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Garbaratchambigai Temple

Garbaratchambigai Temple, Thirukarukavur

Garbaratchambigai Temple is an famous  ancient temple situated at Thirukarugavur in Tanjore district of Tamil nadu. Goddess Garbharakshambika is one of the most popular form of shakti in Tamil nadu. The temple is noted for the belief that childless couples who worship here with devotion and faith. Goddess Shri Garbarakshambigai Amman here cures infertility related problems to women. Goddess blesses them to conceive and also helps them for safe and trouble free delivery. The Shri Garbharakshambigai Sameta temple is spread over a wide expanse with huge towering Gopurams and a beautiful water tank in front of it. The main sanctum of this temple has the Shiva lingam and Goddess Garbharakshambika is situated to the left of the Shiva temple. It is believed that the Nandi at this temple is in Swayambhu vigraham (Self manifested).

The shrine of Goddess Garbarakshambigai is situated to the left of the Shiva temple. A shrine dedicated to Lord Subramanya is also seen here. Garba means Pregnancy, Raksha means ‘To protect’  and Ambigai is one of the names of Parvati devi. Mullaivananathar here is prayed to overcome skin diseases. And the abhishekam for the Lord is with Punugu only done on Shukla Paksha (Valarpirai) Pradosham.

Garbarakshambigai Temple

History and Legend of Garbaratchambigai Temple

  • Two Rishies Gowthama and Gargeya did penance in this garden of mullai flowers. Sage Nithuvar was living here with his wife Vedhika. One day when Sage Nithuvar was away, sage Urdhvapada visited the mullai garden. Vedhika was tired and sleeping deeply without showing hospitality to the sage.
  • She was having pains due to pregnancy but Urdhvapada unaware of her difficulties got angry. He thought that she didn’t bother to wake up and felt she could be sleeping purposely. He decided to curse her .The curse made her get diseased and it also hurted the child in her womb.
  • The curse made her to have worst pain and she thought she would be losing the child and foetus may not survive. In worst pain of her life and deeply hurted that her own child is being gradually destroyed and prayed to Goddess Parvathi to help her.
  • Goddess Parvati took the avatar of Garbarakshambigai and appeared before Vedhika. And protected her child in the womb by holding it in a “kalasam ” – divine pot.  The goddess helped the child grow in the divine pot until it grew as full fledged child.
  • When Vedhika cried as she was not able to feed the baby with her milk. A sacred cow came in front of the temple and made a lake of sacred milk. Vedhika prayed to Goddess Garbarakshambigai to remain in the temple forever and bless all women with their difficulties.

Significance of the Garbaratchambigai Temple

  • The Shiva Lingam found in the main sanctum of this temple is a Swayambu Lingam, made up of ant hill mud. Therefore no water abhishekam is done for this idol. But, the Lingam is only pasted with Punugu.. It is believed that people who are affected with incurable diseases can offer “Punugu Chattam.”
  • Goddess Garbarakshambigai is the goddess of mercy to bless women with gift of childbirth and safe pregnancy.They give castor oil in small bottle which can be applied to pregnant women and for women seeking child birth.They give ghee prasad which has to be taken internally for next few days.
  • Goddess Garbarakshambika in Garbarakshambigai Temple is the supreme personality of Motherhood and the sanctum sanctorum. Her beautiful idol , which is about 7 feet tall and decked in beautiful kanjeevaram sarees and exquisite jewellery.
  • She is adorned with fragrant, colourful flowers which are offered in abundance .The Goddess has the most radiant smile on her face depicting positivity and a ray of hope. For the thousands who throng to her abode she is not just an idol but a ray of hope.

Garbaratchambigai Temple Temple Timings

Garbaratchambigai Temple remains open from 5:30 AM to 12:30 AM in the morning and 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the evening.  The abhishekam is performed from Monday to Thursday from 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

During Friday and Saturday abhishekam is performed at 8:00 AM only. No abhishekam is performed during festivals and Sunday due to large number of devotees visiting the temple.

Festivals celebrated at the Garbaratchambigai Temple

Vaikasi Brahmotsavams: Vaikasi Brahmotsavam commenced in a grand manner at this temple. Amid Vedic chants and recitals of verses from scriptures, the priests perform the rituals in the temple. There are processions that are conducted and large number of people participate in the processions.

Navarathiri: Navarathri is celebrated for 10 days in the month Purattasi. Every year the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence. These two junctions have been chosen as the sacred opportunities for the worship of the divine power. The most important Navratri in a year is the Sharadiya Navratra which begins on the first day of the bright half of Ashvin or Ashwayuja (September-October) as per traditional Hindu calendar. Number of devotees visit the temple during this period of time.

Margazhi utsavam: Margazhi is the one of the most significant month among twelve tamil months. Margazhi festival is celebrated at all temples in Tamilnadu and India. Mainly this festival is celebrated in all Vishnu temples and Shiva temples.The another importance of this margazhi is that the Tamil Holy Scriptures “Thiruppavai” and “Thiruvempavai” are read during this month.In this month, there are many programmes for SriVaishnavas in particular. On all the thirty days of this month, Tirupavai Pasurams will be rendered in the early morning in all temples and houses.

Panguni Uthiram: Panguni Uthiram is a day of importance to Hindus especially those who belong to Tamil nadu. It falls on the day the moon transits in the asterism of Uttara-phalguni. The day connotes the wedding of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, Lord Muruga and Devasena and other celestial couples. According to Ramayana, it is on this day that Sita married Rama. Also, this is said to be the birthday of Lord Ayyappa. It is also believed that on this day, Goddess Mahalakshmi came to life on Earth from the ocean of milk which was churned by the Devas and the Demons. Panguni Uthiram is the day to eliminate doshas in nuptial life. If the marriage was not conducted on auspicious time and if there are any doshas.

Thirukkarthigai: Tamil Nadu celebrates Karthigai Deepam as the traditional festival. This festival of lights involves lighting lights almost anywhere to put an end to darkness. The  festival starts at around 4:00 AM in the early hours and the Bharani Deepam is lit at the temple. In the evening the Mahadeepam is lit on the top of the hill at around 6:00 PM. People believe that the huge light lit during 5:00 will make people close with Lord Shiva on Karthigai Deepam. Lord Shiva will shed all his blessings during this special time of the year.

Poojas and Rituals at Garbaratchambigai Temple

  • Women who come here to pray for pregnancy and childbirth just offer flowers and do archana for goddess.The women in pooja shop requests them to first show their offerings of flowers,lamps etc. to lord mullai vana nadhar here and then enter the garbarakshambigai sannidhi.
  • Virgins whose marriages are delayed for long periods and married women who have no issue for a long time should come to this Garbaratchambigai Temple in person. They should wash the steps with a little ghee draw ‘ Kolam and perform Archana to the Goddess.
  • The childless couples offer ghee, which will be placed at the feet of the Goddess Garbarakshambigai and given to them. They should consume a little of the ghee at night daily for about 48 days and the woman will conceive.  
  • The women who are expecting deliveries should offer castor oil, which will be placed at the feet of Sri Karparakshambigai, and offered to them. During labor pains, this oil should be rubbed on their abdomen and this is believed to remove all complications of deliveries.
  • Kattalai Archanai is done on the particular date of the stars and the prasadams are sent on the monthly basis. Pregnant women consume it during their pregnancy period. It is one type of archanai which is done.
  • Women light up eleven lamps and pray for the safe delivery. On performing the Garbarakshambigai Homa, childless couples attain parenthood and pregnant women undergo safe delivery. The Homa heals many complications and issues related to fertilities and pregnancies. The impediments in the process of getting pregnant are smoothened with the beam of positive energy from this goddess.
  • There is also a tradition of placing the child in one plate of weighing plate and balancing it with other goods like the food grains, ghee, oil, fruits, currency coins, gold, silver etc. and this is known as Thulabaram. Earboring and Tonsure prayers can also be performed in Garbaratchambigai Temple. One just have to call them in order to make the necessary arrangements.

How to reach the Garbaratchambigai Temple

By Air: The nearest airport is in Trichy. There are various auto rickshaws and share autos are available to reach the temple.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Papanasam railway station. The railway station is situated adjacent to bus stand. Thirukarugavur is situated 6 kms south of Papanasam and the railway station is about 3 kms from the place.

By Road: Thirukarukavur is situated in Thanjavur-Kumbakonam main road. Several buses ply between Papanasam and Saliyamangalam at 30 minutes interval.Papanasam is 25 kms from Thanjavur and then to Thirukarukavur 6 kms from Papanasam.

Where to stay

There are no rest houses from Garbaratchambigai Temple administration. Garbarakshambigai Amman Seva maiam is a rest house maintained by Thirumathi.Dr.Jayam Kannan.

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Where to eat

Offering food to the devotees is more than attaining heaven. So there is a Annadanam Samam Danam and there is a free mid-day meal to more than 100 devotees daily. More than 5 lakhs people have been offered Annadhanam in this temple.

Nearby Temples

Brihadeeswarar Temple: Thanjavur Brihadeeswara temple is one of the most ancient temple, situated in the city of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India. Thanjavur named after the legendary asura “Tanjan”, is one of the ancient temples in India. The temple is most famous due to its uniqueness as among the greatest glories of the Indian architecture. The complex that houses the main sanctum is known as the ‘Periya Kovil’. Thanjavur had the distinction of being specifically constructed as a religious city with the temple centermost.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram: The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is renowned for having the biggest Shivalingam, with a 4 meter Lingam in South India. The majestic entrance of the sanctum is adorned by the beautiful image of Goddess Saraswathi. The temple has 9 storeyed Vimana with a height of 185 feet. Vimanam has intricate carvings reflecting the Chola style on it.

Darasuram Temple: Darasuram is 4 Kms from Kumbakonam. This temple built by Raja Raja Chola dedicated to Lord Siva, is either called as Drasuram temple or Airavateswara Temple. This is well preserved temple of  the 12th century Chola Kingdom. The ceiling of the temple has exquisite carvings. Minute work on the pillars  fills the mind with awe and fascination. The main mandapam of this temple is in the form of a chariot drawn by horses. The steps are stones, which give different musical sounds when tapped. All the seven swaras can be had at different points.

Tirumanancheri Temple: This temple is quite famous among the devotees from the Hindu community who wish to find suitable life partners for marriage or in order to overcome. All times are considered auspicious since Lord Shiva and Parvathy are in a bliss here always.The temple is crowded at all times of the year, showing the importance of marriage in our community. One is supposed to offer special prayers to the lord. The shrine of Thirumananjeri is closely associated with legends that tell the story of Shiva’s marriage to Parvati.

Kailash Manasarovar

Kailash Manasarovar, Tibet Autonomous Region, China

Kailash Manasarovar- The dream of any ardent Hindu devotee is the soul fulfilling spiritual visit, often called as the ultimate pilgrimage is to the abode of the supreme Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati at Mount Kailash.  The beautiful, calm and mystical Linga shaped peak is located at an altitude of 22,028 feet above sea level.  The majestic peak is situated among the Gangdise Mountains, also known as the Kailash Range. The range forms a part of Transhimalaya in Tibet China. The two mystical water bodies – Lake Manasarovar (believed to have been a creation of Lord Brahma’s mind) and Lake Rakshastal (Lake of demons or Rakshas) lie just beside the peak.

The holy peak is believed to have been worshiped even before the beginning of Hinduism and other religions. It is religiously significant not just for Hindus, but also for the Tibetan religious sect called Bon, Buddhism, and Jainism. The Buddhists call the peak as Gangs Rin-po-che or the Kangri Rin-po-che meaning “Precious Jewel of Snows”. The Bon call the peak as Nine Stacked Swastika Mountain and Water’s flower.

The trek to the base of Mount Kailash is however extremely arduous and risky. The peak is situated in a remote and inhospitable area. Persons willing to have a glimpse of the Mount should be extremely fit and tolerant to altitude sickness and low oxygen conditions. No one is allowed to set foot on the peak. One can only circumambulate Mount Kailash or worship it from a distance.

The pilgrimage to Mount Kailash is incomplete without paying respect to the mystical and enchanting Lake Manasarovar. This lake is the situated at an altitude of 14, 750 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The circumference of the lake is 88 km long and its complete circumambulation takes 4-5 days to complete. The lake is near the source of River Sutlej, and a few kilometers away from the source of River Indus and the Brahmaputra. It is believed that the Lake was once surrounded by eight monasteries. However, only a few are left today, the Chiu Gompa being the prominent one. The lake is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas of Goddess Sati.

History and Legends of the Kailash Manasarovar

  • It is believed that Mount Kailash and the Lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshastal have existed since time immemorial. They are the creations of God that nobody can put a date to. Hundreds of pilgrims belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism take the pilgrimage to this divine place to receive the blessings of their respective beliefs of God.
  • The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra was stopped between the period of 1954 – 1978 due to political and border disputes between India and China. It was renewed later in the 1980’s.
  • According to Hindu beliefs, Lake Manasarovar was created in the mind by Lord Brahma. Hence, the name “Manas” meaning Mind and Sarovar meaning Lake was given to the Lake. The Buddhists associate the Lake with legendary Lake Anavatapa, where Maya is believed to have been conceived with Buddha.
  • According to the legend regarding the origin of the lake, it is believed that Lord Brahma had 12 sons who performed rituals and several austerities on the dry land. To create a more serene and suitable place for them to earn their merit, Lord Brahma created the Manasarovar Lake.
  • As per Buddhist legends, Buddha’s mother Maya was transported here by the Gods. She took a bath in the water of the Manasarovar Lake and her body was purified. She witnessed a white elephant running towards her down the Mount Kailash as Buddha entered her womb.
  • The Rakshastal Lake has a legend of its own to contribute to the glorious Hindu mythology. The lake lies just west of the Manasarovar Lake and is also known as the Ravana Tal. It is believed that the Lake was created by the King of Lanka, Ravana when he was performing severe penance to Lord Shiva in order to obtain the Atmalinga from him. The lake is a saltwater lake, unlike the Manasarovar Lake which is fresh water in nature. The lake does not support aquatic life and hence considered poisonous by the locals. Even though the visitors don’t enter the lake, they do pay their respects along their journey to it. The two lakes are connected via a small stream of water named Ganga Chhu.

Kailash Manasarovar

Significance of the Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage

  • It is mentioned in the ancient scriptures that anyone who takes a dip in the holy Mansarovar Lake and circumambulates the peak, gets absolved of his or her sins for generations and attain salvation. The Kailash Manasarovar Lake is believed to have healing powers.
  • Kailash Manasarovar Lake is believed to be the abode of the Hamsa or the Swan of Lord Brahma, one of the holy Trinity.
  • The Lake is also considered to be one of the fifty-one Shakti Peethas where the Right hand of Goddess Sati fell to Earth after the Daksha Yagna episode of Hindu mythology. The Goddess is worshiped here as Dakshayini. The site is extremely sacred to the Shakta sect of Hinduism.
  • In the Vishnu Purana, a description of Mount Kailash states that the four sides of the peak are made up of Crystal, Ruby, Gold and Lapis-Lazuli (deep blue semi-precious antique stones).
  • The Mount Kailash is also known as the Axis Mundi of the World. This means that the Mount provides the connection between the physical world and the spiritual world. It is the axis around which the world has been created by the Gods.
  • The visit to Mount Kailash peak is considered extremely sacred as it is situated near the sources of some of the longest and the holiest rivers that flow through Asia. These rivers are Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and
  • Apart from being considered as extremely sacred by Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the peak has significance in other religions too. The Jains call the peak as Mount Ashtapada or the Meru Parvat, where the founder of Jainism and the first Tirthankara Rishabhadeva attained Moksha. The Buddhists consider the peak as the navel of the universe. It is also the home of the Buddha Demchok or Chakrasamvara, the representation of supreme bliss and harmony. The three hills rising from the peak are considered as the abodes of Bodhisattvas Manjushri, Vajrapani, and Avalokiteshwara. The Bon religious sect worships the peak as the abode of the sky Goddess Sipaimen.
  • It is religiously believed that no one should step or climb the peak as it is considered a sin. It is claimed by locals that such ventures have ended up having tragic and disastrous consequences. It is believed that the stairways or the ridges on Mount Kailash lead to Heaven.
  • During the journey to Mount Kailash, one can also visit other holy peaks like Ravana Parvat, Hanuman Parvat, Padmasambhava, Manjushri, Vajradhara, Avalokiteshwara, Jambeyang, Shavari, and Norseng. These peaks are extremely sacred for the Buddhists.
  • In Buddhism, Lake Manasarovar is believed to be round shaped Sun representing “Brightness and Good Nature” while the Lake Rakshastal which is crescent shaped represents “Darkness and Evil”. The narrow connection named Ganga Chhu represents the small difference and the gray area between these two aspects of life.
  • The famed Gauri Kund or the Parvati Sarovar is located en route to Mount Kailash. This is believed to be the lake where Goddess Parvati gave birth to Lord Ganesha and made him stand as a guard while she was taking a bath. Lord Ganesha stopped Lord Shiva from meeting Parvati and in a fit of rage, Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha. Distraught Parvati requested Lord Shiva to forgive Ganesha and bring him back to life. Lord Shiva replaced Ganesha’s head with the head of a nearby elephant and since then, Ganesha came to be known as the “Elephant headed God”.

Kailash Manasarovar Temple Timings

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in co-operation with the Indian Mountaineering Federation every year between the months of May-September.

Dress code at Kailash Manasarovar

  • Tibet is an extremely cold and dry part of the world. The weather is unpredictable throughout the day. During the months of May-September, the day temperature is most likely to be around 10-20 degree Celsius. The nights are expected to be extremely chilly and windy. Hence, one must be prepared with warm clothes, sweaters, socks, gloves, mufflers, ear covers, scarves, Vaseline, dry fruits, umbrellas, torches and sports shoes.
  • Although medical facilities will be provided by both the Indian and the Chinese Governments, it is recommended that one should carry basic medicines for fever, body pain, altitude sickness, dehydration, vomiting, and dysentery and muscle pain.

How to reach Kailash Manasarovar

A limited number of Indian pilgrims are allowed to visit the Kailash Manasarovar every year. They are monitored by the Indian and the Chinese Governments.

There are two routes to reach Mount Kailash from the Indian side. They are mentioned as below:

  • Route 1: The Lipulekh Pass Route

         The Yatra begins with a 3-4 day stay at Delhi. The tentative duration for the yatra would be 25 days with a cost             of about 1.6 lakh per person.

  • Route 2: The Nathu La Pass Route

         The Yatra begins with a 3-4 day stay at Delhi. The duration of the yatra would be 23 days with    the cost of 2                 lakhs per person.

  • Apart from the Government conducted travel package, one can also book a private package that reaches Mount Kailash via Kathmandu, Nepal. This journey takes only 16-18 days to complete and is covered in jeeps. However, the cost, as well as safety, remains an issue as the packages are privately operated and do not come under the Government preview.
  • The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km long. The circumambulation is made in the clockwise direction by the Hindus and the Buddhists while in an anti-clockwise direction by the Jain and the Bon followers.

Where to stay

The Government tours provide accommodation to the pilgrims both on the Indian as well as the Chinese side. The tour cost includes basic accommodation for all the devotees. The Tibetan authorities have constructed small hotels and lodges to facilitate easy movement and rest for the visiting pilgrims. Private packages include a comfortable stay for devotees and camping gear is also provided to whomsoever who wish to stay outdoors.  One can also hire or buy private tents and stay on the banks of the Manasarovar Lake or in the monasteries.

Where to eat

The devotees are served pure vegetarian cuisine during their trip to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. The cuisine is mainly North Indian or Chinese. Breakfast items are generally Bread toasts, Paranthas or Pooris. Rice is served as lunch. It is advised to carry snacks and dry fruits in the case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.

Tulja Bhavani

Tulja Bhavani Temple – Ferocious Goddess Parvati

Tulja Bhavani Temple is a Hindu Temple which is situated in the hills of “Bala Ghat” in Osmanabad district in Maharashtra. Earlier Tuljapur was known as Chinchpur. This temple worships Goddess Bhavani which is a ferocious form of Goddess Parvati. The word Bhavani means “life giver”. Apart from being a ferocious form of Goddess Parvati, she is also known as Karunaswaroopi which means “filled with mercy”. Tulja Bhavani Temple is located approximately 45km from Solapur which is located in Maharashtra.

There are three Tulja Bhavani Temples located in India. It is said that the first temple was built in Tulja in the 12th century. The second and the third temples were built in 1537-1543 CE in Chittorgarh and Patnakuva Gandhinagar respectively. Tulja Bhavani of Tuljapur stands second among the Shakti Pithas. Lord Tuljabhavani is considered as family deity of many families like Bhosale Royal Family, the Yadavs and many more belonging to different castes all over India.

It is believed that Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Kingdom always seeked her blessings as a result of which she gave him “the Bhawani Sword” for success in his quest.

tulja bhavani

History and legend of Tulja Bhavani Temple

  • The history of Tulja Bhavani Temple can be found in the Skand Puran. The story says that there was a knowledgeable man known as Kardabh. Afer his death his wife Anubhuti performed a penace at the banks of river Mandakini.
  • Anubhuti performed this ritual so that Goddess Bhavani could look after her infant child. While she was performing the ritual, a demon known as Kukur tried disturbing her. Mata bhavani came to her rescue and killed the demon. Since then Mata Bhavani is known as Tulja Bhavani.
  • During the 1920s, there were around 5000 people that lived in Tuljapur. The place where this incident took place is now known as Tuljapur. Mata Bhavani’s idol is known as “Swayambhu” idol
  • This Goddess is worshiped in a granite image which is 3 feet high. She has eight arms and each holding weapons and bearing the head of the demon Mahishasura. Her other names are Tulaja, Turaja, Tvarita, and Amba.
  • It is also said that a demon named Matanga created destruction upon devas and humans who went to Brahma for help. On Brahma’s advice, they went to Goddess Shakti after which she took the form of destroyer and killed him bringing back peace in the reign. She was powered by other seven goddesses also known as Sapta Maataas. They included Varaahi, Brahmi, Vaishnavi, Kaumaari, Indraani and Saambhavi.
  • Legend also potrayed that the Goddess killed the demon named Mahishasura who was disguised as a wild buffalo and, therefore, she is also named as Mahishasura Mardhini which means “Murderess of Mahishasura”.

Significance of the Tulja Bhavani Temple

  • Tulja Bhavani Temple’s entrance is known as Sardar Nimbalkar. The next two entrances are named after Shivaji Maharaj’s parents, Raja Shahji and Rajmata Jijaju respectively. Upon entering the main enterance, we can find a temple dedicated to Markandeya Rishi. This temple is found on the right side of the main enterance. After coming down the stairs one can see the main temple, the Tulja Temple.
  • Infront of the temple, there is a Holy fire pit located. Raja Shahaji Mahadwar and Rajmata Jijavu Mahadwar has two libraries named Shree Dnyaneshwar Dharmik library and Shree Tukaram Dharmik library.
  • After descending from the stairs one can see “Gomukh Theerth” and “Kalakh” on the right and left side respectively. Kalakh is also known as “Kallol Theerth”. The devotees first take a holy dip in these shallow tanks of holy water known as Theerth.
  • We can find many other temples in the premises like Amruth Kund and Datta Temple. We can also find Siddhi Vinayak Temple on the left side of the main entrance and Aadishakti and Aadimata Matangadevi temple on the right. Goddess Annapurna temple is also located on the premises.

Tulja Bhavani Temple Timings

  • Before the morning prayer, a large drum is played loudly to call all the devotees for prayers. This drum is played in the drum house of Tulja Bhavani temple at 5 a.m. The drum is played three times in a day.
  • At 5:30 am the prayer is performed by the Mahant. Tukoji Bua is the present Mahant of Tulja Bhavani Temple.There is a presence of the Karvir Princely state durng the Charantirtha Puja.
  • The Mahanta first washes Idol’s mouth and feet from hot water, aromatic oil, dudhkhir, and pan. After which all the devotees sing the holy songs know as Arti.
  • After Arti, the Goddess is offered Nevaidya of Bhaji Bhakri. This Nevaidya is offered by the descent represenattive of the devotee, Uparkar. Later Nevaidya of kheer is offered by the representative of the former princely state Karvir.
  • At 9 am, the Goddess is bathed with Panchamrut and curd. Goddess is also offered honey, sugar, and banana. After this Goddess is bathed in Gomukh water. Devotees also bathe the holy throne of Goddess by mango, sreekhand, and curd. After the bath, big holy meal known as Mahanevaidya is offered to the Goddess.
  • At noon, the devotees again sing Arti and lights Dhup and Camphor.
  • At 6 pm Goddess is again bathed and pooja is offered. This time, all the arrangements are done by Karvir.
  • At night, the holy water from Gomukh and Nevaidya of Ghee and cooked rice is offered. This ritual is known as Prakkshal.
  • Musical instruments like tal, zanj, and dimdi are played in every Arti.

Festivals celebrated at the Tulja Bhavani Temple

  • Tuljapur Bhavani Festival– This festival is celebrated for four days and four nights. Devotees pray and worship Goddess throughout the festival. Tulja Bhavani festival is celebrated twice in a year. This festival includes rituals like Sasthi, Bhavani Ashthami. On Bhavani Ashthami, the devotees fast until they offer flowers to the deity. On the next day, girls who have not reached puberty yet are fed and offered presents. These girls are represented as the young form of the Goddess. The last of this festival is known as Vijaydashmi. On this day, the Goddess is carried to the river and immersed in the water. There is a distribution of sweets and the devotees enjoy that this festival will again be celebrated next year. This festival is known as Durga Puja in West Bengal and is celebrated almost same. This festival symbolizes win of good over evils. This festival is also known as Navratri.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi- Ganesh Chaurthi is another very important and famous festival. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in the town of Tuljapur. This festival is held in the months of August and September. This festival is celebrated in the honor of Lord Ganesha. Ganesh Chatirthi is traditionally celebrated on Shukla Chaturthi in the months of Bhaadrapada according to the Hindu calender.
  • Diwali– Diwali is one of the important festivals of Hindus. This festival is celebrated in the months of October and November and is also known as “Festival of Lights”. People of Tuljapur celebrate this festival with great pomp and show. During this festival, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped.
  • Holi- Holi is another imporatnt festival for the natives of Tuljapur. This is a “Festival of Colors”. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in India. This festival charges the atmosphere. Holi celebration is started by Holika Dahan where people gather and sing and dance.

 How to reach: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By Air- Tulja Bhavani Temple has its nearest airport in Osmanabad which is approximately 15km away from the temple.
  • By Train- There is no railway station in Tuljapur so the nearest option is Osmanabad.
  • By Bus– One can easily get buses to Tuljapur from various cities in the country.

 Mumbai to Tuljapur

  • By Air– There is no direct flight service from Mumbai. The aerial distance from Mumbai to Tuljapur is 354km. To go to Tuljapur from Mumbai you can take a flight from Air India till Hyderabad and then reach Tuljapur by taking Indica.
  • By Train– There is no direct connectivity through the train as well. You can reach Osmanabad from the train and then reach Tuljapur hiring a taxi.
  • By Bus-There is no direct route for Tuljapur from Mumbai but there is nearly 1 or more direct bus service between Mumbai and Tuljapur. They are known as Raja Travels.

Pune to Tuljapur

  • By Air– There is no direct flight service from Pune to Tuljapur.
  • By Bus– There is few regular bus service that that help you in reaching Tuljapur. There are services like Sana Travels-Azeem which take passengers from Pune to Tuljapur directly.

Hotels in Tuljapur: Where to stay

There are accomodation facilities provided by the Temple trust for its pilgrims. They have started a Dharamshala for the pilgrims where they can stay free of cost. There are many private organizations who provide accomodation facilities to the pilgrims. They have a very nominal charges. These private oraganization has many facilities like hygienic environment, internet facilities, homely food etc.

Where to eat

Apart from the food that we get in Tulja Bahvani Temple, there are many restaurants nearly who offer food at very reasonable rate. They provide food in a very hygienic condition.

Nearby Places to visit

  • ChintamaniThis is avery beautifully stone structured temple situated out the main Tuljabahvani Temple.It is believed that the Goddess Chintamani has guided its devotees to take right decisions in their life. This temple is surrounded by many shrines like Yamai Devi, Narsimha, Khandoba, and Matangi. This play is mostly visited on Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays. On full moon days, devotees come to Chintamani Temple to take blessings.
  • Kallola Tirth- Kallola is huge water tank situated in the Prakara Temple. This temple is located in Tuljabhavani Temple. Kallola Tirth is around 40ft by 20ft in dimension. It is walled on all the sides. Legends say that the Kallol contains sacred water from river Ganga which flowed from the mountain ranges of Himalayas. It is also said that while merging in the tank, the water made a great noise because of which it was named Kallola Tirth.
  • Vishnu Tirth– This Tirth is situated in the north-eastern part of the main temple. Vishnu Tirth has three entrance. All the three entrances are connected through stone steps. It is believed that after taking a dip from this tirth, all the sin done by a person is washed away.
  • Gomukh Tirth- Gomukh is a very famous and sacred waterfall. The water comes out from the stone structure that looks like the mouth of a cow. The holy water from which the Goddess’s idol is bathed comes from Gomukh Tirth.
  • Ghatshila Temple– Ghatshila Temple is situated in Tuljapur. It has a devotional and mythological story behind it. It is said that Lord Ram and Lord Laxman went by ghats and rocks of Tuljapur in search of Sita. Legends also say that Goddess Bhawani stood on the rocks of Lord Rama to guide him to reach Lanka and rescue Sita. Devotees come all way from India to pay offering to Lord Rama. Pilgrims visits this rock temple which was built in the medieval period.