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.
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 ||
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.
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 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 Saturday, June 8,
2013. 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)
शमग्निभिः करच्छनः स्तपंतु सूर्यः|
शंवातोवा त्वरपा अपस्निधाः|
Shani Beej Mantra (शनि बीज मंत्र)
ॐ प्राँ प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः ॥
Om praam preem praum sah shanayishraya namah
Video Shani dev Chalisa
The planet Shani or Saturn revolves around the Sun in about 30 years, which
means it passes through all the 12 rashis or moonsigns in 30 years. Thus Shani Dev spends on an average about
two and half years in each rashi or moonsign.
The Tallest Statue of Lord
Shani in the World at Shanidham, twenty-one feet high, made of Ashtadhatu
Shaniswer Temple Navi Mumbai
The Shaniswer Temple Trust in Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai would organise the festival of lighting a lakh lamps on its premises on the occasion of ‘Shani
Jayanti’ June 1, a trust official said here Wednesday.‘We will organise the ‘Laksha Deepotsav’ (festival of lighting one lakh
lamps) with the aim of appeasing Lord Shani (the temple’s deity) on Shani Jayanti on June 1,’ said Santosh Shetty, the trust’s chairman and
a corporator of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
The nine-year-old temple in Nerul township of Navi Mumbai attracts
around 12,000 devotees every Saturday.
An annual ‘Rathotsav’ (chariot festival) organised by the trust is also
very popular amongst the devotees. Thousands of devotees along with several celebrities participate in the colourful procession every year.
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