Shani Shingnapur is located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The deity, who sought to be the main attention catcher of this place, is ‘Lord Shani’ or ‘Shaneshwara’, considered to be the ‘swayambhu’- self-evolved deity. The unique open temple has no walls or roof. It welcomes around 45000 devotees per day. Especially on Saturdays falling on ‘Amavasya’ and ‘Shani Thrayodashi’, seemed as the busiest day of the temple. Devotees believed Shani Shingnapur to be a ‘jagrut devasthan’- meaning ‘alive temple’. The temple platform stands in the centre of the village, also known as Sonai and attracts million of tourists and devotees from across the country and abroad.
The Shrine Of Shani
The shrine for Shani consists of a five and a half feet high black rock instated on an open-air platform, which symbolizes the god Shani. A Trishula (trident) is placed along the side of the image and a Nandi (bull) image is on the south side. In front are the miniature images of Shiva and Hanuman.
Temple Lifts Ban on 400 years Old Tradition
Since 400 years women were restricted from entering the inner chamber of the temple. On 26 January 2016, a group of over 500 women, rallied to the temple under the group \"Bhumata Ranragani Brigade\", challenging entry into the Inner sanctum that were later stopped by the cops at Supa Village. On 30 March 2016, the Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government to lift the ban On 8 April 2016, the Shani Shingnapur trust finally allowed the women devotees to enter the sanctum.
Near-Zero Crime Rate In The Region Until 2010
Shani Shingnapur is worldwide known as the only village where houses do not have doors and locks, and the village remains theft-free. Even the nationalized UCO Bank decided to open a branch in the village with no locks on its doors. The villagers believe that the thieves cannot steal or burgle in the village or Lord Shani would punish the illicit.