Shanidev – The son of Lord Surya

” Om nilanjana samabhasam | Ravi putram yamagrajam ||

Cahaya martanda samhubhutam | Tama namami Shanescharam||”

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.

Shani is is a son of Lord Surya. He is generally depicted in dark complexion, clothed in black. Shri Shani Mahatmya describes the story of Shani’s life. Shani Maharaj is a great devotee of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. In Sanskrit Shani is called Sanischara, which means, “slow mover”. Shani spends 2.5 years (Dhaiya) in each rashi. When we add the 2.5 years in previous and 2.5 years in next rashi together, the time period of 7.5 years is called Saadesaati, and the person faces challenging time during the period.

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