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Basic Description: God of Saturn, responsible for misfortunes and
calamities. One of the Nine Planets.
Alternate Names: Sani
The Hindu name for the day Saturday, Sanivara,
is named after him. The Sami is sacred
In art Shanee is portrayed as a black man,
dressed in black garments. He is also
lame and uncouth.
Conjunction Myth: During the reign of king Dasaratha Shanee’s
course would have brought about a conjunction so dangerous it would have
destroyed the earth. Dasaratha was asked
to force Shanee to change his course and after a terrible battle with Shanee,
Dasaratha managed to do so.
Riding Animal: Vulture
Other References on the Karma-to-Grace website:
The Hindu Pantheon. Los Angeles: Philosophical research society,
Thomas, P. Epics, Myths
and Legends of India. Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons &
Co. Private Ltd, 1961.
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