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TULJAPUR - BHAVANI

In the garbhagriba is the image of the devi variously known as Tvarita, Turaja, Tulaja, Bhavani and Amba This is a stone image about three feet in height, of black polished stone. The devi has eight arms and they carry various ayudbas in the following order. The lowermost right hand holds a trident, the next one a dagger, the one above this an arrow and theuppermost right hand wields the chakra, In the upper most left hand is a sbankh, next is a bow, the third one carries a bowl and the lower most left hand holds the knot of hair on the head of the asur.The right leg is planted firmly on the body of Mahishasur, the left one is on the ground, between the two is the head of the asur gripped by the lower left arm. The vahan of the devi is a lion, and on the backrest are carved the sun and the nloon on the left and right sides of the devi. To her left is an image of a tapasvin; head touching the ground and legs pointing towards the sky. This is a representation of Anubhuti, a woman tapasvini who was responsible for bringing Tvarita devi on this Yamunachal. On the head Tests a crown that has a yoni and ling carved on it. Ornaments like earrings, kundalas, necklaces etc. are carved on the image. This image is supposed to be Iswayambhu'-seliborn, created without the medium of human agency. However from the nature of the sculptural characteristics experts assign the late seventeenth or eighteenth century as the period of its carving. The Mahalakshmi of Kolhapur and Vitthal of Pandharpur had been kept in hiding during the days of Moslem rule to escape desecration. However, it is clear from the records that the Bhavani of Tuljapur was not so fortunate. Sabhasad Bakhar, a Marathi chronicle of the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji, written during the last quarter of the seventeenth century is considered to be a reliable source of historical information by most scholars. This Bakhar, contains the following information regarding the devi of Tuljapur:

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