Shani Dev is considered to be a good teacher who represents effort, patience, endeavour and endurance and even brings misfortunes. He is also known as Sanaiscara. He is the brother of Yama, the god of death and is considered by many to be an avatar of Lord Shiva.
He plays the role of a judge in human lives. Shani, in Hinduism, keeps an eye on our deeds; depending on our karmas, He will reward or punish us. He is the most feared of all deities because of his power to turn a king into a pauper within a moment.
According to legends, He has destroyed many monsters, men, and other gods with his angry stare, but these spiritual powers were given to him by Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, and Lord Shiva to keep all evil on Earth under check. That is why many measures have been mentioned in our mythology to keep Shani Dev happy.
Saturn is a planet which governs the working class. Thus, one should treat workers, servants, those low in position with dignity and respect and pay them duly to earn the blessings of Saturn.
He is most powerful in the 7th house. Saturn rules over the two sidereal signs of Aquarius and Capricorn. He falls in the sign of Aries and exalts in Libra. Saturn is a beneficial planet for Libra and Taurus ascendants.
He is depicted dark in color, clothed in black, holding a sword, arrows, and 2 daggers and mounted on a crow, which is Shani’s vahana.
Regular chanting of this mantra (with a sincere heart and good intentions) is the best way to propitiate the planet and it will also strengthen and enhance the position of Saturn in one’s horoscope.
Furthermore, Saturn is a great devotee of Vishnu. Worshipping Vishnu with bija (seed) mantras will purify the bad effects caused due to ill-placed Saturn in the horoscope.