Shani Saibaba Shirdi
Shani is known as the God of Justice or righteousness in the Hindu religion. He is one of the most powerful of the 9 planets (Navagrahas)in the Vedic astrology (the other 8 planets are Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Sun, Moon, Rahu and Ketu). He gives results to a person depending upon his/her thoughts, speech and deeds. He also rules spiritual qualities such as asceticism, devotion, penance, discipline, dedication and hard work. He is regarded as inauspicious by many although this is not true. He is feared as the giver or hurdles, misfortune and loss to those who did sinful deeds. Only those who are not doing good karma (deeds) need to fear his wrath. For those who are generous and kind-hearted, he is known to bestow all kinds of material and spiritual wealth and success. There is no God who is as benevolent as Shani but one has to deserve his grace. There is a deep mystical connection between Shirdi Sai Baba and Lord Shani and Hanuman. Hanuman and Shani are like brothers and best friends. If you pray to one, the other listens and fulfills your desires. This explains why there is a Shani temple (shani mandir) in the Shirdi temple complex near the Samadhi Mandir of Sai Baba also in close proximity to the Hanuman temple. There is another famous Shani Mandir at Shani Shignapur near Shirdi (approximately 72 kms). One who prays to Lord Shani in Shirdi will attain his benevolent grace. He will be saved from extremely painful or difficult situations in life. The devotee will also attain the grace of Hanuman and Shirdi Sai as all three (Hanuman, Shani and Sai Baba) are one entity – the supreme blissful truth (Paramatma). Pour some mustard oil (Til ka tel) and some black sesame seeds on the Shani idol to pacify Shani Mahadev. Above all, do righteous deeds and help the poor and the needy and lead a truthful life. Shani will only bless you and He will never bother you.