Good Times Will Be Back Again With Shani Puja
About puja

Shani puja is done to appease the shani graha or the Saturn planet. Among all planets, Saturn is the most dreaded. This puja nullifies the malefic effects of Shani graha as far as possible, so that the person under its ill influence can pass off the phase with as little harm as possible. Shani is said to be both a giver as well as a destroyer. Shani is usually depicted as dark in color, clothed in black, holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and is mounted on a crow, which is Shani’s vahana or carrier. Shani is also known as Sanaischarya, Shanishwara and Chaya Putra.

Emergence of Lord Shani

Saturn is said to be the son of Surya Deva and his wife Chaya. Surya or Sun was married to Sandhya with whom he had three children. But Sandhya could not bear the glaring radiance of Sun for long and decided to go back to her perents house. Before she left, she told her shadow or Chaya to mother her children and to serve Surya. After some time Chaya gave birth to Shani. Lord Shani is said to be guided by Lord Shiva. Legend has it, when the infant Shani opened his eyes right after birth, the Sun went into an eclipse. He was born on Amavasya of Vaishakh month and hence this day is celebrated as Shani Jayanti. People worship Shani Dev on this day to minimize the malefic effects of Shani on them.

Auspicious time to offer Shani puja

People perform Shani puja to the best of their abilities on specific days which are special to Shani Dev. These days are Shani Amavasya, Shani Jayanti, Shani trayodashi. Shani Jayanti is celebrated on vaishak vadya chaturdasi amavasya and it is believed that Lord Shani was born on this auspicious day. Given his furious nature, puja is offered in a very sombre manner and all related rituals are strictly followed. The new moon when falling on a Saturday, it is known as Shaneshchari Amavasya. In a year normally there will be two or three Shaneshchari Amavasya. Great care is taken to offer Shani dev puja on this day to attain maximum possible benefits.

Shani trayodashi falls on the shukla paksha of asadha month according to the Indian lunar calendar. It is considered as one of the most auspicious days for Shani puja as it is believed to be the favourite day of the deity. He is the lord of Saturdays and so trayodashi falls on a Saturday. It is a day when the otherwise difficult to please god gives happiness and peace to people and nullifies the negative effects of life.

Items/Samagri Required

In order to appease the influential Shanidev, it is good to know the exact requirements for this puja:

  1. God Shani’s photo or ‘yanta’
  2. Rice, black ‘til’ and black string.
  3. Flowers and leaves, especially black flowers.
  4. Incense sticks.
  5. Lamps.
  6. Mustard oil.
  7. Sweets offerings.
  8. Summer fruits.
  9. The leaves of ‘rui’ tree.
  10. Camphor.
  11. Packets made from oil.
  12. Black ‘urud.’
  13. Clove.
  14. Elaichi.
  15. Pan and supari.
  16. Ganga water or holy water.
  17. Coconut, horse-shoe of iron .
    ( Any two or four of these above items.)

 Puja Vidhi/How To Do

Shani puja will yield benefits only when you perform the puja with correct ritualistic procedures. For this, it is important to know the vidhis of the puja.

  1. Aasanam Samarpayanami: To begin with take the posture of the asana.
  2. Padya Samarpayanami: Now offer to wash the feet of Shanidev with water accompanied by the mantras.
  3. Ardhya Samarpayanami: Now pour water into your palm with mantra.
  4. Aachamaniya Samarpayanami: You can now drink this water..
  5. Snanam Samarpayanami: At this stage chanting the mantras offer to bath the god.
  6. Vasram Samarpayanami: Now while saying the mantras offer black clothes to the god.
  7. Gandham Samarpayanami: Offer up fragrant items like camphor and incense to the lord.
  8. Pushpamalam Samarpayanami: Now offer up the flowers and the garland to him.
  9. Dhupam Samarpayanami: Light the incense with mantras.
  10. Deepam Samarpayanami: Now light the lamps too with mantras.
  11. Akshatam Samarpayanami: While chanting mantras now offer rice to the god.
  12. Naivedyam Samarpayanami: Say the mantras while offering black tilt i Shanidev.
  13. Dakshinam Samarpayanami: Offer whatever you can to the Lord as dakshina.
  14. Namaskaram Karomi: Finally do the proname to pay homage and seek his benevolence.
Mantra

Shani Sloka in English

Chanting the Shani sloka with faith will help you obtain favourable results of Shani puja.

Om Hlim Sham Shanaye Namah"

"Om praam preem praum sah shanayishraya namah"

"Om sham shanayscharaya namaha"

"Aum Aing Hring Shring Shung Shanaishcharaye Namah Aum"

 

Benefits

As the most dreaded of planets, people worship Shani Dev to the best of their abilities to keep him placated both to ward off evil, as well as reduce the immediate hardships that they are presently under. The main benefits of Shani puja can be described as follows:

  1. You can appease the planet Saturn and reduce present hardships that you would have to face in hard times due to its bad positioning astrologically in your chart. Shani puja will help you to win over adversaries in life.
  2. In order to overcome risks of accidents and major life threats during the negative period of Saturn in your chart, it is good to offer Shani Dev a puja. It will provide you protection from any kind of evil.
  3. If you are suffering from diseases like arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, gout due to the negative influence of Sahni, this puja will give relief to you to a large extent.
  4. The most feared and revered of all dieties is said to have the power to turn the king into a pauper within a moment. Such is his wrath. King Vikramaditya is one such ill-fated person who had to suffer the wrath of Shanidev. In order to appease this temperamental deity, a correctly performed Shani puja will go a long way.
  5. Shanidev plays the role of a judge in our lives. He is the deity who keeps an eye on human deeds, both good and evil and depending the work, Shani Devpunishes or rewards. Shani puja will help minimize the influence of such punishment if any.
  6. If you are facing hard times due to loans and debts, Shani puja will help you eradicate these problems.
  7. This puja also helps in overall spiritual and materialistic development of the devotees.

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