Shree Chintamani Temple, Pune

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  • Peaceful place close to city. Divine and clean. Excellent maintenance. Small temple but crowded in some days  more »
  • The Chintamani Temple of Theur is One of Astvinayak Ganapati. It is a Famous Ganapati temple. Roads from Pune to the temple are good, parking facility is available on few minutes walk from the temple.  more »
  • One can always get a good darshan despite this being close to a major city like Pune. Very calm and a simple temple.  more »
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  • The Chintamani Temple of Theur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom. Located 25 km (16 mi) from Pune,[1] the temple is "one of the larger and more famous" of the Ashtavinayaka, the eight revered shrines of Ganesha in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The temple lore describes how Ganesha retrieved the wish-giving jewel Chintamani for his devotee, the sage Kapila from the greedy king Gana and how he pacifies the uneasy mind of the god Brahma, who meditated on him in Theur. The temple is associated with the Ganapatya saint Morya Gosavi (dated between 13th to 17th century). Though the temple is believed to have existed since antiquity, the current structure of the temple was built by him or his descendant. The Chintamani Temple was also a spiritual magnet for the Peshwa rulers, especially Madhavrao I (1745–1772) who renovated and made additions to the temple structure. Theur is located in the Haveli taluka of Pune district,[2] near the confluence of river Bhima and the conjoint river Mula-Mutha.[1] Religious significance[edit] Though Theur is prescribed to the fifth temple to be visited in the Ashtavinayak circuit, pilgrims often visit Theur second in the circuit after Morgaon, as it is a more convenient route.[3] The Mudgala Purana narrates: Gana or Guna or Ganasura[2] was the son of king Abhijit and his wife Gunavati. A strong, but greedy and hot-headed warrior king, Gana pleases the god Shiva – Ganesha's father with his worship. Shiva grants Gana the kingship of the three worlds – heaven, earth and underworld and decreed that Gana could not be killed by anything that possessed any of the three gunas. Once, Gana and his entire 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. However, 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; 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. Ganesha's shakti ("power") – the goddess Siddhi appears and creates a thousand-armed warrior Laksha, who destroys Gana's army while Ganesha himself beheads the arrogant prince. Ganesha returns the jewel to Kapila, however, the sage chooses to have his Lord instead of the jewel itself. So, Ganesha stays on in Theur with Kapila, taking the name of the jewel Chintamani.[4] The name Theur originates from the Sanskrit word Sthavar meaning stable. According to another legend, the god Brahma meditated here and his restless mind became sthavar due to Ganesha's blessings. Since Ganesha got rid of Brahma's Chintas ("worries"), he became known as Chintamani.[5] According to another tale, the god-king Indra worshipped Ganesha here under the Kadamba tree to get rid of the sage Gautama's curse. The place was thus known as Kadamaba-Nagar, the town of Kadamba trees.[2] History[edit] Though Theur is believed to a Ganapatya (sect which considers Ganesha as the Supreme Being) pilgrimage centre since ancient times,[2] the current temple was built by the Ganapatya saint Morya Gosavi or his descendant Dharmadhar (Dharanidhar).[2][4][5] The exact date of the temple is unknown.
  • Nice temple. Closing time 2200 hrs. Big campus Nice to visit. Enjoyable.
  • Chintamani Theur temple is one of the Ashtavinayak temples. Nice temple to visit, very peaceful place. Situated just 10 kms from Hadapsar.
  • Nice experience, well manager queues. There is a Lord Shiva Linga at below the temple ground level outside the premises of Lord Vigneshwara.
  • Best historic preservation temple. One of Ashtavinayak Ganesha, Chintamani. Basic facilities available including water and food. Traffic is major issue. Parking issue during peak times. It is at distance less than one hour from main Pune city. Chintamani name basically meaning that the Ganesh take away all yours worries . The temple makes you very happy and it is a must visit place with children as well as senior citizens. It The Chintamani Temple of Theur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom. Located 25 km (16 mi) from Pune, the temple is "one of the larger and more famous" of the Ashtavinayaka, the eight revered shrines of Ganesha in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

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