Saturn - A Study in Light of Vedic Manthra

Saturn is known as 'Manda' or 'Shani'. Both the names indicate the slow movement of this important and exceptional planet. It is the slowest planet among all the planets and takes about 30 years to complete a full round of the zodiac. It stays in each sign for 2 and 1/ 2 years during its transit.

Saturn is considered dreadful and is said to be 'malefic of malefics'. It is considered to be a reason of troubles, difficulties and hardships. Mythologically, Saturn is the son of Surya. He is completely opposite to his father. While Sun sheds the divine light, Saturn expresses darkness and gloom. Both are bitter enemies. It is evident from the fact that the sign of exaltation and debilitation are opposite to each other. Sun is a fiery planet and Saturn is an airy planet. He is known as the servant in the planetary cabinet. Saturn comes last in the order of natural strength of planets. He is said to possess the least Naisargik bala.

Sadesathi of Saturn

Another unique feature of Saturn is the destruction of various bhavas during its transit. Thus, the period during which Saturn transits the 12th, 1st and 2nd house with respect to the Moon sign in a time period of 7 and 1/ 2 years is known as ‘Sadesathi’ in the North and ' EzaraShani' in the South which means 7 and 1/2 years of Saturn.

This period is full of sorrowful and unhappy experiences for most of the people. It can also leave a mild impact on some natives for whom Saturn is benefic. The periods during which Saturn transits the quadrant from the Moon sign is known as ‘ Kantaka Shani’ period. Also, when Saturn transits through the 8th house from the Moon sign, the period is known as as ‘Ashtama Sani’ period. All these periods are time of miserable experience.

Significance of Saturn

Saturn is also known as the Ayush Karaka. He is an important planet by which the life span, demise and nature of death of an individual is judged. That is why, Hindus pay special offerings to Saturn made of burned sesame seeds in small cloth bags and dipped in gingelly oil. They also fast on Saturdays. Lakhs of people go to Shani temple during the transit of Saturn from one sign to another.

Saturn is a mystery planet and represents laziness, slowness, secrecy, concealment and stealthiness. It is usual that people become grey haired during the Saturn period and the person exhibits an old age attitude.

Benefic effect of Saturn

Saturn bestows fame, integrity, wisdom, authority, patience, ability to lead a long life, sincerity, honesty, love for justice, awareness of right and wrong and spirituality when it is well placed.

Malefic effect of Saturn

He is the cause of misery, sorrow, delay, disputes, dejection, financial loss, and obstruction and makes the natives defensive, nervous and secretive when is malefic.

Saturn - Parts of body

Eyes, bones, nerves, teeth, limbs and body movements are associated with Saturn.


Cancer, fracture, paralysis, arthritis, dyspepsia, numbness, impotence, insanity, windy and phlegm diseases, pain in the legs, fatigue, loss of spirit, stomach disorders, wounds and pain in bones are caused by Saturn.


The natives of Saturn are primarily miners, engineers, geologists, mechanical workers, low quality sculptors and slaughterers.

Saturn has also produced eminent scientists, explorers, freedom fighters, preachers, administrators, parliamentarians and kings.

In a nutshell, the natives under the influence of Saturn have to do hard work whether in service or business. Saturn also represents labour class.


  1. Direction     -       West

  2. Day             -       Saturday

  3. Colour         -       Black

  4. Gem            -       Blue Saphire

  5. Rules           -       No. 8 in astrology.

Vedic Mantra of Saturn

Chanting the following Mantra by Maharishi VedVyasa pacifies Saturn.

“Visanjana sama busam avputhram yama grajam , chaya marthanda sambhootham tham namami Saneescharam”

The following Mantra is also considered very good for planet Saturn. You may choose to recite one of the Mantra which is easy to remember.

Beeja Mantra

‘Om pram preem praum saha Sanaischaraya namaha’.

Gayathri Mantra

“Om Sanaischaraya vidmahe soorya puthraya dhimahi tanno manda prachodayat”.

Recite all these Mantra 108 times on Saturdays. Recite the Mantra 12 times with devotion and dedication if you don’t get time.


Lord Saturn is believed to be an aggressive deity. It is believed to bring good fortune, success in everything and protection when is pacified.

Donate any one of the following things that you can afford on Saturdays.

Black cloth, black gram, sesame seeds, mustard oil etc. The ill effects of Saturn are reduced by donating these things on Saturdays.

We now know that Saturn is a deep acting planet affecting a human being adversely when is afflicted and bestowing prosperity when is pacified.

The importance of Saturn in Vedic Astrology