Shri Chintamani - Theur
The one who is in search of happiness, whose mind is wavering like Lord Brahma, who is in the midst all calamities should go to Sthavar means Theur & worship Shree Chintamani & get rid of all Chintas (worries) & calamities.
Lord Brahma meditated here to subdue his waveringmind. As his worries (chinta) were removed the idol is called Chintamani. The place is called Sthar (stable) or Theur.
Theur is the nearest place of Ashtavinayak from Pune. Having mythological & historical importance, Theur is popular for various reasons.
Temple & Idol
The main archway of the temple faces north. Peshwa had built a concrete road from main gate upto Mula-Mutha river. Temple hall is made up of wood and there is small fountain made up of black stone in the hall. The courtyard of the temple is quite big paved with floor. There is small temple of Lord Shankar in the courtyard of the temple. A big bell can also be seen in the temple.
Chintamani Ganapati’s temple was built by Dharanidhar Maharaj Dev in the family of Morya Gosavi. 100 years after that Madhavrao Peshwa built a hall for this temple. Haripant Phadke and other devotees had done timely repairs of the temple and added to the security and beauty of the temple.
Idol facing east is swayambhu (self emanated) and has a left side trunk. There are carbuncle and diamonds in the eyes of Vinayaka.
Historical Importance of Theur
Shri Chintamani is a family of God of Shreemant Madhavrao Peshwa. His palace was near the temple and now it is converted into garden. Madhavrao Peshwe had stayed in this palace in his last sickness. He renovated the temple and performed various religious programmes in the temple. By chanting Gajanan, Gajanan he bestowed his life on the foot of the Chintamani. Ramabai, wife of Madhavrao Peshwe became Sati (she burnt herself with the corpse of her husband). On that place, that is, on the bank of Mula-Mutha river Sati’s Vrindavan is built. That day was 18-11-1772, Kartik Vadya Ashtami. On this day Rama-Madhav death anniversary is celebrated every year.
It is said that Emperor Aurangzeb had given grant to this temple. Nowadays administration of this temple is governed by Chinchwad Temple Trust.