Shani is a Sanskrit word, which is the name of one of the auspicious Navagrahas in Hindu astrology or Jyotish, the nine primary celestial bodies. Shani is embodied in planet Saturn it also represents the seventh day or Saturday.
Lord Shani is also the male deity who is very handsome and sits on a vulture, buffalo or a crow. He is Lord Sun’s son. Lord Shani is the elder brother of Yama, the God of death, who corresponds to the deliverance of justice in some scriptures.
In the Skanda Purana, there is a story that Lord Shani prayed to his father, Lord Sun, that he wanted a post that has not been received by anyone until now. He said to him that his board is seven times bigger than Lord Sun’s and no one can match his speed, be it the Devas or Asuras.
The Sun God was pleased to hear this and told Lord Shani that he should go to Kashi and worship Lord Shiva. He followed his father’s wishes and pleased Lord Shiva, who gave Saturn a place in the new planetary systems. This explains the impact of Shani on astrological charts.
THE BIRTH OF LORD SHANI
When Lord Shani was in his mother Chhaya’s womb, she did severe penance sitting under the scorching sun to impress the Lord Siva. The Deity heard her prayers and the Divine and celestial energies nurtured the child in the womb.
Due to Chhaya’s prayers to Lord Shiva, Lord Shani turned out to be a great devotee of Lord Shiva. As she sat continuously under the Sun, the child in her womb kept turning black.
When Lord Shani was born, Lord Sun despised him since he was black and refused to accept him as his own. This greatly angered Lord Shani when his eyes were east upon his father, he was charred as black too.
ILL EFFECTS OF SHANI
As per astrology, the Saturn planet enters the star constellation of Rohini once in every thirty years. This is one of the most feared transits of the Kings and his kingdom. The scriptures say “Kings will die and the kingdom will fall when Shani enters Rohini”.
Last time Shani entered Rohini on 22nd May 2001. Since then, on 1st June 2001, the entire royal family of Nepal died in a mishap. This was followed by the death of the Indian congress minister and the Raja of Gwalior dying in a plane crash on 30th September 2001. Then came the strike by Osama Bin Laden on 9th November 2001.
THE DASHRATHA SHANI STOTRA
It is said that during King Dasaratha’s reign when Shani was about to enter Rohini, he worshiped Shani. Pleased with his prayers, Saturn did not enter Rohini all through his reign. This is the reason why Dasaratha Shani Stotra is considered an excellent remedy to tackle Saturn related troubles.
No individual can escape the adverse effects pronounced by the rule of Shani. However, a person’s karma or past deeds can influence the extent of adversities they face during this period.
Whenever you feel dejected, depressed and demotivated, due to problems and challenges coming your way during this period, you can resort to chanting the Shani Stotra. It will do you so much good as boosts up your morale and confidence.
When the Saturn planet in the horoscope of any person is giving a bad influence during the transit, the daily chanting of the Shani Dasaratha Stotra, Shani leaves its bad effects or reduce it and starts giving good results.
WHO SHOULD RECITE SHANI STOTRA?
Those people who are suffering from the Shani Mahadasha, Shani Sade Sati Shani Dhaiya, they should make regular recitation of the Shani Stotra by Dasaratha. Shani is pleased with the regular chanting of the Shani Dasaratha Stotra and liberates the person’s life from all the troubles and make them happy.
HOW SHOULD YOU RECITE THE SHANI STOTRA?
The ideal time to say the Dasaratha Shani Stotra is in the morning. For best results you should chant the Stotra with the ten names yearly in the morning. This will definitely remove any path or suffering caused by Saturn.
While chanting the Stotra be seated in a silent and serene place. You may contemplate an image of Shanidev while reciting it. Focus on the wonderful and majestic form of Lord Shani and chant the Stotra with all your and faith.
Many people mistake Lord Shani as cruel and easy to enrage. He is, in reality, a very benevolent God. However, he is a strict God and demands a truthful and honest lifestyle. If you are just and fair in behavior, he will be very generous and giving.
Shanidev is always just and right in his judgment. He always gives us what we deserve based on our good and bad deeds. He never fails to give us what we duly deserve from the merits of our good deeds. He is called the God of justice for a reason. Chanting the Shani Stotra can minimize the ill effects of our planetary transitions with the blessing of Shanidev.