Saturn is the Zodiac Lord of Capricorn and Aquarius. Blue Sapphire or Neelam is the stone representing planet saturn in the navaratnas. The substitute stones for Neelam are Amethist, Black Star,Lapis and Black Agate. The beautiful 'Blue Sapphire', is regarded as the 'Stone of the Stones' and is considered to give peace of mind, tranquility, happiness and spiritual enlightenment. It is a very costly stone and obtained by mining. The effect of this stone is the fastest of all stones. The effect of this stone can be favourable or unfavourable. This stone is worn only if the effect is positive . It is said that Neelam would never bring unfavourable results to Capricornians. This stone is also suited for saade saati and a favourable neelam bring in wealth, happiness and fame.
The minimum one should wear is 3 ½ caret. Neelam should be worn on silver or gold. This ring should be put in a copper vessel on Friday night in sweetened unboiled milk and gangajal mixture and worn on the middle finger on Saturday after praying to bhagwan shankar and removing it from the vessal. Also chant Shani Mantra 108 times. The Mantra for Shani to be chanted before wearing the gemstone is
- "OM RAVI PUTRAYA VIDMAHE YAMAGRAJAYA DHEEMAHEE, THANNO SANI PRACHODAYAT" or
- "OM KRAAM KREEM KROUM SAHA SANIYAI NAMAHA".
This mantra should be recited every Saturday during the first hour from sunrise for 8 continuous Saturdays to charge the Stone.The best effects of the stone is up to 5 years of wearing the stone. Another stone which may suit for those suffering from the ill effects of Saturn is the gemstone of Ketu (Cat's Eye).