Shani shingnapur is a small village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The place is known for the influence of lord Shani. A unique feature of the village is that here, nobody locks their house. It is said that Shani Dev protects the villagers and a proof of this saying, no theft has taken place in the village till date.
Thousands of devotees (specially whose Shani (Saturn planet) is in disarray) come here and perform pooja and abhishek at the Shri Shaneshvar tirtha situated here, to appease the dev. Though the place seems to be full with Shani bhakts throughout the month, exceptional rush is seen on Amavasya (no moon day). Even amongst the 12 Amavasyas of the year, the most important one is Shani Amavasya. On this day, a procession (yatra) is taken out in the village, amidst great fanfare. On this day, people from farthest corners of India come to Shani Shingnapur, to pay respects to Shani Dev.
How to reach Shani Shingnapur:
Nearest Railway station: Ahmednagar (ANG). But generally people come from Shirdi, generally commercial vehicles are booked for round trip (to and fro).
From Shirdi to Shanishingnapur: 75 km, Time taken 2 hrs (one side).
Shared Autorickshaw fare: Rs.80 per person (to and fro). One hour they have to wait for pooja.
(a) The place is known for abode of Shri Shani Dev.
(b) Devotees afflicted by Shade saathi perform pooja here
Useful Tips for Shani shingnapur:
The pooja is performed by pouring oil (teel tel) on shani dev.
Only gents are allowed to perform pooja. Ladies are also allowed to go inside the temple but are not allowed for pooja.
Gents are required to wear only saffron colour dhoti after taking bath and perform pooja.
There are shops misguiding devotees and selling pooja plates at high costs. One can purchase all pooja items separately from shops/vendors in front of temple gate.