Shani Shingnapur is a village in Maharashtra. It is part of the Ahmednagar district and is named after the temple of Shani (God of Saturn.) The people of Shani Shingnapur believe that Shani will destroy anyone who attempts to steal and so none of the houses here have doors. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine every year to seek blessing from the God of Saturn.
Places to Stay
There are quite a few budget hotels in Shani Shingnapur. Some of them are the Shraddha Inn (Tariff – Rs 1700), Marigold Residency (Tariff – Rs 1200) and Hotel Ashoka Executive (Tariff – Rs 2000.)
The official language of Shani Shingnapur is Marathi. Hindi is also understood by a majority of the people.
The important events in Shani Shingnapur are the Chatt Pooja (in January) and Gudi Padva (in March or April.) Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are several tourist attractions in Shani Shingnapur such as the Shrine of Shani within the city and Shirdi which is only 70km from here.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Aurangabad airport which is located about 96 km away from the town. The closest major airport is in Pune.
The closest railway station is in Srirampur, 65km away. There are daily trains from Srirampur to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad and to other parts of Maharashtra.
There are daily bus services to Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, and Shirdi from the Shani Shingnapur Bus Stand. Heera Travels is one of the best bus operators in this area, Neeta Travels and Sai Travels are also popular choices. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.