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One of the most auspicious festivals, it is celebrated from Ashwin
Pratipada (first day of Hindu lunar month) to Ashwin Paurnima
(full moon day) which usually falls in the month of
September-October. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the
event of the Goddess going to her cosmic sleep (Nidra) of five
days. On Ashwin Shudh 10, the most important festival Dashera is
celebrated. "Simollanghan" (symbolic crossing of boundaries) the
most auspicious event of the festival, is performed in the early
morning. During this ritual, the Holy Idol of Tuljabhawani is
taken out from the Garbh Graha and placed in to the palanquin
(Palkhi) which is carried in procession encircling the temple.
After this procession, it is believed by the devotees that the
deity retires to her sleeping chambers for resting up to Ashwin
Pournima (fool moon day). The Deity is believed to wake up from
her cosmic sleep of five days on Ashwin Pournima (Full moon day).
This being the most important and sacred occasion, nearly one
million devotees gather in Tuljapur to witness the sacred event.
This 5 days festival is celebrated each
year in honour of Goddess Shakambhari in the Poush month
according to Hindu lunar calendar (November/ December). This is a
sort of mini recreation of the sacred events taking place during
the Shardiya Navratra Utsav. During this festival, dramas and
music concerts are organized by the Devasthan Trust. Many
renowned singers, musicians and artists participate in these
concerts and cultural programmes and exhibit the prowess of their
performances. This year, i.e. 2009-10, well known artist from
Marathi Theater and cinema Prashant Damale rendered his
performance in the functions organized by the Devasthan Trust,
along with the famous music composer Shridhar Phadake and a folk
singer Vitthal Umap, also gave excellent performances.The trust
has also started giving "Shree Tuljai Stree Shakti Puraskar" an
award in recognition of extra ordinary achievements in different
fields accomplished by women of Maharashtra.
On the occasion of Shakambhari Navratri
during the period of Paush Shudha Prathama to Ashtami, the
Goddess sleeps. This is the period of creational sleep for the
Devi and the day in which she wakes up is celebrated as her birth
day. Therefore, the nine days of this sleep is considered as nine
months of birth. Before this Navratri, the Goddess sleeps on the
silver bed and after its completion, she sleeps for 5 days on the
sandalwood bed of her ancestral place and for the next 8 days she
again sleeps on the silver bed. Hence when the one who bears the
burden of this universe rests, her devotees give up on items like
beds, pillows, etc.
This is an important and glittering
function in which, the replica of Deity’s holy idol, made of
silver is placed on the chariot decorated with colorful sculpts
of lions, elephants, horses, bulls, eagles and peacocks, shown
as carriers and the procession moves on accompanied by drum
beaters and devotees singing traditional devotional songs.
After waking up from sleep the Goddess
witnessed the growing atrocity of Mahishasur and battled him
till 9 days. On the ninth day, the demon surrendered to the
goddess and asked her to forgive her. Due to the rigorous battle
she got tired and slept for 5 days and that is referred as Shram
Before Navratri, the Goddess was in
meditative sleep but after seeing the growing atrocities of
Mahishasur on the gods, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva
persuaded the Goddess after 8 days to wake up and kill him. After
waking up from this sleep, the Goddess exhibited a powerful
manifestation and saved the Gods from Mahishasur.
This event takes place on Pousha Shuddha
Pratipada. Here the idol of the deity is applied with turmeric
and kept on special silver cot or Palanga which is there for
sleeping of deity.