Shani Deva is the deity of Saturn, one of the most influential planets among the Navagrahas. He was born on the Amavasya (New Moon) day of the Vaishakha (May-June) month. He wields significant influence over human life as one of the most potent and impactful deities. As the Lord of Justice, he gives positive or negative outcomes based on one’s actions. He is the physical manifestation of the planet Saturn.

Origin of Shani Deva

According to the Skanda Purana, Shani Deva is the son of Surya Deva (Sun God) and Chaya Devi and the brother of Yama Raja (God of Death). His mother, Chaya Devi, performed austere penance to Shiva, fasting under the hot sun while Shani was in her womb. Shiva nurtured Shani, who turned black in the womb, which enraged Surya Deva. According to belief, when Shani opened his eyes for the first time, he caused an eclipse of Surya Deva, the Sun God.

Shani Deva’s Sacred Names– On Shani Jayanthi, you can chant some of the sacred names of this powerful deity based on his attributes

Vairagyada- The Bestower of non-attachment
Vidhurupa- One who has the form of sacred precepts
Bhedaspadasvabhava- The one whose nature is the place of separation
Varadabhayahasta- The One whose hands grant boons & remove fear
Dinartiharana- The Remover of sufferings of those in distress
Dainyanashakara- The Destroyer of affliction
Mitabhashin- The One with measured speech
Mahaniyagunatman- The One with glorious qualities

Shani Deva: Traits

Shani Deva is a Destroyer & a Giver
Black in complexion, he has four hands carrying a sword, an axe, a trident, a bow & an arrow
He rules over muscles in the body
He is associated with the number 8
His Vahan (Vehicle) is the crow
Shani Deva’s apparel is black or dark blue & he wears black ornaments
He carries a blue flower
He is associated with metals, namely tin, iron and lead

Shani Deva: The God of Karma

Shani or Saturn is the slowest moving among all planets and hence causes delays and obstacles in one’s path to progress. Being a Karma Karaka, he puts one through the trials and tribulations of life. If poorly placed in the birth chart, Shani Deva can cause a period of great struggle, hardship, misery, long delays, and suffering, especially during Sade Sati (7.5 years of Saturn period), Shani Mahadasha (19-Year Period) when Shani becomes the primary influencer in bringing positive and negative impact based on one’s actions. Shani Panoti (Cursed Period) causes extreme delays and adversities. It is essential to offer prayers and worship through sincere devotion and enthusiasm to seek his blessings, which can be very effective, especially on Shanivaar (Saturdays), the day he rules.

Shani: The Great Teacher

According to ancient scriptures, Shani Deva is believed to be an incarnation of Vishnu, who assigned him the responsibility of giving people the results of their Karma. The sacred text, Brahma Vaivarta Purana with Sri Krishna in his Virata Roopa to Pandava Arjuna, says that he is Shani Deva among the planets.  Shani Deva is fair, and although he influences the difficulties and struggles of life, he teaches people the lessons of life and guides them to the right path. He puts one through tough challenges in life, and depending on one’s inner strength, people emerge more robust and courageous from difficult situations, mature, and wiser.

Shani Deva Mantra Chanting

According to the Puranas, Shani Deva is a Vedic deity of Justice who rewards or punishes according to one’s Karma (Actions). Chanting mantras of Shani Deva reduces the adverse effects of Shani in an individual’s birth chart. These mantras are potent and effective and can help alleviate hardships and suffering. They hold excellent vibrations and grant Shani Deva’s grace.

Shani Beeja Mantra

Om Pram Preem Praum Sah Shanayishraya Namah”

The Mantra’s vibrations and focus on Shani Deva can help deepen one’s spiritual connection with him. Chanting the Shani Beeja Mantra enhances spirituality, increases self-awareness, and helps people understand life’s purpose. It can also develop self-discipline and help one understand the consequences of one’s actions.

Shani Gayatri Mantra

Om Kaakadhwajaaya Vidmahae Khadga Hastaaya Dheemahi Tanno Mandah Prachodayaat

Chanting the Shani Gayatri Mantra can help overcome difficult situations and challenges, such as unexpected illness, grief, and suffering. Regular chanting can also bring discipline and responsibility to one’s life, bringing spiritual awareness and maturity.

Shani Maha Mantra

” Om nilanjana samabhasam, Ravi putram yamagrajam

Chaya martanda samhubhutam, Tama namami Shanescharam

Chanting the Shani Maha Mantra can help appease Shani Deva and bring positive life changes. His positive influence can bring good balance, peace and unity in life.  This Mantra can reduce adversities due to past life’s Karma and bestow prosperity, well-being, and peace.

The positioning of Saturn in a birth chart or Kundli can determine the fate and outcome of one’s actions.  Although Saturn is considered a malefic planet and negatively influences life, it creates opportunities for growth and development. Shani Deva is associated with hard work, discipline, and persistence and teaches valuable lessons in life through challenges and obstacles.


Saturn impacts our life in careers, finances, relationships & health
Shani’s position in the birth chart reveals insights into personalities, strengths, weaknesses & potential challenges
Shani Deva also signifies spiritual asceticism, penance, discipline & conscientious work

Shani Jayanti 2024: Tithi

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Amavasya Tithi Starts- 7:54 pm on June 5, 2024

Amavasya Tithi Ends- 6:07 pm on June 6, 2024

Special Poojas on Shani Jayanti

Performing special Poojas with chanting of mantras with Yajnas can help pacify Shani Deva and invoke his grace and blessings to reduce any malefic effects in the birth chart.

Shani Graha Pooja Mantra Japa & Yagna– is a powerful ritual for nullifying Shani’s malefic impact, especially in business issues and world affairs.

Shani Dosha Nivaran Pooja– This ritual invites positive energy, good health, and auspiciousness for new beginnings or ventures.

Shani Mantra Japa & Yagna– This sacred ritual helps ward off the adverse effects of Sade Sati and helps attain a high position in life.

Shani Maha Pooja grants relief from the malefic Saturn cycle in the birth chart reduces misfortune, helps overcome the effects of evil Karma, grants success, and gives merits for good deeds.

Shani Pooja at Shingnapura– This ritual effectively removes Shani Dosha (Affliction) from the birth chart.

Shani Jayanti Special Products

Siddh Shani Yantra Locket– Helps overcome litigation, bankruptcy, poverty, obstacles and ill health and attracts success in business and worldly affairs.

Copper Shani Yantra- Helps appease afflicted Shani and enhance status in personal and professional life.

Horse Shoe Shani Ring—This Horseshoe ring blessed at Shani Shingnapur grants relief from Sade Sati, eradicates the negative impact of spirits and brings good luck.

Shree Siddhi Shani Yantra– Helps enhance wealth and purchase the right assets at the right time.

Shani Shingnapur Temple

Shani Shingnapur, a village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, houses a world-famous temple dedicated to Shani Deva. It is a unique temple where the deity is established in the open air, with no doors, walls or roof. The temple is open throughout the day and night. It is a Jagrut Devasthan (Alive Temple) and the deity is Swayambhu (Self-Manifested), who emerged from the earth in imposing black stone.

The temple’s uniqueness reflects upon the village as Shani Deva blesses and protects the villagers, whose homes have no doors and who are carefree and sleep peacefully. Crime does not occur in this village.There is a neem tree on the north side of the deity whose branches do not grow beyond the idol as they get burnt or break. Once the tree was struck by lightning and burnt down. By a miracle, the tree stood lush and green the next day, by the grace of Shani Deva. He rules the village and devotees come daily to offer oil, worship and receive his blessings.

Shani Jayanti Remedies

A visit to a Shani temple or a Navagraha (9 Planets) temple on Saturdays is ideal, with worship to Hanuman and a Peepal tree. Offering oil mixed with sesame seeds is auspicious. The perfect time for Shani worship is in the evening when a Diya (Lamp) with sesame or mustard oil is lit at the Peepal tree, which is circumambulated seven times. Offer seven laddus and other food to a black dog, if not other colour dogs.

On Shani Jayanti and Saturdays, donate black-coloured items like black gram or sesame oil to Shani Deva as they are his favourites. Chanting the Shani mantras and Shani Chalisa throughout the day and in the evening and performing Shani Dosh Nivaran Pooja can appease and neutralize the ill effects of Shani. Fasting should be observed from sunrise to sunset, and a meal should be taken after the Pooja.