Chintamani Temple of Ganesh / Vinayak Theur Kesanand Road, Near Chinthamani Museum, Chinthamani, Theur -412110
Pune, Maharashtra, IN

The temple is "one of the larger and more famous" among the Ashta Vinayaka.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Chintamani Temple

This temple is very famous Ganesha (Vinayaga/ Pillayar/ Ganapathi) Temple covered under Ashta Vinayaga Temples.

The current temple was built by the Ganapataya Saint Morya Gosavi. Morya Gosavi often visited the temple on his trips between his home town Chinchwad and Morgaon, the foremost of the Ashta Vinayaka temples.

On every fourth lunar day, after the full moon, Morya used to visit the Theur temple. Based on the story, Morya performed penance at Theur, by observing a strict fast for 42 days.( within this period, one who fasts is believed to have "divine revelations").  It is believed that Lord Ganesha appeared in the form of a tiger to Morya and granted him Siddhi.  Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the family deity of the Peshwas. The Theur temple has been a spiritual magnet of the Peshwas, especially Madhavrao I.  He reconstructed the temple and used to visit before engaging in any battle and after the battle to pay his gratitude for the success in battle. In the period of extreme illness that led to his death, Madhavrao tried to please the Lord by performing him a perennial abhisheka of milk.

In the circuit of the Ashtavinayak, Theur falls as a fifth temple. 

According to the history, Ganasura was the son of king Abhijit and his wife Gunavati.  The greedy and hot-headed warrior king, Gana pleased  Lord Shiva with his worship.  Lord Shiva grants Gana the kingship of the three worlds . Once, Gana and his entire army arrives at the hermitage of the sage Kapila, who owned the wish-granting jewel Chintamani. Kapila serves the prince and his army with delicious food created with the help of the jewel.  The greedy prince desires to acquire the jewel, however the sage refuses. Somehow, Gana seizes it from the sage. Kapila, a devotee of Ganesha, prays to Ganesha to retrieve the gem.

Ganesha with his army appears in Gana's dream. In his dream,one of his soldiers cuts Gana's head.  Gana wakes up and marches towards Kapila's hermitage with his army, intending to slay the sage. Abhijit tries to dissuade his son and advises him to return Chintamani to the sage, but in vain.  Gana starts to destroy the hermitage. At that time, the goddess Siddhi appears and creates a thousand-armed warrior Laksha, who destroys Gana's army while Ganesha himself beheads the arrogant prince. According to another legend, the god Brahma meditated here and got Ganesha's blessings.  

The temple's main gate located to the North is relatively smaller compared to the scale of the temple, however the central icon of Chintamani-Ganesha faces East.  Besides the central shrine dedicated to Ganesha, there are number of smaller shrines in the temple complex:

Mahadeva (Shiva) temple, Vishnu-Lakshmi temple, Hanuman temple etc.

Behind the temple is the Peshwa Wada .The temple celebrates three main festivals.  The Ganesha Prakatostav corresponds to the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.  The festival is celebrated from the first to the seventh day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, where Ganesh Chaturthi is the fourth day.  A fair is held on this occasion. The Maghotsav festival is held to commemorate the birthday of Ganesha  that is Ganesha Jayanti, which falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Magha. The temple festival is celebrated from the first to the eighth of the month.  A fair is also organised.  The Rama-Madhav Punyostav on the eighth day of the Kartika month commemorates the death anniversary of the temple's best known patron, Madhavrao Peshwa and his wife Ramabai Peshawa.

Places

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Aga Khan Palace

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Bund Garden

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Shaniwar Wada

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Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum

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Katraj Snake Park

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