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There are no doors here!

by jayati grover 6 year, 11 months ago

Shani Shingnapur village near Shirdi is a very interesting place - all houses and buildings here are without any doors. The residents are devotee of Shani God and believes that he protects them.

Shani Shingnapur village in Maharashtra (70 km from Shirdi, 90 km from Aurangabad) is one of the most popular pilgrim sites in the country. The presiding deity here is Shanideva, the personification of the planet Saturn. Thousands throng here everyday to pay their respects to the Lord.

However, what makes this village so unique is the fact that no houses have doors and windows. They don’t use locks to protect their valuables either. This strange belief of the residents is based on the unshakable belief that Lord Shanideva himself keeps an eye on their money. People are discouraged from using normal safety mechanisms like latches, windows and doors.

No Robbery in 150 years


Villagers claim that there has never been a theft or robbery here in the last 150 years. The ones who attempt a robbery are punished by the deity in one way or the other. Either they go blind or some misfortune befalls them. Items stolen always return to their rightful owner in some way or the other.

Legend behind this story


As the legend goes, years ago a black rock was found among the debris brought by a violent flood. Its mysterious texture and appearance surprised villagers. What was more shocking was that blood oozed out of the rock when poked and probed with sticks. They were mystified by its texture and overall look and were even more surprised to find that the rock bled after being poked and probed with sticks.

Fear transformed into wonder when people started having dreams that connected the rock to Lord Shani. In these dreams, instructions were given to build an open-roof shrine for the deity.

For most tourists, this temple is a holy pilgrimage. For others, visiting a village with no doors and windows is a unique experience. In either case, it figures on the list of must-see places in India.
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I wants to visit to shani shingnapur from shirdi . i wants to know the full...
I wants to visit to Shani Shingnapur from Shirdi . I wants to know the full details to make my trip comfortable and peaceful.
Posted by vinod shivhare 4 year, 9 months ago
I wants to visit to shirdi from ahmedabad. i wants to know the full details to...
I wants to visit to Shirdi from Ahmedabad. I wants to know the full details to make my trip comfortable and peaceful with cover almost important places nearby shirdi.

Can somebody help me????
Posted by Praveen Chand 5 year, 2 months ago
It's Good
A word of caution to pilgrims taking cabs from Shirdi to Shingnapur: Cabbies go past the Shani temple to a parking lot in the midst of shops selling clothes and other puja items; the shopkeepers and even the cabbie force pilgrims to buy from them. Our cabbie even threatened that he will not take us back to Shirdi if we did not buy from those shops! Beware.
Posted by Vijay Anand 5 year, 5 months ago
Amazed. very unlikely these days. Glad to see, it exists.
Posted by Vikash 6 year, 2 months ago

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