Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. Lord Shani is son of Lord Suryadev and rules planet Saturn and weekday Saturday. Shani Jayanti is observed on Amavasya Tithi during Jyaishta month according to North Indian Purnimant calendar. According to South Indian Amavasyant calendar Shani Jayanti falls on Amavasya Tithi during Vaishakha month. It is name of Lunar month which differs and in both type of calendars Shani Jayanti falls on the same day.
Shani Jayanti Birth Story
As per legends, Saturn is the son of Surya Deva and his wife Chaya. Surya deva was married to Sandhya with whom he had three children, Manu, Yam and Yamuna. Sandhya could not bear the radiance of Sun for long and decided to go, leaving her shadow (chaya) behind in service of Lord Sun. After some time Chaya gave birth to Saturn.
Shani Jayanti Puja
On the occasion of Shani Jayanti, devotees worship Lord Shani and observe fasts with proper rituals. It is believed that donation, charity, puja, path etc made on Shani Jayanti gives relief from all sufferings caused by malefic Saturn. The observer should wake up early in the morning, take bath, greet all the nine planets and establish an idol of Lord Shani made of iron. Bathe the idol with mustard oil, sesame seeds and chant below given shani mantra:
Om Shanishcharya Namah||
After doing puja as per the rituals donate saturn related articles such as black cloth, black urad, black shoes. sesame, iron, mustard oil etc. along with things used in puja.
The person observing fast should not eat food and chant shani mantra throughout the day.
Sesame, black pepper, peanut oil, pickle, clove, basil leaf and black salt must be used in the puja. Worshipping Lord Hanuman also pleases Lord Shani.
Significance of Shani Jayanti
Huge crowd of devotees can be seen in major Shani temple during Shani Jayanti. They worship Lord Shani with faith and devotion to get relief from the sufferings caused by malefic Saturn. It is believed that Shani is black which is why he is fond of black colour. He is adorned with black clothes. According to hindu scriptures, Lord Shani was born on the amavasya of Jyeshtha month. Since birth he was black in complexion, had long physique, big eyes and long years. He is known as the lord of justice as he is always ready to help people. He gives results as per the karma of a individual.
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