New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Shani Jayanti is celebrated on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of the planetary God Saturn. Shani or Saturn is the most feared planet in the Hindu belief. The birth anniversary of Shani is celebrated in the month of Vaishakh on the no moon day of Krishan Paksha or the waning moon. This year, Shani Jayanti will be observed on May 22.

On this day, Hindus pray Lord Shani, the deity of luck and fortune. While a few observe fast apart from praying, especially the ones who are suffering from 'Shani Sade Saati' as per the Vedic astrology. The day is also celebrated by the Hindu women as the Vat Savitri puja in which they remember the daughter of King Asvapati, named Savitri, who brought her husband back from the God of death Yamaraj. Women recall the story of Savitri and her will power and preach a Banyan tree, observing fast for the well-being of their husbands. 

Saturn is the son of the eye of the solar system, the Sun, called Surya in Hindi. Though mostly Shani is assumed to be the cursing God, it is just a myth as those who are veil under his blessings, witness good fortune, luck, happiness and health. Shani accounts for all the deeds of a person and punishes and upraises someone accordingly. 

Story behind the birth of Saturn or Lord Shani: 

Shani was the son of Lord Surya and Goddess Chaaya. Goddess Chaya was the shadow of Devi Saranyu, the wife of Lord Surya. As Lord Surya entitles a lot of heat, Devi Sarnyu could not bear the temperature and so she finally decided to leave him. As Lord Saturn was born during the time, he is the son of Devi Chaaya and Lord Surya.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma