It is so hard to believe but its True!

India
June 28, 2010 1:51pm CST
There is a place called Shani shingnapur in our state. This particular small hamlet is very famous for the deity Shani, an Indian God. Many years back the village folks made a temple of the Lord as He appeared and wished to stay amongst them. The place transformed after the temple was built. Since the inhabitants were poor, that time, there were petty thefts and low crimes. But after the temple was built and it became chaste no matter if any person stole anything, it would return back to its rightful owner/s. And any person indulging himself in any crime would have to face the wrath of the Lord. People changed and changed for good. It became a known fact that nothing could be stolen from this small hamlet and people could leave their valuables anywhere any time. All the houses removed their doors and window panes. Even today, no house at Shani Shingnapur have a door let alone a lock or a latch. Even the bathrooms are covered by walls but with no doors. It is amazing and an experience which you can savor only if you visit the place. If you just want to give it a try, leave anything like your wallet or your phone or something you can part off but you think it is a bit costly you surely would find it back. Some unknown face would simply hand it back to you and disappear while you are still awestruck. Do you have any such thing to share? Can you recount anything extraordinary from our routine daily lives? Please do share with all of us. Bodhi
11 responses
@jaiho2009 (38400)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
hello dear bhai, Wow,this sounds like paradise. I wish to live in this kind of place. No doors,even in bathroom(whew) I never heard such place here in my country,and,it's really amazing. i could just imagine how good people are those people living in that place. thanks for sharing this my dear brother.
• India
29 Jun 10
Good to see you back Didi. maybe sometime not far from now every place would be a place like Shani. Maybe you could come down here someday.
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@jaiho2009 (38400)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
i really wish to visit that place my dear bhai
• India
29 Jun 10
I would be happy to be your guide here!
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@cynthiann (18576)
• Jamaica
28 Jun 10
How I would love to visit Shani. It must be so peaceful and full of love. A place where people respect each other. Definitely a paradise. This is the only place that I know like this. Except of course when I go on Spiritual Retreats (only 3 days) and I am filled with a sense of awe and experience a peaceful happiness by being away from the daily stresses and strains of life. Have you visited this hamlet Bodhi?
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hello my dearest friend, The place is indeed very calm and peaceful. There they really worship the shrine of Shani very devotedly. Where is the spiritual retreat that you go? Would love to know more from you, there must be a couple of dozens of interesting stories you need to share. I visit the temple of Shirdi every year, but am yet to go to Shani. Its around 35 kms from Shirdi. Maybe this year. Take care always, Bodhi P.S. Are they home with you? When are they gonna come? Have a blast with the young kids!!!!
@cynthiann (18576)
• Jamaica
29 Jun 10
The Retreat House that I go to is totally quiet. Usually there is a theme that we research and discuss. But here is no noise and the gardens are wonderful. I always come away feel spiritually fulfilled and energized. I do hope that you can reach Shani as it sounds wonderful. The twins come on July 3rd - amwso looking forward to their arrival.Blessings
• India
30 Jun 10
Oh! That sounds something like an Ashram here. To be in a place like that would surely be so enthralling. Have a great time with the twins.
• India
30 Jun 10
I too heard about this place. I also heard that they do not allow women or girls to enter the place. What could be the reason? Can you throw some light on this?
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• India
30 Jun 10
Well, I haven't been there yet as I said in one posts earlier. women are not allowed near the deity but they can surely go and visit the temple. Now Men who visit there have to wear a thin saffron cloth in order to be there near the Lord. It is the only cloth that a man wears while the worship goes on. Women are allowed in the temple to perform Puja rituals but not on the platform.
• Mexico
29 Jun 10
Hello, what I can say about this is that if you go to Mexico and leave your purse somewhere,I assure you that the record that this portfolio would dissapiear, no more than 5 minutes, and I think I went away. jeje I would like mexico city was almost like that you describe.
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• India
29 Jun 10
Umm the place where I actually stay in is no better than Mexico city then, I guess. Thanks for sharing!
@aquariand (467)
29 Jun 10
This sounds an amazing place to be, unfortunately there is no where I know of that is simular
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• India
29 Jun 10
hi Aquariand, You know what, dear friend, through this discussion I saw that almost all of us would love to live life in a more "unrestricted" manner. There is a very striong urge to return to the good old days. Maybe we shall all bring about that much needed change. Pray that perhaps sometime in your life you could be in a place like that!
• India
29 Jun 10
Wow thats really amazing. It must be so nice to live there. Thanks for sharing it. take care :)
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• India
29 Jun 10
Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. It must be amazing to live there.
• India
29 Jun 10
wow hard to believe that stuff like that happen in such places. Given a chance many would make away with the money from our wallets. I wish i could hangout at this place and see what it has to offer. I do want to check this out for myself. I have heard stories of this place before but never believed it and now here you also claim that this place exists. Just one i want to go. Just once...
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hi Ravi, Get there i really hope you do. When you visit the place your perception would change. You simply cannot get away with somebody else's belongings from Shani. people have tried that before, unsuccessfully! Don't take my word for it, get there if you can. Thanks for your interest though!
@don_naces (464)
• Philippines
29 Jun 10
What a very nice place to live but I think that it is very impossible. I would never leave any of my belongings; they might not be returned. If I have enough money, then, for sure, I would visit such amazing place.
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hi Don, Whther or not thats possible, you need to try it for yourself. I really hope that someday you could make the trip and see it for yourself. Thanks for your thoughts,
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
28 Jun 10
dear bodhi, i never thought there would still be a place like that as of the present. who could imagine? poverty makes people greedy especially on things useful and sellable. but i remember the professor telling me about the place also. i guess it is a very good place to visit. thank you so much for mentioning it. ann
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hello Ann, Yes, it is an amazing place something very unusual. Hope you could be there too sometime.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
28 Jun 10
hi Bodhi!! It is a awesome fact.. In which district does this place located???? Thanks for sharing this unusual happening. I heard about a similar situation in some village near Nagpur... The people of this particular village pray to Snake Goddess.. And snakes are really worshiped and respected and not killed even if they roam in the localities..In was a news report and it was shown that all snakes are feed by the villagers as their family members and some even enter their households or kitchens or in other rooms in search of foods. So,you can imagine how deadly it can be???But amazingly,not a single person got bitten in last 30 years.
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hi Tuyakiki, Well this place is located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Geez.. snakes all around it makes so uncomfortable. maybe the snakes are kind natured and won't bite but still a snake is a snake for me. It is an amazing fact you shared here, never knew or heard about that. i guess thats why they say, "Incredible India". Thank you so much
@Hatley (143325)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jun 10
hi Bodhi that sounds amazing and if its true a very good place to live. When I was a kid on our South Dakota farm we never locked the doors on our house but by the time I grew 'up things were changing and we had things stolen out of out family farm house. We got locks then and keys for them then and a whole different way of life . I missed that so much and when I got to the big cities it was also the same way nobody trusted anyone at any time. what kind of way is that to 'live. I trust everyone but most do not.But I have been to amish households where its really paceful and again trusting too. they seem to be a very ttusting people and have trust in each other and in God.
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• India
29 Jun 10
Hi Hatley, Oh! yes its true, and indeed it is a very good place to live in. But I guess the locales say that if you are blessed with Shani you shall be able to stay amongst them. By the way, Shani is Saturn, forgot to mention that in the post earlier. You recount of your Dakota farm sounds so interesting, hope I could come to know more about it as I bet there must be a many interesting incidents and fond memories. Locked inside your own house and always suspicious of others is really an unhealthy way of living but we can't help it nowadays. Hence, a place like that stands out amongst the crowd. Thank you for sharing.