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Any 13th (Trayodashee) falling on Saturday
Shani Trayodashe (as Somvatee Amaavasyaa) is not a festival as such but many people observe it to protect themseles from Shani's rage. Shani Trayodasee falls on any Trayodashee when it falls on Saturday. In 2009 it fell on January 24th. It is even more powerful when it falls in Krishn Paksh - "Krishna Shani Trayodashee". This is the first Shani Trayodashee after Saturn's entry into Cancer. Normally Shani Trayodashee comes twice a year.
"Om Preeng Preeng Prong Sah Shange Namah" recite this Mantra 21 times on this day.
Bhagavaan Shani, also known as Shanaishchar, Shaneeshwar, Saneeswar, Shaneeshwaran or Shani Dev, is one of the Nava Graha. Navagraha are the nine primary celestial beings according to Sanaatan Dharm. According to Sanaatan Astrology, Shani (Saturn) represents the planet Saturn. Since Bhagavaan Shani is a god and son of Sun and Chhaayaa, he is also known as Chhaayaa-Putra (Son of Shadow).
Offer Tail Abhishekam,
a bath with Til oil while chanting the Shani Gaaytree or Shani Stotra. Offer Shani
Dev black cloth and perform Abhishek with black Til, Kumkum and turmeric powder.
Depending on time one can recite
Coconut and other fruits such as banana and mangoes are offered as Naivedya. Some offer Rice with Sesame seeds, Jaggery and sesame seed oil. You can also perform Navagraha Havan. Finish your Poojaa with Shani Aaratee.
Shani Gaayatree Mantra
Shani Gaayatree (recite 8 times in the morning)
You can also worship Lord Hanumaan since Hanumaan Jee freed Shani Dev from Raavan. So any one who worships Hanumaan will not have ill effects of Shani. I come across people who do not wish to pray Hanumaan because he is Brahmachaaree (celibate) and if they worship him they will be celibate too. People say they do not want to worship Raam because then he will suffer like Shree Raam. Similarly is the fate for Bhagavaan Shree Krishn. Shambhoo Sadaa Shiv is Aghoree so one should not touch Shiv Ling or keep it in the house. But everyone prays Maa Lakshmee, the reality is that you must pray to all her three Swaroop - Kriyaa (Durgaa), Ichchhaa (Lakshmee) and Gyaan (Saraswatee).
Vaalmeeki Raamaayan explains through Dasharath and Vishwaamitra Samvaad (discussion) why Bhagavaan Shree Raam sleeps (retires) at sunset. He tells that there is a connection between planets and body especially around Shani Trayodashee. Vishwaamitra Jee says that we should not be afraid of Shani Dev. Shani is a Yog Purush. Shani gives energy to Indriyaan. One gets different vibrations by reciting Shani Stotra and Mantra.
Shani's 12 Names
(1) Konah, (2) Shanishcharah (3) Mandah (4) Chhaayaa Hridaya Nandanah (5) Maartandajah (6) Yam Bhraataa (7) Matangah (8) Graha Naayakaah (9) Brahmanyah (10) Kroor Karm (11) Neel Vastram (12) Anjan Dyutih.
These are the twelve famous names of Lord Shanischar. These names are
capable to eliminate the bad effects caused by Lord Shanaishchar specially
in three parts such as Dwaadash Sthaan (12th House),
Angaarak Gaayatree (chevvaai)
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 09/30/13