From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda


Śani is also called as Śanaīścara which means slow-moving. He is the seventh planet in the solar system. The puraṇas describe him as the son of Surya (Sun-god) and Chāyā.[1]


  1. Chāyā means shadow goddess of Sarnjñā, the true wife of Surya.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore