Bhavani also known as Tulaja, Amba and Jagadamba is an incarnation of Mata Parvati. She is also worshipped in North India as Mata Durga. Once she killed the demon Matanga who created lot of problems to the people in the earth and also troubled the gods in the heaven.Due to the worship of the gods and humans, Mata Parvati took the form of “BHAVANI” and destroyed the terrible demon.
Mata Bhavani was worshipped by the Maratha King Shivaji and by his mother. The king, his relatives and his region’s people were very much devoted to Mata Bhavani and their main deity was Bhavani. They will used to worship Tuljapur Bhavani Temple in Maharashtra, and also King Shivaji had introduced many puja schemes and it is also believed that he had offered food to the devotees in the Tuljapur Bhavani Temple.
Every year during Navaratri (September to October), lot of devotees would throng to the Tuljapur Bhavani Temple and worship their beloved goddess with much delight and devotion in their mind. The Bhavani temple in Tuljapur of Maharashtra is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas.
The goddess Bhavani is worshipped by the people throughout Maharashtra. Many families from Maharashtra consider her as their Kuladevi. The idol of Tulja Bhavani is made of black stone. The appearance of the goddess is described as very beautiful and shining. She protects her devotees, and takes care of them throughout their life. Temples for Mata Bhavani is situated throughout india. She is also worshipped as “BHAVANI AMMAN” and “BHAVANI THULUKANATHAMMAN” in Tamil Nadu.
Out of the Bhavani Amman temples, Periyapalayam Bhavani Amman temple is a very famous temple. And devotees would worship the holy mother during Tuesdays and Fridays and they will offer “PONGAL” and “MIXED RICE” as naivedyam to the goddess and will distribute it among the devotees. Koozh offering also takes place in most of the amman temples in Tamil Nadu during the Tamil month of Aadi.
Bhavani Thulukanathamman temple in Agaram is also a famous temple. Fire walking ceremony (Thimithi) would take place in the months of Aadi – Aavani of every year in this temple.
By worshipping Mata Bhavani, we will get spiritual energy in our mind and body, and we will get her divine touch. She is the protector of the entire universe, and she is always ready to safeguard us from all the ill effects occurring in our life. We can worship her by going to her temples, chant her names and slokas and must concentrate our mind on praying to her. She will remove all the difficulties in our life and gives all the necessities to us.
Let us worship the holy mother, MA BHAVANI and be blessed.
“JAI MA BHAVANI”
“JAI CHATRAPATHI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”