After an invitation from my former professor i planned to visit Pune.That is when he suggested about Shani Shignapur that i decided to visit the place
Shani Shignapur is about 250 kms from Pune.It is the oldest and most unique of Shani temples.We started at 9:30 am.At about 11 am ,we reached Ranjangaon ,one of the Ashtavinayaks.The idol is worth seeing ,although it is painted by flouroscent orange.After paying our repects to Lord Ganesha we headed towards Shani Shingnapur
As we entered Shani Shingnapur ,we noticed that none of the houses had any sort of doors.That is the unique thing about this place ,it is believed that Lord Shani guards the entire place.A person who steals is known not to have survived in this holy place.
Photography is not allowed inside the temple.The main vigraha ,is nothing but a granite stone in open air which is another unique thing about this place.Pilgrims offer gingely oil,flowers,coconut and flowers at this place.
Women are allowed inside the temple but are not allowed to climb the small pedastal where Lord Shani is installed.One has to take a bath and walk with the dhoti(no other clothes are allowed) to climb this small pedastal.After offering the oil,flowers at this place we finished the darshan of Lord Shani
True incident: A team of rationlists who apparently didnt believe that this place is guarded by Lord Shani had challenged that they would steal in this place and had even announced there stay for about 3 days in a bid to do so.However on the second day of the challenge the team mysteriously dissappered never to return back to Shani Shingnapur
There are some things that i certainly believe that Science cant explain comprehensively.From here Shirdi is about 60 kms .After paying our respect to Shirdi Sai baba,we returned back.Although this was only a 500 kms journey from pune-ranjangaon-Shanishingnapur-Shirdi-Pune,it was certainly more challenging since i had to travel as soon as i came to pune by bus and the next day evening i had to return to bangalore.
A small trip over the weekend ,a cool 2600kms journey was a bit taxing ,but was certainly satisfying
Trivial: Just love this Bajaj Advt on Shani Shingnapur