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Purattasi Sani – Saturday in Tamil Month Purattasi

Saturdays in the Tamil month of Puratasi (September – October) is considered highly auspicious and special prayers are offered to Lord Balaji, Navagrahas and Lord Shani or Sani Bhagvan. The popular belief is that Lord Venkateswara made his divine presence on the earth in this month and returned to Vaikunta also in the month. There is also a legend that Shani Dev loses his powers in Puratasi month and therefore cannot create any trouble. 

Sage Narada, or Narad Muni, wanted to know how people can worship Lord Venkateshwara after his departure to Vaikunta. Lord advised Sage Narada that he will bless devotees who fast on Purattasi Saturdays and pray to Him. He will also relieve hardship caused by Lord Shani during Puratasi month. 

Since Saturdays are free from the evil influences of Lord Shani Bhagvan, it is easy to please him on this day. It is also believed that Sani Dev loses his powers in Puratasi month and therefore he will not come in the way of prayers dedicated to Lord Balaji. Thus it is easy to get blessings from Lord Venkateswara in this month. People offer Ghee Lamp or Ellu Lamp to Lord Shani in this month.

Lord Shani creating trouble is mainly believed by people who give importance to astrology.

Lord Venkateswara devotees take only a single meal on Purattasi Saturdays. There are also devotees who observe complete fast on the day. On Saturdays, Naamum, the two feet symbol of Lord Vishnu’s feet, is drawn on the forehead by males and women opt for a red dot. Hymns dedicated to Lord Vishnu are chanted on Saturdays.