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Shani Jayanti marks the birth of Lord Shani, and the celebrations of this day take place on the tithi of Jyeshtha Krishna Paksha Amavasya. It is, for this reason, it is also known as Shani Amavasya, and this year it will fall on 30th May. 

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All About the Shani Jayanti

Lord Shani or Saturn was born to Lord Surya and Chhaya. He is the God of justice or Karma. His righteous nature rewards those who walk on the path of morality while punishing those who walk down the path of betrayal and evil. He is said to be the greatest teacher of all times, bringing people back on the right track once they have stumbled out of nobility and righteousness.
This day of the festival is celebrated to honor Lord Shani as it is considered to be his birth anniversary. The day is also sometimes referred to as Shri Shanaishcar Janma Diwas to symbolize the festivities of his birthday. According to the Hindu Panchang, this day arrives in the Jyestha month on the Amavasya tithi, while as per the Gregorian calendar, this day falls in the month of either May or June.

Puja Vidhi for Shani Dev Jayanti

This day holds a lot of significance, and therefore it is important to perform the puja vidhi with a great deal of reverence. We have enumerated a step-by-step guide of how to perform the puja for this auspicious day:

  • Devotees can either perform the puja at home or visit a nearby Shani temple to pay their respects to Lord Shani.
  • Those visiting the temple can perform the Shani Tailabhishekam as well as the Shani Shanti puja.
  • If you decide to perform the puja at home, however, place the picture or idol of the deity in a clean place where you can worship Shani Dev.
  • Light a mustard oil lamp with black sesame seeds in it.
  • Chant the special mantra for Shani Dev to please him and receive his blessings- “Om Shang Shanaishcharaye Namah.”
  • Perform a yajna to appease the God.
  • People observe fasts on this auspicious day to observe penance for any ill deeds they might have performed.
  • Recite the Shani Stotra or the Shani Path on this occasion to receive the blessings of Lord Shani.
  • Donate sesame seeds, mustard oil, and black clothes on this day.
  • It is believed that feeding animals can enable one to receive the blessings of Shani Dev on this day.

Astrological Significance of Shani Jayanti

In Hinduism, there is a belief that every individual goes through a difficult period that is astrologically known as a period of Saade Sati. This period lasts for seven and a half years and comes at least once in a person’s lifetime. This rough period introduces extremely challenging situations in a person’s life, filling it will hurdles and roadblocks at every step. However, as per the scriptures, if you live a life of morality, exhibiting good deeds, then Shani dev bestows his blessings upon you. The festival marks a time when observing fasts and penance can help assuage the ill effects of the Saade Sati.

Significance of the Shani Dev Jayanti

Shani dev is the ruler of the planet Saturn. Saturdays are dedicated to the worship of the ruler of Saturn. As per astrology, Saturn is the slowest moving planet in our solar system. Yet, its importance is manifold as per the astrological sciences. The position of Saturn in an individual’s birth chart can greatly impact their lives. The planet is said to exert malefic effects on its native’s and it is for this reason that Hindus all around the world worship Lord Shani to gain his blessings. They worship and pray to the lord of Saturn to alleviate the negative effects of its placement in their birth chart.Shani dev is the god of justice, and hence he rewards those who walk on the path of righteousness and those who have undergone penance. People who have undergone hardships, when they try to redeem themselves by living a life of discipline and morality, their sincere efforts win them the favor of Lord Shani. It is believed that observing a fast on this day helps to show one’s dedication towards the path of truth and righteousness, helping one foster the qualities that can create a successful life.

Rituals Associated with Shani Jayanti

This day means a great deal to those individuals who are inflicted with the negative impact of the placement of Saturn in their horoscope. For them, the rituals associated with this day hold extreme relevance. Mentioned below are the most prominent rituals performed on this day:

  • Special pujas are organized to appease the ruler of the planet Saturn.
  • Special tantric pujas hold a lot of significance if they are performed on this day to get the blessings of Shani dev.
  • As per the beliefs of the Hindu religion, performing all the activities that are associated with charity and donations are said to relieve an individual from all of their sufferings, especially those that are caused by the malefic impact of Saturn. Helping others directly or indirectly on Shani Jayanti can help an individual reap great benefits in their life.
  • On this day, devotees carry out the renowned Sunderkand path as well as the Shri Ramcharitmanas path in a grand way. Praying to Lord Hanuma is said to give an individual the strength to deal with the difficulties in their life.

Meaning of Shani Jayanti

The name Shani is derived from the Sanskrit word, “Sanaischara,” which means slow mover, according to the Hindu scriptures. “Shani” symbolizes the planet of Saturn, while “chara” refers to movement. The name gets its meaning from the fact that Saturn completes one rotation around the Sun in a period of 30 years.

Due to this, Shani Jayanti 2023 is also referred to as Shanishchara Jayanti. Shani Dev is worshipped all across the country, but it is believed that worshipping him on Saturdays can reduce the malefic effects exerted by Karma.

Legends Associated with Shani Jayanti

According to the mythologies of Hinduism, Devi Sarnyu, who was the wife of Lord Surya, was unable to bear the extreme brightness and heat that radiated from Lord Surya. In consequence, she left her shadow or Chaaya to replace her. She decided to observe penance for her actions and went on to meditate and pray to Lord Shiva. It was during this time that Chaaya gave birth to Lord Shani. However, due to his dark complexion and appearance, doubt crept into the mind of Lord Surya. He questioned Chaaya’s chastity, insulting her and refusing to accept Shani dev as his son. Lord Shani could not bear the humiliation meted out to his mother and struck a cruel gaze at Lord Surya that burnt him down. Lord Shiva had to intervene when the Sun turned black, healing Lord Surya. He also disclosed the fact that Chaaya was chaste and pure and went on to bless Lord Shani with the authority to punish those who partake in bad deeds.

Remembering Lord Shani on this auspicious day is said to remind one to be a better individual in life. The day holds so much relevance as it teaches us to walk on the side of morality that helps others and makes us a better version of ourselves.

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