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Birth history of Shani Deva

Birth History of Shani Deva

Shani, considered as the most dreaded planet in Astrology is a very interesting phenomenon. Physically, the planet denotes the Saturn. Shani is also the brother of Yama and is considered the god of justice. Some people believe Shani as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu that gives the results of good and bad deeds of people. Here is the most interesting fact about the birth of Shani Dev’s birth.

Shani’s siblings are born
Sun married to Sandhya, a very beautiful and devoted wife. She had three children for Sun god namely Vaivasvata Manu, Yanma and Yami. Sandhya was a committed wife but she found it difficult to stay with her husband who scortches heat all the time.

Sandhya Dev creates Chaya
Sandhya created Chaya out of her shadow who completely looked like her in every aspect. Sandhya handed over all three children to Chaya and asked her to take care in her absence.

Sandhya takes to penance
To protect herself from the heat of Sun god Sandhya went from there to her father home. Her father advised her to go back to her husband house. But Sandhya didn’t liked the advice, she assumed the form of horse and left to thick wood forest to do severe penance.

Shani Dev is born
Chaya bore three children namely Manu, Shani and Tapti. When shani was in her womb, she was serving her husband and due to sun god’s heat the baby in the womb turned black.

Shani Dev casts an evil eye at his father
On Shani Dev’s birth, sun god looked at him but got disappointed by the black color of Shani Deva. He even doubted whether Shani Deva is his son. Shani Deva first look at his father drovw sun god to an eclipse period and he considered this as bad luck. Due to indifference from his father, Shani cursed his father that he would also turn black in color which came true. Therefore, right from the birth, there was a severe misunderstanding between sun god and Shani.

Shani Dev becomes lame
Chaya loved Shani a lot. Once she was preparing food for Lord Shiva, as shani was little child, he was very hungry and wanted food to offer to lord shiva. Chaya said he could only eat after the puja was done to Shani. Shani got angry and kliked his mother. Due to this sin, Shani one leg became lame.

Shani Dev is blessed by Shiva
Chaya worshipped Lord Shiva when Shani was in the womb of the mother. Therefore, Shani also developed devotion to Lord Shiva. When he was born and his father doubted his birth, Lord Shiva appeared before sun god and clarified the reason for the black color of the shani deva. Pleased by Shani devotion, Lord Shiva made him god of justice to give punishments to the sinner and rewards to the good doers.

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