Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Village With No Locks Or Doors

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Imagine a village where homes have no front doors, shops are always left unlocked and locals never feel unsafe. In Shani Shingnapur in India's Maharashtra state villagers eschew security because of their undying faith in Lord Shani, the god of Saturn, who is considered the guardian of the village.

The temple in the village is believed to be a 'jagrut devasthan', meaning that a deity still resides in the temple icon. Villagers believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The deity is 'Swayambhu' that is self emerged from earth in the form of black, imposing stone.

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