What is Purattasi Sani, and why is it important
The Saturdays falling on the Tamil month Purattasi is ideal for the worship of Lord Venkateshwara of Tirupati. ‘Sani’ is a shortened form of Sanikizhamai (Saturday). Tamil month Purattasi is one of the sacred months for Hindus; the Purattasi month is referred to as Ashwin Month by North Indians. Many important festivals like Mahalaya Paksha or Pitru paksha and Sarada Navratri fall in this month.
During this month, devotees of Lord Venkateswara follow a No onion No Garlic menu, and the non-vegetarian devotees abstain from eating non-veg food during the entire month. Purattasi month is very auspicious for the worship of Lord Venkateshwara as it is believed that Lord came from Vaikunta to Earth on this month. So special Pooja & grand celebrations happen every year during this month at the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirupathi.
Though the entire Purattasi month is perfect for worshiping Lord Venkateshwara, Purattasi Sani is very special for his worship. Once upon a time, there lived a humble devotee in Tirumala; he was sincerely devoted to Lord Venkateshwara and took pleasure in serving the Lord and his devotees. However, at one point in his life, the devotee was affected by the sade sati phase, during which Lord Shani troubles a person based on the karma of his past hand present lives.
Like others, our devotees too bore the brunt of the sade sati phase. He lost his wealth, faced health issues, and got several other problems but did not give up his devotion towards Lord Venkateshwara. Lord Shani was surprised at the sincere belief of the devotee towards the Lord, and he tried all tricks to lure away the devotee from Lord Venkateswara.
Gradually, Lord Shani grew very impatient and arrogant about the devotee’s devotion and caused significant harm to the devotee. Finally, Lord Venkateswara was enraged and took Shani to the task and then appeared before his devotee, saved him from the clutches of Lord Shani, and blessed him with a massive amount of wealth and fortune. Shani, unable to bear Lord Venkateswara’s brunt, sought forgiveness from him and promised that he wouldn’t trouble those devotees observing the Purattasi Sani Viratham.
Due to this, Lord Saneeswara is said to trim down his negative power and bless the devotees Venkateswara Swami with more benefits. Moreover, the Pooja performed and Viratham observed this day are believed to relieve devotees from chronic illness, financial losses, and marriage delay. Therefore, worshipping Lord Venkateswara and fasting on Purattasi Saturday is an ideal way to please Shani Graha.
Purattasi Sani Vratham Procedure
Hindus observe several fasts throughout the year. Although the principal procedures remain the same for most fasting, minor differences exist depending on the region, culture, and the God towards whom the fast is observed.
Below is the procedure to observe the Purattasi Sani Viratham
- One should undergo fasting till the Purattasi Saturday pooja is over.
- You can prepare Maavilakku, Sweet Pongal, Tamarind rice, Chana dal sundal, Coconut rice, Curd rice, Sesame seeds rice, Anjaneyar Kovil Vada, and Pepper vada for Lord’s neivedyam
- Take a sombu, wash it well and draw the Sangu, chakram, namam on it using namakatti or rice flour paste and allow it to dry.
- Select an auspicious time to perform the Pooja and avoid Rahukalam and Yamagandam.
- When you have readied the neivedhyams of the Lord, take some quantity of each item and spread them in a whole banana leaf or a plate and keep in front of silver pot/sombu.
- Place the fruits, betel leaves, nuts, and coconut on a plate and light the lamp and incense sticks.
- Chant mantras and recite slokas of Lord Venkateswara. It is very auspicious to chant the Vishnu Sahasranama (1000 names of Lord Maha Vishnu) during Purattasi Shani Vratham.
- Place tulsi water in a small container and light the maavilakku and perform the neivedyam offering to the Lord.
- Show dhoop & dheep to the Lord, complete the Pooja, drink the tulsi water first, and then have lunch.
Importance of Purattasi Viratham
- People observing the Purattasi Viratham will receive the choicest blessings of Lord Venkateshwara.
- The malefic planetary effects of Lord Shani will reduce.
- This Viratham helps you to control your senses and concentrate on God more.
- Observing the Purattasi Viratham shall absolve you from your life problems.
- The diet followed during the month of Purattasi benefits your health.
2021 Purattasi Sani dates
This year Puratasi month begins on September 17, 2021 (Friday) and ends on October 17, 2021 (Sunday)
The following are the 2021 Puratasi Sani date
- 18 September 2021 – 1st First Puratasi Sani
- 25 September 2021 – 2nd Second Puratasi Sani
- 2 October 2021 – 3rd Third Puratasi Sani
- 9 October 2021 – 4th Fourth Puratasi Sani
- 16 October 2021 – 5th Fifth Puratasi Sani
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