Shani Jayanti marks the birth of Shani Dev, also known as Shani Amavasya. The Kashi section of the Skanda Purana mentions the origins of Lord Shani. Born to Surya Dev or Sun God and Chhaya or Goddess of Shade. He is the Lord of the planet Saturn and Saturday and holds a strong impact on everyone’s life as per Hindu astrology. Worshipping Shani is advised to avoid the malefic influence it has on the horoscope, especially people going through the Shani sade-sati fast and pray to Shani Dev on this day.
Story behind Shani Jayanti
It is said that Surya Dev was initially married to Saranyu, but because of his unbearable heat and brightness, she left him and went away for penance leaving her shadow Chhaya behind.
Shani Dev is the son of Surya Dev and Chhaya, while his mother was going through severe penance. Lord Shiva has, therefore, blessed Shani Dev with darkness symbolizing the power of extreme penance that he possesses.
Shani Amavasya Puja Muhurta
Shani Amavasya or Shani Jayanti is observed on the Vaisakh Vidya Chaturdasi Amavasya, as Lord Shani was born on this day. This year Shani Jayanti will fall on Monday, 22nd May 2020. The muhurta for pooja is as follows:
Amavasya Tithi Begins – 09:35 PM on May 21, 2020
Amavasya Tithi Ends – 11:08 PM on May 22, 2020
Significance of Shani Jayanti
According to ancient Vedic texts, Shani is considered a cruel planet. It is believed that Shani is the judge of our past and present deeds. He is the benefactor for metal, industries, jobs, hardship, poverty, and diseases. A person with a weak position of Saturn will undergo a lot of hardship in life and will attain very little success even with a lot of hard work.
Shani teaches us the importance of discipline to succeed in life. Having consistency is something that highly beneficial to keep a negative influence in check. People perform various pujas to please Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is considered the easiest day to appease Lord Shani and take his blessings for having a successful life.
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Rituals performed on Shani Jayanti
On Shani Jayanti, Yagya or havan are performed in Navagraha temples of Shani temple. The idol of Shani is cleaned with Ganga Jal, Panchamrit, mustard oil and water chanting “Om Shaneshwaraye Namah”. Fasting is observed on this day and Shani Chalisa is read. Shani Tailabhishekam and Shani Shanti Puja are the two most important rituals of this day. These rituals lessen the effect of Shani dosha on one’s horoscope.
It is believed that donating black clothes, black til or sesame, mustard or sesame oil on this day is beneficial.
Shani Jayanti also coincides with the Vat Savitri Vrat, which falls on Jyeshta Amavasya, and is celebrated in Northern India.
Shani is an indicator of misery, longevity, sorrow, old age, death, restriction, discipline, delay, responsibility, authority, humility, wisdom, integrity, and ambition. It is regarded as the planet of darkness, which governs the dark side of human nature. It is seen as both a destroyer and a giver. Worshipping Shani sincerely blesses one with life sans obstructions, and fulfillment of all wishes.