The Hindus hold Shani (Saturn), in great awe and respect. In fact, Saturn is the
only deity whose benign glance is believed to bestow prosperity, while a fierce look
can cause unparalleled misfortune on the object of its attention. Small wonder then,
that devotees flock to appease him every Saturday. The Shanichara Temple made
of stone at Aeti is rather special, though it doesn’t appear so from the outside. It
houses the original black idol of Shani brought from Lanka (presently Sri Lanka).
Legend has it that Shanideva was held prisoner by the demon-king Ravana (king of
Lanka), in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The dusty village of Aeti came into being only
after the temple was established. Earlier it was just a barren hilltop dotted with a
few trees .
A Grand Prayer Organised On Every Saturday
A grand puja (prayer) is held here every Amavasya Shanivar (moonless Saturday night), which has devotees
thronging to the temple in droves. Special narrow gauge trains operate from Gwalior, Agra, Jaipur, Baroda and
some other cities to bring devotees to the temple.
The Statue of Hanuman
Just outside this stone temple is a statue of the monkey-god Hanuman. It depicts Hanuman with a dagger tied to
his waist stepping on another monkey. A very curious practice is observed here: worshippers leave behind their
shirts and shoes or have their hair cut in the belief that any curse that might have been cast on them will disappear
along with their locks.
The Shanichara Temple is about 37 kilo meters from Morena en route to Banmore (NH3) Aiti Village.
The Shanichara Temple is about 18 kilo meters from Gwalior en route to Padhavali, Bateshwar and Mitaoli.
Bus services are rare – make enquiries at the Morena bus station. Hiring a cab is a better idea.
Roads are moderately good up to a point, after which it is just a dry track to the temple.
Nearest Railway Station – Broad gauge – Morena & Gwalior
Narrow Gauge Railway Station is SHANICHARA from where Temple is 500 meter
Shanichera Mela on Shanichari Amavasya :
A big fair would be organised in the premises of ancient Shanchara temple, near Anti village 37 km from district
headquarters to worship deity Shanidev -- planet and god Saturn -- on the occasion of 'Amavasya', which falls on
Saturday -- a day meant for Shanidev.
Thousands of devotees would offer their prayers and pay obeisance.
It is believed that parikrama of 'Shani Parvat', a mountain of 14 km perimeter, relieved people from Shanidev's curse.
People normally dreaded of Shanidev's curse as it affects them for two-and-a-half or seven years. It brings misery
and misfortunes but if Shanidev or Saturn planet is happy then it fetches fortunes.
Water arrangement has been made for devotees for bathing purpose through fountains outside the shrine premises.
Oil, which is offered to Shanidev, would be allowed in plastic packets rather in bottles and would be offered
through a long pipe which ends over deity. The pipe would be laid from main gate of temple to the sanctum sanctorum.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the temple.
Police patrolling would take place at nearby areas to shrine. In this regard a dozen executive magistrates were put
On 30-07-2011 (Saturday), On Shanischary Amavasya - nearly 4.5 Lacs Devotees visited on Shanichara
Temple to offer prayer.
On 24-12-2011 (Saturday), On Shanischary Amavasya - nearly 4 Lacs Devotees visited on
Temple to offer prayer.
On 21-4-2012 (Saturday), On Shanichary Amavasya - nearly 1 Lacs Devotees visited on Shanichara Temple to offer prayer.
Donation for Shanichara Temple :- Donation for Shanichara Temple may be given in the Bank Account
Number- 902810100100276 SHANIDEV MAHARAJ- SHANICHARA - Bank of India Morena