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How A Shani Dosha Is Believed To Affect Your Life

Chanting Shani mantras can reduce the bad effects of Saturn.

Shani Dosha occurs when the planet Shani or Saturn is in the wrong place in one’s natal chart. It can also occur if it is weak in the birth horoscope. The coexistence of Saturn along with other elements such as Mars, Moon or Rahu can also lead to this Dosha.

Shani dosha occurs when shani is weak in ones horoscope
A portrait of Shani Dev sitting on his vahan

The planet Shani or Saturn is one of the most prominent and influential planets in Vedic astrology. Hence, its position in your natal chart, location and nature play an important role in a person’s life. Shani is the son of the Sun god and the elder brother of Yama, the god of death. Though Saturn is said to be a hostile planet, it is also the planet of justice. According to popular belief, Saturn rewards and punishes people based on their good and bad deeds. Shani takes 30 years to complete one revolution around the sun. When this planet is not well-placed in the horoscope, it is called Shani Dosha.

Planet Shani, also known as Saturn
When planet Shani is weak in the horoscope, Shani dosha occurs

This Dosha occurs when the planet Saturn is in the wrong position or weak in one’s natal chart. It also occurs when Shani is in the retrograde position or when Saturn coexists with other elements such as Rahu. When Shani is present in 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th and 12th house in the horoscope, the person has Shani Dosha. When a person’s horoscope or birth has Shani Dosha, the person undergoes a lot of difficulties and struggles.

Sade Saati

This is another condition associated with Shani. It is called the Sade Saati. In this situation, Shani places itself in such a way that its effects stay for a very long time. This astrological phase is feared by the people as it causes a lot of misery and failures. According to Vedic astrology, the person who is facing this situation goes through a troubling time. The person will also face a lot of challenges. This situation can occur in one’s life at any point in time. If Shani places itself in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th and 12th house, its influence becomes stronger than the other planets in the house. During this time, the person will have to face a number of failures and misfortunes. The effect of this dosha lasts for seven and a half years.

What causes Shani Dosha?

Shani Dosha occurs in a person’s life as a result of bad deeds and sins committed in their previous life. Some of the deeds that cause this dosha are harming people and other creatures, keeping an evil eye on others success and possessions, treachery and cheating, suppressing or oppressing people, and practising hypocrisy and sadism.

The Effects

Shani dosha occurs in one’s life based on their doings in the past life. But, when it occurs, the person will face a lot of struggles and difficulties in life. The intensity of their struggles will depend on their past karma. When Shani arrives in a beneficial house, it causes happiness, prosperity, success and fame. But, in adverse conditions, it can cause misery and loss.

Some of the Shani Dosha effects include poverty, misery, delay in marriage or problems in married life, impotency, disturbed relationships, failures and losses, and thefts. The effects of this dosha are not limited to the ones mentioned above. They can also be litigation and imprisonment, debts, injuries and accidents, and sickness and diseases.

Shani Dosha Remedies

Those who have Shani Dosha should wear jewellery made of blue sapphire to reduce its effects
Blue sapphire is recommended to those who have Shani Dosha

When people are affected by Shani Dosha, they have to take various measures to eliminate its effects. In order to solve the problems caused by Shani, the Shani Dosha niravana is recommended. Let us take a look at some of the Shani Graha Dosha remedies.

  1. Observing a fast on Saturday: Saturday is a very auspicious day for Shani. When one has Shani Dosha, they have to fast for 51 Saturdays. They have to break their fast with Khichdi or the broth of sesame seeds after sunset.
  2. Charities and donations: Donating things that are related to Shani is one of the best remedial measures. Things such as black or blue clothes, black gram dal, black sesame seeds, iron items, things made of clay and leather, cows and buffaloes should be donated to the poor.
  3. Worshipping Hanuman and Shiva: When affected with Shani Dosha, one has to worship Lord Hanuman every Tuesday and Saturday, and also chant the Hanuman Chalisa. Worshipping Lord Shiva will also prove effective. One can also light a lamp with sesame oil beside a peepal tree.
  4. Jewellery and Gemstones: Blue Sapphire is recommended to all those who suffer from Shani Dosha. It is said that blue sapphire has the power to make one mentally and physically balanced. Wearing a Shani Yantra pendant or a black horse shoe ring is also suggested.