At the time, it earned appreciation for respecting the sentiments of the villagers and being the only bank in the country that didn’t use a padlock at the end of the day. But on closer inspection, one notes that it is only a matter of projection. The door is held shut by a remote-controlled electromagnetic lock. To further prevent any attempt of an incident, the bank reportedly sends its cash to the neighbouring Sonai before it shuts shop
Last year, the first police station was opened in the town; the local authorities never felt the need to install a door. They only have a sliding door to prevent dogs and cats from entering the police station. Interestingly, no complaint has been registered from Shani Shingnapur since the police station has been opened here. Though it received cases from the neighbouring villages which fall within its jurisdiction.
Is the Myth Real?
Although Shani Shingnapur has remained free from thefts for centuries, the village’s reputation has been knocked down with the cases of small robberies. In 2010, a visitor complained that cash and valuables worth 35,000 rupees ($567) were stolen from his vehicle. Another theft of gold ornaments worth 70,000 rupees ($1,135) was reported. However it was later dismissed insisting that it took place outside the village, in the temple premises.