Shani Trayodashi : Reduce the Ill Effects of Shani Dhaiya and Sade Sati with this Fast and Necessary Rituals!

The tradition of venerating Lord Shiva and Shani Dev has been followed by devotees on this very day. The Pradosh Vrat that falls on Saturday is known as Shani Pradosh or Shani Trayodashi. The  sixth day of the week i.e. Saturday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In this pretext, the significance of this fast enhances manifold.

This year, Shani Trayodashi or Shani Pradosh Vrat is going to be observed on December 12, Saturday.

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People have immense faith in this fast as this day falls 3 to 4 times in a year. It happens only when Pradosh Vrat falls on a Saturday.  It is also believed about this day that one who worships Lord Shiva and Shani Dev and observes fast with pure intention and  absolute sincerity,  gets blessed with the fulfillment of all desires and emancipates from all sins of his/her life.

Pradosh Vrat or Shani Trayodashi Pujan Vidhi

  • Wake up during the Brahma Muhurat on this very day and meditate on Lord Shiva after taking a bath.
  • Must keep in mind to venerate Lord Shiva on this very day.
  • Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati are worshipped in Pradosh Vrat.
  • Offer Belpatra, Akshat, Deep, Dhoop, Gangajal etc. to Lord Shiva in the morning.
  • Take a bath again in the evening, wear white clothes and worship Lord Shiva.
  • Must hear the legend on this very day. By doing so, one is blessed with the most desirable fruits. 
  •  After this, perform the Aarti and distribute Prasad among others.

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Shani Trayodashi 

Shani Dev considers Lord Shiva as his Guru and therefore, it is believed that one who worships Lord Shiva, the ill effects of Shani Dev do not affect him/her. The day of Shani Trayodashi is considered to be highly significant for eradicating the ill effects pertaining to Shani Dev. Offer oil to Shani Dev after worshipping Lord Shiva on this very day.

The effects of Shani Dhaiya (period of two and a half years) and Shani Sade Sati (period of seven and a half years) are reduced by observing the Vrat of Shani Trayodashi. It is also believed that one gets rid of all the ill effects of Shani Dev by reciting the Path of Dashrath Krit Shani Stotra. Besides this, one should recite the Path of Shani Chalisa and Shiv Chalisa.

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Significance of Shani Pradosh Vrat

Although both the fasts of Trayodashi are considered to be highly significant every month but the fast of Trayodashi falling on Saturday is considered to be the most significant as it helps a person get rid of all Doshas of life. It is believed that the fast of Shani Trayodashi is considered extremely important for those who desire to have children. In addition to this, the observer this fast/Vrat earns respect and gets rid of all sufferings of life.

Things which Must be Performed on Shani Trayodashi

The period between the setting of Sun and the beginning of night is known as Pradosh Kaal. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself appears on Shivling during this period and therefore, one must worship during the same. By doing so, it is said that one is blessed with the most desired fruit. Also, one gets rid of ill effects of the Moon by observing Pradosh Vrat. In this pretext, worshipping with due rituals on the day of Shani pradosh holds high significance. Also, one must worship Shani Dev after worshipping Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.

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Legend Concerning Shani Pradosh Vrat

There lived a Brahmin’s family who was leading a poor life. Once, his wife took their two sons to the Ashram of Shandilya Muni. After reaching there, she narrated everything to Rishi about her life. At the end, she said that her family had been living in the state of absolute poverty. She added that her elder son was actually a prince and had been staying with her after losing the kingdom. His name was Dharma and the name of her younger son was Suchivrat. Then, she asked for the remedy to get rid of the same problem.

After hearing the Brahmin’s wife, the Muni advised him to observe Shani Pradosh Vrat. He also told her about Vrat Vidhi and legend concerning the same. After hearing the Muni, she returned home and started observing the fast after a few days. After a few days of the fast, her younger son found a Kalash of gold coins. In addition to this, the elder son met a Gandharva Kanya and both of them fell in love with each other

She said that she was the daughter of the Gandharva named Vidravika and her name was Anshumati. After a few days, Anshumati got married to Brahmin’s elder son and the prince, Dharma, started helping Vidravika for holding up the kingdom. It is said that the fast began since then. 

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Benefits Associated with Shani Pradosh Vrat

For your knowledge, the Pradosh Vrat is observed according to the stipulated dates. 

  • Som Pradosh Vrat fulfills all desires of one’s life.
  • Mangal Pradosh Vrat helps in eradicating any kind of diseases.
  • Sukra Pradosh Vrat enhances peace and prosperity.  

Shani Pradosh Vrat holds immeasurable significance among all the fasts. This fast eradicates all the obstacles from a child’s life.

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