Shani Jayanti

Our solar system compromises of the Sun, planets, satellites etc., When we say Jupiter, we think of “the largest planet”. When we say “Venus”, we think of “the most beautiful planet”. When we say Earth, we think of “our planet”. And then there is one planet that makes most of us think of all the synonyms attached to “fear”. Yes, we are talking about Saturn. In reality, do we fear the planet Saturn or the Lord of Saturn, Shanidev?

Is Shanidev merciless?

The very name Shanidev is sufficient to cause nightmares to the majority of us. Is he really so cruel and agonizing? Being a hard taskmaster, Shanidev has been attributed as the reason for most of the suffering that a human being experiences in his/her lifetime. However, the truth is that Shanidev awards pain and pleasure based on our activities in our current and previous lives. He is dutiful and unbiased in making sure that we reap the results of the seeds we have sown.

Is there a way to minimize the suffering caused by Shanidev?

There is a saying that the law of justice does not consider kith and kin and is thus, impartial. Shanidev is the brother of Lord Yama who is known as the Lord of Justice. The primary difference between Lord Yama and Lord Shani is that, Lord Yama rewards/punishes after death whereas, Lord Shani metes out punishment or showers mercy during one's lifetime.

However, the sincere and faithful devotees are always blessed with solutions to have a respite from their suffering. Two such occasions for us to pray with a sincere heart and ask for forgiveness are Shani Jayanti (occurs once in a year) and Shani Amavasya (occurs whenever there is a new moon on a Saturday).

What is Shani Jayanti?

Shani Jayanti is regarded as the day when Lord Shani was born to Lord Surya and his wife Chaaya. It is observed on the Amavasya (new moon day) of the Jyeshtha month of the Hindu calendar. Any worship performed to Lord Shani on this day is considered highly meritorious and will provide relief from the pain and suffering caused by the planet Saturn.

Appropriate way to observe Shani Jayanti/Shani Amavasya:

• Wake up early in the morning and take a head-bath.
• Visit any nearby temple that has Navagraha deities or the deity of Lord Shani.
• Perform abhisheka to the deity form of Lord Shani with mustard oil.
• If possible, perform Shani shanti puja and make an offering of black sesame seeds and black cloth to Lord Shani.
• It is recommended to observe a partial or a full day fast and to keep chantingOm Sham Shanaischaraya Namah on this day.
• Donate items like mustard oil, black sesame, iron, black cloth, rice etc., to the needy.
• Recite the following sloka to please Lord Shani

Mantra:
“Aum Nilanjanam Samabhasam Ravi Putram Yamagrajam Chaya Marthandha Sambhutham Tam Namami Sanaischaram”
Shani Gayatri mantra: The following is the Shani Gayatri mantra suitable for recitation by the people who are initiated by a guru into chanting of the Gayatri mantra:
“Om Kaakadhwajaaya Vidmahe Khadga Hastaaya Dheemahi Tanno Mandah Prachodayath”

It is important to note that any mantra recitation generates immense energy and the same needs to be returned to the universe in the form of tarpan or in the form of blessings to the near and dear. The reciter can give away the energy to the universe through tarpan by reciting “tatsa brahmarpana mastu” at the end of the mantra recitation. One can also distribute the energy through rays by blessing the near and dear. Whenever the energy tarpan is performed to the universe, one receives blessings from the universe.

This year, Shani Jayanti is observed on 28th of May. OnlineTemple.com ardently prays to Lord Shani to mitigate the pain and suffering of all the devotees and bless you all with happiness, peace, good health and success.

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