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Shani Dev Mandir at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh – Shanidham – Shani Temple at Pratapgarh

Shani Dev Mandir at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be more than 1200 years old. This popular Shanidham of the region is located on the Pratapgarh – Allahabad Highway and is around 60 km from Prayag or Allahabad.

Legend has it that once Shani Bhagavan had a difference of opinion with his father, Surya. In anger, he left his abode, came and sat in meditation at a spot on the banks of Bakulahi or Balkuni River.

The Shani temple in Pratapgarh is located at the spot where Shani Dev sat in meditation.

Another legend has it that Bhagavan Sri Ram built the temple after returning from his exile.

The main murti of Shani Dev is covered with silver and only the face is visible. Murtis of Yognis, Ganesh and Kuber are also found in the main sanctum. An Akhand Jyoti lamp is lit continuously here.

The most important festivals and rituals observed here are Shani Jayanti, Navratri and Agahan or Margarshirsh Dwitiya. Special pujas and bhoga of 56 items are offered annually on January 7.

The main offering in the temple is til or sesame, iron, black clothes and black chunni.