navagraha
THE NAVAGRAHA

Believers in astrology and the influence of planets over individual destiny will find Tamil Nadu is a great destination. Indian astrology believes that the planetary positions of the nine planets in a geocentric orbit determine the way a person will live, progress and exemplify one’s life to others before death. Nava means nine and graha means planet. There are nine temples located in Tamil Nadu representing each planet in the Navagraha. All nine of them are located within a sixty-kilometre radius around Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district.

Tamil Nadu is the only state where the temples dedicated to the nine celestial bodies are located in such close proximity.

Planet Temple
Surya (Sun) Suryanar Koil
Chandra (Moon) Tingaloor Koil
Chevaai (Mars) Vaitheswaran Koil
Budhan (Mercury) Tiruvenkadu
Guru (Jupiter) Alangudi
Shukran (Venus) Kanchanoor
Shani (Saturn) Tirunallar
Rahu Tirunageswharan
Ketu Keezhperumpallam

Tirunageshwaram
TIRUNAGESHWARAM This vast temple known is for its shrine to Rahu, one of the nine celestial bodies in the Navagraha. A legend has it that the mythological serpents Adiseshan, Dakshan and Kaarkotakan worshipped Shiva here. Legend also has it that King Nala worshipped Shiva here as in Thirunallar.

Tirunageshwaram
VAITHESWARAN KOIL With the Vaitheswaran Koil, there is a special shrine dedicated to Ankarakan or Chevvai or Mars. The belief is that if prayers are offered to Ankarakan, he will bestow valour, victory and strength to the person. Upon entering the temple, devotees first go the Siddhamrita tank. The water is said to have curative properties for various skin ailments. There is also a widespread belief that a visit here would remove obstacles that delay marriage.





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