In today's world where crime rate is at its peak, it is unimaginable to even dream of a house without doors. Here in Maharashtra there is a charming village that survives this threat and till date has no doors or locks in any of its houses!
This little village is located around 70 km from the popular pilgrimage centre of Shirdi. The place is also quite close to Nashik which is located around 75 km away. The village gets its name from the Shani Shingnapur Temple located here that worships Lord Shaneshwara.
The idol of the temple is believed to be protecting the whole village. Robberies and crimes are hardly heard of to the villagers here. The houses built here have no doors, windows or even locks.
There is a strong belief that if one tries to rob a house or get involved in any such crime, the person would either die before he crosses the territory of the village, or he may lose his mental balance. None here attempts such a thing for the fear of death that he gets as a punishment from Lord Shaneshwara. It is also interesting to know that a lockless bank branch has been opened in the area and the doors of the bank remains open 24x7!
The Shani Shingnapur temple sees pilgrims and devotees of about 50, 000 visiting the place on a daily basis. Since Saturday and new moon days are auspicious for Lord Shaneshwara, these days witness a larger crowd that could easily cross lakhs. A special fair is conducted if the new moon falls on a Saturday and a procession is held taking the idol of Lord Shani.
The village of Shani Shingnapur is proximate to a few other pilgrimage sites which also can be explored during the trip. The Shirdi Sai Baba temple is just 75 km away from the place and in Nashik the Trimbakeshwar Temple and Panchvati are the other holy sites that are popular among the Hindu community in India.
Apart from the religious sites in and around Shirdi, there are a few other places of tourist potential that you could visit during your trip. A few of them include the Dixit Wada Museum in Shirdi, Lendibagh in Shirdi, Dudhsagar Waterfalls in Nashik and the Sula Vineyards of Nashik.