21st February, 2016
DAY -3, 04-02-2016.
It was around 22.00 hrs when we reached Shani temple late Shinganapur on the way to Shirdi from Ellora. The temple was almost closed, hope we are the last persons to enter.
The moolavar is a black Swayambhu stone, kept open to sky. Hanuman and trident are installed near. On the opposite Sannadhi for Hanuman and Lord Shiva. In the outer prakaram, sannadhi for the Shepherd, who founded this Shani Temple, Mahalakshmi. Devotees are not allowed to pour the oil on the moolavar instead, asked to pour on a container from where the oil is pumped on the moolavar.
The hear say history of the Shani Bhagavan of this temple goes like this...
A shepherd touched a stone on the bank of the river with a steel spike. Immediately blood was oozing out of the stone. The villagers also witnessed the same. On that day night Sri Shani Bhagavan came in the Shepherd’s dream and told that the stone is him ( Shani Bhagavan) only and every Saturday thailakappu to be carried out and to be kept and open to sky. And also people of that village believed that, any person steals in that village he will go blind. Hence there is no doors of any house in that village. Also to justify there was no theft reported till 2010 after that two to three cases were reported.LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE :CLICK HERE
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA:---
…..to be continued