Many people fear taking the Shani maharaj Darshan from front side , they avoid looking into the eyes of idol of Shani. Is there any shastra reference for the same. Thank you for your inputs. Pranam.
Maybe people avoid 'Drushti' (vision) of Shani Deva. This are some verses from Shani Mahatmya:
त्याची द्दष्टी पडे जयावर ॥ करी तयाचा चकनाचूर ॥ अथवा कृपा करी जयावर ॥ तयासी सर्व आनंदच प्राप्त होय ॥५८॥
On whome his eyesight falls, he shatters him. For whome he shows his sympathy, he gains all sorts of Happiness.
द्दष्टीचा ऐका चमत्कार ॥ जन्मला जेव्हा शनैश्चर ॥ तेव्हा द्दष्टी पडली पित्यावर ॥ तेणें कुष्ठ भरला सर्वांगी ॥५९॥
Now listen! A miracle of his Drushti, when Shani took birth his Drusti falled on his father, and then he suffered from 'Kushta-rog' (a type of disease)
पित्याच्या रथीं होता जो सारथी ॥ तो पांगुळ झाला निश्चिती ॥ अश्वचिता नेत्रांप्रती ॥ अंधत्व आले तत्क्षणी ॥६०॥
The charioteer became paralyzed, and the horses became blind.
तेव्हा त्यांनी उपाय केले फार ॥ तरी गूण न येचि अणुमात्र ॥ जव द्दष्टी फिरवी शनैश्चर ॥ तंव निघेही आरोग्य हाले ॥६१॥
They performed numerous methods to cure them, but there was no change. Then, when Shani deva turned his Drushti away they all got recoverd!