Lord Shani Dev


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Lord Shanidev is associated with the planet saturn,Surya (son of Brahma) and Sandna (the daugther of Daksha Prajapati) are the parents of Shri Shanaishwar.Shani Shingnapur,an important Shrine for Lord Shani ,called Shingnapur is located between Shirdi and Ahmadnagar.

The deity here is self emerged from earth in form of a Black Stone,that is "Swayambhu" .This Swayumbhu "Shanaishwar" is in existence at least since the Kaliyuga.One day two shepards (uncle and his nephew) found a "Black Stone" in the flowing water. When they touched the stone with a pointed rod the stone began to bleed. The On that night Lord shanaishwar appeared in the dream of the shepherd and disclosed his identity,saying that he is Shanaishwar himself. in the form of the swayambhu black stone.

Soon,the villagers constructed the temple of "Shanaishwar" .As per the directions of Shanaishwar,there are no doors etc. to any house or shops, in Shingnapur and still there are no robberies,till today.It is proved that the robbers are severly punished by "Shanaishwar".

Shani Shinganapur

Shanaishwar is both, a giver and also a destroyer. A person who worships, Shani, will be blessed highly.Shani,the Saturn is a planet and also the god for the Hindus. It has black colour and is ferocious in nature. There are many temples of Shani in India where special prayers and worships are offered on Saturdays. Shani is considered to be the monitor of business pertaining to iron, oil and black coloured commodities. The reason for all mishaps, is the effect of Shani. To protect from the annoyance of Shani, the worship of Shani or Hanumanji is recommended.

Shani Pooja

Direction: West
Gemstone: Blue Sapphire (Neelam)
Metal: Lead
Ruling Day: Saturday
Flower: Vanni, Kuvalai
Color: Black
Associated No: 8 (Eight)
Grain: Black Urad Daal
Food: Rice Mixed With Black Urad Daal
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Shani Mantras


Shani Mantra
Suryaputhro Deerghadeho Vishaalaakshah Shivapriyah |
Mandachaarah Prasannathmaa peedam harathu me Shanih ||

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Shani Gayatri Mantra
"Om Shanaischaraya vidhmahe
Sooryaputraya dhimahi
Tanno manda prachodayat"

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Shani Dhyan Mantra

Nilanjana samabhasam
raviputram yamagrajam
chaya martanda sambhutam
tam namami shaishcharam

Meaning

I bow to Lord Shani, who is black in colour and son of Sun
and born to Chaya and brother of Yama ,
who moves very slowly. Om Shanno Devirabhishtaya Aapo Bhavantu
PeetayeShanyorbhisravantumah Shanaishcharaaya Namahaa