tuljapur Bhawani Mandir
After when you cross the car parking zone, there stands two huge appliquéd entrance gates Raje Shahaji Mahadwar and Rajmata Jijau Mahadwar. On the left side of the Bhawani Mandir is a stone tank called as Kallol Tirth, the water of the tank has curative properties. Strolling few meters ahead is located Gomukh Tirth where water flows out of cow-like structure. Gomukh Tirth is equal to Ganges in value and significance. Next comes the Vishnu Tirth located on the eastern side of the north eastern side of the temple. It is famed for its piousness and stone steps that lead to its three entrances.
The main temple area a sabha mandap made of stone pillars sacredly nurtures images of all gods and goddesses. Centrally located the temple mandap has two side entrance supported by many pillar. In the garbha is beautifully carved, gold-laden statuette of Tulja Bhwani. On fine and festive days, the idol is fine gold and silver jewelleries. One noticed ornament is the gold necklace that bears the name of ‘Chattarpati Shivaji’ on its each piece. Aside these other notable things are marble lion, the silver bed of goddess, her simhasan and Shivalinga.
Stepping out of the temple there is a round stone like structure called as Chintamani, the goddess who helps take right decision. Smaller shrines of Matangi, Yamee Devi, khandoba and Narimsha occupy little spaces inside the temple. A very special palanquin with hand painted imageries of birds and animals is kept safe and used on Tuesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Full moon days to carry the goddess.
Timings: 5:30 am-10 pm; 1 am- 10:30 pm during the festivals
The goddess is offered panchamruta abhishekams from 7 in the morning till noon and 7 in evening till 10 in the night. Devotees can seek darshan between noon and 7 pm. Darshans are not closed for those who don’t participate in the abhishekams.
Driving Directions Tuljapur
Tuljapur is nestled in the Osmanabad district, Sahyadrfi ranges of Maharashtra, Western India. The Tulja Bhavani temple is centuries old holy sanctum buillt the warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji. Tulja Bhavani was the family deity of King Shivaji. This place is a fabulous center of pilgrimage flocked by million of pilgrims every year. The major airport to this region is Lohegaon airport in Pune, Western India. It is more than 247 Kms away from Tuljapur. The other near by airport of rail the region includes a Latur domestic airport(63 Kms), Nanded airport(189Kms), and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(257 Kms). The Sholapur junction is the nearest rail head which is 45 Kms away from Tuljapur. The NH 211 is the major road link which connects the Tulajpur region with Mumbai, Chennai, Gujarat, Hyderabad and other regions of South India.
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A good deal of accommodation, hotels, lodges and budget class staying places are found near the Tulja Bhawani Mandir. Rooms and stay arrangements are available in abundance near and around Tuljapur Temple area. Pilgrims can stay in Mandir dharamshalas which provide free of cost service as a part of religious services. The town of Tuljapur is abuzz with hotels, lodges and dormitories for tourists who seek blessings in the feet of goddess Tulja Bhawani. Accommodation is moderately good with standard facilities for fooding and darshan.
A row of hotels, ranging from the upper budget quality to medium to lower budget quality, dot the vicinage near the Tulja Bhawani Temple area and main area of Tuljapur. Rated accordingly, the stay arrangements proffer moderately good facilities that are decent choices to spend quality religious holidays in Tuljapur. Surrounded in a religious aureole of the goddess’s grace, there is a unique environment that clams the mind. Clean rooms, courteous staff, tasty Maharashtrian food and excellent budget facilities suffice the purpose of stay at this holy place.
Some of the hotels that provide good stay arrangements are Son of the Sun Hotel, Darshan Lodge, Shivneri Hotel, Shri Lodge, Pawar Durg Lodge and MTDC Tourist Lodge.
Eat n Dine
Pawan Durga Lodge and Shri Lodge in Tuljapur have restaurants that offer Maharashtrian and Punjabi dishes. However, the pujaris at Bhavani Mandir offer tasty Maharashtrian food for Rs 30 on a 30 minute advance notice.On special days, they also puran poli. Near by this temple, there are many small restaurants and shops which serve various types of authentic cuisines.
Shopping sell the popular ‘irkali’ saris, easily identifiable by their splendid checks, the dominant pattern. Solapur is famous for the designs and durability of its cotton bed sheets, sold in quiet a few shops in Tuljapur.
Tuljapur witnesses different types of weather which includes summers, monsoons and winters. More details on the weather conditions are as follows:
Summers: During the summer season, the temperature in Tuljapur ranges from 40 degree Celsius to minimum 31 degree Celsius. The weather in Tuljapur is extremely hot. March to June are the 4 months when the travelers can avoid going to Tuljapur.
Monsoons: The monsoons in Tuljapur are hot and humid. The whole region gets laced up in the lush green hue of the trees and grasslands. July to August are the 3 months when the travelers can think of making the short trips to various sanctums dotted in Tuljapur. The weather here is hot and humid.
Winters: The winters are extremely cooler and the temperature here ranges from maximum 20 degree Celsius to minimum 10 degree Celsius. November to February are the 4 months in the year when the travelers can most preferably plan to visit Tuljapur.
Tourists Offices in Tuljapur
Tourist Offices in Tuljapur: The tourist offices in Tuljapur are as follows:
Shri B.G. Ovhal, Resort Manager,
Tuljapur, Near Ghatshil Temple,
Dist – Usmanabad – 413 601
Useful Facts Tuljapur
Important Temples and sites: Tulja Bhavani Mandir, Ghat Sheel, Paapnashi Tirth, Dhakte Tuljapur , Bharati Buwa’s Mutt, Sant Garibnath Mutt
Location:A few steps below the hill known as Bala Ghat, in the Osmanabad District of Maharashtra.
Distances: 429 Km SE of Mumbai, 275 Km SE of Pune, 40 Km NE of Solapur, 19 Km South of Osmanbad.
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai-Pune; NH9 to solapur; NH211 to Tuljapur
Where to Eat: Pawan Durga Lodge and Shri Lodge Durgapur.
Holiday Check List Tuljapur
Before leaving your house, the travelers should take a few points in consideration which are as follows:
Empty your letter box
Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
Clear out the fridge.
Switch off the electric appliances
Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
Lock doors and windows
Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
Pay all due bills
Turn off gas/water/
Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice
Packing your luggage
Extra pair of socks
Jumper and track suits
Brochures or holiday book
Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
Film rolls and digital chargers
Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
Few non perishable eat tables
Books / magazines to read
Maps/ directions(when in car)
Photocopies of documents
Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad)
Small First Aid kit
Mosquito and insect repellent
Vitamin and medications
Personal hygiene items
Anti-infection lotion Toiletries
Banks and ATMs in Tuljapur
The banks and ATMs in Tuljapur are as follows:
State Bank Of Hyderabad: Bhavani Kripa building, Near state bus stand.
State Bank of India: Dist : Osmanabad, Maharashtra 413601
Axis Bank: CITY SURVEY NO. 834/1,NALDURG ROAD, TULJAPUR,DIST. OSMANABAD,MAHARASHTRA , PIN 413601.