Shani Jayanti or Shani Amavasya is the day when Lord Shani, son of Suryadev took birth. His birth anniversary is on Amavasya tithi of the Vaisakh month. Shani Jayanti is observed on Amavasya Tithi during Jyeshtha month according to North Indian Purnimant calendar. According to South Indian Amavasyant calendar Shani Jayanti falls on Amavasya Tithi during Vaishakha month. It is the name of Lunar month which differs and in both type of calendars Shani Jayanti falls on the same day.
This year, Shani Jayanti will be celebrated on May 15th, 2018. The purpose of fasting on Shani Jayanti is to please Lord Shani with prayers and visiting Shani temples, so that luck and fortune are received by individuals. Some devotees observe a fast on the day and try to appease the lord to keep his wrath away. It is believed that position of Shani in the horoscope along with other navgraha should be nice so that one’s hard work is paid off in this life.
Significance of Shani Jayanthi
Worshiping the deity Shani on this day is said to prevent unfavorable events occurring in your life and to usher in good luck and fortune. The favorable placement of Saturn in the birth chart is extremely vital and it plays a large part in determining whether you would enjoy the fruits of your labor or not. Therefore, the occasion of Shani Jayanthi presents a wonderful opportunity to offer your prayers and propitiate the deity.
Shani Jayanthi has a profound impact among the devout, and the festival is widely celebrated across many regions of India,
Things to do/follow on the day
* Combine your Shani Yantra pooja with any of the following regularly and on Shani Jayanti to appease Lord Shani and get great benefits.
* On this day special shani shanti puja, havan, yagya are said to be beneficial apart from regular Saturday pujas.
* These pujas can be performed in either Navgraha temples or Shani temple in your locality.
* On the day of puja, the idol at home or temple is cleaned. Ganga jal, panchamrit, oil and water is use to clean the idol one after the other.
* Things related to Shani such as black sesame seeds, oil, umbrella, blanket, footwear, things made out of iron, black beans, money and other food items should be donated to the poor and needy.
* The idol is offered nauratnahaar (necklace of nine precious gems) and puja is performed.
* Shani strotra or shanti path should be read after puja to please Lord Shani so that there is no hindrance in one’s growth.
* Mix jaggery and sesame seeds and scatter the mixture in an area/ plot of land, preferably located outside the city, OR in an open area of land. You may also fill ant-holes with a mixture of flour and jaggery.
* On Shani Jayanti, worship Shani’s idol by bathing it with gangajal, panchamrut, oil and water.
* Observe fast from sunrise to sunset and take only one meal after performing the puja in the evening.
* Visit Shani temple. Offer black sesame seeds, sesame oil and black cloth. Black is assumed to be the favourite colour of the lord as the idol is always black.
* Chant Shani stotra and ‘Om Sham Shaneshchraya Namah’ (11 malas).
* If, you are will to get Homam done on this day, remember to get it done from a good priest and not give ample of money to someone who is not a pandit and is cheating you in the name of God.
* By offering prayers and pooja in this manner, you may be able to get rid of your problems and struggles. With the blessings of Shani, you may also be able to win arguments and conflicts. Those in businesses related to sectors like iron, heavy machinery and other factories may be able to attain success and growth by following the aforementioned measures.
What The Tradition Says:
Shani is the son of Sun and Chhaya. Shani is a planet, which has been much, wronged and was cursed by his own wife and celestial mother Parvati. In fact after realizing her mistake Maa Parvati gave a boon to Shani that no important event in the life of a person will occur, unless Shani gives his divine sanctity to that work, either by the way of a transit, or an aspect to a relevant House in one’s Horoscope.
Tradition has it that Shani is the elder brother to Yama (the god of death), and therefore he (Shani) may also, at times, play the role of Yama, and thus, can bring an end to one’s life. Therefore, if a bad Dasha is running, and at the same time, there is an evil transit of Saturn ongoing, and the age of death also has come – Shani will definitely kill. In a way, and going by the way of the same analogy, Shani also represents detachment and an end. There is a great spiritual value attached to Shani and the learnings it can bring. Legends have it that no saint can take birth without a well-placed and strong Shani in their Kundali.
Let Lord Shani bless all!