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Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shanishingnapur

Friends, there is a true story from the 'granth' I want to tell you. So far, you have heard about the many stories and seen the miracles of God Shaneshwar. But, the story of July 1978 astounds us. On the 13th May 2006, on a Saturday, to seek and learn about the true experiences of God Shani I was present with Professor Shiavaji Rao Darandale in the house of Smt. Chandrabhaga Devi Dhondiram Darandale. On hearing what they had experienced, I was left biting my nails.

Smt. Chandrabhaga Devi, who was extolling the grace of God Shani told us that her in those days, her newly married daughter Sakardevi Karale, from Shingve village of Pathardi Taluka, which was her in-laws place had come to their home at Shingnapur. Because she was newly married, she was wearing a lot of jewelry. "On the same day, as four unknown persons, seeming to be beggars entered our house. Along with the alms, they also saw our jewelry and became happy. There was no fear in our minds and we gave the alms and we came into our home.

But on the same night, at around 1.30, the same four persons came into our home to rob our jewelry. I felt that they had come with the intention of robbing the jewelry. And it was proved right in a little while. They started fighting with us to take away the jewelry. To escape from them, my daughter and I escaped from them and went towards the house of Anna Saheb Kushinath Darandale who lived just 100 metres away.

But, what a strange occurrence! We saw them and were going away from them were seeing them, right in front of them but they could not see us! God Shani was protecting us and our jewelry from them! And though they were not blind, they could not see us. They had lost their sight suddenly. It was because of the grace of God Shani that our jewelry and we were protected. After this incident, I and my husband Shri Dhondiram Tukaram Darandale pray and serve God Shani day and night. After this true story which I have seen with my eyes, I have totally surrendered to Mahatma (Great God) God Shani."

Another trustee Shri Saheb Rao Tukaram Darandale said that this true story occurred in front of him. Therefore, as a result of this true story, perhaps the entire family is immersed in the prayer of God Shani. And so, the elder son of Smt. Chandrabhaga Devi is now the chief of the Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan. As a result the new chief is involved, day and night, in the service of the devotees and people of the area.

When I asked Smt. Chandrabhaga Devi, more questions about her elder son who was the chief of the Devasthan, she said honestly that her son, as the chief of, must do good work, help the poor and the needy, serve all the devotees coming here. And that way, the name of the Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan should become famous not only in Maharashtra, but all over the world. This was her only prayer to the all powerful God.