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Shani Jayanti

Shani Jayanti

As per the principles of Astrology, Saturn (Shani) is considered a negative planet. This is actually a wrong belief – Saturn, the disciplianrian, is not a negative planet – but it is a slow planet that augurs success only through discipline, hard work and struggle. Whether Saturn will bless or curse a person depends upon that person's deeds. In other words, it can be said that the Saturn plays the role of an teacher or a judge in our lives. If Saturn is adversely posited in one's Kundali, the person may have to suffer from unfavourable consequences, specifically in the matters related to that particular House.

Vedic Astrology also emphasises that everyone goes through Small Panoti and Shani Sade Sati during their lifetime, and during those periods, they may have to face some hardships, extreme conditions or struggle. But friends, it is not that Shani brings only pain and sufferings in one's life. Those blessed by Saturn never have to go through challenging times in their lives; their success is rightly earned, and thus it stays with them. Not only that, Lord Saturn showers these people with unimaginable gains and good times.

Lord of the West, Saturn is known by many names, such as Manda, Yama, Chhayasunu, Krushang, Kapilaksha, Neel and Sauri. Saturn, a slow moving planet, is considered very powerful when it is placed in the 7th House in a Kundali.

Following are some of the important things related to Saturn -
Ruler – Lord Brahma
Colour - Black
Taste – Astringent
Body parts Saturn rules – Muscles
Number – 8
Metal – Iron as well as lead and tin

Saturn's Jaap is supposed to be done 23000 times, if one is to attain the benefits bestowed by this major planet.

In the Zodiac calendar, it governs the Moon Signs Capricorn and Aquarius. In the Zodiac Sign Libra, the planet of Saturn is exalted from 1 to 20 degrees and in the Sign of Aries, it is debilitated from 1 to 20 degrees. If we talk about the physical attributes of Shani Devata, He is believed to be tall, dark in complexion with rough hair, broad-set eyes, big teeth and a sinewy, muscular body. Veins are visible on His body. He limps, and always wears a serious, grim expression. Same or somewhat similar qualities may be visible in people with Saturn as their Sign's ruling planet or Saturn bearing a major influence in their Birth Chart.

It is to be noted that Saturn is a very powerful planet, and has a major effect on the overall human life. A slow planet that it is, Saturn takes two and a half years to transit through one Sign, and thus takes thirty years to complete one round of the entire Zodiac calendar. In a birth chart, it aspects the 3rd, 7th and 10th House from the House that it is in. When it transits from the 12th House of a person's Kundali, its Big Panoti, also known as Sade Sati, starts. When Saturn transits through the 4th House from this person's Moon Sign, the Small Panoti period starts and lasts for a two and a half years. When it transits from the 8th House from a person's Moon Sign, the phase is again called as a Panoti period. Again, this period lasts for a two and a half years.

Saturn symbolises struggle. Under its influence, one is said to face some of the toughest challenges or changes in life, and it all depends upon the individual's inner strength, as to how well he/ she handles those challenges. On the brighter side, though, the person emerging on the other side of these challenges is often more insightful and spiritual, maturer and seasoned to take anything in life with aplomb.

A powerfully placed Saturn makes the native calm, resolute, composed, attentive, cautious, clever, skilful, organised and an excellent executor. It inspires the native to be spiritually inclined. Saturn is also the planet related to mysterious and deep, profound or even occult-related matters.

Saturn is said to be the causative of grief, dullness, seriousness, laziness, conservativeness, ruthlessness, poverty, longevity, soul, breathing, old-age, servants, mantras, field of engineering, demons, depth, delays, service, freedom from worldly pleasures, sacrifice, suspicion, logic and rationale, iron, leather, hardware, minerals, substance, chemical, grass, coal, mine, construction material, land, business information, ash, black grains, tough luck, aridity, grain farming, grocery and hoarding.

Although, an ill-located Saturn generally has an unfavourable influence on a person's life, it does not mean that Saturn always brings tough times in a person's life. If Saturn is in its own Sign or exalted and is powerfully placed in one's Kundali, it may take one to the top-most position in life, blessing him with wealth, prosperity and power. If Saturn is strong, the Panoti, be it big or small, can prove to be an extraordinary phase for the native.

Shani Jayanti is celebrated on New Moon (Amavsya) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Vaishakh, in order to please Lord Saturn. Women also observe a fast, and follow Vad Savitri Vrata on this day. This year, Shani Jayanti will be celebrated on 08/06/2013, which happens to be a Saturday, and hence the enhanced significance of this day, this year.

You may follow the measures given below, in order to please Lord Saturn on the occasion of Shani Jayanti -

  1. Mix jaggery and sesame seeds and scatter the mixture in an area/ plot of land, preferably located outside the city, OR in an open area of land. You may also fill ant-holes with a mixture of flour and jaggery.
  2. Jains can chant a maala, reciting the mantra – Om Hrim Munisuvratprabho Namastubhyam mamah shantihi shantihi.
  3. Chant Puranokta Mantra during the day time. The Puranokta mantra is -
    Nilanjan Samaabhaasam Raviputram Yamaagrajam |
    Chhayaa maartand sambootam tam namaami shanaishcharam ||
  4. Chant 11 maalaas of the mantra 'Om Sham Shaneshchray Namah'.
  5. Things related to Saturn, such as black sesame seeds, oil, umbrella, blanket, footwear, things made out of iron, black beans, money and other food items, should be donated to the poor and needy.
  6. Recite Shani Strotra.
  7. Worship Dakshinamukhi (South-facing) Hanuman to appease Lord Saturn. Consecrate the idol of Lord Hanuman with oil and seven seeds of black beans.
  8. You may also recite Dasharath Uvaach Strotra and Piplaad Uvaach Strotra.

By offering prayers and pooja in this manner, you may be able to get rid of your problems. With the blessings of Saturn, you may also be able to win arguments and conflicts. Those in businesses related to iron, machinery and factories may be able to attain success and growth by following the aforementioned measures.

Speak to an Astrologer to know how Saturn affects your Kundli!

Ganesha's Grace,
Dharmesh Joshi
The GaneshaSpeaks Team