Shri Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Ujjain

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In Chintaman Ganesh, the well-known temple of Avantika, the Idol of the three forms of lord Shri Ganesha is very ancient and this idol is one among the Shat Vinayaks (6 different idols of lord Ganesha) established by Mata Sita. According to the mythological references when lord Shri Ram entered into Mahakal Van with Mata Sita and Laxman, then to make their journey free from interruptions had laid down Shat Vinayaks. Shri Chintaman Ganesh is one among those Shat Vinayaks. Shri Chintaman Ganesh is a world famous place and it is the belief of the people that those who pray here with full devotion are rewarded with the fulfillment of their desires.

The idols of this stunning temple are Swayambhu (Self-Manifested), that’s why these are placed down the stairs in Garbhgriha (The innermost sanctum of a Hindu temple where resides the idol of the primary deity of the temple). As we enter the Garbhgriha, three ancient idols of lord Ganesha are seen. The biggest idol is of Shri Chintaman Ganesha, close by Shri Icchaman Ganesha (In the Middle) and third is Shri Siddhi Vinayak. It is said that the temple is worshiped himself by lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Mata Sita. Anxieties are removed after making Darshan here. Here pilgrims knot thread and make inverse Swastik for their wishes to be fulfilled. According to the beliefs, for making wishes in this temple one among the following milk, curd, rice and coconut is offered to the lord and when the said wish becomes fulfill then the same offering is donated here.

Normally lot of pilgrims visit the temple daily but the Darshan of Wednesday is more significant. Every Wednesday and Chaturthi of Krishna Paksh is celebrated here like a festival. Besides a Fair is held on every Wednesday of the Chaitra Month and Sawa Lakh (1.25 lakhs) Laddus (Ball-shaped sweets popular in the Indian sub-continent) are offered to the lord as Bhog. At the time of Ganesh Chaturthi, free milk is also distributed as Prasada.

Shri Chintaman Ganesh temple belongs to the era of Parmara and its reconstitution was done by the Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of the Holkar dominion.

Before beginning any work of welfare like new business, marriage, etc, firstly people worship in the temple and take the blessings of lord to accomplish the tasks without hurdles. At the top of the temple there is an ancient sculpture of lion. In front of the temple there is a primeval pond which is called as ‘Laxman Bavadi’. This pond is around 80 feet in depth.

Shri Chintaman Ganesh temple is approximately 8 km away from the Ujjain city and situated near the Fatehabad railway line. City bus is available to arrive here. To come at Chintaman Ganesh temple, meter gauge train is also available three times in a day. Although, maximum devotees arrive here by road with their own sources.

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