Navagraha Beliefs and Navagraha God's History

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In Indian Astrology, Navagrahas play a major role. These navagrahas are known to influence the goodwill and fortune of any individual. People take pilgrimage tour to Navagraha temples in order to mitigate the negative effects of the planet or to improvise the potency of the planets that is ruling the birth chart of a person. The Navagraha temples are situated within 60kms around Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, Tamilnadu. Totally there are nine temples and maximum of these are Lord Shiva temples, each of these nine temples are referred to one of the celestial bodies like the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Solar Eclipse, and the Lunar Eclipse as per the Indian astrological beliefs.

Navagraha Temples

Suryan (The Sun) – Suriyanar Koil History:
Sun is the central and the foremost among the planets and it has its own integral value. It is a belief that people who visit the SUN GOD will acquire all sorts of richness in their life. In simple words, it can be uttered that people who pray Suriyan will shine as bright as the Sun. If you are willing to get maximum happiness, prosperity, and wealth in life, then you are requested to visit the temple of the Sun thorugh our navagraha temple tour.

Only two temples in India are constructed holistically for the Lord Sun and they are listed as follows:

  • King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty constructed the ever known Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha, the northern region of India.
  • Kulottunga Chola I of the Chola Dynasty constructed the awe-inspiring Suriyanar Temple situated in Tamilnadu, the southern region of India.
  • Let’s get to know some of the useful information of the Suriyanar Temple situated in the southern region of India. The Suriyanar Temple is located in the Thanjavur district. The speciality of this temple is that it is located at the banks of river Cauvery. The Suriyanar Temple has mapped 2 km to the north of Aduthurai, 15 km to the east of Kumbakonam and approximately 20 km from Mayiladuthurai. It is actually located in the Kumbakonam - Mayiladuthurai road. The auspicious time to visit this temple is between October and March.
    This temple is 15.5m height and has 3 tiers and 5 domes at the peak. The sacred temple tank is situated in the north of Raja gopuram. it is advised to take a sacred bath in the water of Temple tank or to sprinkle a little water of the temple tank on the forehead before worshipping the Sun God. This temple has 12+ theerthams which is an added value to this temple.
    The presiding deity of this temple is the Lord Suryanarayanaswamy who is found in a lying posture with Sri Usha Devi and Sri Pratyusha Devi. The other 8 planets or Navagrahas are placed facing the SUN GOD. The prominent sculpture of this temple is the Kol Theertha Vinayakar (Ganesha) shrine.

    Chandran (The Moon) – Thingaloor History
    Chandra, the lunar god, is also known as the God of plants and vegetation. Chandra is blessed with young, energetic, and beautiful appearance with the lotus in hands. It is declared that he rides across every night with the support of ten horsed chariot. The Chandra is also known as:

  • Rajanipati, also known as the lord of nights
  • Kshupakara, also known as the lord who illuminates nights

  • As per the Hindu astrology, it is known that lord Chandra presides over Monday and is married to 27 nakshatras. There are two historical stories for Chandra, get to know all the exciting history one by one.
    Once lord Vishnu catered amirtham to all the devas. At that time, one of the asuras disguised himself as a deva and drank the amirtham, this was found by Lord Chandra, the moon and the sun and reported to Lord Vishnu. And, Lord Vishnu punished the asura, to take revenge, the asura started consuming the Moon. To overcome this, Chandra prayed Lord Shiva and got his energy regained after 15 days. This is why Chandra wax and wan in the sky.
    The second story is that, King Dakshan married all his 27 daughters to Chandra. Among those 27 wives, Chandra's favourite was Rohini and so he spends most of his time with Rohini, this made all his other wives angry, and so they complained Chandra to King Dakshan. King cursed Chandra that his beauty will disappear day by day. Chandra prayed Lord Shiva and got a blessing of improving beauty everyday and he was also adorned by the Shiva on his forehead. And, this is the reason why Chandra wax and wax in the long run.
    According to the ancient astrology, Chandra Dosham has a severe impact on humans, it may cause wealth, health, mother’s wellbeing and nervous disorders. Monday is the special day to worship Chandra, when we people worship him on his auspicious land on this day, he will bless us with wealth, health, and more. Most people reach Chandra to avoid problems in Marriage and Child boon. Children can pray him to get a good education and progress. Call Kumbakonam tourist cabs to navagraha temples and get the blessings.

    Angarakan (Sevvai) - The Mars - Vaitheeswaran Koil Temple
    Navagraha temple package tour from Kumbakonam includes this blessed land too. Mars is likewise called Mangala. Mars is additionally called Angaraka, which means one who is red in shading. He is considered as the son of Bhumi, the earth goddess. He is the god of war. By and large, vaitheeswaran signifies 'God of healing". It is said that sorts of 4000+ diseases can be cured whenever supplicated the Lord Vaitheeswaran. One of the principal features of the temple is the Lord faces the west. A devotee has the estimation of visiting and loving 1000 shiva temples if he/she reveres the Lord faces the west heading. Another higher feature of the temple is the Lord Graces as the Swayambumurthi.
    A medicinal ball is offered to all the devotees containing anthill sand, abishek water, the neem leaves, abishek sandal. It is accepted that the utilization of the medicinal ball brings absolute alleviation for any destructive illness. The punugu oil is given to those experiences sorts of skin issues. A medicine prepared with ash, anthill sand and oil is a gainful medicine for leprosy.
    Lord Murugan got his Vel in this Holy spot as it were. It is said that Lord Rama has venerated the Vaitheeswara here. The spot of Mars (sevvai) in the horoscope decides the marriage situation and different regions. Uncommon pujas are performed here for those confronting antagonistic impacts in life. Typically, individuals often visit the temple to escape the debt traps, joint paints and achievement in land bargains.
    The Lord Muruga is consistent loves His Divine Father Shiva and Mother Parvathi here. Mother Thiyaga Nayagi guarantees the welfare of the youngsters. Along these lines, youngsters need to visit the temple. Angaraka favours the devotees by sitting on His Goat (vahanam). The individuals who need to exceed expectations in the medicinal field requires to revere Mars. It is imperative to take note of the point that Vaitheeswaran Kovil is the sixteenth Shiva temple situated at the banks of Cauvery lauded in THEVARAM. Tremendous groups can be found in the temple on the Tamil and English New Year, Deepavali and pradosha days. Nine planets are venerating the Lord on a straight line and they are behind the sanctum.
    Vaitheeswaran Kovil is treated as Navagraha Temple for planet Angaraka since the Lord Vaidhyanathaswamy has cured the illness called leprosy endure by one of the nine planets Ankaraku(Mars). Parvati gave her son Vel to kill the evil presence called Surapadman when the Muruga appeared before his mom with a single face rather than six countenances.
    The Vaitheeswaran Kovil is secured by

  • Lord Bhairava in the east,
  • Lord Veerabadra in the west
  • Lord Vinayaka in the south
  • Mother Kali in the north
  • In this temple, pujas to Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi are offered after fruitful finishing of pujas to the Lord Muruga.
    It is said that when Sage Sadananda has seen a snake attempting to eat up a frog when performing compensation here. As the episode upset his retribution, he reviled them. From that point forward, no snake or frog draws close to the temple tank. Vaitheeswaran Kovil is found.
  • 7 kilometres from Sirkazhi
  • 235 kilometres from Chennai
  • 27 km from Chidambaram
  • 110 km from Thanjavur

  • Budan (The Mercury) – Trivenkadu
    Budan, the son of Moon is the name of the planet Mercury. He is represented to be the God of merchandise and found having mild greenish shade. He is known to have a shield and travel in a winged lion. Others, also say that he has a sceptre, lotus and rides a chariot headed by lions. Budan presides over Wednesday and was married to Ila, the gorgeous daughter of Vaivasvata Manu.
    Swetharanyeswarar Temple in Sirkazhi is dedicated to the Lord of Mercury, Budan. The main deity in that temple is Swetharanyeswarar, meaning the God of white forest and the Goddess presiding there is Brahma Vidya ambal. Here, Lord Shiva is crafted uniquely in the name of Agora Murthi. He is declared to be the main God prayed in that location. This temple consists of 3 Gods and 3 Pools. It is narrated that those who take a bath in all those 3 pools will be kept away from illness and will get married soon. Start a navagraha tour now.
    Swetharanyeswarar Temple is also located on the banks of Cauvery and is similar to the Temple in Varanasi. Some other interesting Shiva landmarks are:

  • Thiruvaiyaru
  • Chaayaavanam
  • Mayiladuturai
  • Tiruvidaimarudur
  • Tiruvanchiyam
  • The Chola kings Aditya Chola and Rajaraja Chola have made various contributions to construct this famous temple. Saints like Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar have sung about this temple.
    Thirverkadu has situated near Poompuhar and 10 km from Sirkazhi, 24 km east of Mayuram and 59 km from Kumbakonam.
    The uniqueness of Swetharanyeswarar Temple is that Lord Shiva in this temple has five faces namely:
  • Easanam
  • Tatpurusham
  • Aghoram
  • Vamadevam
  • Sadyojatam

  • Here, Nandi bears 9 scars on its body and is positioned in front of Devi's shrine. Budan is known to shower people with wisdom and intelligence. Offering puja to Budan on Wednesday's will get the people rid of Budann Dhosham. On visiting this temple, people can be cured of dosham, difficulties in studies, mental instability, and nervous disorders.

    Guru Bhagavan (The Vyazhan) Jupiter – Alangudi Temple
    The planet Jupiter also named as Brahaspati, is the God of Devotion. He is also known as Deva-guru, since the Guru of all Gods. Brahaspati presides over Thursday and is a symbol of religion and piousness. He bends in hands and holds a stick and a lotus. The temple for Brahaspati is named as Apatsahayesvarar Temple located in Alangudi. It is also called Guru Stalam as he is the Guru of Gods. Apatsahayesvarar Temple is also recognized to be the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Lord Guru.
    Alangudi is well-known for its three important factors:

  • Moorthy (The main Deity)
  • Sthalam (Divinity place)
  • Theertham (Holy Water)

  • This temple was constructed by Amuthokar, a dedicated devotee of Lord Shiva. He was operating as the minister of King Masukuntha Chakravarti. It is believed that he was betrayed by the King as he refused to give a portion of his merits to the king. The sthalam reverberated on his death which made the king frighten and realized his mistake. Now, the kind prayed Abadsahayeswarar and got relieved from Dhosham. Thirugnanasambandar blessed this location to be filled with flowers all the time. From the ancient times, this temple is catering blessing and the deity here is swayumbu. Gnansambandar mentioned Apatsahayesvarar Temple as the 98th temple in the banks of river Cauvery.
    Pancha Paruva Urchavam, Gurupeyarchi, 1008 Conch Abisheka Festival, ten days Maha Festival during Chitra Pournami and the Guru Baghavan car festival on the tenth day are some of the festivals celebrated in this temple. Poolai Shrub is one of the holy trees which is located in this temple. Cauvery, Kolidam and Vennaru are the three rivers that border Alangudi. Apatsahayesvarar Temple consists of 15 theerthams which is very famous among which Chakra theertham was blessed by Maha Vishnu’s Chakra. Special pujas are conducted in this temple in the month of February and March.
    The presiding lord here is Abathsahayeswarar, Lord Shiva. Elavarkuzali is the name of Parvathi in this temple. Abathsahayeswarar means rescuer of the world. The temple has Ambika shrine first and then the presiding deity and finally Dakshinamurthy.

    According to navagraha temple tour operators in Kumbakonam, Alangudi is situated 7 Kms South of Needamangalam Railway station and 17 Kms South of Kumbakonam.

    Sukran (Velli) (The Venus) – Kanjanoor

    Sukran is the name the defines brightness and clarity. He is also the son of asuras. Sukran presides over Friday and holds a holy stick, lotus and beads in his hands. This temple is mostly visited by people to perform “Kalathira Dosha Pariharam”. Lord Shiva disguised as Agneeswarar and Parvathi as Karpagambal are the presiding deities in this temple. It is described that Lord Agni once worshipped Lord Shiva in this sthalam and hence Shiva got this name. The highlight here is that the Guru crushing a demon which means Guru is reliving us from the ignorance of education. Agniswara Swami Temple at Kanjanur is linked with Sukran, the planet Venus. In this sthala, Brahma was blessed to view the marriage of Shiva and Parvathi. The Brahma linga worshipped in this temple was once prayed by Brahma himself. As Lord Shiva is incarnated as Sukra, there is no separate Shrine for Sukran here.
    In ancient astrology, it is defined that Sukra is known for love. People worshipping lord Sukra will be blessed with health, wealth and fine arts like music and dance. Those whose zodiac chart is blessed with sukra will love nature and enjoy strong relationships in life.
    After Guru, the most beautiful planet is Venus (Sukra). Lord Sukra is represented to be the teacher of Asuras. After kethu dasa, nearly 20 years Sukra dasa will act in one's life. If Sukra is placed in good house, then those people will get luxury living and peace in life. Now visit all navagraha temples in one day.
    Sukra dasa is a majoy segment in any people's life. Sukra is the god for money, health, marriage, and enjoyment. Sukra only decides marriage and happy married life in one's life so it has to be noted with care. People with Sukra dasa will get married at a young age and will be happy too.
    People without Sukra in their horoscope will get married after a long delay and will be not happy with their suitability too. These people have to visit Sukra temple and do Parihara Pooja to get rid of the troubles. If your marriage is delaying then connect with an astrologer and get to know whether you have Kalathira Dosham. The person blessed by Sukra will have prosperity, own house, vehicle, recognition and happy marriage life. If Sukran is not placed well in your horoscope then you will experience eye ailments, indigestion and types of skin problems.
    When Sukran is prayed on Friday's with white Lotus, white cloth and common bean your problems in life will be reduced. This temple is also named as Sukran Navagraha Sthalam. This temple is 18 km from Kumbakonam and 2 km to the east from Suriyanar Kovil.

    Sani (The Saturn) – Thirunallar

    Shani is denoted as the planet Saturn. The word Shani is also declared as Saturday or seventh day. According to Hindu mythology, Shani is the elder brother of Yama, the god of death. Shani is portrayed with Goddess Jyestha in a crow. People mostly worship Shani to get relieved from ghosts and other supernatural powers.
    Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple also known Dharbaranyeswarar Temple is the auspicious land of Shani. Here the presiding deity is made of dharba grass. Tirunallar in ancient days was called as Dharbaranyam is 300 Kms from Chennai and 145 Kms from Pondicherry. Thirugnana Sambandar has sung about this temple. Appar and Sundarar have also sung about this temple. Arunagirinathar, a 15th-century poet has also sung about this temple.
    Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple is also famous for Murugan. Thirunallar is positioned second among the seven Saptha Vidanga Sthalas. Abhishekas and pujas are offered for Shani in this temple for five times a day. To get relieved from the effect of Saturn in your life, visit Shani temple. Take an oil bath in the Nalatheertham and offer pujas to Kalitheertha Vinayaka, break coconuts and worship Shani.
    By offering saree to the Goddess Bogamartha Poonmulayal you can invite happiness in life. The important festival in this temple is the 18 day Brammotsavam starting on the Uthiratadhi star day. On Karthika Deepa, Deepavali, the Tamil and English New Year days special puja is offered in this temple. This is the only temple where Saturn lost power to Shiva. Worshipping Shani on Saturday in this temple will get you the power to overcome difficulties in life.

    Raghu – Thirunageswaram

    Kumbakonam navagraha temple tour assists you in reaching this spot too. According to Hindu mythology, Raghu is the head of asuras who swallow the sun and causes eclipses. Raghu is portrayed as a serpent with no body and comes in a chariot that is headed by eight black horses. The north and the south lunar nodes are especially known as the Raghu and Kethu.
    During Samudra manthan, one of the epic event when Raghu drank some of the amirta given by Mohini, the female avatar of Vishnu. Raghu was disguised as Chandra, and this was identified by Sun and the Moon and reported to Vishnu (Mohini), who got angry and threw the Chakra over Raghu. This separated Raghu's head from his body, due to the effect of amirta, Raghu's head was immortal. And, due to this Raghu swallows Sun and the sun comes out of the cut neck and ends the eclipse.
    In Tamil astrology, Raghu is nothing but the Sakthi in beast form. The temple for Rahu is at Tirunageswaram. The lord Shiva here is depicted as Nanganathar and Parvathi as Piraisoodi Amman. The presiding deity of this temple was sung and praised in Tevaram. This temple is also known as Paadal Petra Sthalam and has many halls. The most elegant among those is the ornamental entrance which was built in the period of Nayak. This temple was constructed in the style and architecture that reflects Chola. It is noted that Aditya Chola I built this temple. Later, the temple was modified as per the ruler's taste. Only in this temple, Raghu is seen in a human face.
    Raghu is known for one's victory and a good position in life. People with Kalasarpa Dhosha, Kalasthra Dhosha, Sarpa Dhosha can visit this temple to get rid of it. Also, delay in marriage, child boon can also be rectified by doing Milk Abishekam in this temple during the Raghu kalam. A great surprise is that during this time the milk poured over idol turns blue which is clearly visible.

    Kethu – (Keezhaperupallam)
    Kethu speaks to karmic accumulations both otherworldliness and powerful impacts as per In Hindu astrology. Kethu is related with the Meena Avatar (Fish Incarnation) of Vishnu. kethu makes material misfortune all together power increasingly profound viewpoint in the individual. kethu is pointer of knowledge, non-connection, dream, infiltrating understanding and clairvoyant capacities. kethu is accepted to carry success to the family. He allows great wellbeing and riches to his devotees. kethu is the ruler of three nakshatras that are Ashvini, Magha and Mula.
    As per the folklore, an asura's head was cut off by God Vishnu. This outcome the asura's head and body got together with a snake to shape 'kethu' and 'Ragu'. kethu speaks to the body without a head, and Ragu, speaks to the head without a body. As indicated by the records in Hindu folklore, kethu has a place with Jaimini Gotra and Rahu has a place with Paiteenasa gotra. It is to be comprehended that both kethu and Ragu are totally various elements with unmistakable qualities. kethu is for the most part alluded to as a "shadow" planet. It is accepted that kethu to marvelously affect human lives. kethu is frequently portrayed with a gem on his head implying a riddle light.
    The Temple committed to the Kethu will be Kethu Sthalam is in the town of Keezhaperumpallam. This Sthalam is only 2 kilometers from Poompuhar and comes surprisingly close to Nagapattinam district. The directing divinity is kethu. Yet, the principle icon is "Naganatha Swamy" or Shiva. Other name for this sthalam is Naganatha Swamy Temple.
    Devas and Asuras blended the sea of milk with Mount Mantara as the stick and snake Vasuki as the rope. The snake, unfit to hold up under the agony transmitted toxin. Devas and the evil spirits dreaded the evil impacts of toxin and implored Lord Shiva. The Lord Shiva gulped the toxin yet Goddess Parvathi hurried to keep Him from gulping .This leads toxic substance to stop in His neck. Because of this, the Lord Shiva is called Neela Kanda and His throat turned blue with the poision. Vasuki, the King of serpents did retribution and loved Lord Shiva for a considerable length of time. The Lord showed up before the snake. He favored the snake to be cherished in a temple in the bamboo forest and calm the devotees from the evil impacts.
    The nine navagraha gods are commonly found in little, square fenced in area in each temple (Nine Navagraha temples). Locals distressed by kethu are hit with fears of dacoity, loss of property, toxic chomps and putra dosha. One can dispose of the distresses, by supplicating Lord kethu. kethu is a half-planet that presents insight. kethu's belongings are like Mars. kethu is neither feminine nor masculine. kethu credits with wind-commanded, carnal and habitual in conduct.