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Shani Jayanti 2024

DateMay 14, 2024

Shani Jayanti is an auspicious festival honouring Shani Deva, the God of Justice. He is the planet Saturn or Shani. Also known as Shri Shanaischar Janma Diwas, it occurs on Amavasya (New Moon Day), Tithi of Krishna Paksha (Dark Lunar Fortnight) in the Vaishaka/Jyeshta (May-June) month. This festival falls on June 6, 2024. Women observe the Vat Savitri Vrat (Fast) on this day.

Shani Pooja

Who is Shani Deva?

Shani Deva is the God of Justice, Karma, and retribution. He wards off evil and removes obstacles. He judges one’s deeds in life and rewards and punishes accordingly. His name, Shani, comes from the root word Shanaischara, meaning ‘one who moves slowly’. His other names include Shani Bhagwan, Shani Maharaj, Suara (Son of the Sun God), Asita (Dark), Mandu (Dull and slow), Septarchi (Seven-Eyed), and Chayaputra (Son of Chaya).

Why People Fear Shani Deva

People believe Shani to be the harbinger of bad luck and a significator of grief. Perceived as a negative or malefic planet, they fear Shani. However, Shani or Saturn is a strict disciplinarian who represents hard work, perseverance, integrity, patience, effort, responsibility, discipline, and consistency. He also represents detachment and has great spiritual value. He can place delays and obstacles in one’s path, teaches valuable life lessons, and is a fair teacher. An adversely posited Shani in a Kundli can indicate struggles, delays, hardship and stress. It may have unfavourable outcomes.


Shani Deva’s Attributes

·Planet Saturn represents Shani, which has a strong influence over people’s lives

·Brahma Deva is the ruler of Shani

·Shani rules the Western direction

·He represents the Air element in the Pancha Bhootas (Five Elements of Nature)

·He represents the Tamasic Guna among the three Gunas

·He is the Lord of Saturday

·Shani is Shiva’s devotee & received boons from him

·He represents the worker/servant in the planetary cabinet

·Shani is a planet of darkness & rules the dark nature of humans

Power of Shani Deva

Shani Deva is a powerful deity and controls life, death, home, children, wealth, litigations, and illness of some physical aspects. He can cause suffering for one’s sins and can cleanse and purify an individual of negative influences of the evil in them. Accidents, failures, health issues and monetary problems can impact those born under Saturn.

Shani’s adverse transit can even cause death. Practising good Karma can help overcome these ill effects. He received a boon from Mother Goddess Parvati that no critical event can occur in an individual’s life unless he gives his Divine consent to that work through transit or aspect of a relevant House in the Kundli.

When exalted or powerfully placed in the birth chart, Shani can make an individual calm, focused, skilled, clever, organised, and a successful executor of goals who has a solid spiritual inclination—those blessed by Saturn experience good times, great positivity, success, wealth, and abundance.


Shani Deva in Vedic Astrology

Shani, or Saturn, is one of the nine planetary deities in Vedic Astrology. He is the Karma Karaka because his destiny is Karma. He gives fruits or punishment for actions. The slowest among planets, Shani takes two and a half years to transition from a zodiac sign. His most powerful place in a Kundli (Birth Chart) is the 7th House. He is the significator of obstacles, delays, sorrows, ill-health, enemies, and black colour.

Astrological Influences of Shani/Saturn

According to Vedic Astrology, Shani or Saturn is auspicious when present in the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th, and 11th Houses in the Kundli. However, it is inauspicious when posited in the 4th, 5th, and 8th Houses.

In Vedic Astrology, Shani rules Makara (Capricorn) and Kumbha (Aquarius). Its Mool Trikona Rashi (Second Best Position of Sign) is Kumbha. Shani represents the worker or servant in the planetary cabinet.

Saturn shares positive vibes with Mercury and Venus but is adverse to the Sun, the Moon, and Mars. It has a neutral relationship with Jupiter and is friendly with the Shadow Planets Rahu and Ketu.

Impact of Saturn

Sade Sati

Sade Sati is a significant planetary period of Saturn that lasts seven and a half years and occurs once every 27 to 29 years. It is also called Big Panoti; Saturn transits from the 12th House of an individual’s birth chart. When Saturn is in an individual’s House, it can cause bad luck or danger. During this period, individuals undergo extreme hardships, struggles, and suffering.

Small Panoti (Cursed Period) or Dhaiya

When Saturn transits through the 4th House from an individual’s Moon sign, it lasts for two and a half years and is called Small Panoti.  When Saturn transits from the 8th House from an individual’s Moon sign, it is again a Panoti period, lasting two and a half years.

Legend of Shani Jayanti

Shani is the son of Surya Deva (Sun God) and Devi Chaaya, the shadow of Devi Saranyu, Surya Deva’s wife. Devi Saranyu could not bear the sun god’s heat and brilliance, so she left her Chaaya (Shadow) behind to perform penance. Devi Chaaya took her place and performed severe penance to Shiva by meditating upon him. Shani, born with a dark complexion and unable to bear Surya Deva’s insults, turned his gaze upon and burnt him, causing an eclipse of the Sun. Shiva healed Surya Deva and revealed the truth about Chaaya and Shani’s birth. Shiva blessed Shani with extraordinary powers and the ability to punish people for evil and wrongful deeds.


Significance of Shani Jayanti

Shani Jayanti is Shani Deva’s birthday. He is the ruling deity of the planet Saturn, which strongly influences life. The Planet of Karma awards according to good and bad deeds. Shani gives justice and rewards hard work, discipline, sincerity, perseverance, and effort. Shani is one of the most potent and impactful planets, as it can influence life to a large extent. He punishes negative Karma, ego, and arrogance. Devotees offer prayers, perform Pooja and observe a fast on this day to appease Shani Deva and invoke his positive blessings for obstacle removal and good fortune. Those undergoing testing times like Sade Sati can worship him to help reduce the struggles and suffering.

Rituals Observed for Shani Jayanti

According to scriptures, people observe important rituals on Shani Jayanti. Special Poojas, Homas or Yajnas take place in Shani temples or Navagraha temples

∙ Wake up before sunrise & take a bath

∙ Clean the place of worship

∙ Cleanse the deity with water, oil, Panchamritam & Gangajal

∙ After bathing, the idol offers flowers, Diya (Lit Lamp) & incense sticks

∙ According to sentiment, you can offer a Navaratna Haar (Necklace made of nine gemstones)

∙ Perform Aarti (Light & Sound Ceremony) & chant Shani Path, Shani Chalisa or Shani Stotras

∙ Feed animals, especially black dogs & crows

 Measures to Please Shani Deva

∙ Mix jaggery & sesame seeds & scatter the mixture in open land (Can also fill ant holes with flour & jaggery)

∙ Donate mustard oil, sesame seeds, black beans, black-coloured clothes, umbrellas, footwear, blankets, iron items, money & food to the underprivileged

∙ Worship a South-facing Dakshinamurti & Hanuman

∙ Consecrate the idol of Hanuman with oil & seven seeds of black beans

∙ Chant the Puranokta Mantra: “Nilanjan Samaabhaasam Raviputram Yamaagrajam,

∙ Chhayaa maartand sambootam tam namaami shanaishcharam

∙ Reciting the Shani Deva Mantra can reduce the malefic effects of Saturn on your sign- “Om Sham Shanaischaraya Namah.”

∙ Recite the Dasharatha Uvaach Stotra & Piplaad Uvaach Stotra

Benefits of Shani Pooja

Shani’s malefic gaze can cause lethargy, dullness, failure, delay, poverty, grief and adversity in life. Performing the Shani Pooja on Shani Jayanti can bestow his benevolence and gracious blessings

∙ ·Grants relief from negative effects of Sade Sati (7.5 Years of Saturn Period) in birth chart

∙ ·Helps reduce astrological issues caused by Saturn

∙ ·Gives peace from any bad luck or setbacks

∙ ·Nullifies the adverse effects of wrong-doing & evil deeds

∙ ·Reduces consequences of negative Karma

∙ ·Brings improvement to health, career & finance

∙ ·Gives positive results for good deeds

∙ Enables goal achievement & success in endeavours

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