In Hindu mythology, the god Sani was identified with the planet Saturn
. Sani's parents were the Sun god Surya
and a young woman whose name was Chhaya which means shade.
Surya's wife could not tolerate the intense heat produced by her husband the Sun god. To protect herself, she sent a shade to a husband in the form of a mistress whose name was Chhaya. Sani was known as the evil-eyed one because his glance was extremely powerful and could burn anything instantly.
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