Tuljapur temple is located in Osmanabad in Maharashtra. The temple is known as Tulja Bhavani Temple. Goddess Bhavani resides within the temple. She is also called Maa Tulja, Tvarita, Tulaja, and amba.
Tuljapur is one of those 51 shakti peethas that were separated from heaven onto the earth by Lord shiva after Sati died. This is considered to be the second among all the other 51 of them. Tulja Devi is the goddess and sworn deity for many north Indian families and their generations like the Bhonsle’s, the Yadavs, etc.
Tulja Bhavani Temple was built much before in the 12th century in Tuljapur. Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha kingdom in Maharashtra, was yet another person who believed in the powers of the goddess and visited the temple regularly with his family members.
Tuljapur had even witnessed the sword he had which he named The Bhawani sword as it was believed to be given to him by the goddess herself.
Many demons were associated with Goddess Tulja Bhavani and the goddess in the Skanda Purana. Some of the names that may ring a bell to you somewhere where Matanga and Kukur. When the evil fights against the good, the evil has always tasted the bitter defeat and that is what the purana has also mentioned as to how Devi Tulja Bhawani had helped the sages and kings from such evil influences back before centuries!
The idol of Goddess Tulja Bhawani is also called to have impacts on Swayambhu which means self-manifested or the one who can destroy herself and create herself as well. People use the term because of various stories related to the goddess’s acts and deeds against the bad.
Tuljapur temple has a huge three-foot-tall granite idol of Tulja devi inside which has a well-carved set of eight hands holding weapons. She is also holding the head of one of the demons – Mahishasoor.