Shani Shingnapur temple Bill passed

The State Legislative Assembly passed a Bill that enables the government to take control of the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar in the early hours of Thursday.

The government had last month decided to enact a legislation allowing it to take control of the temple with a view to make the Temple Trust administration more transparent and to provide better amenities to devotees.

The government claimed that it received complaints about the alleged irregularities by previous members of the temple trust.

The famous temple in Shingnapur village has a stone in the sanctum devoted to Lord Shani, believed to be the personification of Saturn.

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