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Monday, 25 April 2016

Shani Shingnapur: The Humble Abode of Shani Dev- The Lord of Justice


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Next morning we left the Sai Ashram and reached bus stand to board Shingnapur bound bus for our next leg of journey. Besides buses, Shared taxis (Tata Sumo, Tata Ace…etc) are also available from Shirdi for Shani Shingnapur at regular intervals. It is convenient if you are in a group, in that case you can book the complete vehicle. Generally, vehicles do not move until all the seats are full. Shani Shingnapur is about 75 km from Shirdi and it takes close to two hours to reach Shani Shingnapur from Shirdi.

We left the Shirdi at around 10 AM. Till then traffic had increased on the road. Early morning is the best time to start for Shani Shingnapur from Shirdi. There won’t be much traffic and you can reach Shani Shingnapur comfortably. The temple at Shani Shingnapur gets crowded later in the day. Many people returns to Shirdi after darshan at Shani Shingnapur. It needs at least 5-6 hours to complete the darshan and return to Shirdi. The road connecting Shirdi and Shani Shingnapur was in good condition and it passes through many villages. As we were approaching Shani Shingnapur, we saw many people selling fresh sugar cane juice. They were using oxen to extract cane juice. These were not few but in dozens. It is worth stopping by and one can have a glass of fresh cane juice. We desire to stop there but as we were in a bus so no break was possible.

Around 12:30 PM we reached Shani Shingnapur. Temple is on the left side of the road and parking and shops are on right side of the road. I have drawn a sketch of the location for readers so that they can understand easily. We purchased prashad from one shop and kept our bags and shoes in that shop. All shopkeepers offer free locker service for your belongings, in turn you have to purchase parshad items from their shop. Without wasting any time we rushed towards temple. There was no rush in the temple but only a few people. People were pouring mustard oil into the big containers. Through pipes and motor this oils is taken and continuously poured on Shani Shila.  

Shani Shingnapur is perhaps the most popular place for all Shani Dev devotees. Shignapur is situated at a distance of 6 kms from Ghodegaon on Aurangabad-Ahmednagar highway. Its distance from Aurangabad is 84 kms, 75 km from Shirdi and from Ahmednagar it is 35 kms. From Ghodegaon, there is a motor able tar road up to the idol of Shri Shaneshwar and is open in all the seasons.

Shani Dev is present here in the form of a black slab and there is no roof above it. It is placed on a platform under open sky and that’s what makes it different from other Shani temples. One of the legends has it that the slab came here during a flood and got stuck in a tree. When some villagers tried to remove it, blood drops started coming out of the slab. On that night Shani Dev appeared in dream of a villager and asked him that he had decided to stay there only so they decided to install it where it stood today.

Without a temple and a priest, the inborn idol of Shri Shaneshwar build in 5’9” by 1’9” height black color stone is worshipped by thousands every day. Unlike other pilgrimage center, devotees can perform puja or Abhishek or any other religious rituals themselves. Here the idol stands on a platform of three feet height under the open sky. He is standing here for the years together in all the seasons of rains, winter and summer without any shelter on the top of his head. The people tried to construct a canopy on the top but all in vain. It is living awake place but no temple. To the north of this idol, there has been an old Neem tree. If a branch of it grows and cast a shadow over the idol at noon, the branch automatically falls down. The shadow does not fall on the idol.

Lord Shani Dev is considered as the God of justice. He is the God who decides the fate of human beings based on the work they do in their lives.  In a horoscope where Lord Shani is sitting in a ‘Pratikool place’, that person encounters various troubles all his life. Shani is represented as having a dark complexion and is said to be the son of Surya, the Sun god. He is the elder brother of Goddess Yamuna and younger brother of Yama, the god of death. The Yam Dev is known as who punishes mankind for their misdeeds after the death and Shani Dev is known for punishing mankind for their misdeeds during their life only.

 In Shingnapur no house has a door frame or a lock to safe guard, no shop has any door or lock in cash box. . It is believed that Lord Shani Dev keeps their belongings safe and secure. To protect the house and shops from dogs and stray animals, the people just put up the curtains or a bamboo partition.

The presiding deity of Shingnapur Sri Shaneshwara Graha Devatha is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world, irrespective of colour, caste, creed and religion.

There is very good arrangement for ‘darshan’ but no compulsion about doing any ‘pooja’-‘archana.One can do Abhishek for minimum of Rs. 11/-. The mass ‘Mahaarti’ of God Shani is held early in the morning at 4.30 A.M. and after sunset at 6.30. P.M.We have a quick darshan as there was no rush; spend some time in temple, bought one book and some parshad for home and went for lunch at Prasadalaya. All these activities were completed in just one hour.

The‘devasthan’ is open for 24 hours. Upon entering here, for guidance, the welcome room (reception) is available. Staying arrangements for devotees can be made at the office. Rooms are available on first floor upon shops. The cost of a cleaned room of 3 beds for 24 hours is Rs. 100. In the general room, if you have your own bedding then it is free. Otherwise, a sum of Rs. 10/- for mattress and Rs. 5 for the blanket is charged.

There is also a canteen known as ‘Prasadalaya’ run by the Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan trust. The ‘Prasadalaya’ is very neat and clean and offer hygienic foods to pilgrims. Foods are available in the morning from 10.30 to 3.00 and in the evening from 6.00 to 9.00 PM. Coupons are issued at reasonable price (Rs.15 or 20/-per head). We also took lunch there and were impressed by the arrangement. Dining hall is very big and more than one thousand people can dine together. We were served dal, rice, chapatti, vegetable and halva in lunch.

For next day, we had a plan of Grishneshwar Jyotirling darshan so after lunch we enquired about the conveyance for Aurangabad. We were told that we can get Aurangabad bound bus from Ghoregaon on Ahmednagar- Aurangabad highway. We hired an auto rickshaw for rs.100 to reach Ghoregaon which is 6KM away from Shingnapur. By evening we reached Aurangabad and went straight to BSNL guest house which was pre booked for us. After some rest we went for a round in nearby area in Aurangabad. Next day after visiting Grishneshwar Jyotirling, Ellora caves and Daulatabad fort we again return to the Aurangabad. We saw Panchakki and Bibi ka Maqbara, the main attraction of Aurangabad. I have scheduled them for the last post and in next post I will take you to have Darshan of Grishneshwar Jyotirling.

Till then Jai Bhole Nath ki……

 

Shani Shila

Shani Shila


Shani Shila
Shani Shila

 

Entrance and exit of Devsthan

Open space above Shani Shila

Lord Dattatraya

Founder of Devsthan

Temple Dome

me @ Devsthan

Mustard oil is continuously poured on Shila.

Shani Stotra

A Shivalaya in Devsthan

Yaghshala

Satsang room

Sewadar serving food in Prasadalaya

Maa Annapurna Devi

Picture of Shani Dev in Prasadalaya
 

25 comments:

  1. likhthe tho aap hamesha hi bahuth badiya hain, par ye pic size mein bade hothe tho or maza aatha

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    1. Thanks Mahesh ji .Pic size are small as I have sent you mobile link and you might have checked on PC.

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  2. Nice write up Naresh ji. Shani Shingnapur was in the news since many days for the reasons other than religious activities. All in all, a well detailed post along with plenty of pics. Thanx for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Avtar ji for liking the post. Now the dispute has been resolved.

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  3. Nice write up Naresh ji. Shani Shingnapur was in the news since many days for the reasons other than religious activities. All in all, a well detailed post along with plenty of pics. Thanx for sharing :)

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  4. Nice and Detailed description of shani shingnapur darshan..i wish to go some day for darshan and watch houses there without doors...looking forward to next post naresh ji..

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    1. Thanks Partima ji. It is a nice place and near to Shirdi. A Visit is must.

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  7. बैलो द्वारा ईख का रस निकालते हुए मैंने सिर्फ यही देखा है । नए यात्री एक बार तो इसे देखने के लिए रुक ही जाते है ।
    आपने बहुत अच्छा लिखा है पर इसके साथ शनि जी की पत्थर रूप में मूर्ति की कहानी को भी इसमें जोड़ते तो और अच्छा लगता ।

    पहले शनि भगवान पर तेल चढाने के लिए पीली धोती पहनकर जाना पड़ता था ।अब वो नियम है की बदल गया ।

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    1. किशन जी , पिछले साल भी यहाँ गया था लेकिन परिवार के साथ . हम भी यहाँ रुके और बच्छों को दिखाया भी की कैसे बैलों के घुमाने से काम हो रहा है . गन्ने का जूस भी पिया और नारियल पानी भी . लेकिन दोनों चीजे काफ़ी महंगी थी.

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  8. शानदार लेख नरेश जी। एक प्रश्न है... मैं जब पिछली बार शनि शिंगणापुर गया था तो, तब सिर्फ मर्द लोग ही जाते थे। बदन पर पीली धोती पहने और उसी धोती में नहाकर गीले बदन ही शनि देव को तेल चढ़ाते थे। लेकिन आपकी फ़ोटो में वो नहीं दिखायी दिया ??

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    1. धन्यवाद बीनू भाई , उस समय भी अभिषेक केवल पुरुषों को ही allowed था . शायद उस समय कोई न हो .

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  9. मजा आ गया नरेश जी। शनि देव जी के दर्शन करवाने के लिए शुक्रिया ।

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    1. धन्यवाद शुशील जी .

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  10. Every step of your journey is explained by you is always delightful & admirable . It reminds me our journey that becomes live in my mind. Really, post is written in a beautiful manner and you have justified with your writing as a writer.

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  11. जय शनि देव की....

    As usual wonderful post alongwith fantastic picture.

    we never travel to Shani Singlapur. This post will help me when will go to Shani Shingnapurr.

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks Ritesh ji..जय शनि देव की

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  12. Without a temple and a priest, the inborn idol of Shri Shaneshwar build in 5’9” by 1’9” height black color stone is worshipped by thousands every day. Unlike other pilgrimage center, devotees can perform puja or Abhishek or any other religious rituals themselves. Here the idol stands on a platform of three feet height under the open sky. He is standing here for the years together in all the seasons of rains, winter and summer without any shelter on the top of his head. The people tried to construct a canopy on the top but all in vain. It is living awake place but no temple. To the north of this idol, there has been an old Neem tree. If a branch of it grows and cast a shadow over the idol at noon, the branch automatically falls down. The shadow does not fall on the idol.As Pahwa ji said , it was remain in news for other reasons beside religious. As I can see from your pictures there is a barricading all over so we can not touch Shani Shilla ? It is not allowed to go inside to touch it ? pictures are really saying thousand of words !! Great post Naresh ji

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  13. Dear Yogi ji, people can go beyond barricades for Shani Abhishek.Erlier Ladies were not allowed for Abhishek. That's why that lady "Desai" was creating a lot of news. Nowadays men/women, both are allowed for Shani Abhishek.
    Thanks for liking.

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  14. नरेश जी नमस्कार , आपका पोस्ट बेहतरीन है लगभग सभी छोटी बड़ी जानकारी आपने साँझा की है , हम लोग भी इसी मंथ में महारास्ट्र घूमने का प्लान कर चुके है इसी संधर्भ में आपकी मदद की जरुरत है , मुझे औरंगाबाद घृष्णेश्वर महादेव के दर्शन कर शनि शिगनापुर आना है तो क्या कोई डायरेक्ट बस सेवा उपलब्ध है और यदि नहीं तो जैसा की मैंने नेट पे पढ़ा की बस अहमदनगर – औरंगाबाद हाईवे पे उतार देती है जहां से शनि देव स्थान महज 6km दूर है तो क्या वह से ऑटो या कोई और साधन हमें मिल सकता है और दूसरा यदि शनि देव के वहा नाईट में रुकना चाहे तो क्या रुकने की व्यवस्था है ?? कृपया मार्गदर्शन करें |

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  15. आपने सही पढ़ा की बस अहमदनगर – औरंगाबाद हाईवे पे उतार देती है .उस जगह का नाम घोडेगाँव हैं .वहां से आपको ऑटो मिल जायेंगे .शनि सिग्नापुर में रुकने के लिए मदिर की तरफ से काफ़ी कमरे हैं .

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