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-: Hindu Temples :-
Lord Ganesha Temples

Chintamani Ashtavinayak Temple, Theur

 

"Brahma Srushtyadisakta Sthirahittam Pidito Vighnasande

Aakranto Bhutirakya Krutiganrajasa Jeevita Tyaktu Mischina

Swatmanan Sarvayakta Ganapatimamal Satyachintamaniyam

Mukta stapayant sthirmatisukhadam stavare dhudhi Midhe"

Meaning : The one who is in search of happiness, who is in the midst of all calamaties should go to Sthavar means Theur & worship Shree Chintamani & get rid of all (worries) & calamities.

 

At Theyoor in the Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra is the temple dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. The village is along the river Mulamutha. Ganesh as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.

It is believed that Brahma the creator once felt tharva that is restive. To still his mind he called upon Lord Ganesh. The place where Brahma achieved the quietude he was looking for is known as the Sthavar region or as Theur.

Legends :

Abhijeet was a great and powerful king who had everything in life except a son who would be the heir to his throne. The king and his wife at the suggestion of Rishi Vaishyampayane carried great penance and were finally rewarded with son who they named Gana. He later came to be known as Ganaraja.

The son was bright brave and gifted except he was also very aggressive. Ganaraja was once invited to visit the ashram of Sage Kapil. The sage was a good host and with the help of the Chintamani Ratna [a precious stone] he was able to serve the best of food to Ganaraj. Impressed by the ratna, Ganaraj wanted it for himself, but when Kapilmuni refused to part with the ratna, he forcibly took it away from him.

Goddess Durga who was Kapilmuni’s mentor advised him to seek the help of Lord Ganesh.

Lord Ganesh responded to his call and battled with Ganaraj under a Kadamba tree and managed to get the ratna back for Kapilmuni. 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.

 

Theur is situated at a distance of 25kms from pune in Haveli Taluka of Pune District. Theur is situated at the confluence of the Mula, Mutha, and Bhima rivers. Theur is the nearest astavinayak from Pune. At Theyoor the temple is dedicated to Chintamani Vinayak. Ganesh as Chintamani is god who brings peace of mind and drives away all perplexities of the mind.

The temple is build during the rule of Peshwas. The total cost of expenditure incurred to make the temple was Rs. 40,000 which in today's world amounts to Rs 400 million. The temple is made so strong that it still has the same structure even after 400 years of existence, the gathering hall is still original made with wood.

As Peshwas visited these place very frequently, the two 5 metal bell bought from Europe from the church was one kept in Mahad and other one was kept here . As after the death of Madhav Rao Peshwa, his wife went for sati, the beautiful garden was made in her memory is very attractive to see.

The main archway of the temple faces north.Temple hall is made up of wood and there is a small fountain made up of black stone in the hall.The courtyard of the temple is quite big paved with floor. There is a small temple of Lord Shankar in the courtyard of the temple.A big bell can also be seen in the temple. The Idol faces east and is swayambhu (self emanated) and has a left side trunk.There are carbuncle and diamonds in the eyes of Vinayaka.

Temple :

The main archway of the temple faces North. Madhavarao Peshava had built a concrete road from main gate up to Mula-Mutha river. Temple hall is made up of wood & there is a small fountain made up of black stone in the hall. The courtyard of the temple is big paved with floor. There is small temple of God Shiva in the courtyard of the temple. A big bell can be seen outside the main temple.

The temple was built by Dharanidhar Maharaj Dev from the family of Moraya Gosavi. One hundred years later Madhavarao Peshava built a hall for this temple. Haripant Phadake & other devotees had done timely repairs of the temple.

Festivals :

Two festivals, one in Bhadrapada from Pratipada to Saptami & another in Magh are celebrated in Theur on grand scale. In those days Ganesh idols in the nearby temples are worshipped & offered naivedya. This is called as Dwaryatra. On Sankashti & Angaraki people give food to poor. They have been provided with the utensils to prepare food.

Lord Chintamani was a family God of Madhavarao Peshva. His palace was near the temple & now it is converted into garden. Madhavarao Peshva had stayed in this palace in his last sickness. He renovated the temple & performed various religious programs in the temple. By chanting Gajanan he passed away. Ramabai, wife of Madhavarao Peshva burnt herself with corpse of Madhavarao Peshva on bank of the Mula Mutha river. Sati's vrindavan was built on that place. It was Kartik Vadya Ashtami. Rama Madhav death anniversary is celebrated here on Kartik Vadya Ashtami.

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