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How Shanaishchar Became Shaneeshwar?
Before the discovery of planets Uranus. Neptune and Pluto, there were seven planets - Sun (365 days), Moon (27 days), Mars (625 days), Mercury (88 days), Jupiter (12 years), Venus (225 days), and Saturn (30 years). The time taken by them to travel the 360 degrees of the zodiac is given in brackets against each planet as viewed from the earth.
Among these seven planets, Saturn is the
slowest. Hence it is called in Sanskrit - Shanaischar - the slow mover.
In his well known book "Brihajjaatak", Varaah Mihir has used 33 Greek words for which there are no equivalent Sanskrit words. One of these is the word Horaa. Based on this Horaa is the seven-day week.
Shaneeshwar got this name after Shiv Jee hid inside an elephant's stomach to escape his Saadhe Saatee (7 and 1/2 years of Saturn's sojourn in one's 12th,1st & 2nd houses of his natal chart) and Saturn ridiculed Shiv for this. Then Shiv blessed Saturn that Eeshwar would be suffixed to his name henceforth and that he would be called as Shaneeshwar !!(as per Shri Shani Mahaatmya in Maraathee language)
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/2008
Updated on 06/14/12