The village with no doors!

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Shirdi is a popular pilgrim spot in India, with devout followers coming from far off places to pay their respects at the Sai Baba temple. Often this visit would be combined with a visit to a nearby town known as Shani Shingnapur where the famous temple for Shani God is located.
Nowadays though Shani Shingnapur has got its independent recognition and often people visit the place irrespective of whether a visit is planned for Shirdi or not.

This town has got a unique tradition, going back to almost 3 centuries - where Lord Shani is seen as the protector of all things in the village and hence no need for any other protective mechanisms like 'doors' for houses, shops and even banks!
Yes, this village has no structure that can be locked and no shop that sells them (for obvious reasons - no doors!)

BBC did a photo feature of the place, and did a decent job while doing it too!
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The place is now suffering due to its own fame. the problem of touts and beggars, which is symbolic of all the famous religious places in the country is starting to hurt shani shignapur as well.

Nowadays, having no doors at houses is being used as a tourist magnet, and when gullible tourists land in the town, touts jump at them to use the oil packages which are used as an offering to the god, which run at a very high cost.

Haven't had a good experience in the town on each of my visits there, and now i tend to avoid going altogether due to too much pushing by the touts to pay money to them. Frankly, I don't know how good an experience it would be for a foreigner there. But happy to hear travellers experience there..

Plus they dont even allow females to visit the temple, which is surprising but religious, so nothing much can be done
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I am replying to your last line - they rest, I do understand is the curse of many religious places that are famous.

Women are now (since 2016) permitted in the sanctum, though asked not to touch the monolith deity. The article does talk about this as well.
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Originally Posted by pink vagabond View Post Plus they dont even allow females to visit the temple, which is surprising but religious, so nothing much can be done
I think that has changed now. I have read reports of females being allowed to visit the shrine. See this. However local women still do not enter the shrine. See this.
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Hey thanks.. i knew there was some outcry a couple of years back but did not follow it up later. Thanks for the update, so some things change for the better.. Happy to be corrected here.

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