Every person undergoes Shani period at least once in his entire life. It is inevitable that they undergo many hardships during this time and so offer so many poojas to get his grace. Shani Dev is the son of Lord Surya and Chhaaya. He is the brother of Yama. Shani Dev is highly powerful deity in Hindu mythology. It is deeply believed that one who wants to reach great heights in life needs Shani Dev kind grace and blessings. There are so many Shani Dev temples in India. However, these two powerful temples show great impact on one’s life after the visit and offerings to god in these temples.
1. Mandapalli Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh
It is situated 38kms from Rajahmundry. According to the temple history, it is said that dhadichi maharshi donated his spinal chord to Lord Indra which is highly unimaginably powerful. Lord Indra killed a demon named kartabha with vajra ayudha given by dhadichi. The sons of kartabha, Pippala and Aswattha waged a war as an avenge to their father’s death. Maharshi Agasthya sought the help of Shani Dev to kill these demons. Shani killed these demons and as a mark of glorious victory and based on the advice of maharshis, shani installed Shiva lingam to escape from Brahma hatya sin. So, whoever worships this Shiva lingam with gingelly oil is blessed by Shani Dev and one can mitigate the impacts of Shani period.
2. Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra
It is situated in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is swayambhu (self-evolved) statue of Shani Dev. The place Shingnapur is so popular that no house and bank has doors. No robbery is noted till date. It is highly believed that whoever attempts to theft will be punished by Shani Dev. UCO bank opened lockless branch in the village saying god as guard. One who does Tailabhishekha to lord will be blessed by Shani Dev or Shaneeswara. The favorite days to Shaneeswara are Shani Trayodasi and Saturday falling Amavasya (new moon day). The number of devotees visits this temple during these days in thousands to seek god blessings.