Tuljapur is a town with a municipal council in Dharashiv district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the administrative seat of Tuljapur taluka.

Tuljapur is located in Maharashtra
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°00′N 76°05′E / 18.0°N 76.08°E / 18.0; 76.08
Country India
648 m (2,126 ft)
 • Total31,714
 • OfficialMarathi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Pin code
413 601
ISO 3166 codeIN-MH
Lok Sabha constituencyOsmanabad
Vidhan Sabha constituencyTuljapur[1]

Tuljapur is the location of the annual Tulja Bhavani fair during Navaratri (September–October). The town is home to the Tulja Bhavani Temple.

Geography edit

It has an elevation of 648 metres (2125 feet).

Demographics edit

As of 2001 India census, Tuljapur had a population of 31,714. Males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. Tuljapur had an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 76%, and female literacy was 60%. In 2001 in Tuljapur, 14% of the population was under 6 years of age.[2] Marathi is spoken here.

Culture edit

The Tulja Bhavani Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Bhavani. The town has received much notice during past centuries since the temple has always enjoyed a special association with the Bhosale clan to which Chhatrapati Shivaji belonged. Goddess Bhavani was the family deity of the Bhosale clan. As the Goddess Bhavani is the deity of many people from Maharashtra, they come walking in during the Dasara Festival to worship the Goddess Bhavani. Every year after Navaratri, on the eve of Kojagiri pournima, many devotees cover long distances to reach the city. Huge crowds are drawn to the temple for worshipping the goddess Bhavani.

The temple-town of Pandharpur, the Dharashiv caves, and the Naldurg Fort all lie within easy reach.

Pooja edit

The noble minded priests from well known family encompasses Magar, Hangargekar, Karhade, Palange, Bhosale, Tole, Kadam from the Maratha caste and Pathak, Lasane, Prayag, Shamraj and Kulkarni families are brahmin priests in Tuljabhavani temple from very prior time.

Education edit

The city of Tuljapur is the centre for many government schools like Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sainik School (which trains students for the army education). Colleges like Shree Tuljabhavani College of Engineering and many other colleges offering degree courses like Y. C. College, Tuljabhavani College, Kulswamini college are located here.

The school has both secondary and higher secondary education facilities. The aim is to inculcate a spirit of patriotism and encourage a career in the Armed Forces of India. The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, a deemed university of international repute has started a B.A., M.A., Mphil., and Phd programme.

Transport edit

Tuljapur has frequent buses from Solapur which is situated 45 km away and also from Osmanabad which is 25 km away from Tuljapur. Nearest railway stations are in Solapur (45 km) and Osmanabad (25 km). also many of commercial vehicles are available to Hindu devotees who generally come at Navratri week. MSRTC provide ac shivshai bus service on nashik, pune, kolhapur, etc Tuljapur has frequent buses from Latur which is situated 71 km away and also from Pune which is 297 km away from Tuljapur. Frequent buses from Parbhani which is situated 228 km away and also from Nanded which is 206 km away from Tuljapur.

References edit

  1. ^ "Assembly Constituencies-Post delimitation: Maharashtra: Osmanabad District" (PDF). National Informatics Centre, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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