Tulja Bhavani – A Popular Hindu Temple
Located in the city of Tuljapur in the Osmanabad district of the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Tulja Bhavani Temple is a popular Hindu temple, devoted to Goddess Bhavani and attracts pilgrims from all over the country in large numbers.
The temple happens to be the second among all the 51 holy shakti peethas in the country. Shivaji Maharaj, the popular founder of the entire Maratha Kingdom was an ardent devotee of Goddess Bhavani and would often visit this temple to seek her blessings. It is also said that the king was awarded with a powerful sword, known as the Bhavani Sword by the goddess herself to help him win in all his expeditions.
The idol of the goddess in the temple is believed to be self manifested. The grand entrance to the temple is called Sardar Nimbalkar, and the remaining two entrances to the shrine are titled after Shivaji’s parents, Raja Shahaji and Rajmata Jijavu.
The temple follows a list of ritual on a daily basis, such as the Chaughada, the Charantirtha, the Abhishek, the Dhup Aarti, another Abhishek, followed by Shejarti.
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