Shani Jayanti is celebrated as birthday of Lord Shani. It is also known as Shanischara Jayanti or Sani Jayanti. It falls on Amavasya (New Moon) Waning Phase in the Hindu Lunar month of Vaisakh (May – Jun). This year it falls on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Praying to Shani on Shani Jayanti helps to mitigate the malefic effects of Shani and get rid of negative energies from your life.
Shani Jayanti holds special significance to those whose horoscope is afflicted by Saturn. Those under Sade Sati or Major or Minor affliction of Saturn or facing badly placed Saturn in horoscope should pray to him on this day to earn his grace. Sincere prayers on Shani Jayanti can give immense relief to those facing severe hardships from Shani. All rituals related to Planet Shani (Saturn) are performed with great devotion on this day to appease him and ward off ill effects. Many visit Shani temples to pray for good fortune and prosperous life on this day.
Lord Shani – God of Karma and Justice
Planet Shani plays an important role in our lives. In Vedic Astrology, he is the 7th planet out of 9 and governs the cosmos. Shani symbolizes righteousness and justice. He is the judge of our thoughts and action. He make us go through the punishment for negative thoughts and deeds. He perfectly balances your happiness and sadness and rewards based on your karmic deeds. The tough task master makes you undergo a tough period of Sade Sati to teach life lessons.
Sade Sati is a period of 7 ½ years which is known to bring excess sorrow, dreadful diseases, loss of money, blame, insult, worry, imprisonment, illness, suffering and misfortune. You can take strength from prayers, mantras and mediation to handle the bad period. Shani (Saturn) can cleanse of our sins of previous births during Sade Sati period and can draw us closer to God.
Importance of Prayers & Rituals on Shani Jayanti
Appeasing Shani on this day is believed to bring good fortune and happiness in your life. Worshipping Shani can remove all hurdles and obstacles in your way towards progress
You should wake up early before sunrise and have bath. Shani Vrat (fasting) is observed on this day to enjoy a trouble free life, free of obstacles. It is observed for over all protection
Visit Shani temples and light a lamp of Sesame (til) oil, sponsor Shani Taila abisekham, flower offerings to Shani. These can lessen the bad effects of Shani Dosha. Purpose of fasting and visiting Shani temples is to attract blessings of luck and fortune.
Reading Shani Stotra pleases Shani. Shani mantra - `Om Shanishcharaya Namah` chanted for 108 times can bring calmness and peace.
One can do Shani Graha Pooja and Homa, Shani Graha Shanti Homa on this day for protection from doshas or impurities, black magic and evil. Pooja to Shani can give relief from all kinds of sufferings caused by Malefic Saturn or Shani and neutralize the bad effects of the planet.
Donating Black til, Black dhall to Brahmin priest, black clothes, mustard oil can benefit you
Feed ants with wheat and jaggery to prevent misfortunes and unforeseen troubles
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