Chintamani Temple, Theur
Lord Shree Chintamani Ganpati Temple is one of the Ashtavinayak temples or one of the eight temples for pilgrimage. Chintamani temple is the fifth temple to visit during the pilgrimage. This temple is hardly 25 km’s from Pune, Maharashtra. Noticeably one of the bigger temples in the Ashtavinayak chain of temples, this is even more famous. One reason, it being closer to Pune city.
Every significant place has its root in some great beginning. Chintamani temple is no different. As per the saying, king Gana or Ganaraja was a very aggressive and arrogant king. Once he visited the ashram of sage Kapila’s. Here he saw the Chintamani jewel (wish fulfilling stone) and its miracle. Greed overcame him and he forcibly took away the stone.
To take the stone back, sage Kapila sought help from Lord Ganesha. It is believed that it is here in Theur, that Ganesha helped sage Kapila by battling the greedy King Gana, retrieved the precious Chintamani stone and then returned it to him. However, instead of taking it sage Kapila gave it to Ganesha as a necklace. So Ganesha is also called by the name of Chintamani Vinayak.
There is a lake which flows behind the temple named Kadamb. Kadamb actually is the name of the tree under which Ganesha gave the Chintamani stone to sage Kapila. In this river, in a certain place, people can take bath and is considered to be a holy place.
It is from the north side gate, made of black stone, that you will be entering the temple. There is a large rectangular wooden hall once you enter the premises. Inside, the idol is placed facing east side and Ganesha has its trunk turned towards left.
Chintamani temple is very spacious as compared to many other temples. You can purchase prasadam by donating money inside the temple. Materials used during worship can be purchased from vendors outside the temple. You can keep your footwear here. Small eateries are also present outside for hungry souls.
Apart from Ganesha temple, small temples of other deities are also present inside the main premises like that of Lord Vishnu-Lakshmi, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, etc.
How to reach?
If you are in Pune then it is very easy to reach Chintamani temple since the distance is only 25 km’s. Theur village is situated beside the union of three rivers Mula, Mutha & Bhima. So the first thing is to reach Pune city which is a very well connected city across India. From there one can take a bus, cab or autos to travel to Chintamani temple.