Shani Shingnapur


Shani Shinganapur is a small village situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is very popular for deity of Shanidev. It is 35 km from the city of Ahmednagar and about 75 km from Shirdi, 150 Km From Nasik the holy place.


Shanidev is personification of planet Saturn. There are nine primary celestial planets called Navagraha in Hindu astrology. Shani is the seventh planet and is believed to have powerful influence on a person’s life. He is also known by the names Shaneesvara, Shanaiscarya and Shani Bhagavan.

According to the legends, Shani is son of Surya, the Hindu Sun God, and Chayya. He is thus also known as Raviputra or Chayyaputra. He is elder brother of Yama, the God of death. It is said that Shanidev is assigned to give the results of one’s deeds in present lifetime and Yama grants the results of one’s deeds after death.

The deity of Shanidev is depicted that of a strong man with dark complexion riding on a crow carrying bow and arrow in his hands. It is not that Shanidev is always brutal and punisher. Many Hindus say by pleasing Shanidev there can be a peaceful life. One should pray sincerely to the deity and worship duly. By this all the evil and obstacles are ward off. Saturday is meant as the day of Shanidev and black color is favorite color of Shanidev.


The shrine comprises of a 5 to 6 feet high black rock that is installed on a open-air platform. This rock symbolizes Shanidev. A mace is placed along the side. A bull image (Nandi) is on the south side and there are small images of Shiva and Hanuman in the front. This temple draws nearly 30 to 40 thousand visitors everyday and around 3 lakh visitors on special occasions.


A very interesting fact of Shinganapur is that the houses in the village has no doors for locking. They only have frames. Despite of this, no theft has ever being reported in the village. It is also seen that the villagers do not keep their valuables under lock and key. The place is hence called “Jagrut devasthan” that is “alive temple.” People here are rest assured that Shanidev punishes anyone attempting theft.