Saturn can perhaps be termed as the most feared divine entity. He is one of the Nava Grahas, the nine planets, who wield a strong influence over the lives of the individuals. Saturn is also known as Shani. He is the only planet called Shanishwara – ShaniIshwara – a sobriquet usually given only to Lord Shiva. There are some legends which regard him even as an Avatar of Shiva himself.
Saturn is called as Jeevana Karaka and also as Aayul Karaka, as he controls vital aspects of existence like livelihood and longevity. Shani is regarded as an AshubhaGraha, an inauspicious planet, and when he transits through a person’s zodiac sign, he generally makes sure to put him or her through trials and tribulations. Even those who remain successful all through their lives may suffer during their Saturn period. But Shani is only just and fair and gives results strictly as per one’s karmic deeds. He can also be a great benefactor and be merciful to the humble devotees, who worship him with sincerity; he can relieve them of their sufferings and bless them with many good things in life.