Since ages, we have heard that “Shani ko naraz mat Karna” which basically means “Don’t anger Shani”, but why is everyone so scared of Shani? The answer lies in the folklore of Lord Shani popularly known as Pangu, Asita, Saura, Kruradris, Saptarchi, and Mandu.
It has been said in mythology that Surya Dev was originally wedded to Saranyu, but she left him due to his intolerable temperature and brightness, leaving behind her shadow Chhaya behind for reparation.
Shani Dev was born to Surya Dev and Chhaya. During the time when Chhaya was carrying Lord Shani, she faced sacrament, therefore Lord Shiva has awarded Shani Dev with darkness signifying the authority of intense reparation he owns.
Surya Dev, or Sun God, had two sons, Shani and Yama. His mother was Chhaya, and therefore Chhayaputra is also known. Shani Dev serves Saturn's world and is the Saturday lord.
His older brother Yama also referred to as the God of death. Lord Yama gives the consequences of a person’s deeds after death, whereas Lord Shani awards the people with their karma in the current life. Other than Lord Yama, he had two sisters also Putri Bhadra and the Yamuna Devi.
His two other siblings are Manu Vaivastahva, and Manu. The sun had gone into an eclipse when Shani was born which denotes his influence on Hindu astrology. Lord Shani was born on Vaishak Vadya Chaturdasi Amavasya; known as Shani Amavasya, or Shani Jayanti.
Shani Dev saw Lord Shiva as its guru. He was his brother-in-law. He also embodies the Vairagya concept of Lord Shiva. Lord Shani’s mother was extremely committed to Lord Shiva's penance while holding him in her womb. She was so overwhelmed that she wasn't even concerned about having any food. In her womb, this had such a deep influence on the baby that he was born with dark skin.
As per Hindu folklore, Lord Shani was limp and weak as he injured himself when fighting with his brother when they were young, which is why he is depicted riding a chariot drawn by a crow or a vulture or an iron chariot with eight horses and bearing a bow and an arrow. He is commonly portrayed with dark skin with black clothes. He is considered to be a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, who is accountable in their present life for bringing the fruits of one's deeds.
Shani sade-sati is known to be a troubling time in one's life according to Vedic astrology. This person will face many difficulties, facing problems related to losing, injuries, safety, and money. They also consider this stage as a life-changing one. But this trouble is false contrary to popular belief. Shani & Yama are Justice Gods.
According to astrology, lord Shani better is known as Saturn. It is a popular faith in Hinduism to worship Lord Shani by following a number of rituals. It is a common belief of the people that an unfavorable Shani can bring about many problems that have instilled a fear of Lord Shani in the minds of people.
To please the Lord, devotees follow strict rituals to protect themselves from any derisory prophecies. This is one of the reasons why Shani Amavasya is deemed to be a highly vital and sacred day to purify the soul and cleanse karma.
Shani Amavasya is the day when worshippers all over India offer prayers to Lord Shani. It is also understood by many people that Lord Shani makes an appearance on Earth on this day to bless his faithful followers. People do good deeds with the hope of establishing a connection with the Lord and bring peace and harmony in their and their loved one’s lives.
Shani is a symbol of suffering, immortality, grief, old age, mortality, constraint, obedience, retardation, accountability, power, modesty, intelligence, honesty, and motivation. It is considered the dark planet which governs the evil side of human beings. It is both considered a destroyer and a giver. Worshipping Shani truly blesses one with a life without challenges, and satisfies all desires.
People chant Shani Beej Mantra to help through the obstacles or bad luck which is caused due to the power of Shani. Although Shani has many positive effects too but if it isn’t in the right position it can bring a lot of trouble in a person’s life.
The Shani Dosh in the astrological charts is when Shani is in an unfavorable place. This can be attributed to the bad karma done by a person in their previous life. A person with Shani dosh has to undergo a lot of hardships.
To minimize the negative effects of Shani and to increase the positivity that comes with it, Sages have come up with a Mantra is known as the Shanti Beej Mantra. Chanting this mantra can help people overcome this dosh.
The mantra is: “Om praam preem praum sah shanayishraya namah” which means “Salutations to Lord Shani. Please be in my favor and calm my senses.”