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Shani amavasya
Shri Shaneshwar Devasthan Shanishingnapur

On the Saturday of New Moon, it is known as Shaneshchari Amavasya. Normally, in a year, there will be two or three Shaneshchari Amavasya. On the Shaneshchari Amavasya in Shingnapur, there will be arrangements for the festival. From the mid- night of the Friday till the mid-night of the Saturday, prayers, offerings and 'abhishek' will be held. From the Devasthan (temple), a 'Mahapuja' will be held. For the pilgrims who come here for 'Darshanam', their 'Stotra' will be on continuously. Almost 8 to 10 lakh people come within 24 hours. Because of the immense crowd, many devotees who cannot get a glimpse of the deity from the foundation, are happy and content getting it from below itself.

The importance of Shaneshchari Amavasya lies in the fact that out of the rays of the Sun God, the main rays are called 'Ama'. It is from the main rays of Sun God called 'Ama' that the Sun God gives brightness to the three worlds. In this 'Ama' day, especially, God Moon stays. Therefore, it is called Shani Amavasya. This Amavasya is known to give good fruits to all religions. In 'Shradhya Karma', this carries a lot of importance.