Shani Peyarchi – Transition of Shani or Saturn

Shani Peyarchi or transition of Saturn is the movement of Shani from one ‘rasi’ or zodiac to another. Shani is also referred as Shanaiscarya, Shaneesvara and Shani Deva and is the son of Lord Surya and Chhaya. Shani Peyarchi 2014 is on December 16. In 2014, Shani transits from Tula Rashi (Libra) to Vrischika (Libra) on December 16 (Indian Standard Time). Lord Shani will remain there for next two and half years.

If you are a believer in Hindu Astrology, then this transition is bound to have some impact on your fortunes. The effect is mainly on people born on certain ‘rasis’ or zodiacs. To know the effects of the transition of Shani the ideal method will be to consult a learned astrologer.

During Shani Peyarchi, people in large numbers visit Lord Shani shrines especially in Tamil Nadu. Special poojas are conducted on the day at the Lord Shani Dharbaranyeswarar temple in Tirunallar near Karaikal in Pondicherry. Other important temples of Lord Shani are the Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra and Shani Dham in Delhi. Shani is one among the Navagrahas and there are numerous shrines dedicated to Navagraha in India.

Apart from this people visit Lord Shiva shrines as many of them have a Shani idol installed. Lord Surya, the father of Shani, is also worshipped on this day.
Apart from visiting Shani shrines, devotees take a dip in the holy pond in temples and some people give alms. It is also said that Ganesha and Hanuman are not affected by Shani’s pranks. So people worship these deities to get rid of ‘Shani Dosha.’

Many inauspicious happenings in Hindu mythology – like Ravan Kidnapping Sita and King Harichandra losing his kingdom – is said to be due to the influence of Lord Shani.

During the Shani Peyarchi period some people try to take advantage of the fear of Lord Shani in Hindu devotees. Be cautious of such people.

Not even gods can change certain aspects in a person’s life. Similarly, gods don’t have answers to selfish prayers.

The right approach is to pray and work hard to come out of the difficulties. All deeds –good or bad – have a result.

Good times and bad times are all part of life. Even the great Surya has bad times during eclipses but Surya returns back each time with renewed vigor.