King Abhijeet & his
wife queen Gunavati, performed penances
for several yearson years on advice of sage
Vaishampayan & got a son called Gana.
Gana became popular by name ‘Ganaraja’.
Ganaraja was as furious as he was brave
& valourious. Once, after his hunting expedtion
he came to Kapila Rishi’s Ashram
for taking rest. Sage Kapila welcomed Ganaraj &
invited him for lunch alongwith his entire army.
King of Gods Indra had
given Kapila Muni a jewel called Chintamani.
With its help the sage fed the entire army with the
testiest food. Being impressed by the power of jewel,
greedy Ganaraja asked Sage Kapila to give the jewel
to him. When Sage Kapila refused, Ganaraja took
away the Chintamani by force.
Sage Kapila was sorely disappointed. Goddess
Durga advice Kapila to workship Ganapati. Sage
Kapila workshipped Ganapati. Ganapati promised him to
return back the jewel. Ganapati & Ganaraja had fierced
battle near tree Kadamba. Ganapati
killed Ganaraja with his axe.
King Abhijeet returned the Chintamanito
Kapila & asked for paradon . He got his grandsons
released & crowned them in Ganaraja’s throne.
Kapila adorned Vinayaka with Chintamani
& workshipped him. From that time Ganapati
was called as Chintamani – Vinayaka, Kapila –
Vinayaka & Sumukha – Vinayaka. As
these incidents took place below a Kadama tree, the
village around it was called Kadamba Tirtha.
ANOTHER MYTHOLOGICAL STORY OF CHINTAMANI
King of Gods Indra was
attracted towards Sage Gautam’s beautiful
wife Ahilya. Once, when Sage Gautam had gone
for bath, Indra, in the guise of Gautam had
pleasure with Ahilya. On returning back to
Ashram, Sage Gautam by his inner power realised the
fact. Seething with rage Sage Gautam cursed
Indra. Because of the curse king Indra ha thousands
of holes in his body & bad smell started coming
out of the holes. King Indra pleaded for mercy. Having
pity on him Gautam Rishi advised him to worship Gajanan
& get rid of the curse. Indra preformed panance
in Kadambnagar & got released of the curse. Bad
smell coming out of the holes was stopped & Indra
could see through these holes. As such he was called
Sahastraksha (having thousand eyes).
The lake in which Indra had bath,
is called as Chintamani Sarovar.