Shani Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Saturday or Shanivar in traditional Hindu calendar. In 2016, Shani Amavasya date is January 9 ( majority of Amavasya Tithi is on Jan 9 in most regions - therefore all rituals will be observed on the day) (The Amavasya ends on Jan 10 after sunrise in most regions in India except western parts of India). Amavasya is considered inauspicious by many Hindu communities and the fear of Lord Shani is well known as he is believed to create havoc in the life of people. So Amavasya falling on Saturday is considered highly inauspicious by some people.
Shani Amavasya is keenly followed by people who believe in astrology. People suffering from Pitra Dosh and Kaal Sarpa Dosh conduct remedial pujas on the day. Various other rituals dedicated to Lord Shani are performed on the day.
The day is also considered ideal for performing Sharadh and Tarpan for dead ancestors.
Famous Lord Shani temples like Shani Shingnapur and
attracts large number of devotees on the day. Thirunallur Shani Temple
There are numerous theories regarding the effects of Lord Shani on one’s horoscope. But there are also people who consider Shani Bhagavan as just one of the Navgrahas and believe that there is nothing to worry about.
If you feel you are under the malevolent effect of Lord Shani, the easy escape from it is by praying to Lord Hanuman.
There are crooks in the guise of astrologers, swamis and priests who take undue advantage of people on such occasions. They instill fear in the minds of people and blame everything on Shani effect and promise to take care of all problems by conducting costly pujas. Do not fall into such traps.
Good times and bad times are part of life. Keep faith in the Supreme Power and you can overcome it.