Shani, the most dreaded planet in Astrology is nevertheless a very interesting phenomenon. Physically the planet Saturn represents Shani Dev. Shani is also the brother of Yama and is considered the god of justice. Some consider Shani as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu to distribute the results of good and bad deeds of people. Here is the most interesting story of Shanid Dev’s birth.
Shani’s siblings are born
Sun god married Sandhya, who was a very faithful and devoted wife. She bore three children for sun god namely Vaivasvata Manu, Yama and Yami. Sandhya was a chaste and committed wife. However, she found it difficult to stay with her husband who is scorching hot all the time.
Sandhya Dev creates Chaya
Out of her shadow, Sandhya created a lady Chaya who completely resembled her in every aspect. In fact, the literal meaning of the word Chaya is shadow. Sandhya handed over all her three children to Chaya and asked her to take care of sun god in her absence.
Sandhya takes to penance
To escape the heat of her husband sun god, Sandhya escaped from there and came to her father. Her father Daksha advised her to go back to her husband. However, Sandhya did not like this idea and therefore assumed the form of a horse and left to thick woods to do a severe penance.
Shani Dev is born
Chaya was not playing the role of Sandhya without sun god’s knowledge. She bore three children to sun namely Manu, Shani and Tapti. When Shani was in her womb, she was totally lost in serving her husband that due to sun god’s heat the baby in the womb turned black. Therefore Shani was completely black at birth.
Shani Dev casts an evil eye at his father
Upon Shani’s birth, sun god so eagerly looked at him only to be disappointed by Shani’s charcoal black color. He even doubted whether Shani was born to him. Shani’s first looks at his father drove sun god to an eclipse period and he deemed this as a bad luck. In fact, being angry at his father’s indifference, Shani cursed his father that he would also turn black in color which came true. So, right from his birth, there was a severe misunderstanding between sun god and Shani.
Shani Dev becomes lame
Chaya was taking care of her children so lovingly. Chaya was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Once she was preparing food to offer to Lord Shiva. As a little child, Shani was very hungry and wanted food to be served. Chaya said he could eat only after the puja was done to Shiva. Shani got angry and kicked his mother. Due to this sin, Shani’s one leg became lame.
Shani Dev is blessed by Shiva
When Shani was in the womb of his mother, Chaya devi was worshipping Shiva ardently. Therefore, Shani also developed devotion to Lord Shiva. When Shani was born and his father doubted his birth, Lord Shiva appeared before sun god and clarified the reason why Shani was black. Then both the father and son developed a good understanding for each other. Pleased by Shani’s devotion, Shiva made him god of justice to distribute the rewards and punishments for people’s actions.