Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple, the fifth temple among the Ashtavinayaka temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, is located at Theur, Pune district of Maharashtra. Ashtavinayaka temples are the eight temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, situated around the state of Maharashtra. The eight sacred temples are housed in a very determined sequence. Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god of wisdom, who is also considered as the God of Unity, Lord of obstacles, Prosperity and learning
Each temples has a specific history and more specifically, the trunk of Lord Ganesha differs from each of the eight temples. The holy visit of Ashtavinayaka temples is believed to be satisfied only after the Revisit to the first temple of Ashtavinayaka temples. The following precedence of worship to Ashtavinayaka temples is based on the Shashtra, a sacred Hindu scripture. The Ashtavinayaka Temples are:
- Shri Ballaleshwar Temple
- Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple
- Girijatmaj Temple
- Mahaganpati Mandir, Ranjangaon
- Mayureshwar Ganpati Mandir
- Siddhatek Ashtavinayak Mandir
- Varad Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Mahad
- Vighnahar Ganesh Temple, Ozar
The presiding deity of this Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple is Lord Chintamani (Lord Ganesha), seated in cross legged posture, and with the trunk turned to the left. The other deities of this temple are Lord Mahadeva (Lord Shiva), Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi etc. Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple was believed to be built by the Morya Gosavi, a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect and a great devotee of Lord Ganesha. This temple explains the retrieval of Chintamani, the wish-fulfilling jewel by Lord Ganesha from a demon king for His devotee.
Shree Chintamani Vinayaka Temple is appraised to be the largest temple among the eight temples of Lord Ganesha. This temple is considered as a spiritual magnet of Peshwa rulers, Peshwa is the titular equivalent of a modern Prime Minister, specifically known to the Madhav Rao I, the fourth Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.
- Ganesh Chaturthi or Bhadrapada Shuddha Chaturthi – August or September
- Magh Shuddha Chaturthi – January or February
- Rama-Madhav Punyostav – November or December
State-run as well as private buses operate on a frequent basis between the two cities. Pune is very well connected to the other major cities by air, rail and road. Nearby Cities Mumbai, Nasik, Nagpur.
The nearest railway station to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple Theur is Pune junction train station Junction which is 18 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple.
The nearest airport to Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple is Lohegaon airport, Pune which is 14 KM away from Ashtavinayaka Chintamani Temple.
- Trimbakeshwar Temple
- Girijaatmaja Vinayak Temple
- Bhimashankar Temple
- Grishneshwar Temple
- Mumba Devi Temple
- Shirdi Sai Baba Temple