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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ashtavinayaka - Chintamani

Contributed by Rupali...

Chintamani Temple is the fifth Ganesha Temple to be visited during the Ashta Vinayaka yatra. Shri Chintaamani located in Thevoor, Maharashtra is considered to be one of the Ashta Vinayak shrines of Maharashtra, celebrating eight instances of legends related to Ganesha. Chintamani Vinayak in Maharashtra is assoiated with thelegend of the Chintamani gem and Kapila Muni.

The murty is facing towards east and left and the trunk is turned on left side.The idol is believed to be "Swayambhu" ( Self Created ) as was found or not sculpted by human hands. Peshwe Madhavrao had his last breath at this place.This divine place is 17 kms.away from Pune,at Theoor,in Haveli taluka.This is a very ancient temple.The dome of this temple is gold plated. On the visit of Gana ( Son of King Abhijit ) to Saga Kapila he coveted the Chintamani,which Kapila used to fulfill his wishes. Kapila refused to part with the stone but Gana took it forcibly. Shri Durga advised Kapila to worship Ganpati. After worshipping Kapila killed Gana.

Then King Abhijit returned the Jewel to Kapila but he did not take it. Ganpati stayed on the spot under Kadamba tree and called himself Chintamani. The great Madhavrao Peshwa  renovated this place. Peshwe Wada - a mansion built by the Peshwas is worth a visit. The legend of this temple centers around the Chintaamani gem.

Sage Kapila had a gem by name Chintaamani which could  fulfill one's desires.Kapila was visited by a young princeby name Guna  who was son of Gunavati and Abhijit. Kapila used the powers of the gem and created a deliceous meal for the prince.

The prince shaken by the power of the gem grabbed it from the sage.Sad Kapila Muni prayed to Vinayaka for help. Vinayaka restored the gem from the prince, however the sage refused to accept it, and began to rever Vinayaka as Chintaamani Vinayaka.

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