About Lord Shani Dev
Lord Shani is embodied in the planet Saturn and is the Lord of Saturday. Shani is also known as Śanaiścara. The word shani denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian languages. It comes from the word Śanayē Kramati Sa (the one who moves slowly), because Saturn takes about 30 years to revolve around the Sun.
Shani is known as the greatest teacher and well-wisher for the righteous, as well the greatest punisher for those who follow the path of evil, betrayal, backstabbing and unjust revenge. He is usually depicted in dark color, clothed in black. Shani holds a sword, arrows and two daggers, and is seen mounted on a crow, which is Shani's vāhana. As a protector of property, Shani is able to repress the thieving tendencies of birds. Lord Shani is also called as Sanaischarya, Shanishwara and Chaya Putra.
Shani Pooja Details
Saturn or Shani is one of the most influential planets in one’s horoscope. It provides judgement and gives results according to ones karmas in his / her life. However, if a person comes under the ill effects of Shani, when Saturn governs a particular planet or sun sign, the period is very difficult to sustain as per ancient vedic texts.
Under such circumstances, a specific pooja known as Shani Pooja is performed to pacify the planet Shani and nullify its malefic effects as far as possible so that the period passes off peacefully without giving much trouble and harm to the person.
Shani Pooja is usually performed under three circumstances. One when Shani is wrongly placed in the horoscope, two if there is a Mahadasha, and three during Sade Saati, when people from a particular sun sign are influenced by Shani for 7.5 years. In all such circumstance Pooja is recommended to reduce the ill effects of Shani and minimize its impact. If you are passing through a phase of Shani Sade Saati, we strongly recommend you to get this pooja performed. Our learned Purohits can perform the same on your behalf for you after taking a "Sankalp" from you.
This pooja is performed in front of a Hawan using shami sticks. Approximately 23,000 mantras are recited for the pooja, which takes around 2 to 3 days to complete the hawan (depending upon the number of pundits performing the ritual).
The pooja is preferably performed at Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra, India. Apart from this place, any Shani temple or Hanuman temple would be a good place for the pooja.
Days such as Shani Amavasya, Shani Jayanti or Hanuman Jayanti are considered to be auspicious to perform this pooja.
Shani Amavasya Pooja
Shani Pooja on Shani Amavaysa is the most sought after Pooja, dedicated to Lord Shani. Shani Amavasya is the Amavasya that falls on a Saturday. Hindu communities generally consider Amavasya as inauspicious and a Shani Amavasya even more so. But some Hindu communities who follow the solar calendar consider the Amavasya to be auspicious. They also worship Lord Shani on this day. Abhishek and Shani Shanti Yagya are performed on this day. People having Shani Dosh, Mahadasha and Sade Saati are especially recommended to celebrate this day and perform Shani Amayasya Pooja.