Shani Dev is one of the main deities in the Hindu Vedic Religion. He rules the planet Saturn which is considered as one of the nine heavenly objects in the Navagraha system of Hindu Astrology.
Lord Shani Dev is figured as a handsome dark figure carrying a sword (or another weapon) and sitting on a buffalo or vulture or crow. He is considered as the spiritual karma Guru in the Indian astrology and gives results on the basis of a person’s karma.
Shani Dev is strict in his judgments and mostly feared for his harsh treatments. He is instrumental in a person’s growth, happiness, and long life. Shani Dev has a strong influence on everyone’s life as per astrology.
Hindus worship Shani Dev to avoid the malefic influence of the planet Saturn in their horoscope. If pleased, Shani Dev blesses a devotee with abundant knowledge, wealth, and prosperity.
Shani Jayanti is an occasion when we celebrate the birthday of Lord Shani as per Hindu mythology. Shani Dev Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. It was the day when Lord Shani took birth.
Shanti Jayanti is celebrated on Amavasya Tithi of the Vaishakh month according to the Hindu calendar. Devoteeobserve fast on this day and pray to Shani Dev to remove obstacles and hurdles in their lives.
They visit Shani Temple and chant Shani Strota to get the blessings of Shani Dev. Shani Jayanti is celebrated in a very noble manner. All the rituals are strictly followed given the furious nature of Lord Shani Dev.
Although Shani Dev Jayanti is celebrated in various parts of India, celebrations in Shani Shingnapur Shaneshwara Mandir, Maharashtra is particularly famous as a large number of people visits the Holy place to pray and get blessings from Shani Dev.
Influence of Shani Dev on People’s Life
According to Hindu Astrology, a person’s success and well-being are largely determined by the position of Shani in his or her horoscope.
So, if a person is suffering badly, it is due to the malefic effect of Shani Dev. Likewise, if a person is living a good life, it is largely because Shani is placed in an appropriate position in his or her horoscope.
Lord Shani Dev puts due importance to discipline, patience, and hard work. It is believed that Shani Dev operates so as to make us realize the importance of hard work, dedication, and discipline.
So, if a person maintains discipline and consistency in his life, he can ward off negative influence of Shani Dev. In reality, Shani Dev rewards a person if he is disciplined and true in his life.
Likewise, performing of Navagraha Puja is undertaken to please Shani Dev and ward off any malefic effects of Saturn in one’s horoscope. Especially people under Shani Cycle or Sade Sati perform Shani Yagya to please Lord Shani and reduce the bad effects on their life.
Shani Jayanti is an occasion when people can perform Shani Puja to please and get the blessings of Shani Dev.
Shani Dev Jayanti Rituals
People usually observe fast on Shanidev Jayanti so as to ensure that they are able to lead a blessed life. The method of fasting is similar to Shanivar Vrata. People also perform Shani Jap 23000 times in order to maintain a peaceful and prosperous life.
On Shani Jayanti morning, the Lord Shani idol is cleaned with Gangajal, Panchamrat, Oil, and Water. Later Nauratnahaar is offered to Shani Dev.
Devotees also perform ‘Shani Shanti Puja’ and also ‘Shani Thailabhishekam.’
Shani Yagya is also performed which is usually presided over by a priest or Purohits. People recite Shani Strota and chant Shani Mantra:
“Om Sham Shaneshchraya Namah”
They also donate black clothes, black til, or mustard oil on this day to lead a hassle-free life.
All these rituals and Puja ceremonies help to prevent Shani Dosh and to please Lord Shani.
With Lord Shani’s blessings, you can move ahead in your life without any problems and achieve great success. As such, the Shani Jayanti has a lot of significance in the Indian Culture.
By worshiping Lord Shani, all the hurdles and problems in one’s path are eliminated. On Shani Jayanti, activities such as donations, puja, Yagya, and Jap help to remove suffering caused by malefic Saturn.
Shani Dev Jayanti Puja Benefits
Shani Jayanti Puja is helpful in many ways.
- Shani Jayanti Puja helps to win over adversities.
- Shani Jayanti Puja provides protection from any kind of evil.
- Shani Jayanti Puja helps to eradicate loans and debts.
- Shani Jayanti Puja helps to remove any malefic effects of planet Saturn.
- Shani Jayanti Puja helps in overall spiritual as well as materialistic growth of a devotee
Shani Jayanti Date 2019
Shani Jayanti 2019 will be celebrated on 3rd June 2019, Monday. Shani Jayanti is a very appropriate day for performing Hawan, Yagya, and Homam to appease Lord Shani.
So, Shani Jayanti is an occasion when we worship Lord Shani to get his blessings.