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The Sade-Sati: sāḍhṛha - sātī ( साढ़े साती )

The sāḍhṛha - sātī - Sade-Sati is the 7+1⁄2 years long period of Shani. This astrological phase is much feared by those in India who believe Indian Astrology. This is a period with many challenges, but also a time of great achievements and recognition.

As per an astrology site, my transit chart is showing as only 20 percent goodness to me out of 100 percent for almost 5 years from 2023 i.e.almost completely bad luck and nothing favors me.

As per the astrological beliefs, therefore, It might be highly difficult time during that period.


Question:

So, I'm looking for remedies explicitly suggested by the canonical Indian Astrology texts. Which scriptures describe detailed remedies to ameliorate or mitigate the negative effects of Sade-Sati?

What are some remedies, explicitly prescribed by the canonical Astrology scriptures, to help through the difficult period of Sade-Sati?

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    Basically you have to perform remedies to pacify Shani. Shade Shati doesn't always give bad results. It depends on whether Shani is malefic or afflicted in the particular chart.@user2225190
    – Rickross
    Jun 14, 2021 at 6:00
  • @Rickross, could you suggest how do I know that, I completed one sade-sati in my childhood, so concerned again now :) Jun 14, 2021 at 9:26
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    An astrologer can tell you that by inspecting your birth chart (horoscope). Regarding remedies of Shani you can get a lot from the web. For example see this (parenting.firstcry.com/articles/…) and this (astrologerankitsharma.com/…)
    – Rickross
    Jun 14, 2021 at 12:10

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I don't know if the extant jyotish (Astrology) scriptures discuss sade-sati or not. However, we do have remedies in the Skanda Mahā-Purāṇa.

This follows from the famous encounter of Pippalāda Muni and the Lord of the planet Saturn - Sanaiścara (Shani).

Pippalāda got the following remedies as a boon from Shani.

Chapter 174, Tīrtha-māhātmya,

Nāgara-khaṇḍa Skanda Mahā-Purāṇa


अध्यर्द्धाष्टमिकायोगे तावके संस्थिते नरः । तववारे तु संप्राप्ते यस्तिलाँल्लोहसंयुतान् ॥ ८७ ॥
स्वशक्त्या राति नो तस्य पीडा कार्या त्वया विभो । कृष्णां गां यस्तु विप्राय तवोद्देशेन यच्छति ॥ ८८ ॥
अध्यर्द्धाष्टमजा पीडा नाऽस्य कार्या त्वया विभो । शमी समिद्भिर्यो होमं तवोद्देशेन यच्छति ॥ ८९ ॥
तथा कृष्णतिलैश्चैव कृष्णपुष्पानुलेपनैः । पूजां करोति यस्तुभ्यं धूपं वै गुग्गुलं दहेत् ।
कृष्णवस्त्रेण संवेष्ट्य त्याज्या तस्य व्यथा त्वया ॥ ९० ॥


Pippalāda said -

  • 87-90. During the seven and a half years of your malefic period, if someone tries to consume gingelly seeds with some metal on Saturdays, he should not be troubled by you, O Lord.
  • If anyone gives a black cow to a Brāhmiṇa with you in view, O Lord, you must desist from afflicting him during those seven and a half years.
  • If anyone performs Homa unto you with Śamī twigs, covers your image with black cloth, worships you with black gingelly seeds, black flowers and unguents and offers incense burning Guggulu, you must avoid harassing him.

English Translation by G.V. Tagare.




Therefore, to conclude

Remedies for the Sade-sati are -

(as per the Skanda & Shiva Purāṇa)


  • Consuming gingelly seeds (til) from a metal utensil on a Saturday during the period of the Sade-sati.

  • Donation of a Black Cow to a Brāhmiṇa, with Shani as the presiding deity.

  • Performing (with devotion) the Śāntika (pacificatory) rites and Homa with gingelly seeds along with sacrificial twigs (of Śamī tree) and raw rice grains on Saturday, as asked as a boon by King Daśaratha in Skandapurāṇa Verse 6.1.96.35-39.

  • Hearing or reading the story of Pippalāda Muni as found in the Shiva Purāṇa 7.24-25, (vide. cf. infra Shiva Purāṇa Verse 7.25.19-20)

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  • If I recall correctly , there was one more incident...Umm..Something b/w Lord Hanuman and Lord Shani. Can you throw some light on this?
    – LSSJ Broly
    Jul 8 at 20:02
  • But I don't know if the text describes Hanumāna as a remedy for Shani though @LSSJBROLY
    – Vivikta
    Jul 9 at 2:39

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