Shanivar Vrat Katha: Step into the celestial realm with ‘Shanivar Vrat Katha‘—a cosmic narrative weaving the wisdom of King Vikramaditya and the transformative power of Saturday fasting. Uncover the divine saga of Shani’s wrath, redemption, and the path to prosperity.
Here is the Full Shanivar Vrat Katha in English:
Once upon a time, there was a debate among the nine planets – Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – about who is the greatest. Unable to reach a decision, they went to King Indra for guidance. Indra, in a state of confusion, suggested that King Vikramaditya on Earth could make the final decision since he was a just and wise ruler.
All the planets approached King Vikramaditya and explained their dilemma. The king, troubled by the situation, thought deeply about a solution. It was essential for him to keep the matter confidential, as revealing it to anyone might lead to anger.
After careful consideration, King Vikramaditya had nine thrones made of different metals – gold, silver, brass, bronze, lead, tin, iron, copper, and zinc. The thrones were arranged in a specific order, and a condition was set that each planet should sit on their respective throne in sequence. The one sitting on the last throne would be considered the smallest.
Saturn, being the slowest planet, arrived last and sat on the last throne, hence being deemed the smallest. Angered by this, Saturn thought that the king had orchestrated this intentionally. In his fury, Saturn warned the king of the troubles he could bring. However, Vikramaditya remained composed.
As time passed, the king experienced the challenging period of Shani’s influence known as Sade Sati. During this time, Vikramaditya faced hardships, wandering in the jungle, and even undergoing a period of exile similar to Lord Rama. Shani, in his wrath, had caused these troubles.
When the Sade Sati ended, Shani, in the form of a horse trader, visited the king’s kingdom. Vikramaditya, recognizing Shani, treated him with respect and invited him to stay. Shani revealed his true identity and expressed that the troubles were a result of past actions.
Vikramaditya understood and apologized for any unintentional offense. Shani, pleased with the humility and understanding, granted the king prosperity and happiness. He advised the king to observe the Saturday fast and narrated the story of his wrath, emphasizing the importance of appeasing him through devotion.
The king followed Shani’s advice, and his life improved. Eventually, Vikramaditya’s daughter, Manbhavani, married a humble oilman named Vika. They lived happily ever after, and the story of Shani’s wrath and redemption became a popular tale, spreading the significance of Saturday fasting and devotion to Lord Shani.