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Saturn (Saneeswara, Saneeschara, and Sani) Sannidhi

Sani Gayathri:

Kaaka Dhvajaaya Vidhmahe

Khadga Hastaaya Dheemahi

Thanno Mandah Prachodayath

On June 25, 2005, the Parashakthi temple held a function to pray to Lord Saturn.

The program started with Homa ceremony, which started at 7:30 a.m. and ended about 10:00 in the morning. It is a bright sunny day in Michigan. The temperature was in its 80s. Initially, there was smaller gathering that built to 300 people as the program started. After the Homa ceremony Abishekam was performed for Lord Saturn and followed by Alankaram and Aarthi.

Dr. G.K.Kumar (founder, president, spiritual director of Parashakthi Temple) exolained to the devotee regarding the mystical significance of the day and explained the audience that planets have effect on human beings and explained it on scientific basis. In the beginning the universe was gaseous form. Following the big bang and many billion years later the human form carries the imprint of different planets. Moon is closest to earth and can affect the human beings, but the moon’s transit is short and its effect is transient. He explained that when the moon imprint in human beings gets disharmonious with the moon outside, similarly, we have Saturn imprint. The microcosm reacts to the effect of the macrocosm of the respective planet. The Saturn during certain positions will get disharmonious with the Saturn imprint in the human body. The Saturn moves slowly so the period of disharmony can last a long time. Depending on the chart some people go through 7.5 Sade Sani or 2.5 Kandaga Sani or Ashtana Sani years people feel the disharmonious effect. He also explained that people should not be afraid of the disharmony nature that Saturn may bring because of its movement in the persons chart. It is through this period, due to suffering given by the Saturn in a phenomenal world that one turns towards god and grows spiritually. He also informed that in case you turn your vision towards questions like (1 - who you are; 2 – where did you come from; 3- why are you here on; 4 - where do you go from here) the effect of Saturn will be perceived differently and Saturn is then unable to harm the individual. Though the harm may be there but the perception will make it different. Dr. Kumar mentioned that by praying to Saturn they can mitigate the suffering that may happen during this period and also by increasing their tolerance to suffering they will minimize the impact of the suffering. In addition, he assured them not be afraid just because of Saturn is in certain disharmonious position in their natal chart, as each individuals chart may have some better auspicious things like a good Dasa Buddhi and they will be protected from the severe affect of Saturn’s disharmony, so there are other mitigating and influencing factors in persons chart besides the Saturn placement. He also shared with us that he was quite concerned initially whether he should share the information with the devotees since the devotees may get too worried. He, however, felt compelled to share with the devotees so that devotees get prepared and be knowledgeable which will help them go through this difficult period. Even the Avatars cannot escape the effect of Saturn. He narrated a story of a Rishi who asked his disciples not to come near him for 2½ years, as he was going to be in a disharmonious position with the Saturn, namely Ashtama Sani or Saturn in 8th house of the zodiac. The disciples were very sad not to be with him for 2 ½ years. The saint prayed to Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva decreased his Saturn disharmonious period from 2½ years to one day, however, during that one day he was in the mountains praying and he was caught by king’s army, as while he was meditating a thief running form king’s palace had left his jewels around the meditating saint. He was taken to the king’s palace and treated by torturing and cutting out all his limbs for the alleged crime. After one day of such torture Lord Shiva protected him next day and restored him to the whole body. The moral of the story is that it is better to go through Saturn’s effect for a longer period of time than to increase its intensity within in one day.

He also informed the devotees that they must take some pain in serving the divine. He referred to an old proverb “no pain no gain”. One must serve the divine, take an effort and serve the divinity in many different ways to make a spiritual progress. He also referred to the fact that giving away something dear to them is important as well.

He also taught them that in the end do not worry about the planets (as you have placed the planets yourself). This was a very big philosophical teaching, I do not know if the devotees even realized the impact of it. He told them that at the end of the life after death, their pure spirit (Atman), judges it’s action during this recent lifetime that it has led, realizes it’s deficiencies, looks to improve these deficiency in the next lifetime, decides its environment and parent’s it would come to, so that it can then improve it’s deficiencies. He reported as a pure spirit you become a part of the divine, and you become the jury, the judge, the prosecutor, and the defendant and you decide what timing to come into earth and where those planets would be placed at the time of the birth so that the planets act as (modus operandi) for giving you a certain kind of challenges and your true spirit wants to evolve. He referred to the fact God will not give you any burden that you cannot handle.

After his inspiring talk devotees shared their heartfelt feelings that his talk aroused in them and gave him their gratitude, which as usual he informed devotees, give gratitude to divine since he is just a “mail carrier” (postman). He has delivered them the mail, but all of it comes from the divine.

Saturn (Saneeswara, Saneeschara, and Sani) is the most powerful planet affecting the life of every living thing . He is the only planet who has the suffix ISHWARA attached to his name. Devotees should visit Saneeswara temples and do special Pooja to please Him and get relief from their sufferings. Saneeswara is reputed to be both, a giver and a destroyer. A person who prays to Saneeswara regularly will be blessed with not only riddance from the problems and worries faced, but a life that one desires.

Saturn is the planet of responsibility, and symbolizes the ethic of hard work. Under its influence, a person's character is strengthened through trial and difficulty. It has been said that Saturn disciplines us until we can learn to discipline ourselves. In astrology, Saturn is the planet of diligence, self-control and limitation. Its domain is patience, stability, maturity and realism. Its influence is stern and restrictive, cold and severe. Saturn is called the Celestial Taskmaster, for it teaches us the lessons we must learn in life. In the grand plan of the universe, Saturn does not give us more than we can handle. Under Saturn's influence we achieve by overcoming obstacles and hardship. Sometimes the effort itself is the reward, for effort is what builds character. In the end, what we learn under Saturn's influence, we keep for the rest of our lives. Saturn's position in your Horoscope indicates how well you accept responsibility, whether you are self-disciplined, and what delays and opposition you can expect to encounter. When its influence is prominent you tend to be reliable, trustworthy and patient. Saturn gives the power to endure, and provides the tenacity and perseverance to realize your potential. Saturn's effect is to delay rewards until they are earned. It is the planet of courage, steadfastness and integrity. Many people shrink from accepting its burdens, but Saturn is not to be feared. If you look into your past, you will probably see that you have achieved lasting strength and satisfaction from triumphing over obstacles.

As a negative influence, Saturn can make a person overly ambitious, calculating and selfish, solitary, inhibited and unhappy. Its negative influence is associated with inflexibility, cruelty, humourlessness and pessimism. Saturn also represents illness, handicaps and misfortune. Saturn is our destiny. It rules fate, the things we cannot escape, and the payment we must make for what we receive.

Saneeswara resides in each Rasi for a period of 2 1/2 years. When Saneeswara resides in the 12th, 1st and 2nd house from Janma Raasi, it is 7 1/2 Naattu Sani; when in the 4th house, it is Ardhashtama Sani; when in the 8th house, it is Ashtama Sani. During these periods, he troubles the affected individual.

In a person's life, 7 1/2 Naattu Sani may aspect three times, the first called Mangu Sani, the second called Pongu Sani and the third called Marana Sani.

7 ½ Nattu Sani (SADE SATI)

Mithuna ( Gemini) Rasi : Mrigaseersha ( 3 rd and 4th Pada), Thiruvathira ( all 4 Pada), Punartham (1,2, 3 pada ) have 2.5 more years of 7.5 year Sani. This is the last 2.5 yr phase of the 7 ½ yr Sani which began for them 5 years ago.

Kataka (Cancer) Rasi: Punartham (4th pada), all four pada of Poosam and Ayilyam: They have 5 more years of the 7 ½ year Sani which began 2 ½ yrs ago.

Simha (Leo) Rasi: Makham, Pooram (all padas in both cases), and Uthram (Ist pada) have 7.5 more years (Full term) of 7.5 year Sani which begins from May 25.


Each Nakshtra has 4 equal parts called a Pada. The pada in which you were born determines your Rasi. For example, Krithika with the 1st Pada belong to Mesha Rasi. Krithika on the other hand with 2nd or 3rd or 4th Pada belong to Rishabha Rasi. In the following chart, Rasis are shown in bold and Nakshtra Padas are shown in parenthesis. If there is nothing in parenthesis then, it means all 4 padas are affected. To be accurate about your Rasi, you need to know your Nakshtra and the Pada within the Nakshtra you were born


Poorattathi (4)







Krithika (1)


Krithika (2,3,4)







SANI 2.5 Yrs


Avittam (3,4)


Poorattathi (1,2,3)




Punartham (4)



SANI 5 Yrs


Uthradam (2,3,4)


Avittam (1,2)






Uthram (1)

SANI 7.5 Yrs  




Uthradam (1)


Vishakam (4)




Chithra (3,4)


Vishakam (1,2,3)


Uthram (2,3,4) Hastham

Chithra (1,2)

Kandaka Sani

Count the number of Rasi columns from your Janma (Birth) Rasi and if Saneeswara is located in the 4th,, 7th, or 10th house from your Rasi then, you are affected by Kandaka Sani. As of May 25,2005, when Saturn transits into Kataka (Cancer), all those in Mesha Rasi, Makara Rasi and Thula Rasi (see chart above) will be undergoing Kandaka Sani for 2 ½ years. However, people born in Makara Rasi will not feel the effects of Kandaka Sani since Makara Rasi is lorded over by Lord Saneeswara.


Count the number of Rasi columns from your Janma Rasi (your birth Rasi) and if Saneeswara is located in the 8th house from your Rasi (see chart above) then, you are affected by Ashtama Sani. As of May 25,2005, when Saturn transits into Kataka (Cancer), all those in Dhanur Rasi ( Moolam 1-4, Pooradam 1-4 and Uthradam Ist pada) will be undergoing Ashtama Sani for 2 ½ years. During Ashtama Sani, people undergo difficulties and unpleasantness which will transcend the persona and benefit the soul if the persons conduct life in a spiritual way by performing spiritual Navagraha puja ceremonies at the home of the Divine Mother and in Her divine presence.


The transit of Sani into Kandaka Sani, Ashtama Sani, 7 ½ year Sani and Sani Dasa do not seriously affect the following:

Persons who were born in Makara and Kumbha Rasis. That means persons having their birth star as: the last three quarters of Uttarashaada (Uthraadam), Shravana (Tiruvonam), Dhanishta (Avittam), Shatabhishak (Chatayam), and the first three quarters of Poorvabhadrapaada (Poororuttati). This is because Saturn is the Lord of Makara and Kumbha Rasis and protects those born in these Rasis even if they are undergoing 7 1/2 yr Sani, Khandaka Sani or Ashtama Sani. However, by worshipping him, they get greater protection. Those who are having Makaram and Kumbham as Lagnas again because Makaram and Kumbham are Lorded by Saneeswara.


Saturn comes into the life of each and every person some time or other, depending upon the horoscope at the time of his birth. So everyone should worship Him. For the following categories of people it is all the more essential to worship Him:

Thos who are having the Saturn Dasa running. Its period is 19 years. Those who were born in the 'Poosham, Anusham and Uttirattati'Nakshatras, will have their first Dasa as 'Sani'.

Those undergoing the 7 ½ year Sani.

Those who are having Sani as Neecham in Mesham.

Those that are having Sani in the 4th, 7th, 10th (Kandaka) and 8th houses (Ashtama) from Rasi.

The above basically illustrates that all of us are under the influence of Saneeswara some time or other to varying degrees and worshipping him benefits the devotee.

More on Lord Saneeswara

Puranic Mantra:

Neelaanjana Samaabhaasam

Raviputram Yamaagrajam

Chhaayaa Maartaanda Sambhootam

Tam Namaami Shanayshcharam

Vedic Mantra:

Om Sham No Deveer Abhishtaya

Aapo Bhavantu Peetaye

Sham Yorabhi Sravantu Nah

Sani Gayathri:

Kaaka Dhvajaaya Vidhmahe

Khadga Hastaaya Dheemahi

Thanno Mandah Prachodayath


Sanaicharaya vidhmahe

Chhaya putraya dheemahe

Thanno mantha Prachodayath

Worshipping Lord Saneeswara

Do Navagraha Pradakshinam (circum-ambulating) in the Temple especially on Saturdays

Do Navagraha Abhishekam, Archana and Navagraha Homam

Feed Crows at home if possible

Light Gingelly ( Sesame seed ) Oil lamps in Navagraha Sannidhi

Chant Mantras as given above

Offer Rice with Sesame seeds, Jaggery and Sesame seed oil as Prasadam

Fast on Saturdays

Worshipping Lord Hanuman and Kala Bairava: Lord Hanuman is said to have captured Saturn at one time and extracted a promise from him that he (Saturn) will not harm any of Hanuman’s devotees. Lord Hanuman also represents both Lord Siva and his consort Shakthi and so worshipping Him is like worshipping Siva-Shakthi. Similarly, worship Kala Bairava since He controls Kala (Time).


Devotees may perform any or all of the above types of worshipping at our Temple. Saneeswara Mantra will be posted in the Temple Navagraha Sannidhi room walls for your benefit. You can buy a ticket for lighting the Sesame oil lamp- the lamps will be provided for you when you purchase the tickets ($5). Please do not bring your own lamps etc from home. We need your financial support to maintain and upkeep the Navagraha Sannidhi. Please contact the priests for performing all other types of Puja. Hanuman Puja is being conducted every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Temple and so please plan to attend this Puja. Please contact our priests for performing/ sponsoring Puja and for performing Pariharam.

Saturn Transits from 2005 – 2027

05/25/2005 18:54 Sa enters Cancer ( Kataka)

10/31/2006 17:45 Sa enters Leo ( Simha)

01/10/2007 04:30 Sa enters Cancer ( Kataka)

07/15/2007 16:16 Sa enters Leo ( Simha)

09/09/2009 11:31 Sa enters Virgo ( Kanni)

11/14/2011 20:42 Sa enters Libra ( Thula)

05/15/2012 17:01 Sa enters Virgo ( Kanni)

08/03/2012 19:19 Sa enters Libra ( Thula)

11/02/2014 07:25 Sa enters Scorpio ( Vrischikam)

01/26/2017 06:01 Sa enters Sagittarius ( Dhanu)

06/20/2017 15:07 Sa enters Scorpio ( Vrischikam)

10/26/2017 01:58 Sa enters Sagittarius ( Dhanu)

01/23/2020 20:26 Sa enters Capricorn ( Makaram)

04/28/2022 18:24 Sa enters Aquarius ( Kumbham)

07/12/2022 01:16 Sa enters Capricorn ( Makaram)

01/17/2023 04:34 Sa enters Aquarius ( Kumbham)

03/29/2025 08:15 Sa enters Pisces ( Meenam)

06/02/2027 15:58 Sa enters Aries ( Mesham)

10/19/2027 17:40 Sa enters Pisces ( Meenam)