Visiting Tulzapur - A dream come true
By Kuldeep Raina
I am very greatful to Dr. B.A. Kathare, a senior dental surgeon at Dharashiv (Osmanabad), who hosted us during our stay at
Dharashiv for informing me about the sacred of Tulzapur and Ghatshilla.
The sacred shrine of Tulza Bhagwati is located at Tulzapur, 25 kms from
Dharashiv. As per local folklore the goddess is consort of Lord Shiva. The place
where shrine is located is the place where the Goddess appeared to Shivaji
Maharaj and presented divine sword to fight the Mughals. Tulzapur is considered
to be ‘Puranpeeth’, the other two Puranpeeths being - Renuka Mata at
Mahur in Nanded district and Mahalaxmipeeth in Kolhapur. Sapt Shrungi
Devi shrine in Vani district (Nasik) is regarded as Adha Shaktipeeth
Another place near Tulzapur is Ghatshila - the place where Tulza Bhawani told Lord
Rama the way through which Ravana abducted Sita. The Shila on which Lord Rama
stood while listening to the Goddess still stands.
Lakhs of devotees visit Tulzapur shrine on the day of Navratra, walking
bare feet hundreds of kms. The shrine is managed by 16 families of non-Brahman
Maratha Purohits, called in popular parlance Kadams. The
Purohits are not forbidden from taking meat. 'Bali' is done at Tulzapur as
per Shakhta tradition. The tradition seems so similar to ours in Kashmir.
was great honour for us to be allowed to visit the shrine at the time when Tulza
Bhawani gets ready for Abhishek. The 16 Purohits asked us to make a
presentation on rise of terrorism in Kashmir. They assured full solidarity with
Displaced Kashmiri Hindus.