Tulja Bhavani Temple, Tuljapur
Welcome to Osmanabad,
Osmanabad is a district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. There are a number of places that the tourist can visit, both of religious significance as well as leisurely interest. For the pilgrims visiting the district, there are temples such as the Shri Tulja Bhavani Temple and the Saint Goroba Kaka Temple. Also located here is a rather holy site for the followers of Jainism, the Shri Digambar Jain Sidhkshetra Kuntalgiri.
The dharashiv caves are situated 8 km away from Osmanabad city in Balaghat Mountains. The caves were taken note of by Archaeological Department and mentioned in the book "Archaeological survey of India" by James Verges. There are total 7 caves in the Balaghat Mountain lane. The first cave is without any statue with small open space .The second cave consists of a statue with Artistic work on right side of statue. The art work is of gandharva era. The fourth cave is with open space without any statue inside. The statue in the sixth cave is damaged while the seventh cave has no statue. That is an ancient place is shown by the caves excavated in the hill at a distance of about eight miles. These caves were originally Buddhist, but were later converted into monuments of the Jain religion and fresh caves were also excavated nearby.
There are some more Buddhist caves excavated in the hills, about 8 miles from Dharashiva. The earlier of them are referred by Burgess to the middle of the 7th century A. D. Cave No. II is modeled on the plan of the Vakataka caves at Ajanta. It has a central hall measuring 80 feet by 80 feet, with 14 cells for the residence of the Bhiksus and garbhagraha with a colossal image of the Buddha in Padmasana. Later some Jain caves (No. V and VI) were excavated on the same hill. They are described in the Prakrt work Karakandacariu as excavated by the king Karakanda, who came to know about the earlier caves from the prince Siva of Terapura (Tagara). The Karakandacariu is a work of the 11th century A. D. so these later caves were probably excavated in the 9th or 10th century A. D. during the age of Rastrakutas.
Kuntalgiri is one of the holy place of Digambar jain sidhakshetra of south india. It is the land of Kulbhushan and Deshbhushan saints who place his soul on this holy land. During the period of twentieth Tirthakar Munisuvratnath, two brother Kulbhushan and Deshbhushan had offer continous prayer(Tapashcharya) for transformation of soul towards the almighty and made this holy place.
Mankeshwar is a small village in Bhoom tehasil, Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, India. It is famous for its SHIV temple and Goddess Satwai Devi temple. Shiv temple is among one of the famous category of temples called "Hemandpanti mandirs". This shiv mandir is built in one black rock which has nice beautiful art in it. There is a Shiv Ling in temple which below the ground level and you have to get down by stairs for darshan.
There is a river flowing around the temple which make a curve around temple. In monsoon this is a beautiful scene where you see greenery, blue river water and peaceful temple. Goddess Satwai devi temple is beside Shiv mandir. People around this village follows a tradition called "Jawal". This is a ritual in which a baby boy upto the age of 2-3 years is brought here. Hairs of the baby boy are cut and 'bali' of a male goat is given in devotion to the Satwai devi. Meal from the same male goat is prepared here and first served as a naivydya to goddess and to all the invitees. People have holistic faith on goddess.
Naldurg is situated about 50 Kms from Osmanabad. south-east of Osmanabad. The fort which is an interesting place has enclosed a surface of a knoll or plantain of basalt rock which is jutted out into the valley or raving of the small river Bori. Along the rest of the cliff on three sides ran fortifications. bastion firmly built out have deseed basalt and are large enough to carry heavy guns. Along the rest of the cliff on three sides ran fortifications. bastion firmly built out have deseed basalt and are large enough to carry heavy guns. The entire circumference is about a mile and a half. The interior portion is covered with ruined walls and a half, the interior portion is covered with ruined walls and a vide road running up to the centre. The fort has many bastions amongst which are upli Buruj, which is the height point in the fort paranda Buruj , nagar Buruj, Sangam Burug, Sangram Buruj, Bands Buruj, poone Buruj, etc.
Inside the fort there are remains of the walls and some of the building such a Barood kotha, Baradari, Ambarkhana, Rangaan mahal, Jali etc. Though the buildings are in ruins the remains give a impression that there night have been at one time the specious buildings, There are two tanks in the fort known as machali guns amongst which important are the ?hathi toph" and magar Toph", The hathi Darwaza and the hurmukh and the hurmukh darwaza are the main gates of the fort. The most interesting building which connects the fort and the Ranmandala is the dam constructed across the bori river, the dam and the" pani mahal, which is built underaatch and in the middle of the dam were, constructed.
Paranda is a town place in the Osmanabad District and is situated about 80 Kms. from the district headquarter. The fort is one of the many forts erected by the Bahamani kings and is a fine spicemen of military Architecture and engineering. The gates defended by traversals and redoubts and the Ramparts. These are of the out and dressed stones with round bastions fitted for the heavy guns of the period. Around the fort there is a moat, which was always kept filled with water.
At present inside the fort there are the mosque, Narsimaha Mandir and wall called "RAMTIRTH" but there are also remains of the building like BARADARI, TAIKHANA ZANANA MAKAN act. The remains of the walls and the dilapidated remains give an impression that at one time there might have been spacious and exquisites constructions.
Saint Goroba was born in Ter(Dhoki) in the year 1267. Hence the village is popular and known as "Goroba Ter". The temple of Saint Goroba is also one of the attraction for Tourist and pilgrimage visiting to Osmanabad dist. The temple was built in 13th century after the death of Saint Goroba in 1317.This square shaped temple is constructed fully with stone and is one of the best model in architecture. They have also constructed one "Sabha Mandap" to perform religious and cultural activities. Mostly the pilgrimage those are from rural area and are offenly visiting to Pandharpur and Tuljapur visit here on their return journey.
Tulja Bhavani Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Bhavani. It is located in Tuljapur in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas. The second among the Shaktipeeths in India is the Tulja Bhavani of Tuljapur. It was the family deity of the Bhosale kings. Chatrapati Shivaji always visited the temple to seek her blessings. It is believed that the Goddess gifted him a sword - `the Bhawani sword` - for success in his expeditions. The history of the temple has been mentioned in the Skanda Puran.
The temple is located on the hill of the Balaghat. The same place is today known as Tuljapur. The Idol of the Shree Tulja Bhavani mata is a swayambu idol. The goddess has eight hands and is seen sitting on a throne. There are two main entrances to get into the temple. One is called the Raja Shahaji Mahadwar, and the other is the Rajmata Jijavu main gate.
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