The Chintamani Vinayak Temple at Theur is the Second Ganesha temple to be visited during the Asthavinayak Darshan tour at Theur. Moraya Gosavi is believed to have attained Siddhi (Knowledge) after performing Tapsya. The Peshwas, who worshipped Ganesha as their kuladaivat (“family deity”).
In this shrine, Lord Ganesh as Chintamani brings peace of mind and drives away all the perplexities. According to the Legend, it is at this spot Lord Ganesha is believed to have restored the precious Chintamani jewel from the greedy Prince Guna who stole it from Sage Kapila. However, the sage refused to take the gem back and began to call Lord Ganesh as Chintaamani Vinayaka. Since the incident took place under a Kadamba tree this place also came to be known as Kadambanagar.
Architecture of Chintamani Vinayak Temple
The Chintamani Vinayak temple was built during the rule of Peshwas by Sri Daharnidhar Maharaj Devji. The main Gate of the Chintamani Vinayak temple faces north and the temple has a temple hall made of wood. We can see a fountain made up of black stone in the hall. As Peshwas visited this place very frequently, one of the two five-metal bells bought from Europe from the church was kept here and the other bell was kept in Mahad. After the death of Madhav Rao Peshwa, his wife went for sati and a beautiful garden was made in her memory which is very attractive to see.
Lord Ganesha had a battle with Ganaraj under a Kadamba tree and he got the Chintamani Gem back from Ganaraj and given back to the sage. But by that time Kapil muni lost all the desire to have the Chintamani gem with him and he offered it to Lord Ganesh. Kapil Muni tied the Chintamani Ratna around Lord Ganesh’s neck and so Lord Ganesh was known as Chintamani Vinayak. All these incidents took place under a Kadamba tree, There is also known as Kadamba nagar.
Festivals in Chintamani Vinayak Temple
Important Hindu Festivals are celebrated at Chintamani Vinayak Temple during the month of Bhadrapad Shuddh (the waxing period) from Pratipada to Saptami (from the first to the sixth) and in the month of Magh Shuddh till the ashtami (eighth day). During these days, the idols of Lord Ganesh in the nearby temples are worshipped and offered Naivedyam. This is called as Dwaryatra.
How to Reach Chintamani Vinayak Temple
|By Road||Nearest Railway Station||Nearest Airport||Google Map|
|1. The distance between Pune – Theur 25 km.||Pune||1. Pune, which is 10 km from Pune.|
|2. The distance between Loni – Theur 5 km.||Loni||Map|