Chintaman Ganesh temple - Soak in the majestic divinity of lord Ganesha
There is something about Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations which fills up the surroundings with utmost positivity and festive cheer that everyone looks forward to enjoying. The festival conjures up the thought of seeking darshan of Vighna harta and of course grab a chance to relish on Bappa’s favourite- Modaks!
This Ganesh Chaturthi take a trip to the very famous Chintaman Ganesh temple of Sehore to soak in the grand celebrations that take place every year. Among those naturally originated swayambhu (self manifested) temples in India, Sehore’s Chintaman Ganesh temple also marks a place.Large number of devotees throng the temple to seek divine blessings. Read on to know more on some of the interesting tales associated with the temple and why devotees have a strong belief in drawing a reverse Swastik:
A temple of historical importance
This Temple is of historical importance as its dates back to the time of Maharaja Vikramaditya. Sehore was commonly known as Siddhpur in the kingdom of Vikramaditya. Chintaman Ganesh Temple is situated in the west-north of Sehore.
It is said that the ganesh idol in this temple was established by Vikramaditya and around 2000 years ago, the king of Ujjayani (Avantika) used to worship lord Chintaman Ganesh. One day lord Ganesh appeared in king's dream and gave him a message that he would appear in the form of lotus in one of the rivers in the west of the temple. Ganesha instructed the king to collect the flower and bring it with him and the king did exactly the same. However, on his way back the king again comes across a divine voice that instructed the king to take the flower anywhere he wanted to before sunrise. After sun rise the flower would turn into an idol and stay right there.
On the way the wheel of the chariot got stuck in the mud and couldn’t be pulled out and as soon as the sunrises, flower turns into Lord Ganesha’s idol which was also half buried in to the ground. Efforts were made to pull out the statue but all efforts went in vein. The King finally decided to leave the idol there thinking this was Lord Ganesha’s wish and decided to build a temple there itself.
The belief of drawing a reverse swastik
For over the years now devotees have been drawing reverse swastik at a wall in the temple premises. Since swastik is considered to be an auspicious symbol and is drawn on pious occasions, devotees who visit the temple in utmost faith draw it on a wall inside the temple premises. But why at all a reverse swastik needs to be drawn? This tradition of drawing a reverse swastik has been continuing since ages. It is believed that one who draws a reverse swastik on the wall can make a wish and once the wish is fulfilled the devotee has to draw a correct swastik by visiting the temple once again. At first this tradition takes everyone by surprise but those who visit the temple and get to know about this age old tradition, certainly draw a reverse swastik making a wish.
Interesting isn’t it? With its impressive historical background and an interesting tradition to follow, visiting Chintaman Ganesh temple, Sehore will give you a divine experience and a holy feeling as you seek Bappa’s blessings.
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