Shani Shingnapur : A village without doors on houses
What does it mean? Arenít they afraid of their household goods being stolen by someone? Truly they arenít, because they worship a deity called Shani Dev who protects them all the time. There is a temple associated with the deity Shani Dev in this village, and it is very popular in the state of Maharashtra. Lot of people come to worship Shani Dev in this temple and takes his blessings. It is said that around 30,000 to 40,000 people visit this village everyday as devotees and as tourists. This gives the sense of the popularity of this place.
Even the temple is open from above, and there is no roof on the statue of the deity. The statue of the deity is in the form of a black stone slab, and it has no any physical structure. The devotees pour mustard or sesame oil on the slab, and use flowers to worship the deity. There is some interesting historical story behind the coming of this stone slab in this village. To know more about this story you can visit official website shanidev.com .
People who are the residents of this village are actually very honest, religious, God fearing, and trustworthy, and that is the reason they are getting so much of blessings from the deity. The blessings are in the form, that the villagers can live freely, and sleep peacefully at night, without worrying anything about their belongings. The official website says, from historical times there has never been a single case of theft, or murder, or rape, or even fight among villagers.
Open homes and open shops and still no one dare to steel anything? It has been said by villagers, that whoever, tries to steal anything from this village becomes blind, or something else happen to them, and they suffer a lot in the end. So the blessings of the deity are playing very well here for the villagers. Lot of miracles already happened in this village, and that is the reason so many people from India, and other countries visit this place for the blessings of Shani Dev.
Also there is a very popular town called Shirdi , near the village of Shani Shingnapur, where once Sai Baba lived in that town (from 28 September 1835 to15 October 1918). Sai Baba was not an ordinary person, but he was an incarnation of Adi Guru Datatreya. He was a great saint of India with authoritative powers, and because of his presence in historical times still there are positive vibrations in the state of Maharashtra. Shirdi is a very peaceful place, and people here are very simple and innocent. It is worth spending some time in this town.
Even the bollywood film actor Irfan Khan made a TV episode called Mano Ya Na Mano based on the mysteries of the Shani Shingnapur village. You can watch this episode on this youtube video. He started talking about the village after 2 minutes in the video. So you need to keep patience for 2 minutes.
How to reach Shani Shingnapur?
If you are an international tourist first reach Mumbai, the capital city of Indian state of Maharashtra. From Mumbai book a train ticket to Ahmednagar. From Ahmednagar, Shani Shingnapur is only 39 km, and this distance can be covered within just 44 min by bus or a private taxi. To know more about Shani Shingnapur please visit Maharashtra Tourism Website . There are lot of good quality hotels, to stay near Shirdi, which can be booked online in advance on sites like makemytrip.com . From Shirdi itís easy to reach Shani Shingnapur by a bus or a taxi.
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Written by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )