Tuljapur, a peaceful city settled on the hills Yamunachala on the ranges of the Sahayadri region in Maharashtra near Sholapur, is located at an average elevation of about 650 meters above the sea level. It is a marvelous pilgrimage center in the state of Maharashtra. The place has been witnessing regular flow of tourists and pilgrims in the recent years. The town of Tuljapur was earlier known as Chinchpur, the land of tamarind trees. The major attraction of this scenic village is the holy temple dedicated to Goddess Bhavani, one of the forms of Goddess Durga. The village got its name from this temple known as Tulja Bahavani temple. The city is placed at the fag end location of the plateau from where the national highway proceeds to Solapur from Aurangabad. The scenic and attractive town had received much significance in the past centuries as well. The temple enjoyed a privileged and special position during the period of Bhonsale clan, the clan of Chatrapati Shivaji. It is believed that Goddess Tulja Bhavani was the family deity of the Bhonsale Kingdom. The dynamic town of Tuljapur is at its best with celebrations and adornments during Navaratri period, in which the temple festival offers eye catching festivities. Nearby places with significant tourist values include Akalkot and the temple town of Pandharpur. The fort of Naldurg and the Dharashiv caves are located at close proximity to Tuljapur. Tuljapur visit provide the visitors the praise worthy calmness and purity in mind.
Category : Pilgrim
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 2471
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Best Time to Visit: Oct – Mar
Tuljapur, the one amongst three and half Shakti Peethas (abodes of cosmic powers) of the state, is situated in Maharashtra, wherein resides the Mother Goddess Tulja Bhavani. 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. As a divine Mother, she protects her children from the sins of evil desires, selfishness, jealousy, hatred, anger and ego. At the same time, TuljaBhavani symbolizes the power of the Supreme Being that maintains moral order and righteousness in the universe. TuljaBhavani is also described as the impressive and formidable goddess in Hindu Puranas. She is known for combating demons who threaten the stability of the universe. She killed the Demon (asur) called Kukur, who, endowed with supernatural powers, had become arrogant and a great menace to the social and moral order of the day. When the Goddess appeared to kill him, the demon assumed the form of a ferocious buffalo (mahisha) and challenged her for a combat. She vanquished him in the battle and killed him and from then onwards, she became popularly known as “Mahishasur Mardini”, the one who killed the demon called Mahishasur. In Maharashtra, TuljaBhavani worship is of great antiquity and innumerable royal houses and their nobles have been devotees.
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By Air : Nearest airport to Tuljapur is at Pune. Taxi cabs are available from Pune to Tuljapur at a fare of Rs 2,000. Pune (290 km) is well connected by flights to the major cities in India.
By Train : Nearest railway station to Tuljapur is at Solapur, at a distance of 45 km away. Solapur is well connected to all major railway stations through broad gauge. Taxi cars are available on hire from Solapur to Tuljapur. Taxi fare is about Rs 700.
By BUS : State owned transport buses ply between Tuljapur and the nearest cities. The city is connected to Pune 290 km), Osmanabad (25 km), Mumbai (350 km), Nagpur (560 km) and Solapur (45 km) by buses.
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Budget – Up to Rs. 800
Pawan Hotel and Lodge ; Jijamata Nagar Tuljapur ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room Service
Economy – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Shree Hotel ; Jijamata Nagar Tuljapur ; Ph – 090 28 500227 ; Facilities – Room Service
- Vishwanath Corner ; National HIghway 211, Parbhani Road, Tuljapur ; M – 02471 242 065 ; Food Serve : Indian
- Pushpvihar Restaurant & Lodge ; Shukravar Peth Tuljapur ; M – 02471 202 222 ; Food Serve : Indian
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Navratri ; Venue: Tuljapur ; Period : October ; Details: Navratri (Nine Nights), dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga occurs twice every year and is celebrated with much pomp and show in Tuljapur. During the nine days of the festival nine different forms of the Goddess is worshipped. It is really a wonderful experience to be a part of these festivities in Tuljapur.
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