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. 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’- alive temple. It has a five and a half high black rock laid on an open-air platform.
SHANI MANTRA –
‘’OM SHAM SHANAISCHARYAYE NAMAH”
People generally visits this temple for its whole lot of Prasad set which is believed to be very auspicious. Shani Shingnapur Temple Prasad consists of Shanidev photo with stand, Shanidev yantra, Shani ring, Shani locket, Dry sweet Prasad and Naal and black thread (wore for 21 days and then dropped into waterbody). There are various benefits of worshipping in Shani Shingnapur Temple such as –
Long life for you and your family
Shani dosh nivarana
Prosperity and happy married life
INTERESTING FACTS –
1. Till 2010, no theft incidence was reported from the Shani Shingnapur village as people there believed that Lord Shani is saving their homes, leading to never installed doors.
2. Ending 400 year tradition of women restriction, Shani Shingnapur has allowed entrance of women into the inner sanctum of temple.