Sri Shanimahathma Temple is dedicated to Lord Shani Mahatma (Saturn), one of the planets in Hindu Astrology. Shani or Shanishwara is one of the nine planets in Hindu astrology. Shanishwara is an embodiment of Saturn. He is the son of Surya deva and his second wife Chaya Devi. He is one of the most feared and revered astrological deities.
The Shani Mahatma Temple located at Chikka Madhure was constructed by Ganga Hanumaiah, a local farmer. The temple attracts devotees in huge numbers especially on the Saturdays of Shravana Masa (beginning in late July and ending in the third week of August). It is believed that one can get rid of or lessen the negative effects of Sade Sathi or Ashtama Shani or Panchama Shani on worshipping or by offering special poojas to Sri Shaneshwara Temple at Chikka Madhure.
In support of this, you can see a lot of people offering Ellu Batti to the fireplace right in front of the temple. ‘Ellu Batti’ means black sesame seeds are put into small pieces of cloth and are tied with black thread and this is dipped in Gingelly oil (Sesame oil).
Timings to visit Sri Shanimahathma Temple
6 AM to 8 AM.
MahaPooja is done every day at 8 PM
Important Festivals: Chariot procession. During the festival, the Shani Deva is taken out of the temple for a pradakshina in the neighboring area blessing everyone. Other than the annual festival, the temple is crowded usually on Saturdays as it is a significant day for Shani Deva.
How to Reach Sri Shanimahathma Temple
By Air: Kempegowda International Airport – 50 km.
By Train: Bangalore Yesvanthpur Railway Station – 45 km
By Road: Nelamangala – 15 km, Kempe Gowda bus station Bangalore – 40 km, Doddaballapur – 18 km, Nelamangala:14 Km.
Sri Shani Mahatma Temple, Sri Kshetra Kanasawadi, Nelamangla Road, Chikka Madhure, Karnataka 561204, India.
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