November 4, 2015

My TripAdvisor Review No.140: Shree Chintamani Temple, Theur, Pune.

“Ashtavinayak Temple near Pune.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 November 2015 NEW
The Ganesh temple at Theur is the Ashtavinayak temple closest to Pune city, just 25 km away. It is the 5th temple to visit if you are doing the ‘yatra’ in the traditional sequence.

There are two approaches to this temple from Pune. One is from the Pune - Ahmednagar Road, turning right after Wagholi, via Kesnand and crossing the Mula-Mutha River Bridge at Theur. The other one is via Hadapsar and Loni Kalbhor on the Pune-Sholapur highway. One has to take a left turn to Theur village about 1 km after Loni.

There is a large paid parking lot next to the temple, from where it is a 250 metre walk. You pass many fruit vendors, small restaurants, and prasad stalls from where you can buy the flowers and coconut offerings to Lord Ganesh. The atmosphere inside the temple is serene and peaceful and we had a good darshan.

Later we visited the museum next to the temple, which has a token entry fee of Rs.10. This museum has nice sculptures and paintings of Lord Ganesh. There are even miniature models of all the Ashtavinayak Temples on the top floor. The museum is worth a visit.

Photography is prohibited in the temple as well as the museum.
Visited July 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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