Shanivar Vrat Fasting Procedure:
Fast of Saturday is of the most significance weekday fast. According to the scriptures, people in whose Kundali Saturn (Shani) is in a weak position or it is not able to give its favorable results, must observe this fast. This fast is performed to get the best result of Saturn. Saturday fast is observed to please Lord Saturn.
This Vrat is also favorable for people who have Sadesati, Dahiya, Mahadasha or Antardasha of Shani. Observing the fast of Saturday gives relief from joint pains, back pain, muscle disorders. It also reduces mental tensions and makes a person optimistic.
When Should We Start Shanivar Vrat:
One can start this fast on the first Saturday of Shukla Paksha of any month. Ones the fast is started, it is observed regularly for 11 or 51 times. Then, the Udyapan of this fast is done, and it is started once again.
How to Perform Saturday Vrat:
A person observing the fast of Saturday should wake up before sunrise in the morning, on the day of fast. In the early morning, he should complete his routine work and sprinkle Ganga Jal or any other holy water in the house and purify the house.
After bathing, wear blue or black clothes and worship Lord Saturn (Shani). It is auspicious to worship an idol of Shani Dev made of iron, kept in an iron utensil containing oil of Til. With the materials of Puja, especially the black flowers of Kagmachi or Kalgrah, two black clothes, black Til, Bhaat (boiled rice) should be gifted to Shani Dev. Lord should be worshiped by the Shani Chalisa, Stotra, mantra and Aarti. Shani Vrat Katha (fast story) should be read.
Also, a person should visit the Shani temple in the morning and evening. And, the vision of Lord Hanuman and Bhairav is very favorable. In the temple of Shani Dev, the offering is made from, oil of Til, black Urad Dal, black items, black Til and food made of oil.
While doing Puja, Katha should be heard. The meal should be taken 2 hours after sunset. A food item made of Urad dal, in the meal, should be first given to a beggar and then eaten. Poor people should be given donations as per an individual’s capacity. Donations may include black blanket, umbrella, Til, shoes etc. If the possible mantra of Saturn planet should be chanted, as many times as possible.