Shani Amavasya is an auspicious day to worship Lord Shani. As the name suggests, Amavasya falls on Shanivar (Saturday) is referred to as Shani Amavasya. In 2012, Shani Amavasya date is September 15. It is Bhadrapad Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendar. Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars consider it as Adhik Bhadrapad Amavasya. Aavani Amavasya and Chingam Amavasya are the names of this amavasya in Tamil and Malayalam calendars respectively.
Rituals and customs of Shani Amavasya include: Shani Thailabhishekam, Shani Graha Pujan, Shraddh Tharpan to dead ancestors, etc.
The famous Shani temples where Shani Amavasya is celebrated with utmost gaiety are: Shani Dev Temple at Shani Shingnapur (Maharashtra) and Sri Sanischara temple in Tirunallar (Tamil Nadu), Vargal Shaneshwara Temple (Andhra Pradesh), Sri Mandeswara (Shaneeswara) Swamy Temple, Mandapalli (Andhra Pradesh), Sri Shani Temple, Baba kharak Singh marg, connaught place, New Delhi, Sri Shani Temple, Hathla (Gujarat) are the most popular temples to conduct Shani Amavas puja.
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