Shani Shingnapur temple                                                                                                                                                                    

The popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god of the planet (graha) Saturn is situated in Shingnapur village of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra.Hence got its name Shani Shingnapur Temple. The place is visited by devotees coming in to pay respect to the Mighty Shanidev.
    The popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god of the planet (graha) Saturn is situated in Shingnapur village of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra.Hence got its name Shani Shingnapur Temple. The place is visited by devotees coming in to pay respect to the Mighty Shanidev.
Shingnapur is famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Villagers believe that the temple is a “jagrut devasthan” (Alive temple), meaning that the god here is very powerful. They believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity here is “Swayambhu” (Sanskrit: self-evolved deity) that is self-emerged from earth in form of black but imposing stone. The story of the swayambhu statue handed down from generations through word of mouth, goes something like this: When the Shepherd touched the stone with a pointed rod, the stone started bleeding. The shepherds were astounded. Soon the whole village gathered around to watch the miracle. On that night Shanaishwara appeared in the dream of the most devoted and pious of the shepherds.
He told the shepherd that he is "Shaneeshwara". He also told that the unique looking black stone is his swayambhu form. The shepherd prayed and asked the God whether he should construct a temple for him. To this, Shani Mahatma said there is no need for a roof as the whole sky is his roof and he preferred to be under open sky. He asked the shephered to do daily pooja and 'Tailabhisheka' every Saturday without fail. He also promised the whole hamlet will have no fear of dacoits or burglars or thieves.

The shrine for Shani consists of a five and a half feet high black rock installed 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 small images of Shiva and Hanuman.
Generally, the temple has 30–45000 visitors a day, which swells to around three lakh (i.e. three hundred thousand) on amavasya (the new moon day), believed to be the most auspicious day to appease Shani.The village holds a fair in honour of the deity on this day. A bigger festival is held on new moon days that fall on Saturdays. Devotees bathe Shani’s image with water and oil and offer flowers, and udid to him. A palanquin procession of Shani is held on the day of the fair. Other festivals include the birthday of Shani, Shani Jayanti.
Do visit the temple and worship Shanidev to seek his blessing and walk on a path of honesty and truth.