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Shani Deva (शनि )


  Shani Deva
 Attributes of Shani Deva
 Shani Deva and Lord Hanuman
 Shani Deva and Lord Shiva
 Shani in vedic Astrology
 Prayers to please Lord Shani
 Shani Temples
 Shani in Jainism
 Shani Jaynti
 Shani Mantra and Shani Yantra

 Shani Deva

Lord Shani

  ॐ नीलांजन समाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम् |
  छाया मार्तण्ड सभ्भूतं तंम् नमामि शनेश्वरम् ||

  Shani Deva or Śani (शनि) also known as Shanaiscarya (शनैश्वर),  Shani Bhagavan, Shaneesvara  and Shaneesvaran. Shani Dev  is the son of Lord Sun (सूर्य) and the mother of Lord Shani is Chhaya (Suvarna).  Shani is the Lord of Saturday and embodied in the planet Saturn. He is the cousin of Yama, the God of justice.

  According to  Hindu scriptures, favourable Shani bestows wealth and fame but at the same time, an unfavourable Shani gives endless miseries. A favourable period of planet Shani bestows sharp memory, and makes people wealthy and famous. There is a satisfactory profit in business and one can also get hidden treasures. During the unfavorable period of Shani, one has to face endless miseries. Chances for loss of property, wealth and health also do exist. There can also be humiliation in public life, as a result of involvement in ill deeds. One has to face humiliation and sometimes gets diseased to incurable ailments.

  Lord Shani punishes only those who are involved in ill deeds. However, he becomes happy and favorable to people performing good deeds and rewards them with lots of progress in their life and may also elevate them to high positions Lord Shani delivers the result of our deeds without any favour or animosity.

  Attributes of Shani Deva

 Shani is depicted as dark in colour, black clothed, holding sword, arrows and two daggers. He is depicted to be mounted on a black crow. He is also known as Shanaiscar (शनैश्वर) Shani Bhagavan, Shaneesvara, Saneesvara, Shaneesvaran, Shani Deva.  

 Father of Lord Shani:   Surya or Lord Sun
 Mother of Lord Shani:  Chhaya (Suvarna)
 Brother of Lord Shani: Yamaraj, Savarni Manu, Ashwani Kumar
 Sister of Lord Shani:   Yamuna, Tapti, Bhadra
 Guru of Lord Shani :    Lord Shiva
 Gotra of Lord Shani:    Kashyap
 Interest of Lord Shani: Service, Spirituality, Law, Diplomacy and Politics
 Place of Birth:            Saurashtra
 Colour:                      Black (Krishna)
 Nature:                      Windy
 Deity :                      Yama
 Characteristics:         Darkness (gloomy)
 Enemy Planets         :Sun, Moon and Mars
 Friendly Planets:       Mercury, Venus and Rahu
 Season of Lord Shani: Autumn (Shishir)
 Nature of Lord Shani: Serious, Renouncing, Ascetic, Obstinate, Indifferent 
 Traditional foods :      Sesame seeds or black gram, black lentils or udad
 Favorable flower:       Violet colour

  Shani Deva and Lord Hanuman

 According to the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman (श्री हनुमान) is said to have rescued Shani from the clutches of Ravana and in gratitude, Shani promised Hanuman that anyone who prayed to Him (Hanuman), especially on Saturdays, would be rescued from the "malefic" effects of Saturn, or at the very least, the effects would be softened

  In an another legend once Shani climbed on to Hanuman's shoulder, implying that Shani's influence was beginning on Lord Hanuman. At this, Hanuman assumed a large size, and Shani was caught painfully between Hanuman's shoulders. As the pain was unbearable, Lord Shani requested Lord Hanuman to release him, promising in return, that if a person prayed to Lord Hanuman, he would moderate or eliminate the malefic effects of his influence on that person; following this, Lord Hanuman released Shani.

  Shani Deva and Lord Shiva

 Shani is a devotee of Lord Shiva (शिव) . As mentioned in the "Navagraha Pidahara Sthothram" of "Brahmanda Purana", anybody who chants the following sthothra is relieved from all the ill-effects of Shani.

  ॐ सूर्य पुत्रो दीर्घ देहो विशालाक्षः शिवप्रियः। 
 मंदाचारा प्रसन्नात्मा पीडां हरतु मे शनिः ॥

 Suryaputhro Deerghadeho Vishaalaakshah Shivapriyah | 
Mandachaarah Prasannathmaa peedam harathu me Shanih || 

  Shani in vedic Astrology

 According to Vedic astrology, Shani Deva is one of the nine Navagraha or planets. Shani is considered to be the strongest malefic and a stern teacher who represents patience, effort, endeavour, and endurance; and who brings restrictions and misfortunes. However, a favorably-placed Shani on the horoscope of a person stands for a strong career, healthy life and everything positive for that person.  Shani placed "unfavorably", on the other hand, denotes troubles in all of the above.

 This movement of Shani through the moon signs carries great importance in Hindu astrology. The effect of Shani starts when it enters the previous rashi/moonsign to one's own birth rashi and stops when it leaves the rashi/moonsign after one's birth rashi. The total period of 7.5 years is called Saadesaati or "Elanata Shani", and is typically a period of great difficulty. When it occurs for a person foregoing Shani Maha Dasha the malefic effects of the planet are highly pronounced. It is said that Shani can reduce even a king to a pauper during such period.

  Shani rules the signs Makara (Capricorn) and Kumbha (Aquarius), is exalted in Tula (Libra) and is debilitated in Mesha (Aries). Mercury, Venus, Rahu, Ketu are considered friendly towards Shani or Saturn, while the Sun, Moon and Mars are enemies. Guru or Jupiter maintains neutral relations with Shani. Shani is the lord of three nakshatras or lunar mansions: Pushya, Anuradha and Uttara Bhadrapada.

  Prayers to please Lord Shani

 The story of Shani Bhagavan's life is described in Shri Shani Mahatmyam ( ॥श्रीशनिमहात्म्यं॥ ) written several centuries ago. The story of Shani Mahatyam describes how devotion is required to please him and receive his blessings. Shani Mahatyam stresses values such as perseverance in difficult times, complete devotion  and faith in the values one believes in, and never to lose confidence in life in spite of difficulties.

  An important mantra to please Shani Bhagavan is:
  Om Sham Shanaiscaryaye Namah.
   शनि-पीडानाशक -स्तोत्र
ॐ नमस्ते कोणसंस्थाय पिगंलाय नमोऽस्तु ते |
नमस्ते बभ्रुरुपाय कृष्णाय च नमोऽस्तु ते ||
नमस्ते रौद्रदेहाय नमस्ते चान्तकाय च |
नमस्ते यज्ञसंज्ञाय नमस्ते शौरये विभौ ||
नमस्ते मन्दसंज्ञाय शनैश्चर नमोऽस्तु ते |
प्रसादं कुरु देवेश दीनस्य प्रणतस्य च || 

   Shani Temples

  ShaniDham: A Shani temple ShaniDham, is at Fatehpur Beri, about 6 km from Chhattarpur temple & 16 km from the Qutub Minar, at Mehrauli, South Delhi . It has got the tallest 21 feet high statue of Lord Shani in the world made of Astdhatu and a natural rock of Shani. Many devotees visit every Saturday to please Lord Shani. The main Poojan for Kaalsarp and Sadhesatti and Dhaiya are done here on Shani Amavasaya, the most auspicious day for pleasing Lord Shani.

  Shani Devaalayam in Deonar: There is a Shani Temple in Deonar, in Mumbai. The temple is situated east of the Shivaji statue at the junction of Chembur, Deonar, Govandi on (Mumbai- Pune- Bangalore) Eastern Express Highway. The Presiding Deity of this Temple is Lord Shaneeswara: a beautiful, mighty, and imposing seven foot tall black statue. There are several Shree Shaneeswara Swami Temples in Mumbai.

  Another temple is at Kuchanoor, 20 km from Theni, near Madurai. The Lord is seen in swayambhu (self-appeared) form, the name of the town being derived from Kubjan, one of Shani's names (Kubjanoor). There is a Viswaroopa Sarvamangala Shaneeswara Bhagawan sannidhi inside Devi Nagamuthu Mariamma temple in EB Colony, Adambakkam.

Shaniswer Temple  Navi Mumbai: The Shaniswer Temple Trust in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai  is nine- year-old temple in Nerul township of Navi Mumbai attracts around 12,000 devotees every Saturday.

  The tallest statue of Shani

The Tallest Statue of Lord Shani in the World at Shanidham, twenty-one feet high, made of Ashtadhatu

  Shani pilgrimages

  Lord Shani Temple, Gwalior Kokilavan, Vrindavan.
Shree Shani Temple Beedh, Maharastra. 
Shree Shani Kshetra Nastanpur, Maharastra.
Shree Shani Kshetra Model Tirth Nandur bar, Maharastra. 
Shree Shani Kshetra Rameshwar Tirth.
Shree Shani Tirth Tirunalaru, Tamil Nadu. 
Shree Shani Mandir Tirth, Ujjain.
Shree Shani Shingnapur, Maharastra. 
Shree Shani Tirth Kshetra, Asola, Fatehpur Beri, Mehrauli, Delhi.
Shree Sidh Shakti Peeth ShaniDham, 
Shree Shani Temple, Madivala, Bangalore
Shanaischara Temple Hassan 
Sree Shanimahatma Temple,Pavagada, Tumkur dist, Karnataka
Sree Shanimahatma Temple, Sayyajirao road, Mysore.
Sree Shaneeswara Temple, NandiWaddemanu, Nagarkurnool, Andhrapradesh.
Sree Shani Temple, Hathla,Jamnagar District,Gujarat

 Shani in Jainism

  In Jaina religion One who prays to Lord Munisuvarat the 20th Jain Tirthankara is protected from Shani as he is a devotee of Lord Munisuvarat. Tirhankara Munisuvarat idol is always found made up of Black colour whose symbol is Tortoise. Millions of devotees across the world have witnessed miracles of Lord Munisuvarat swami who appeared approx. 10,000 years ago.

 Shani Jaynti

 Shani Jayanti is considered as the Birthday or appearance day of Lord Shani, one of the navagrahas or nine celestial deities in Hinduism. Shani Jayanti or Sani Jayanthi is observed on Amavasya in Vaishakh month or Vaisakha masam. This year Shani Jayanti  date is on Wednesday,  May 28, 2014.  This year Shani jayanti on Vat Savvtri Vrat.

  Shani Thailabhishekam and Shani Shanti puja are the main rituals observed during Shani Jayanthi, Shani Amavasya, and Shani Trayodashi days. In this day visit the nearby temple of Shani Deva in the morning and offer the oil with reciting the following mantra

  ॐ  शं  शनैश्चराय नमः

 Shani Mantra and Shani Yantra

  ॐ निलान्जनम समाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम।
छायामार्तंड संभूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम॥
ॐ शनैश्वराय नमः॥
सूर्य पुत्रो दीर्घ देहो विशालाक्षः शिवप्रियः।
मन्दचारः प्रसन्नात्मा पीडां हरतु मे शनिः॥
कोणस्थ पिंगलो ब्रभू कृष्णो रौद्रो दंतको यमः।
सौरिः शनैश्वरो मन्दः पिप्पालोद्तः संस्तुतः॥
एतानि दशनामानी प्रातः रुत्थाय य पठेतः।
शनैश्वर कृता पिडा न कदाचित भविष्यती॥
 Om Neelaanjanam Sambhasam Raviputram Yamagrajam|
Chayaamartand Sambhootam Tam Namaami Shanaischaram|| (Repeat Twice)
Om Shanaischaraay Namah|| (Repeat Twice)
Surya Putro Dheergh Deho Vishaalaakshah Shivapriyaah|
Mandacharah Prasannaatma Peedam Haratu Mein Shanih|| (Repeat Twice)
KoNasth Pingalo Prabhoo KrushNo Roudro Dantako Yamah|
Sauriah Shanaischaro Mandah Pippaalodatah Samstutah|| (Repeat Twice)
Aetaani Dashanaamaanee Pratah Ruthaay Ya Patethah|
Shanaischar Krutaa Peeda Na Kadaachit Bhavishyati|| (Repeat Twice)

  ॐ  शमग्निभिः करच्छनः स्तपंतु सूर्यः|
शंवातोवा त्वरपा अपस्निधाः|

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  Shani Beej Mantra (शनि बीज मंत्र)

ॐ प्राँ प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः ॥

Om praam preem praum sah shanayishraya namah

Shani Deva  is the son of   Lord Sun (सूर्य)

 Shanaishchara Mantra In Kannada:

ಸೂರ್ಯಪುತ್ರೋ ದೀರ್ಘದೇಹೋ ವಿಶಾಲಾಕ್ಷ: ಶಿವಪ್ರಿಯಃ ಮಂದಚಾರಃ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನಾತ್ಮಾ ಪೀಡಾಂ ಹರತುಮೇ ಶನಿ:

The Shanaishchara Mantra In Telugu:

సుర్యపుత్రోదీర్ఘదేహో విశాలాక్షః శివప్రియః
మంధాచారః ప్రసన్నాత్మా పీడం హరతు మీ షనిహ్

The Shanaishchara Mantra In Tamil:

Sangadangal Theerpai Shani Bagavane
Mangalam Ponga Manam Vaitharul Vai
Sacharavindri Saaga neriyil
Icchagam Vaazha Innarul Thaa Thaa

 Video  Shani dev Mantra


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