BACKGROUND OF CHINTAMANI JEWEL
This is one among the Ashta Vinayaka temples, and
like the rest has a long legend visualising the Omnipotence of
Ganesh and his restoring of the rare jewel called Chintamani
to Kapil Maharshi. Mudgal Purana recounts this fantastic
story, beginning with King Abhijit, whose son Guna
obtained many boons from lord Maheswar after dirgha tapas - the
chief being his establishing rulership over the three worlds, in addition that
he would not die at the hands of those possessing three gunas. Puffed up with
egoism, he started exercising unlimited powers crossing the norms of Dharma.
Once he went on a hunting expedition and approached Kapila Maharshi's asram for
rest and food, when thoroughly tired. Welcoming the king with due honour, the
Maharshi sumptuously fed the entire party with delicious items, which he
materialised with the power of a unique Jewel called Chintamani, given to him by
God. The King then asked him to part with it. On denial, he snatched it by force
and left the asram.