• Ganesh

Chintamani Temple

At Theyoor in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the Ashtavinayak temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is located along the river Mulamutha and the village is also known as Kadambanagar where a great battle was fought between Ganesha and Ganraja.The story goes that King Abhjit & queen Gunavati did penance for several years on the advice of sage Vaishampayan & begot a son named Ganaraja. Ganaraja was as furious as he was brave & valorous. Once after his hunting expedition he came to Kapila Rishi's Ashram to take rest.During lunch, he saw the sage feeding the army with food that he got from a jewel called Chintamani which was given to him Lord Indra, the king of Gods. Ganaraja was impressed with the jewel and wanted it for himself. When the sage refused, he took it away by force. Dissappointed, the sage consulted Goddess durga who asked him to worship Lord Ganesha and ask for the jewel as a boon. A fierce battle ensued between Lord Ganesha & Ganaraja at the end of which Lord Ganesha killed Ganaraja.King Abhjit returned the Chintamani to sage Kapila. But by then Kapilmuni had lost all desire to possess the Chintamani ratna and he offered it Lord Ganesh. He tied the Chintamani Ratna around Lord Ganesh's neck and so he came to be known as the Chintamani Vinayak.Since all of this occurred under a Kadamba tree, Theyoor was also known as Kadambanagar

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • For peace of mind
Shlokas

Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada

Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.

Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey

Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.

Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam

Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.

Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat

Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.

Timings

5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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