Shani Shingnapur temple is a famous mandir of lord Shani in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. There are no specific timings to take darshan in this temple. It remains open 24×7 throughout the year.
Location: Shani Shingnapur temple, Shingnapur village, Nevase Taluka, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra.
Best Time To Visit: Temple remains open to devotees all year round.
Shani Shingnapur Temple Information:
It is a very popular temple of God Shani who is the Hindu god of the planet (graha) Saturn. It is about 35 kms away from the Ahmednagar. Villagers believe that the Shani Shingnapur temple is a “jagrut devasthan” (Self-manifest temple). People believe that the god here is very powerful. It is 60 kms away from the Shirdi Saibaba Temple. Many devotees visit this temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shanishwara. Temple authorities do not allow the entry to ladies in this temple which has created many controversies in last several years.[caption id="attachment_731" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Idol of Shanidev![/caption]
Mandir & Idol
Shani Shingnapur temple has a big idol of deity. Unlike other temples, the idol lies on an open-air platform which symbolizes the god Shani. The shrine of Shanidev is 5.5 feet high made up of black rock with Trishula & Nandi Bull. There are small images of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman in front of the main idol. Temple authorities do not allow to touch to the idol of Shani Dev. Devotees offer oil to Shani Dev in the tumblers or bottles. Every day, devotees offer the large quantity of Mustard Oil to the idol of Shani Dev. People shower the oil to the idol of god Shani throughout the day.
Story & Beliefs
Villages of Shingnapur believe Shanidev as the king of this village. The village people do not lock their house or shops. In spite of that, no one has ever stolen anything from this village till date. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes the person who attempts theft. All houses in the village have only door frames instead of complete doors.[caption id="attachment_732" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Entrance to the temple![/caption]
It is among most visited religious spots in Maharashtra. Every day, around 15000 to 20000 devotees gives a visit to Shani Shingnapur temple. Amavasya (the new moon day) is the most auspicious day to visit this temple. The devotees can perform Pooja and Abhishek (tilak) on their own. Saturday pulls more crowd than other days of the week. It is approximately 70 kms (2 hours journey) from Shirdi.
Interesting Facts about Shani Shingnapur:
- Not a single case of theft, riot, murder or rape has been recorded in the entire history of Shani Shingnapur village.
- The people of Shani Shingnapur village are from the ancestry of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
- There are no election panels or parties in this village. Only one vote is considered as final and the decision is accepted by all people.
- It is told that once you have seen the idol and moved ahead i.e. you have shown your back to the idol then you should not see the idol again.
- You cannot get Liquor, gambling or non-vegetarian food in this village.
- The Peepal trees in the village have hanging roots (like Banyan tree), which is unusual.
- People offer oil (like flowers to other gods) to the shrine of Shani Shingnapur temple. Some people offer 101 oil boxes or 1 quintal oil and few people even offer an entire tanker of oil to God Shani.
- More than 10 lakh people visit this temple on the occasions of Shani Amavasya and Shani Jayanti.
- People get their lost thing such as money wallet, watch, gold things or other precious items immediately.
Transport: A large number of tourist vehicles ply to the Shani Shingnapur from all cities in the Maharashtra. State Transport (ST) buses are the best options to reach here.
- By Road: Shani Shingnapur temple is 35 kms away from Ahmadnagar, 160 kms away from Pune, 84 kms from Aurangabad and 295 kms from Mumbai. It’s a 7 hours drive from Mumbai.
- Nearest Railway Station: Ahmednagar Railway Station is the convenient railway station to reach Shani Shingnapur town. The station is 35 kms away from the town.
- Nearest Airport: Aurangabad (90 kms) & Pune (160 kms) are the closest airports to Shani Shingnapur. Taxi’s & other vehicles on hired are available outside the airport.
Telephone: 02427- 238110.
Official Website: www.shanishinganapur.com
Temple Timings: Devotees can visit Shani Shingnapur temple 24 x 7; all days of the week 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Entry Fees: Entry for the darshan of God Shani is free to everyone. However, they take prasad packet charge as Rs.10/Packet.
Eating Stuff: There are some small hotels & eateries around the temple to have food.
Stay: It’s a very small village & does not offer much accommodation options. So it is better to stay in Shirdi. There is a wide range of hotels in Shirdi.
Attractions Nearby Shani Shingnapur temple: Shri Dattatraya Temple, Tomb of Sant Shri Udasi Baba Shirdi, Shri siddheshwar Mandir (5.2 kms), Pimpalgaon Lake (21.4 kms) etc.