Lord Shani is the son of the Lord Surya. Thus, Lord Shani is all powerful controlling most of the wrongs that happen in our lives and also keep a record of our earlier wrong-doings. Shani jayanti is the actually the birth day of Shanidev. This day is also known as Sani jayanti or Shanishcharaya jayanti or Shani Amavasya. This is the best day of the year to worship and appease Lord Shani.
Story Behind Shani Jayanti
Lord Surya was initially married to Saranyu. Due to the unbearable brightness of Lord Surya, she left him and went away for penance leaving behind her shadow, Chaaya .
Shani Dev is the son of Lord Surya and Chaaya and were born when his mother had undertaken severe penance. Lord Shiva thus, blessed Shani Dev with a dark colour symbolising the power of extreme penance that he possesses.
Why is it Celebrated
Lord Shani is one of the Navagraha responsible for peace and prosperity in an individual’s life. He is symbolised by the seventh planet, Saturn and rules all the Saturdays in our lives. He is represented by the ‘crow’ in our scriptures. He embodies the inauspicious and harmful characters. Thus, it is of utmost importance to keep him happy. It is the easiest to appease Lord Shani on Shani Jayanti to ward of all evil eyes and past sins burden.
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. The muhurat for 2016 begins from 11:50 pm on June 4 to 8:30 pm on June 5.
Lord Shani is the greatest teacher and punisher for our sins. He is responsible for awarding retribution for all the sins committed. Thus, worshipping Lord Shani actually makes him happy and our retributions less harsh. It is also the easiest way to lessen the evil effects of Saddhe sati, the unlucky period of seven and a half years.
Products to perform the puja
Shani jayanti is the most auspicious day to worship Lord Shani. The puja should include :