Why are people afraid of Shani Dev? Is Saturn an enemy, a friend, or is something else the truth?
Every time we hear the name of Lord Saturn, people often get anxious and nervous, because they believe that Shani Deva is an innately angry God who only punishes and curses the natives. But have you ever thought what the reality behind these notions is? Is Lord Saturn, a friend of ours? Is he an enemy, or is it something else entirely? AstroSage is here with the answer to these questions and more. We will discuss who exactly Lord Saturn is and what are the known and unknown facts about him. Continue with this blog, in the aftermath of the Saturn Transit 2020.
Who Exactly Is Lord Saturn?
Let us first begin the entire discussion with who Lord Saturn is? Sun is considered to be the Ruler of the nine planets (navagraha). The wife of Surya Deva is Sangya, and their children were Yama and Yami. However, Lady Sangya could not bear the lustre of the Sun, and therefore, she decided to perform austerity. To ensure that Surya Deva does not notice her absence, she left her shadow, Chhaya to take care of the Sun, and their child was Lord Saturn. Thus, Shani Deva is the son of Lord Sun and Lady Chhaya and is often also known by the name of Chhaya-Putra (son of Chhaya or shadow).
The Relationship Between Sun and Saturn
As per Vedic Astrology, there is hostility between the planets Sun and Saturn. On the one hand is the Sun – the Lord of light and strongest during the day. On the other hand, is Saturn – the one who can see in the dark and is strongest at night. The story goes, that when Chhaya-Putra Lord Saturn was born, his complexion was dark, due to which the fair coloured Sun refused to accept that Shani Deva was his son. At this, the young Saturn, in his anger, eclipsed his father. As a result, there are often stressful undercurrents to the relationship between the two. However, the two are father and son, and where the Sun is the soul of the universe, Saturn is the Judge. They both play vital roles in the life of a human being.
Unique Facts About Lord Saturn
From a religious perspective, Lord Saturn is the son of Surya Deva and Chhaya, as well as the favourite student of Lord Shiva. Mahadev is the one who made Shani Deva a judge and the punisher.
From an astrological perspective, Saturn is the Lord of the tenth and eleventh sign of the zodiac, namely, Capricorn and Aquarius. It remains exalted in the zodiac sign Libra and debilitated in the zodiac sign, Aries. Aquarius is its Mooltrikona sign. It represents the air element primarily and is also the significator of chilly winds.
Factories, coal mines, articles from under the ground, ruins, old houses, slums, and mountains, etc., all are considered to be connected with Lord Saturn. If the planet is unfavourably placed in one’s kundli, then it can cause diseases like cancer, paralysis, cold, asthma, fracture, and arthritis or rheumatism, as well as situations like accident or jail.
On the flip side, if the planet is favourably placed and debilitated, then it offers you positive results and makes you diligent. You are just, righteous, and impartial, as well as hardworking, which brings you success in your professional life. Although the promotion of such natives is usually delayed, it is assured. There is a stability to your living, and Lord Saturn inspires you to live your life to the fullest. He makes you patient and gives you longevity as well.
Engineering, labour, automobile, gas, oil, leather, ironwork, and serving the people are the major work areas related to Saturn.
The Saturn Transit is an essential event because this planet spends the longest time in any zodiac sign. It remains posited for about two and a half years in each sign, which is why the transit period of Saturn is called Dhaiyya (Dhai = 2.5). The Saturn transit is the incident which creates the beginning, middle, and end of the infamous Shani Sade Sati. This is because of the influence of Saturn on a sign that persists for seven and a half years. While Saturn is posited in one zodiac sign, and while it is in the signs before and after it. The two and a half year each for the three stages (before the sign, in the sign, and after the sign) constitutes the entire seven and a half years of the Sade Sati. Simultaneously, when Shani Deva is placed in the fourth or eighth house of a native’s birth chart, then it is said to be Saturn’s Panauti and Kantak Shani, respectively.
Saturn is the significator of democracy and represents the people. No matter how prominent the king or prime minister is, their fourth or tenth houses, Saturn’s effect on these is always taken into account while reading their kundli. These are majorly responsible for their importance in the eyes of the nation. Apart from that, since he is the Judge of the Universe, Saturn has particular authority over the judiciary system of any place.
Why People Fear Lord Saturn
In the present time, although, people are tied up with their Karma, they often knowingly-unknowingly end up doing some misdeed. This wrongdoing then ends up becoming a problem for them as Lord Saturn gives them the relevant results of their deeds during its major period, period, Sade Sati, or Dhaiya. As a result, people are often scared and think that Lord Saturn is only cursing them. Whereas the truth is that Shani Deva is an impartial judge who only offers you results according to your Karma, and directs you towards the right path.
Lord Saturn is a teacher who takes a strict exam and makes you a great personality. He refines you and after making you burn through the adversities of life, makes you a diamond from a piece of coal. Due to the contradiction in the natures of the Moon and Saturn, we take into account the transit of the latter from one’s Moon Sign. Saturn, in such a situation, creates such conditions mentally, due to which the native feels as if difficulties are surrounding them.
Apart from all this, in present times, people often portray Lord Saturn as an evil antagonist to show off or for the sake of their trade. They build up fear in the minds of the public so that they can encash profits from that anxiety. As a result, people are often scared of Shani Deva; however, they need to realize that he is not the enemy here. Instead, Lord Saturn is your true friend, who genuinely wishes well for you. He always wants you to become a prominent figure. Saturn creates such situations in front of you so that you understand the moral values of life, and your character develops so that you can progress in life. On the whole, he wants you to follow the right track and puts obstacles in your current path to steer you on to the correct one.
Remedies To Receive The Blessings Of Lord Saturn
If you want Lord Saturn to be promising to you, and wish to receive positive outcomes from him, then you can perform the exclusive remedies given below:
The Vedic Mantra of Saturn: “ॐ शं नो देवीरभिष्टय आपो भवन्तु पीतये शं योरभि स्त्रवन्तु न:/oṃ śaṃ no devīrabhiṣṭaya āpo bhavantu pītaye śaṃ yorabhi stravantu na:”
Or the Shani Tantrik Mantra “ॐ शं शनैश्चराय नमः/oṃ śaṃ śanaiścarāya namaḥ”
Or recite the Saturn Beej Mantra “ॐ प्रां प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः/oṃ prāṃ prīṃ prauṃ saḥ śanaiścarāya namaḥ”
The best remedy to pacify Lord Saturn is to improve your Karma (deeds). As long as you walk the right path, act as a good samaritan, help those in need, and do not trouble anyone unnecessarily, then Lord Saturn will remain happy with you.
Among other remedies to receive the favour of Lord Saturn include wearing the Datura root (Dhature ki jad) or Bichchoo Mool.
You can wear the Sapphire gemstone (Neelam) or Amethyst as well for the same reason.
Wearing the Seven-Faced Rudraksha (Saat-Mukhi Rudraksha) helps one attain favourable results during the period and major period of Saturn.
You can also establish the Shani Yantra and worship it regularly, with proper rituals.
Each of those mentioned above can be worn or established on a Saturday, under the nakshatras of Saturn – Pushya, Anuradha, and Uttara Bhadrapada, or in the hora of Saturn.
Offer food to the poor and the needy, as this will bring you the blessings of Lord Saturn.
Serve the specially-abled, and distribute medicines among them on a Saturday, as per their needs. This too puts you in the good graces of Shani Deva.
Feed flour to ants, or make kasar and fill it in a dry coconut for them. This too pleases Lord Saturn.
Keep your behaviour with your colleagues and juniors amiable, respect them, and remain friendly, which will bring you the innate blessings of Shani Deva.