Chintamani Temple

Chintamani Temple is situated in the place called Theur, district of Pune, Maharashtra.

Chintamani Temple has been revered as one of the Ashtavinayaka temples, dedicated to Lord Ganesha. And this temple takes the fifth place among the eight temples. And the Chintamani Temple is appraised to be the largest temple among the eight temples of Lord Ganesha.

Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples of Lord Ganesha, which is located in and around Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha, the son of Supreme god Lord Shiva, identified by the elephant headed god of wisdom, is praised as the God of Unity, Prosperity and learning and prosperity. Every eight temples of Lord Ganesha reveals its own history and specialties.

The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:

  1. Mayureshwar Temple – situated in Morgaon, Pune
  2. Siddhivinayak Temple – situated in  Siddhatek, Ahmednagar
  3. Ballaleshwar Temple – situated in Pali, Raigad
  4. Varadavinayak Temple – situated in  Mahad, near Khopoli, Raigad
  5. Chintamani Temple – situated in  Theur, Pune
  6. Girijatmaj Temple – situated in  Lenyadri, Pune
  7. Vighnahar Temple – situated in  Ozar, Pune
  8. Mahaganapati Temple – situated in  Ranjangaon, Pune.

The special feature of the Ashtavinayaka temple is that the trunk of Lord Ganesha differs in its direction in each of the eight temples.

And a notable and important one to be known is that the pilgrimage visit to all the Ashtavinayaka temples is said to be fulfilled only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. i.e., visiting back to the Morgan Ganesha Temple.  The procedure of worshiping Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture.

The other additional details about the construction of the temple and the leaders are not available. However, the temple is believed to be built by the prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect called Morya Gosavi, and he was said to be a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.

Fortes of Chintamani Temple

The main god of Chintamani temple is Lord Chintamani (Lord Ganesha), seated in cross legged posture, and notably the trunk of Lord Chintamani at this temple is tilted towards the left. And the other deities of the temple are Lord Mahadeva (Lord Shiva), Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and so on.

The history of the temple reveals the recovery of the magical ‘Wish-fulfilling Jewel’ of Chintamani temple by Lord Chintamani from a demon king for the sake of the His devotees.

Impressively. Chintamani Temple is considered as a spiritual magnet of Peshwa rulers. Peshwa is the titular equivalent of a modern Prime Minister, specifically known to the Madhav Rao I, the fourth Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.

Festivals

  • Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
  • Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
  • Rama-Madhav Punyostav – November or December

Transportation

By Air
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 14 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple.

By Train
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple Theur is Pune junction train station Junction which is 18 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple.

By Road
State-run as well as private buses operate on a frequent basis between the two cities. Pune is very well connected to the other major cities by air, rail and road. Nearby Cities Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur.

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