Shani Shingnapur Temple | शनि देव शिन्ग्नापुर मंदिर
Shri Shingnapur Temple History :
It is situated in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
It is swayambhu (self-evolved) statue of Shani Dev.
The place Shingnapur is so popular that no house and bank has doors. No robbery is noted till date.
It is highly believed that whoever attempts to theft will be punished by Shani Dev. UCO bank opened lockless branch in the village saying god as guard.
One who does Tailabhishekha to lord will be blessed by Shani Dev or Shaneeswara.
The favorite days to Shaneeswara are Shani Trayodasi and Saturday falling Amavasya (new moon day). The number of devotees visits this temple during these days in thousands to seek god blessings.
Here are five things you may not know about the temple and the village it is situated in:-
Shani Shingnapur is the name of a village in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra; the village is known for its popular temple of Lord Shani - Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shanishingnapur - the Hindu god associated with the planet Saturn.
Shani Shingnapur is globally known as the only village where houses do not have doors and locks, and the village remains theft-free. Even the nationalised UCO Bank's branch in the village does not have locks on its doors. Belief has it that thieves cannot steal or burgle in the village which is protected by Lord Shani, and misfortune and divine punishment would befall anyone who attempts to steal.
The unique open temple has no walls or roof; a self-emerged (svayambhu) five-foot-high black stone stands on a platform and is worshipped as Lord Shanidev.
The temple platform stands in the centre of the village, also known as Sonai and attracts millions of tourists and devotees from across the country and abroad.
Women devotees are not allowed to worship at this temple. The Shani Shignapur temple follows an old practice of not allowing women to enter the core shrine area claiming women to be impure. It is an ancient tradition that women are debarred from climbing up the temple steps to pour oil and offer prayers to Shanidev.