Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Shani is NOT Shanishwara | Difference Between Shani and Shanishwa

Lord Shani ( Saturn ) is interestingly coined under a styled suffix Ishvara - making Him 'Shanishvara' which finds no reference in any text

Origin of Misnomer 

Lord Shani is also known as Shanaishchara, meaning one who moves slowly. The verse which has the word ' Shanaischara ' is in fact, used to denote Shani in Yajur Veda.

A verse from Navagraha Suktam on Lord Shanaishchara ( Saturn )

Translation :

Our salutations to Lord Shanaishchara ( Saturn ) who fulfills our wishes like water, which endows us bliss. ( Water here can refer to the essence of life. Water is often symbolically found in the Vedas to denote consciousness which pervades the cosmos )

The Atharva Veda interestingly begins with this verse.

Perhaps, Shanaishchara slowly got corrupted by Shanishvara.

Saturday is also referred to as Shanivara. Shanishvara could also be a corrupted version of Shanivara.

Damage beyond repair

The usage of the misnomer Shanishvara has become too strong within the norm. It is perhaps too late to rectify the term when they stand scripted in places of worship and laymen conversation.

Video: Navagraha Suktam by my Whatsapp Veda Learner Shravanthi. You can find the mantra relating to Shanaischara here.


  1. This post is incorrect. My friend if you go through the story of Shani prabhav on Raja Vikrama, Shani Dev appears in front of Raja vikrama at the end of his sade sathi and Shani Dev appeared with the trishula in his hand hence he is referred as Shanieeshwara. Trishula being lord Shiva weapon. Please do proper research before posting anything incorrectly, especially when it comes to our ancient texts.

    1. Shani Prabhav is does not come under any Pramana of Hinduism. Please quote proper scripture and give the Pramana, not some harikatha.