Thursday, February 17, 2011



Both Lord Surya's sons Yama and Sani rules our lives, whether we are alive or dead. Yama takes over the death and Sani rules the living one.

YAMA is assisted by CHITRAGUPTA who is assigned with the tasks of keeping every records of human beings on the earth, and upon death, deciding to have REINCARNATED as a SUPERIOR or INFERIOR organism, depending on their actions while alive on earth (KARMA).

Yama, is known as the Lord of Justice and is referred to as DHARMA.

Sani gives the results of one's deeds, while alive, through appropriate punishments and rewards.  And Yama grants the results of one's deeds, but, only after dead!

Yama is the Guardian of the Direction and represents SOUTH.  It is said that he is the wisest of the devas.

AGNI, who is the conductor of the dead, has close relationship with Yama.  In other words, Agni is Yama's priest serving as the burner of the dead.

SANI rules the MASSES. Without the planet's blessings, a mass following is difficult to come by.  EXALTED SANI or strongest Sani awards one with such a leadership position entailing fame and recognition among the masses.  A lot of politicians or crowd-pullers have strong Sani in their horoscopes.

A DEBILITATED SANI or weakest Sani, on the other hand, makes one weak. It is said to have poor comitment and perservarance towards duties and suffers in the process of completing one's karmic obligation.

SANI is known as NEEDHIMAN (JUDGE).  He only troubles the person during his/her DASHA for the wrong doings.  Even in SANI DASHA, if a person is RIGHTEOUS & DEVOTED, he/she would be sure to come out of this period without any ill-effects.

According to VEDIC ASTROLOGY, Sani is considered to be the STRONGEST DISCIPLINARY TEACHER.

A favourably placed SANI in one's astrological chart, indicates a STRONG CAREER too. Sani rules MAKARAM & KUMBHAM.  It exalts in THULAM & it debilitates in MESHAM.

MERCURY, VENUS, RAHU & KETU are considered FRIENDLY towards Sani, while SUN, MOON AND MARS are ENEMIES. JUPITER maintains NEUTRAL.


Lord Sani is known more for his blessings than his ill-effects. No other planet is comparable with Lord Sani. He showers his blessings at the end of his Dasha. Have you heard of the saying that says, "The end of one's depression is JOY!" That is exactly how Sani operates.  It gives you the joy at the end after testing your patience "cukup-cukup".  He corrects our immoral acts by creating frustrations and delays.  In the end, he makes one conscious enough to understand his/her mistakes!

Sani matures our SOULS, makes us understand the TRUTH of life, and finally we become a WISER person.  Ask any persons who have come out from their ASTHAMA SANI or 7 HALF YEARS SANI periods.  They would be transformed FROM the futility of their actions done out of ignorance in the past TO wiser persons at present.

Sani's influence is NOT ARBITRARY; rather it is the RESULTS OF ONE'S OWN KARMA!

Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer

Thursday, February 10, 2011



When SANI transits (Sani Payartchi) to it's 4th House from one's MOON sign, this period is known as "ARTHA-ASTHAMA SANI".  It can make one to leave away from his/her place of stay. Are you going through this Artha-Asthama Sani period?
Many great Kings have lived in exile during this period.  LORD RAMA went to the forest in his Artha-Asthama Sani period. This story is about KING NALLA's experience in his Artha-Asthama Sani period.
It is said that King Nalla lost his entire kingdom in a game of DICE to his brother, and left to the forest along with his beautiful wife, DAMAYANTHI.
With so much of humiliation, he decided to desert his wife in the forest.  Nalla ran away from the forest.  He saw a snake in the pit and tried to rescue it.  Unfortunately, he got bitten by the snake he tried to help.  The poison of the snake turned Nalla into a dwarf and an ugly man.  A handsome prince transformed into an ugly dwarf.......poor Nalla......kena KAW-KAW!!
The snake, then, guided him to KING RITUPARNA of AYODHYA. (For your information, King Nalla was an expert COOK & an expert HORSE-RACER too).  King Rituparna decided to keep Nalla, the ugly dwarf, as his personal cook and personal charioteer.
Meanwhile, Damayanthi's father who is also the KING of VIDHARBHA managed to rescue his beloved daughter and took her back to Vidharbha.
It is also at this time, the whole town of Vidharbha knew of that amazing cook in Ayodhya who could cook amazingly well. King Rituparna was lucky enough to have such a great cook, right?
Damayanthi suspected that cook could be her husband, but then, she need to see him to confirm.  How, then?
She decided to have a second SWAYAMVARAM CEREMONY.  (Swayamvaram is a custom wherein the princess could choose her husband.)
She send out an invitation to all the eligible bachelor kings.  The catch is - the invitation gives only ONE DAY NOTICE to attend the ceremony.  Even the nearest kingdom, Ayodhya is 1,000 km from Vidharbha. 
She knew very well, there could only be one person doing such a marathon feat, that is her husband, Nalla.
King Rituparna wanted to participate the Swayamvaram ceremony too.  He could only rely on Nalla, the dwarf.  Upon hearing from King Rituparna, Nalla felt very jealous about his wife organising the Swayamvaram.  He too wanted to check it out, and so they succeeded travelling to Vidharbha in such a thundering speed.......wOw! 
When both of them reached Vidharbha, surprisingly, there were no festivities at sight.  Somehow, Damayanthi could recognise the dwarf Nalla as her husband.  Suddenly, to his surprise, she asked him WHY he had deserted her.  
Nalla had got no choice but to reveal everything to her......his Artha-Asthama Sani experiences, snake-bites, his dwarf looks, etc. 
On the advise of LORD NAARADA, he undertake a pilgrimage and finally reached THIRUNALLAR.  As soon as he bathed in the temple tank, he was RELEASED FROM THE CLUTCHES OF ARTHA-ASTHAMA SANI.  With this, the SNAKE POISON comes out from Nalla's body, and Nalla became the handsome looking prince again and regaining his kigdom too.
King Nalla requested SANI to rule as ANUGRAHAMURTHY and Sani obligingly stayed back at the temple, PROMISING NOT TO TOUCH ANYONE WHO MENTIONS THE WORD "NALLA-DAMAYANTHI".  That is why there is a sanctum for LORD SANI at the THIRUNALLAR TEMPLE. 
It is also believed that whoever does through his/her "7 & HALF YEARS SANI", it would be a good idea to go to the Sani temple in THIRUNALLAR.
Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer

Tuesday, February 1, 2011



One morning Lord Sani visited Lord Shiva and told him that it is Lord Shiva's turn to go through the 7 AND HALF YEARS of SANI's GAZE.  Being his guru-ji, Lord Shiva felt he should not be subjected to the full period of the 7 and half years of Sani's gaze.  Instead, he bargained with Lord Sani and finally the both came to an agreement that Lord Shiva should only undergo 3 hours and 45 minutes of Sani's gaze. A very good bargain indeed.

Lord Shiva thought Lord Sani would not be able to accomplish anything within the short period of 3 hours and 45 minutes. "What can Sani do in such a short period of time?" he smiled to himself.  To deny Sani's role, Lord Shiva decided to bath in the River Ganges by thinking that 3 hours and 45 minutes will just pass if he spend that time in the river.  And then, he would be freed from Sani's gaze.

As Lord Shiva was walking happily to the River Ganges to take his long bath, suddenly a WATER-MELON SELLER who had been following Lord Shiva appeared in front of him and gave him two juicy water-melons. And the watter-melon seller happens to be Lord Sani, who has actually took the form of that water-melon seller. When the water-melon seller a.k.a. Lord Sani's shadows fell upon Lord Shiva, his mind changed.

What happened then? Lord Shiva put both the melons in the bag and proceeded to the river.

In the meantime, there was another development taking place.  On the previous day, the King's two princes who went for hunting were missing.  The King was worried for the safety of both the princes and he had sent his soldiers out to search for the princes.  It was at this point in time, they stumbled upon Lord Shiva carrying his bag heading to the river.  They asked, "What is in the bag?".  Lord Shiva quipped, "Oh..two water-melons".  By this time, there were blood dripping out from the bag.  Shockingly, when told to open the bag, they found the two HEADS of the King's princes!

By the gaze of Lord Sani, the water-melons have changed into the heads of the princes....wOw!

The soldiers, then, took Lord Shiva to the King, who was so furious that he ordered an instant hanging.  By this time, Lord Shiva already knew "this play" must have been BRILLIANTLY designed by Lord Sani.  He pleaded with the soldiers to wait for a few minutes knowing very well that Sani's gaze would be over by then.

As soon as Sani's gaze was over, the King's two princes entered the palace.  Seeing this, the order to hang was immediately cancelled.  The King felt very bad and asked for forgiveness from Lord Shiva for putting him in such an ordeal.

After all these, Lord Sani again reached to Lord Shiva and asked him, "What was the experience of my gaze, guru-ji?"

The ever-forgiving Lord Shiva replied, "YOU ARE GREAT."

In Vedic Astrology, when one goes through the 7 and half years of Sani's gaze, ONE NEED TO KNOW, through the competence of their respective astrologers, WHEN would one be going through the SANI BUKHTI or SANI SUB-BUKHTI? And WHAT would also be the IMPLICATIONS of your own sani bukhti or sub-bukhti?  These would precisely give a CLUE as to when the Sani's gaze will fall upon him/her and it's MEANING.

He/she would be in a better position to handle that period compared to a person who has been caught unaware by surprise, right? Isn't this a privilege information?  Go and get your PRIVILEGE INFORMATION from your vedic astrologers.


Jyotisha Ravi
Professional Vedic Astrologer