Shani Dev :-
Shani is one of the Navagraha which are the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology, or Jyoti. Shani is embodied in the planet Saturn. Shani is the Lord of Saturday; the word Shani also denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian language.
Shani dev, the son of Surya Dev:-
Shani is a Deva and son of Surya (the Hindu Sun God) and his wife Chhaya (Shadow goddess) and hence also known as Chayyaputra. He is the cousin of Yama, the Hindu God of death.Shani dev is called “Karmafal Daata” (Lord of Justice) as he was given the authority to reward or punish people for their good and bad deeds.
Birth of Lord Shani and Signifiance of Shani in Our Lives:-
In our routine lives, there is a great importance for the kindness and the power of God Shani. Shani occupies the seventh place among the nine planets which govern the world. This is viewed as unlucky in conventional astrology. As per ‘Kaagol Shastra’, the distance of Shani from the earth is 9 crore miles. Its radius is about one billion and 82 crore and 60 lakh kilometers. And its gravitational force is 95 times higher than that of the earth. Planet Shani takes 19 years to complete one revolution around the Sun. The astronauts have viewed the Shani’s colors as beautiful, strong, influencing and eye-catching. It has twenty two satellites in its ring
Curse on Shani dev:-
Shani Dev got married to Dhammini who was daughter of Gandharvaraj Chitrarath. Mangal Dev and Indra Dev were enemies of Shani Dev.
To avenge their insults which they faced because of shani earlier, Mangal Dev curses Dhammini with Mangal dosh in marriage house of her horoscope. The direct effect of this curse comes to Shani.
On their first night after marriage, Mangal dosh shows its effects and unconsciously Dhammini curses Shani Dev that the person at which Shani will look will be turned to ashes. This Drishti of Shani is called as “Marak Drishti”
Earlier when Shani was child, Mahadev blessed him with Divya Drishti. It allows Shani Dev to read the past deeds of a person he puts his Drishti on.
But after the curse this Drishti became useless, as he cannot watch anyone or they will be turned to ashes.
Even in this state Shani managed to capture Mangal Dev and Indra Dev and threaten them with his Marak Drishti. He told Mangal Dev to take away Mangal dosh from Dhammini or else it will cost him his life.
Dhammini felt guilt that she cursed Shani for no reason but the curse given to Shani cannot be taken back so the sight of Lord Shani remains downward forever.
How to please Shani dev:-
Shani dev is a strict disciplinarian. By observing austerities, not drinking alcohol and not telling lies, one can please Shani Dev. Shani dev likes charities. Giving alms to the poor, donating clothes, blankets and footwear to people, donating black cows and buffaloes to Brahmins and the needy are sure ways to win the blessings of Shani dev.
Unlike some misunderstanding, Shani dev is never cruel to anyone. No doubt Shani’s positions in horoscope can bring misery and misfortune. However, the fact remains that Lord Shiva has given Shani the responsibility of rewarding or punishing people as per their good or bad deeds. Therefore Shani is only giving the fruits of people’s actions. In fact when a person repents for his mistakes and engages in good deeds, Shani will easily get mollified.