Lord Shani is one of the most revered deities of Hindu mythology. He is a great defender of Justice, and keeps an eye on every activity undertaken by a living being. He justly rewards good karma whereas bad karma is duly punished. Thus if one were to think largely, it is Lord Shani who walk us through the harsh realities of life, which ultimately takes us to the path of Moksha. On the contrary, he is also believed to be inauspicious, source of bad luck, a deity who gets angry easily and one who takes thorough reprisal for whatever made him upset.
\"Swayambhu\" that is Lord Shani who self emerged from earth in form of Black but imposing stone is a deity which is worshipped in Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.
The story of Swayambhu (self evolved deity) handed down from generations through word of mouth, goes originally like this: When the shepherds touched stone with a pointed rod the stone began bleeding. The shepherds were astounded, soon whole village assembled around to watch the miracle. On that night Lord shaneeswara appeared in the dream of most devoted and religious of the shepherds.
He told the shepherd that he is \"Shaneeswara\". He also told that the rare looking Black Stone is His ‘Swayambhu form. The shepherd prayed and asked Lord whether he should construct a temple for him. To this, Lord Shani said there is no need for a roof as the whole sky is his roof and he favored to be under open sky. He asked the shepherd to do daily puja and \'tailabhishekam\' every Saturday without fail. He also promised the whole hamlet would have no fear of dacoits or buglers or thieves.