town with doorless homes gets a bank with no lock
Shani Shingnapur, the world famous temple town in Maharashtra
where houses have neither doors or locks, now befittingly has its
first commercial bank branch - with no locks on its front door!
The public sector UCO Bank is
Ahmednagar (Maharashtra): Known for its homes and shops with no doors or locks, the temple
village of Shani-Shingnapur in this Maharashtra's district
Saturday reported yet another theft early Saturday, police said.
Four thefts were reported in the village last year.
Saturday's theft took place at the house of Dagdu Sheth, one of
the members of the trust which looks after the main temple to Lord
Shani (Saturn) in the village.
The theft worth Rs.73,000 was reported in Sonai police station.
"Rs.50,000, two gold rings and a mobile phone have been stolen
from Sheth's residence," Assistant Police Inspector B.D. Mane told
"It is very disturbing that the village that was well-known for
door-less homes and shops is seeing thefts of late. Last year,
there were four thefts in this temple village," he added.
Shani-Shingnapur, with a population of around 2,000, is situated
around 375 km from Mumbai.
The village was renowned as a place where no thefts or robberies
take place, with the strong belief that the Lord Shani, the
presiding deity of the village, protects the village and its
The dwellings in the village have no doors or locks, but just a
curtain to protect the privacy of the occupants, and people left
their homes unattended for hours or days.