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Ashtavinayaka - 05 - Chintamani Vinayak

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

There was once a sage called Kapil, who owned a precious, wish-fulfilling jewel called Chintamani.

The sage was once visited by the powerful and fierce prince of the region known as Gana (or Guna) with his army. The sage attended to all the needs of the entire army with the help of the jewel.

Looking at the jewel’s power, Gana became greedy and demanded the jewel from the rishi. When he did not agree, Gana forcibly took the jewel from sage Kapila.

The sage, being a devotee of Ganesha, prayed to him fervently to get it back. Appeased with his devotee’s appeals, Ganesha appeared at the place, fought and slayed the greedy prince under a Kadamb tree and returned the jewel to the rishi.

Sage Kapila, by then had however had lost all interest in the jewel and offered it back to the god by tying it around his neck.

Interestingly, the temple is situated at Theur today which was also known as Kadambanagar, and the Ganesha is known there as Chintamani Vinayak.

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