The second among the 'Shaktipeeths' is Tulja Bhavani of Tuljapur. It was the family deity of the Bhosale kings. 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". There was a sage known as "Kardam" After his death his wife "Anubuti" had performed a penance at the banks of river "mandakini " for Bhavani mata to look after her infant child. While performing the penance the demon known "Kukur" tried to disturb her penance during which Mata Bhavani came to the aid of "Anubuti" and killed the demon "Kukur". From that day onwards the Goddess Bhavani came to be known as Tulja Bhavani. The temple is located on the hill of "Bala ghat". The same place is today known as Tuljapur. The Idol: The Idol of the Shree Tulja Bhavani mata is a "swayambu" idol. The goddess is having eight hands sitting on a thrown.

Then comes the main temple. Around the temple on all four sides there is ample movable space. (prangana). Exactly in front of the temple there is a pitch for fire sacrifice. (homa-kunda). It is not very deep and is built of stones.

On either sides of this fire – sacrifice – pitch two tall stone pillars (deep-mala) stand. During festivals burning lamps are kept on the pillars. It is believed that the great Maratha king Chhatrapatee Shivajee Maharaj got them built in memory of his success over the powerful Sardar Afzulkhaan.

After that there is a pendal (sabha-mandap). It is also built in by stones. Small images of different gods and goddess are carved on the stones. In this pendal exactly opposite the main idol there is a lion statue carved out of white marble.
The goddess bhavanee’s favorite animal for riding is the lion. So it is set up.
The main room-or-gaabhara (sanctuary) is also made up of stones. In it stands the main idol of Bhavanee Mata. The idol is carved out of a special black stone (gandakee-stone).

On the right a lion is carved out. On the left there is the lady-devotee viz. Anubhooti. Near the right shoulder there is moon and near the left shoulder the sun is carved. The idol has eight hands. Various types of weapons are in her palms.

In one of her right palms she holds a trishoola (a three pointed spear) which she has stabbed in the chest of a demon Mahishasura. Her right foot is pressed on the demon. The left leg is straight on the ground. Between her two legs there is the beheaded head of a he-buffalo.

The idol is artistically carved out. It is not fixed in the ground. It is moved on some special auspicious festivals. The goddess has worn a crown and some of her long hair has come out from the crown.
The idol is about three feet in height.
Behind the temple a big, smooth, ball shaped, black stone is kept. It is known as ‘Chintamanee stone’. (Wish-full-filling-stone). An innocent devotee keeps his both palms on the stone and thinks of his problem. If the stone – ball moves on the right side his problem gets solved. If the stone moves on the left side his problem does not get solved. It is a matter of belief and one has to pay meager change for that.

It is side that the great Maratha King Chhattrapatee Shivajee Maharaj sued to come here, whenever had a problem. In front of the Bhavanee temple there is a small temple of Lord Shankara. Two big brass bells are hung in front of this temple. Auspicious family functions are performed below these bells and then they are rung loudly.

On the back side of the temple there is a door named after Shree Chhatrapatee Shivajee Maharaj from the door one can go to the monastery of Bharatee buva and to the temple of twelve-jyotee-lingam. They are about four kms. from the door.