June 24, 2017 is Shani Amavasya. Shani Amavasya is a No Moon day which falls on Shanivar, Saturday. This is Jyeshta Amavasya as per Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Telugu calendars and Ashada Amavasya in North Indian Hindi calendars.
This Shani Amavasya is even more significant since it falls on Arudra Nakshatram (Thiruvathira Nakshatra). Arudra Nakshatra Amavasya is considered highly meritorious for Shani Dosha Nivarana Pujas and normal Shani Puja. It is the best day for those who are suffering from the effects of Elinati Shani (Sadesati Shani), Ashtama Shani and Ardhashtama Shani to perform Shani Shanti Pujas.
Shiva Abhishekam (Rudrabhishekam) and Hanuman Puja are also considered meritorious on this Shani Amavasya.
Shani’s planetary movement in 2017 – Vrischika Rashi (Scorpio), Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) and Makara Rashi (Capricorn) into Shani Sade Sati Period (7½ years of Shani Gocharam – Elinati Shani – Elarai Shani). Shani Transit into Dhanu Rashi gets ‘Ashtama Shani’ for Vrishabha Rashi (Taurus) and ‘Ardhashtama Shani or Kantaka Shani’ for Kanya Rashi (Virgo) for next two and a half years.
Shani Shinganapur in Maharashtra, Sri Shaneshwara temple at Neural in Mumbai, Shanidham at Fatehpur Beri at Mehrauli area in New Delhi, Mandapalli Shani Temple in East Godavari district of AP (Mandheshwara Swamy Temple), and Shani Temple at Vargal near Hyderabad in Telangana are some of the best temples to offer Shani Puja on Shani Amavasya.
Shani Dosha Nivarana Puja, Shani Japam, Shani Homam, and Shani Thailabhishekam are the popular pujas to be held on Shani Amavasya.
Shani Stotra (Shani Daily prayer)
Chaaya Martanda Sambhutham
Tam Namami Shanaischaram !!!