Shani Dev is the most popular and feared Gods in Hindu mythology. Surya Dev or Sun God had two sons, Yama and Shani. His mother was Chhaya, and hence is also known as Chhayaputra. Shani Dev represents the planet Saturn and is the lord of Saturdays. His elder brother Yama, is also known as God of death. While Yama, gives the results of one’s deeds after death, Shani is known to give one the fruits of his deeds in his present life itself. He is also referred to as Saura, Pangu, Mandu, Kruradris, Asita and Saptarchi.
There are numerous temples and shrines of Shani Dev in India, some of the most popular ones are:
Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
This temple is located in Nevasa Taluka, in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This temple is very unique, as it has no walls or roof, and has a five feet high black stone on a platform, which is worshiped as Shani Dev. This temple platform also known as Sonai, is located in the middle of the village. This temple attracts millions of tourists every year from across the globe. Women, however, are not allowed inside temple premises, as women are debarred from offering oil to Shani Dev.
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Shani Dham Temple, New Delhi
This temple is located on Chhattarpur road in New Delhi, and is a major tourist attraction. This temple has the world’s tallest statue of Shani Dev and also has a natural rock idol of Shani, and is worshiped as the prime deity.
Yerdanur Shani Temple, Telangana
This temple is located in a small village in Medak district, in the state of Telangana. This temple has 20 feet tall statue of Shani dev.
Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple, Pondicherry
This temple is located in Karaikal district of Pondicherry. It is also counted as the Navagraha temples for Shani in India.
Mandapalli Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh
This temple is located in Mandapalli in Andhra Pradesh. This temple has a Shani shrine which attracts a large number of devotees every year.
Sri Shani Temple, Titwala
This is another temple in the district if Thane in Maharashtra. Titwala is well known for two sacred places of pilgrimage.
Bannanje Shri Shani Kshetra, Karnataka
This temple complex has a 23 feet tall statue of Shani dev and is located in Udupi.
Shani Mandir, Indore
This temple was built by Pundit Gopaldas Tewari over 300 years ago. It is said that once Shani dev appeared in his dream and asked him to dig up the hill to find his statue. As he was blind, he told Shani dev that he cannot do as he is saying. Shani Dev then asked him to open his eyes, and soon his eyesight came back. Gopaldas became a devotee to Shani dev after this miracle. He also found his statue under the hill as told by Shani dev. The temple has become famous ever since, and Shani Jayanti festivities are carried on a large scale every year.
Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple, Tamil Nadu
This temple is one of the most beautiful Shani temples in India and is also counted as one of the Navgraha temples in Tamil Nadu.
Shani Devaalayam, Deonar
This temple is situated near the Deonar statue near Mumbai. It is also known as Saneshwara Temple and is also very famous.
Impressing Lord Shani and washing away your bad deeds is for sure a tuff task, but he is not that cruel to not listen to your heart filled worship. Pray Lord Shani with all your devotion and do good deeds to compliment your thoughts. He is the God who understands just actions and not words. He is the most unbiased God in entire mythology and does not have the sympathy factor. He makes sure to punish the evil and reward the good. So, “think before you act” as Lord Shani is watching you!
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