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Shani Hawan on 30 July 2011.
Shani Dev is one of the most popular deities that the Hindus pray to ward off evil and remove obstacles. Shani literally means the slow-moving-one. According to myths, Shani oversees the "dungeons of the human heart and the dangers that lurks there."

Shani is represented as having a dark complexion and is said to be the son of Surya, the sun god, and Chaya, the servant whom his wife Swarna surrogated. He is the brother of Yama, the god of death and is believed by many to be an avatar of Shiva.

The negetive affliction of Shani (Saturn) brings - pain (especially of bones, muscle, ligaments, joints), timidity, indecision, anxiety, fear, bad dreams, poverty, instability, shame, delays, humiliation, inhibition, loneliness, isolation, depression, mental or physical rigidity, stinginess,
disappointment, resignation, melancholy, lack of trust, suspicion, doubt and a lack of responsibility Saturn issymbolic of cruelty and irritations in life for people. It is adverse in nature. It originates apprehensions of chronic diseases, accidents, enmity, financial crisis, depression of mind and retardation in business.

The favorable affliction of Shani (Saturn) brings its native - authoritativeness, discipline, responsibility,practicality, realism, durability, constancy and consistency

While everyone - Devtaa, Asur or human, whoever has tried to control Saturn has come to grief, but whoever has tried to propitiate him has passed safely through the Valley of the Shadow of the Death. Whichever Graha you worship, always remember that you are worshipping the One God through the medium of that Graha.

He is lame and has a limp because his knee was injured when he fought as a child with Yama. In the mythology, he is represented as riding a chariot, carrying a bow and arrow and pulled by a vulture or crow. Shani is found wearing a blue cloth, blue flowers and sapphire.

He is also known as Saura (son of sun-god), Kruradris or Kruralochana (the cruel-eyed), Mandu (dull and slow), Pangu (disabled), Saptarchi (seven-eyed) and Asita (dark).

Hindus are under fear of evil from his planet - Saturn. In Vedic astrology, the planetary position at the time of birth determines the future of a person. So, Hindus accord immense importance to the planets, and Saturn or Shani is one such planet which they fear the most for ill-luck. Anyone born under his influence is believed to at risk.

To appease him, many pay obeisance every Saturday by lighting a lamp before the image of Shani and reading the ‘Shani Mahatmyaham’. He is pleased to accept lamps lit with sesame or mustard oil. Even the day named after him, Shanivara or Saturday, is considered inauspicious to begin any new venture

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