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Basic Description:  God of Saturn, responsible for misfortunes and calamities.  One of the Nine Planets.

Alternate Names:  Sani

History/Practices:  The Hindu name for the day Saturday, Sanivara, is named after him.  The Sami is sacred to him.

Iconography:  In art Shanee is portrayed as a black man, dressed in black garments.  He is also lame and uncouth.

Mythology:  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:  


Moor, Edward.  The Hindu Pantheon.  Los Angeles: Philosophical research society, 1976.

Thomas, P.  Epics, Myths and Legends of India.  Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd, 1961.

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