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9 Temples In Tamil Nadu Dedicated To Navagraha Planets

The Navagraha, what does it mean? Well it means nine heavenly planets of the Hindu Astronomy. These 9 planetary Gods of the Hindu Astronomy include Sun or Surya, Moon or Chandra, Mars or Mangala, Mercury or Budha, Jupiter or Brihaspathi, Venus or Sukhra, Saturn or Shani, Rahu and Ketu. 

Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu has 9 Navagraha Temples and each temple is devoted to one of these Navagraha. However, all these 9 temples are located in different villages in Kumbakonam.

Connotation of Navagraha’s in Hindu Astrology

When it comes to Vedic astrology these 9 heavenly or we can say planetary gods have great importance. One of the most common connotation that we come across is the Kundli’s (Birth Chart). In India the Hindu astrologers prepare these kundli’s or birth charts, these charts are based on the position of these 9 planets at the exact time of person’s birth. The astrologers determine the position of the individual based on time and also the good and bad effect of these planets on the individual’s destiny. It is believed that the most important positions are for the Sani, Rahu and Ketu and they seem to have a lot of influence of the lifespan of the person. In case if the position of these three important grahas are not favourable the astrologers also suggest necessary remedies to appease the grahas and get rid of the negatives.

9 Navagraha Temples of Tamilnadu

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Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu has 9 Navagraha Temples and each temple is devoted to one of these Navagraha. However, all these 9 temples are located in different villages in Kumbakonam.

One of the most interesting factor about these temples is that Lord Shiva is worshipped at majority of these temples. Let’s take a look at the 9 Navagraha Temples of Tamilnadu.

1. Suriyanar Koil

This is the first temple where Lord Surya (Sun God) is the prime deity. It is located on the Kumbakonam to Mayiladuthurai Road which is around 3 kilometres from Aduthurai in Tamil Nadu.

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2. Thingaloor Temple

Located at the on the Kumbakonam to Thiruvayyaru Road which is around 1.5 kilometres from Thirupayhanam in Tamil Nadu. The Thingaloor Temple is dedicated to the Moon God (Lord Chandra).

3. Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Located on the Chidambaram Road which is around 4 kilometres from Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu. This temple is devoted to Angaraka or the planet Mars (Chowa or Sewai).

4. Thiruvenkadu Temple

The Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple is dedicated to the planet Mercury and is the Budhan sthalam. It is located on Sirkali to Poompuhar road which is around 15 kilometres from Vaitheeswran Koil.

5. Alangudi Temple

The Alangudi Abathsahayeswarar Temple is dedicated to the planet Jupiter. It is also called the Brihaspati, Guru or Vyazhan. This temple is located on the way to Needamangalam which is about 15 kilometers from Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu.

6. Kanjanoor Temple

The Kanjanoor Agneeswarar Temple is dedicated to the planet Venus, which is also called Sukhra or Velli. It is located on the Mayiladuthurai to Kathiramangalam Road in an interior village.

7. Thirunallar Temple

Denotes the planet Saturn, this temple is dedicated to a very important god i.e. Lord Shani. Lord Shani is said to have a lot of influence on an individual’s destiny hence considered very important. This temple falls at about 5 kilometres from Peralam to Karaikkal.

8. Thirunageswaram Temple

At around 7 kilometres from Kumbakonam to Karaikkal falls the Thirunageswaram Naganathaswamy Temple. This temple is dedicated to Rahu another important planet in the Hindu astrology.

9. Keezhperumpallam Temple

Located near Poompuhar, the Keezhperumpallam Temple is dedicated to another very important planet in hindu astrology Lord Kethu. It is found on the road from Mayiladuthurai to Poompuhar.

Featured Photo: Tanjore Big Temple by Nara J under CC BY 2.0



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