Shanti Jayanti 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 15. Also known as Shani Amavasya, this day marks the birth of Lord Shani, son of Suryadev. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shani’s birth anniversary falls on the Amavasya tithi of the Vaisakh month. Lord Shani is the ruling deity of planet Saturn and has a strong influence on everyone’s life as per astrology. Hindus from all communities worship Lord Shani believe that celebrating Shani Jayanti will ensure that bad omen stays away to the maximum extent. The devotees worship Lord Shani to avoid the malefic influence of the God, in their horoscope.

As per beliefs, devotees who have sade saati or Saturn cycle in their life perform fast and offer prayers on this day to Lord Shani. Devotees celebrate this day in a noble manner and all the rituals related to Planet Saturn are strictly followed given his furious nature. It is also believed that position of Shani in the horoscope along with other navgraha should be appropriate so that one’s hard work is paid off in this life. One of the main places of celebrations of this auspicious day is the Shani Shingnapur Shaneshwara Mandir located in Maharashtra.

Shani Jayanti 2018: Significance and Importance

Lord Shani is believed to be a great leveller. Whether someone’s rich or poor, educated ot illiterate, in the eyes of the lord, all are equal. Those who believe in astrology have a general perception about Shani being aggressive and wrathful. It is true that Lod Shani brings havoc in life but one must understand his position. If one has to suffer and pay for their sins, Lord Shani makes sure they do. Learned astrologers consider a person’s success or failure depending upon the placement of Shani or Saturn in their horoscope chart. While it does hold true, it cannot be taken for granted.

Also, it is a myth that bad luck or ill omens happen due to Lord Shani. Instead, Lord Shani rewards and bestows blessings on those who work hard and continue to persevere. According to Vedic scriptures, Lord Shani is the elder son of Surya (Sun God) with Yama (the god of death) being the younger. Shani is the son of Surya and Chhaya (Shadow), who was created by Surya’s first wife Saranyu upon being unable to bear her husband’s radiance. Lord Shani is, therefore, the god of punishment, deliverance of justice and hardships.

Shani Jayanti 2018: Puja Vidhi

On this day, the devotees offer special shanti puja, havan, yagya that are believed to beneficial, apart from the regular Saturday pujas. True believers observe the Shani Vrat in order to gain the protection of Shani dev for themselves as well as their families. It is advisable to perform Shani Mantra Japa 23000 times in order to maintain a peaceful and prosperous life. To stay protected from black magic, a home or Yagya is performed while to avoid the influence of witchcraft, people wear horse shoe rings in their fingers and also hang the horse shoes in their houses. Devotees also perform Navgraha Shanti Puja to the best of their abilities on Shani Jayanti to please planet Saturn.

On the puja day, the Shani dev’s idol is bathed with Gangajal, panch-amrit, oil and water. Once done, the idol is bedecked in a necklace made of navratnas, i.e. representing the navgrahas. A Shani stotra or shanti path should be read after puja to please Lord Shani so that there is no hindrance in one’s growth. Also, a Shani Yagya should be performed upon the advice of an expert to ward off the negative effect of Shani Dev.

Shani Jayanti 2018: Puja Mantra

To gain the blessings of Lord Shani, one must chant the Shani stotra and chant (11 malas) ‘Om sham Shaneshchraya Namah’.

Shani Jayanti 2018: Muhurat Timings

Sunrise: May 15, 05:49 AM

Sunset: May 15, 06:57 PM

Amavasya Tithi Begins: May 14, 07:46 PM

Amavasya Tithi Ends: May 15, 05:17 PM