Ashtavinayak Temple !! Chintamani Mandir !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jai Ganesha !!

Chintamani Mandir is one of the Eight Holy Abodes of Lord Ganesha located on the confluence of river Bhima and Mula-Mutha in Theur, Pune, Maharashtra.  This is one of the ancient temples of Lord Ganesha was rebuilt by Saint Morya Gosavi, later Madhav Rao Peshwa, ruler of Maratha Empire and an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesha has made abundance of contributions to this temple.  In this temple Lord Ganesha worshipped in the form of a self - manifested idol.
Presiding deity – Lord Chintamani with his consort Goddesses Sri Siddhi and Buddhi

Sthalavruksham – Kadamba
Theertham – River Bhima & Mula-Mutha
Worshipped by – Lord Brahma, Lord Indra, Sage Kapila,
Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Ganesha to get rid of Chinta (worries)
Lord Indra worshipped Lord Ganesha to get rid of the curse of Sage Gauthama.
Sub Shrines – Lord Mahadeva, Lord Vishnu with his consort Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Lord Anjaneya,
Festivals – Ganesha Chathurthi, Ganesha Jayanthi, Somavati Amavasya, Vijayadashami, Rama-Madhav Punyostav on the eighth day in the month of Karthik commemorates the death anniversary of Madhav Rao Peshwa and Rama Bhai the chaste wife of Madhav Rao embraced Sati by sacrificing her life on the funeral pyre of her husband. 
The legend has that Ganasura was the son of King Abhijith and his wife Gunavanthi.   He underwent severe penance worshipping Lord Shiva and eventually obtained several boons including the kingship of the three worlds of heaven, earth and netherworld, he had a peculiar boon that the  his death would take place in the hands of who has all the three Gunas  of Swatik, Rajass & Tamass.  He turned out too haughty after obtaining the boons and started harassing the world.  He arrived with his army of men to the Kadamba forest and accepted the hospitality of Sage Kapila.  Sage received Ganasura and his huge army and   offered them a sumptuous meal with the help of Chintamani, a wish fulfilling jewel.    Ganasura threatened Sage Kapila and seized the divine jewel from the helpless Sage.    Sage Kapila was grief-stricken, he earnestly prayed to Lord Ganesha.  On that night Lord Ganesha along with his Ganas appeared in the dream of Ganasura.  One of the Ganas of Lord Ganesha severed the head of Ganasura.  Ganasura got off from the sleep and worriedly approached with his army of men to the hermitage of Sage Kapila, though the King Abhijith was strongly opposed the very idea of his son, it ended in vain.  Ganasura and his men of army destroyed the hermitage of Sage Kapila.  Instantaneously, Lord Ganesha’s female power personified as a thousand armed warrior Laksha and wiped out the army of Ganasura.  Lord Ganesha beheaded the demon Ganasura and returned the Chintamani to Sage Kapila.  But Sage Kapila was graciously returned the Chintamani to Lord Ganesha and earnestly prayed to Lord to remain assuming the name Chintamani on this sacred land forever. 
Jai Ganesha  !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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