Shani Amavasya is considered an auspicious day in Hindu calendar. Shani Amavasya is a day, when the Amavasya or no moon day, falls on a Shaniwar (Saturday). The day is dedicated to Hindu God, ‘Lord Shani’ named as Chhaya Putra, Sanaischarya and Shanishwara. Lord Shani is a son or Lord Sun and Chhaya. People perform tarpan and Shradh for dead relatives on Shani Amawasya it appeases to bless the performers. It is believed that worshipping ‘pitras’ (departed souls) on this day helps pitras to rest in peace. Performing puja on Shani Amavasya helps to remove the negative effect of pitra dosha as well as of kaalsarp dosha. Devotees also observe fast on this day which helps to seek blessings of Lord Shani. In 2017, there are two Shani Amawasya, one was on June 24 and the other falls on November 17.
Fast or Vrat on Shani Amavasya
Devotees do Prayers and Chant mantras for Shani Dev throughout the day for their healthy and wealthy life. People observe fast for the full day and open it after sunset by consuming rice mixed with jaggery, sesame seeds or black urad dal. People who are undergoing saadesati period or Shani Mahadasha are advised to observe vrat and perform puja on the day.
Tithi and time of Shani Amavasya
Amawasya tithi begins from 3:29 PM on November 17
Amawasya tithi ends at 5:11 PM on November 18