Shani Jayanti 2023: Significance, Puja Rituals and Astrological Remedies
Hindu month Jyeshtha's Amavasya is celebrated as Shani Jayanti. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shani showers special blessings upon his devotees. This day is considered auspicious for devotees going through the period of Shani Sade Sati, Dhaiya, or Shani Mahadasha, as it brings special fruits for them.
In the year 2023, Shani Jayanti is happening on May 19. We are informing you about the special puja to be performed on Shani Jayanti, which will be immediately fruitful. Please note that while seeking the blessings of Lord Shani, one should not stand directly in front of his idol. It is prescribed to look at his feet rather than looking into his eyes.
Puja Ritual for Shani Jayanti:
Shani Jayanti is approaching this Friday. On this day, worshiping Lord Shani along with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu can yield manifold benefits.
In the morning, after purifying yourself, visit the Shani temple and perform “abhishek” of Lord Shani with oil.
To please Lord Shani, donations can be given to the poor.
On Shani Jayanti, refrain from lying, causing harm to the poor, or betraying someone, as Lord Shani does not forgive such actions. Therefore, avoid engaging in such deeds.
Chant the prescribed mantras for Lord Shani: "Om Pram Preem Proum Sah Shanye Namah" or "Om Sham Shaneshcharaya Namah." It is recommended to chant these mantras with one, five, or eleven cycles of a holy rosary. Many experts advise chanting the Shani mantras outside the temple or at home.
Offer donations of sesame oil, black sesame seeds, black lentils, or any iron-related item."
Note: Transliteration of the mantras may vary, and it's always best to consult with a qualified practitioner or priest for accurate pronunciation and guidance during the puja.
While performing the puja (worship) of Lord Shani, it is important to keep certain things in mind, as Lord Shani prefers discipline and hard work, and dislikes any kind of negligence during his worship. It is believed that if Lord Shani gets angry, He can disrupt the peace and happiness of the household.
On the day of Shani Jayanti, after completing the daily rituals like bathing, one should worship Lord Shani in the home or temple. Oil lamps should be lit on both sides of the deity's idol, and meditation should be done. Before offering “Naivedya" (food offering) to the deity, it is advisable to apply abir, sindoor, kumkum, and gulal on the idol and offer blue flowers to Lord Shani.
Afterwards, seasonal fruits and coconut should be offered as “Bhog” (offering). During the puja, it is recommended to continuously chant one of Lord Shani's mantras in the mind. One such mantra for Lord Shani which is considered dear to him, is:
ॐ नीलांजनसमाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम। छायामार्तण्डसम्भूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम् ।
Shani Jayanti Puja Timings:
Amavasya Start Date: May 18, 2023 - 9:42 PM
Amavasya End Date: May 19, 2023 - 9:22 PM
The most appropriate time for Shani Puja is from 7:11 AM to 10:35 AM in the morning and from 12:18 PM to 2:00 PM in the afternoon on 19th May 2023.
Importance of Lord Shani in Astrology:
Lord Shani holds special significance in Astrology. Although Shani is considered an inauspicious planet in Astrology, it possesses the third, seventh, and tenth aspects. The remarkable thing about Shani is that He is a deity of justice. He neither commits injustice nor allows injustice to prevail.
Therefore, He promptly punishes those who engage in unjust actions. Many depict Shani as dark or blue in color. In His worship, offering blue-colored flowers is preferred. Lord Shani stays in one zodiac sign for two and a half years and gradually bestows results based on one's actions. Shani is a devoted follower of Lord Shiva, so worshiping Shiva along with Lord Hanuman is also essential to stay away from the negative influences of Lord Shani.
In the Hindu month of Jyeshtha, Shani Jayanti is celebrated on the day of Amavasya (New Moon). It is believed that on this day, Lord Shani showers special blessings upon his devotees. For those going through the phase of Shani's Sade Sati, Dhaiya, or Shani Mahadasha, this day holds special significance and brings favorable outcomes. In the year 2023, Shani Jayanti falls on May 19th.
Special Puja Rituals to Please Lord Shani
Reciting the Ten Names of Lord Shani
Reciting the Ten Names of Lord Shani daily fulfills all desires. You can chant these names as a mantra. If that is not possible, make sure to chant "Om" and "Namah" with each name.
Here are the Ten Names of Shani:
- Om Shanaischaraya Namah
- Om Mandaya Namah
- Om Pingalaya Namah
- Om Dharitripurantakaya Namah
- Om Neelaya Namah
- Om Khagaya Namah
- Om Ravaye Namah
- Om Yamaya Namah
- Om Sauraye Namah
- Om Kruraya Namah
Remedies to mitigate Shani Dosha (affliction):
- Recite the Dasharatha Shani Stotra.
- Serve and respect your parents. Avoid disrespecting the elderly.
- Light a lamp with sesame oil on Saturdays.
- Perform an Abhishek (ritual bath) of Lord Shani with sesame oil.
- Donate black urad dal, black sesame seeds, or black chickpeas according to your capacity.
- Observe a Saturday fast and recite the Shani Vrat Katha.
- Avoid laziness and refrain from causing harm to others' feelings.
The Birth Story of Lord Shani:
According to the Kashi Khanda of Skanda Purana, Lord Shani is the son of Lord Surya (the Sun God). As per the legend, Lord Surya married Sanjna, the daughter of Prajapati. Sanjna had immense love for her husband but due to her ignorance, she always tried to diminish the intensity of his radiance, which symbolized fire. Over time, Sanjna gave birth to three children known as Vaivasvata Manu, Yamaraja, and Yami (or Yamuna). Despite having a family, Sanjna still desired to diminish the fiery nature of Lord Surya's radiance. One day, she resolved to undergo austerities to reduce the intensity of Lord Surya's fire. However, she was faced with the responsibility of taking care of her husband, performing her duties, and raising her children. In order to fulfill these obligations, Sanjna created a replica of herself through her penance, and the replica was named Sanvarna.
Mother Sanjna entrusted the responsibility of her children and the care of Lord Surya to her shadow replica, Sanvarna, saying, "Now, you take my place and fulfill the duty of serving Lord Surya, taking care of our children, and upholding the principles of womanhood. However, this secret should remain between you and me only." Afterward, Sanjna reached her father's house and explained Her distress. But Her father advised her to go back to Her husband and resolve the matter. Sanjna decided to go to the forest and engage in severe austerities. She assumed the form of a mare in the forest and began Her rigorous austerities.
Meanwhile, Lord Surya was unaware that Sanjna was no longer with Him, but Her shadow replica, Sanvarna, remained in Her place. While upholding Her marital duties, Sanvarna became pregnant and gave birth to three children named Manu, Shani Dev, and Bhadra. In this way, Lord Shani was born as the second offspring of Lord Surya and Sanvarna, the shadow replica.
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Wishing everyone- A Very Happy & Prosperous Shani Jayanti 2023!