Shani Amavasya 2012 September Date, 15th September 2012, Sani Amavasai 2012
The Amavasya (new moon day), that falls on a Saturday is known as Shani Amavasya (Sani Amavasai). Shani Amavasya is dedicated to Lord Shani or Saturn. Lord Shani is also called as Sanaischarya, Shanishwara and Chaya Putra. In 2012 Second Shani Amavasya falls on 15th September.
Hindu Devotees generally consider Amavasya is an inauspicious day and a Shani Amavasya even more inauspicious. But some Hindu communities who follow the solar calendar consider the Amavasya to be auspicious. On Shani Amavasya, Devotees keep fast and go for darshan of Lord Shani in any of the Shani temple. Lighting perfume sticks, Putting water in the roots of Peepal tree makes Lord Shani happy on this day. Shani Abhishek and Shani Shanti Yagya are performed on this day. Tharpan is also performed for ancestors on this day.
People feel Shani Amavasya is an opportunistic day to perform remedial measures for Pitra Dosh, Kaal Sarpa Dosh, Shani Dosh, Mahadasha, Dhaiya (two & a half years period) and Sadesati (Seven and a half years period). These people need to perform Shani Amayasya Puja. People offer ‘Telabhishek’ (bathing the idol of Lord Shani with mustard oil) and chant Shani Jaap or Shani Mantras on this Shani Amavasya Mahotsav. This will help them get blessings from Lord Shani.