Mythology describes that Sage Kalava who was suffering from leprosy prayed to the Navagrahas. The planets pleased with his devotion, granted his wish of being cured from the disease. However, Brahma, angry at the fact that the planets had no power to give boons, cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy. The Navagrahas apologised and on Brahma's direction paid penance to Lord Shiva. The Lord pleased with them blessed that the devotees would worship them from the place. Each shrine is situated in different villages around Kumbakonam/Thanjavur area and the temples are considered the abode of Navagrahas. Over time, the tour to these shrines of the nine celestial bodies, developed into the Navagraha darshan journey.
Deity:- The Navagrahas - Surya, Chandra, Angaraka, Budhan, Guru, Sukra, Sani, Rahu, Ketu
Abathsahyeswarar Temple, Alangudi - Guru Sthalam
Arulmigu Agneeswarar Temple
Sri Naganathaswamy Temple(Rahu)
The Navagrahs are believed to greatly influence a person's fortunes. The adverse effects of these Grahas can cause ill-effects to a person's life. Visiting the temples and extending offerings are believed to alleviate the detrimental effects caused by the Grahas.
The Navagraha darshan yatra is not strenuous and most of the temples included have good connectivity with nearby towns. Anyone with pious faith can undertake the journey. Those travelling with children or aged can split the journey over two or three days.
Tamil Nadu, Puducherry
Language spoken :- Tamil
Each graha has a preferential day to visit its shrine. The seven days of the week are believed to be ruled by the Navagrahas, namely Monday by Chandra, Tuesday by Angaraka, Wednesday by Budhan, Thursday by Guru, Friday by Sukran and Saturday by Sani. Rahu and Kethu do not have separate days, but both are said to rule 1.5 hours each, every day.
The Navagraha temples are open throughout the year and can be visited any time. However the scorching summers can be best avoided. It is advisable to travel during the winter months when the weather is pleasant.
2-3 days from Chennai
All the temples included in the Navagraha yatra can be reached by a combination of rail and road.
Since the temples are open throughout the year, there is not too much crowd on regular days. However, crowds can be expected on the special days for the Grahas and on festivals.
Each graha has a preferential day to visit its shrine. The seven days of the week are believed to be ruled by the Navagrahas, such as Monday by Moon, Tuesday by Mars, Wednesday by Mercury, Thursday by Jupiter, Friday by Venus and Saturday by Saturn. Rahu and Kethu do not have separate days, but both are said to rule 1.5 hours each, every day.
Light cotton clothing can be used through the journey. Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu.
Most of the temples are in the vicinities of towns. Still, it is recommended to carry dehydration salt packets, water bottles, light snacks, sunscreen, first aid kit etc.
Most of the temples have good medical facilities in the vicinities. But it is always advisable to carry any special medications that you might need.
Kumbakonam/Nagapattinam/Thanjavur areas are rich in temples, with many of the package covering some of the major temples around as well along with the Navagraha tour.
The summers in Tamil Nadu are scorching hot with the temperatures in high thirties. Monsoons during June-Sept, bring relief from the heat. The months from Oct-Feb are pleasant with temperatures in the mid twenties and is the best season to visit.
For most Hindus, praying at temples far and near, is not just for a fleeting sense of gratification but an eternal drive of their devotional self. We worship the divine presence in our idols and the reverberating essence of holiness in our temples. The unflinching faith of the devotees have turned many of our religious places into sanctums of all powerful energy. Pilgrimaide is first of its kind platform in the world to provide its users with comprehensive, consistent and consolidated access to information on various pilgrim destinations. This is our humble attempt, as we compile data to help the devotees travel to and connect with the shrines across the country. We hope our services will help guide the devotees in their spiritual quest. For any queries or suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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