Planet Saturn is called SANISCHARA, which means, “slow mover”. Saturn signifies misery, sorrow, death, discipline, restriction, constraints, delays, humility. Saturn is reckoned as a malefic planet (Shani Dosha) and it rules the two signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. Saturn is exalted in Libra, and debilitated in Aries.
Shani Dosha (malefic Saturn) may arise in a natal chart, when Saturn is debilitated or occupies any of the Cardinal Houses (1,4,7,10) or the 8th and 12Houses in Aries, Cancer, Leo, or Scorpio sign or is retrograde or combust in those Houses except the Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius signs. However, the effects will be more pronounced in relationships if Saturn occupies the 1st, 7th or 12th House. Saturn is the slowest moving planet, taking 2-1/2 years in each sign, completing one cycle every 30 years. Saturn is the elder brother of Yama, the God of death, and is considered as a planet of justice. Saturn gives the results of one’s deeds through appropriate punishments and rewards. And if Saturn is in the 1st or 7th House, it indicates serious obstruction, failed relationships and delays one’s marriage, especially when it directly aspects the 7th House. Seventh House signifies spouse, married life, partners and partnerships. Saturn is the “Manda Graha” and planet of detachment. Marriage is either early or delayed, and the person is frequently attracted to an older person. Saturn is the judge and decides the results of the fruition of the native’s past Karmas. So the bad results are not due to placement of Saturn in the horoscope but because of the results of such Karmas of a native. So if a person is having Shani Dosha, he/she has to undergo bad results and rigorous punishments.
Remedies to remove Shani Dosha:
Chant the following mantra:
NILANJANA SAMA BHASAM RAVIPUTRAM YAMA GRAJAM ||
CHHAAYA MARTANDA SAMBHOOTAM TAM NAMAMI SHANAISHCHARAM ||
Offer some food to beggars sitting outside Hanumanjee temple, on every Saturday. Recite Hanuman Chalisa 11 times on Saturdays.
Recite “Sundar Kand” on Saturdays.
Recite “Shani Kavach” to get rid of this Shani Dosha.
Donate money in old age home and help the poor and needy people.