After registering at Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Sansthan’s official website for Darshan pass, now the time was to register at Shani Shingnapur official website (available in English, Marathi, Hindi) for Online Darshan Pass.
Thank God, after months of State lockdown and places of worship – closed due to COVID-19, finally, opened.
After 10 plus years, I planned to re-visit Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shanishingnapur (Ahmednagar, Maharashtra).
There are two options available in the website – 1. Online Donation and 2. Online Darshan Pass.
for Online Darshan Pass one has to fill Registration Form with details such as Date of Visit (only 9 days booking is available currently), Time Slot (24 hours open), Total Members (maximum 10), Full Name, Email Id, Contact No., State and City.
Once you are done with Book Darshan, you will receive an email.
There are certain Terms & Conditions mentioned as follows:
- Mask and Social Distancing are compulsory all the time.
- Visitors are required to maintain physical distancing – 6 feet distance at all times.
- Touching of Statues / Idols is not allowed.
- Person above 65 years of age, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay home.
Take the printout of your booking voucher.
My Appointment was on 09-01-2021 / 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM. I reached Shanishingnapur exactly on time with the printout of booking voucher.
I purchased pooja items from the shop outside the temple-area. The shop-keeper enhanced knowledge about the pooja items – *Horse-Shoe of Iron (घोड़े की नाल), Panchdhatu Janam Kundli, Navgrah Yantra, Nazar Gudiya, Siddh Shani Yantra, Black Cloth, आक का पत्ता, Coconut (नारियल ), Incense Sticks (अगरबत्ती), Mustard Oil, Black ‘urud’ and Muri as prasad.
The cost of all above said items – Rs. 250 (excluding Mustard Oil). I paid Rs. 200. It is up to you how much you can bargain. *If you check online the price of ‘Black Horse Shoe/Kale Ghode ki naal’ is approx. 200 rupees.
Here, I will suggest: buy Mustard oil from the temple-area as it is cheaper than shops. – Rs. 40 only (if I remember correctly).
Note: Coconut (नारियल ) and Musturd Oil one has to submit/pour at a place/container before reaching idol of God Shani.
The queue wasn’t long though it was Saturday – said to be the best day to worship Lord Shani. Within 30 minutes, I had blessings of Lord Shani.
After darshan, I purchased Nariyal Barfi as prasad from the temple-area counter.
Hope you too will visit soon in this New Year (specially after 2020) for the blessings of Lord Shani. The journey continues..