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Food Offering To Shani Bhagavan – Saturn God In Hinduism

Shani, the Saturn God in Hinduism, is one of the Navagrahas – the nine celestial bodies. The navagrahas are propitiated for overcoming bad luck in life and to solve horoscope related problems. Food offering or bhog or naivedya to Saturn is part of the pujas and rituals. The details regarding flowers, food offerings, herbs, etc are found in the Matsya Purana.

The main food offering to Shani is khichadi or cooked rice with black lentils and ghee. Any sweet offering made from rice sprinkled with black sesame is the ideal bhog or naivedyam to Shani Navagraha.

The color associated with Shani is black, the flowers offered are water lilly and vanni or banni  flowers and the main grain offering is sesame seeds.

The other food offerings are coconuts, betel nuts, rice, turmeric, kumkum, black-colored dishes, rice mixed with sesame seeds, black color fruits and black color sweets. Sesame oil is offered for abhishekam.