21 December 2011

Sani Peryarchi - The Saturn Transit

Sani Peyarchi or transition of Saturn is the movement of Sani Bhagavan from one ‘rasi’ or zodiac to another. Sani is also referred as Shanaiscarya, Saneesvara and Sani Deva and is the son of Lord Surya and Chhaya. Sani Peyarchi 2011 is on December 21. 

In 2011, Sani transits from Kaniya Rasi [Virgo] to Tula Rasi [Libra] at 07.51 AM on Wednesday, December 21st [Indian Standard Time]. Lord Sani will remain there for next two and half years.

Sani Peyarchi 2011 - Saturn : The  most infulencial of the planets in one's horoscope, remains in a house for two and half year. On 21 st December 2011, Sani moves from Kanni rasi to Thulam rasi . All temples have made arrangements for a special Sani Peyarchi homam on this day.Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims participate in this homam to enhance the positive and minimize negative effects due to this transit

Sri Saneeshwara Bhagavan, Thirunallar
The Saneeshwarar temple of Sri Dharbarenyeswaraswamy Devasthanam attracts devotees not only from India but also from other Countries. This temple is unique in its kind and is the only temple dedicated to Lord Saturn where he is a blessing God having "Abhayahastham" . As per the history of the temple, the great King Nala of Puranic fame was relieved of the affliction of Lord Saturn or Lord Saneeswaran af ter worshipping the Lord consecrated in this temple. Whoever visits this temple and prays before Lord Saneeswaran is believed to have been relieved of all the curses and sufferings and gets the blessings of Lord for a happy and prosperous life.

The moolavar of Dharbarenyeswarar is Swayambu Lingam . The place was originally a forest of Dharba grass and it is stated that the Lingam even now has impressions left by the Dharba weeds within which it was situated. The Lord here is also known as "Adhimoorthy or Nallarar" . The great Saivite saints Thirugnanasambhandar, Sundaramurthy Swamigal, Thirunavukkarasar and Arunagirinadhar have worshipped at this shrine and sung about the glory of the Lord. "PachaI Padhigam" sung by the great saint Thirugnanasambhandar is very famous one.

Auspicious Offerings
Poojas are performed 6 times [6 kalams] daily. Poojas like Ashtothra Archana, Abhishegam, Sahasranama Archana and Navagraha Shanthi Homam are performed daily but Homams are not accepted on Saturdays. According to astrology, Saneeswaran moves from one sign (house) to the next in the Zodiac once in 2-1/2 years and the day of his transit is observed as a festival in Thirunallar. On the day previous to the day of transit, religious discourses and entertainments are arranged. On the festival day, Thiruppavai and Thiruvembavai are chanted at 5.00 a.m. An Abhishegam on a grand scale is performed for the Lord Saneeswara Bhagavan. Oil, Milk, Curd, Rose-Water, Tender Coconut, Fruit juice etc., are used for the Abhishegam .

In this connection, you may also read my earlier Posting on Saneeswara Bhagavan .  The link is given below:


Among the Navagrahas, Lord Saturn [Saneeswarar] occupies an important place. A malefic Saturn in one's horoscope is believed to cause miseries and hardships which can be mitigated by worshipping him. Saneeswaran resides in each Rasi for a period of 2 1/2 years. When Saneeswaran resides in the 12th, 1st and 2nd house, it is 7 1/2 Naatu Sani; when in the 4th house, it is Arthashtama Sani; when in the 8th house, it is Ashtama Sani. During these periods, he troubles the native. Problems from Govt., peers, wife, children, slowdown in business, loss of property, leprosy are caused by transit of Sani. Saneeswaran is reputed to be both, a giver and destroyer. A person who prays to Saneeswaran will be blessed with not only riddance from the problems and worries faced, but a life that one desires

Pooja Offerings:  

Saneeswara Bhagavan is attired in black colour the grain associated with him is sesame, the flower - vanni and blue kuvalai ; fabric - black cloth; gem - neelam [blue saphire]; food - rice mixed with sesame powder are offered during pooja.

How To Reach Thirunallar Temple:

Air : The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli, 168 Kms. away
Rail : The nearest Railway Station is Nagore, 10 Kms. away from here.
Road: Karaikal is connected directly from Chidambaram, Mayiladurai, Kumbakonam,
Thanjavur, Thiruchirappalli, Thiruvarur, Velankanni, Nagappattinam.

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