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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