Who is Shani Dev ?
There are many gods in our Hindu religion but lord Shani dev is
different from them. He has immense power, appeased toward off, evil eye
etc. Saturday is the day which is devoted to Lord Shani Dev.
Traditionally God Shani Dev is depicted in Hindu mythology as extremely
dark wearing black clothes and mounted on a vulture. The basic mantra of
Shani dev is “Om Sham Shanaiscaryaye Namah.”
Lord Shani Dev who is the son of Surya Dev (Sun) and Chhaya (Suvarna) is
also known as one of the nine “Navagraha” by Hindu belief. Lord Shani
Dev have a seventh place among these nine planets which govern our
lives. Another name of Shani dev is Shanaiscarya, Asita, Saptarchi,
Kruralochana, Pangu, etc. The birth place of Lord Shani Dev is
Saurashtra, Gujarat. Hindu people believe that he is the god causing
miseries in the life of a human being. So, Lord Shani Dev occupies the
principal position among the Hindu’s God.
Lord Shani Dev is the brother of Yama Dev (deity of death) and is
believed to be responsible for punishing or rewarding to the people one
in the lifetime in accordance with their 'karma'. He has also a power of
making a king into a pauper as well as changing the fortunes of a
sufferer. Shani Dev is a great devotee of Lord Shiva because Lord Shiva
is Guru of Shani Dev and hence those who wish to appease him pray to
Lord Shiva along with him.
There are few shrines in India of shani Dev. The most important ones is
in Maharashtra at Shingnapur which is famous with named
Shani-Shingnapur, another is Shree Sahneeshwarar at Nerul Mumbai, and
Shanidham at Mehrauli Delhi, etc.
In Vedic astrology, it is believed that if Shani is placed in a
favorable position for you, no one can bestow more wealth and success
than Lord Shani.