May 22, 2020, 12:31 p.m. by Dr Gayatri Mohapatra ( 434 views)
On Jyestha amavasya,Shani jayanti celebrating the birth anniversary of Shani dev is held with a lot of religious fervour. Shani is commonly the most dreaded planet in Astrology. Physically the planet Saturn represents Shani Dev. Shani is also the brother of Yama and is considered the God of justice.In Mythology, Saturn is supposed to be born by the union of Sun with Chhaya (shadow, represented by the Rahu-Ketu axis in Vedic Astrology).
Shani is also a male deity in the Puranas, whose iconography consists of a handsome,dark figure carrying a sword (sceptre), and sitting on a crow. He is the God of Justice in Hindu religion and delivers results to all, depending upon their thoughts, speech and karma. He also signifies spiritual asceticism, penance, discipline and hard work. His consort is goddess Manda .
Famous Shani Temples In India: Shani Shingnapur, Maharashtra. Shani Dham Temple, New Delhi. Yerdanur Shani Temple, Telangana. Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple, Pondicherry. Mandapalli Mandeswara Swamy Temple, Andhra Pradesh. Sri Shani Temple, Titwala. Bannanje Shri Shani Kshetra, Karnataka. Shani Mandir, Indore.
Shignapur is one of a kind village in India, is famous for the fact that none of the houses have doors as the villagers believe that lord Shani protects them.Earlier,the temple was barred to women.
A landmark judgement on 30 March 2016, the Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government to ensure that women also get entry& access to the temple.Significantly, lifting of all gender barriers for access to the core area came on the auspicious occasion of “Gudi Padwa”, New Year for people across Maharashtra.
Shani dev's anger&ire remains an interesting phenomenon,wherein his wrath didn't even spare his father,the Sun God!Surya turned black& his famous horses stopped moving & only after Lord Shiva intervene did he regain his radiance.However,The Shani's malevolence could not affect Hanuman so amongst the many ways To Impress Lord Shani...Worshipping lord Hanuman is considered important.Other ways include:Consider freeing a bird from his cage.
Offer mustard Oil to the lord.
Worship him on Saturdays.
Donate to the poor.
Worship the Peepal tree.
ॐ निलान्जन समाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम।
छायामार्तंड संभूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम॥
" Om nilanjana samabhasam | Ravi putram yamagrajam || Cahaya martanda samhubhutam | Tama namami Shanescharam||"