Chintamani Temple is the fifth temple among the Ashtavinayaka temples and is located at Theur, Pune.
About the Temple
Legend around the temple explains the retrieval of Chintamani, the wish-fulfilling jewel by Lord Ganesha from a demon king for His devotee. It is appraised to be the largest temple among the eight temples of Lord Ganesha. It is considered as a spiritual magnet of Peshwa rulers. The temple was believed to be built by the Morya Gosavi, a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha.
About the Deity
The main deity of this temple is Lord Ganesha as Lord Chintamani, seated in cross legged posture with the trunk turned to the left. Other deities of the temple are Lord Mahadeva (Lord Shiva), Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi etc.
Legend and Stories
Sage Kapila had the Chintamani Gem in his possession which has the capacity to grant one’s wishes. When a young prince called Guna visited the sage, Kapila exhibited the power of this Gem to the prince; he even arranged a sumptuous meal to the prince by praying to the Gem. Seeing the power of the gem, the jealous and greedy prince managed to take possession of the Gem. Bereaved, Sage Kapila prayed to Lord Ganesh to get it back. Pleased by the devotion of the sage, Lord Ganesh brought the gem back. But the sage refused to take back it. Instead he put that on Lord Ganesh’s neck.
Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
Rama-Madhav Punyostav – November or December
Domestic Issues, Fulfill Wishes, Prosperity
Nearby Place To Visit
Girijaatmaja Vinayak Temple
Mumba Devi Temple
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
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. The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple Theur is Pune junction train station Junction which is 18 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple. The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 14 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple.
Chintamani Temple of Ganesh / Vinayak
Theur Kesanand Road, Near Chinthamani Museum, Chinthamani, Theur
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
The temple is open from 06:00 AM to 12:00 AM and from 05.00 PM to 8.00 PM.