SHREE CHINTAMANI TEMPLE AT THEUR

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Location : 30-km From Pune, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity: Chintamani Ganesh
Special Feature: Overry-Separate Section For Meditation
Built By: Shri Daharnidhar Maharaj Devji, Son Of Maurya Gosaviji

Theur is a village, which lies along the river Mulamutha in Haveli Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra. It is 30-km away from Pune and is one of the most ancient areas of Maharashtra. It is believed that at Theur, Morya Gosavi attained siddhi (knowledge). Shri Daharnidhar Maharaj Devji, son of Maurya Gosaviji, erected the temple here.

Legend

The legend goes like this, a king, called Abhijeet, was asked by Saint Vaishampayan to meditate for a son. Gunavati, wife of the king soon gave birth to a son and the prince was named Gunn. Abhijeet's son grew up into brave and hard-working prince. One day he went to the ashram of sage Kapil. Kapil invoked the Chintamani jewel and prepared a feast of five delicacies for the prince.

The prince liked the jewel and craved for the jewel and when Kapil refused to part with it, he snatched it from the sage. Kapil sought the help of Ganesha and the Lord defeated the young prince and returned the Chintamani to the sage. The sage, however, refused to accept it and offered the same to the Lord. Ganesha then took the name Chintamani and made the Kadamba tree in the ashram his abode.

The Temple

Shri Daharnidhar Maharaj Devji constructed the temple and Madhavrao Peshwa built the Sabhamandap of the temple after 100 years. The Sabhamandap of the temple is made of wood and one can see a fountain in its centre, which is made of stone. The main gate of the temple faces North. The Peshwa built a road stretching from the main door to the river near by. Recently the shikhar- the crest, of the temple was anointed in gold.

The idol of Chintamani is purvabhimukha-facing east, the body of the idol has no clear feature formation. The eyes are studded with precious stones. An interesting feature of this temple is that there is a separate section for meditation. It is called an Overry. These sections were found often in old temples but temples made in recent times do not have these sections.

Other Attractions

There was a residential palace of Bajirao Peshwa near the temple. He died here in 1772, following which his wife Ramabai committed Sati. Ramabai's memorial is at the riverbank. In the premises of this temple one can also see a small temple dedicated to Lord Shivaa.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Pune is the nearest airport (30-km).

Rail: The nearest railway station is at Pune.

Road: Pune Municipal Corporation as well as the MTDC ply buses from Pune to Theur.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels at Pune




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