Navagraha Temples

The Navagraha temples in Tamil Nadu are a cluster of Navagraha Temples dating from the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. As per Hindu legend, Sage Kalava was suffering from serious ailments along with leprosy. He prayed to the Navagrahas, the nine planet deities. The planets were pleased by his devotion and offered him cure. Brahma, the Hindu god of creation, was angered as he felt that the planets have no powers to provide boons to humans. He cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy and were sent down to earth in Vellurukku Vanam, the white wild flower jungle – the modern time Suryanar Kovil. The planets prayed to Shiva to relieve them off the curse. Impressed, Shiva appeared in front of them and assured that the place belonged to them and that they would have to grace the devotees worshipping them from the place.

Each temple is located in a different village, and is considered an abode of one of the Navagrahas. However, the majority of these temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Surya temple is the only one dedicated to the Graham. In fact, it is dedicated entirely to the worship of the Sun-God and the other navagrahas, the former being the object of worship as the principal deity and the latter as attendant deities. It was built around the 11th or 12th century C.E. The other temples were built earlier, ranging back to 7th-9th century.

They are :

  1. Surya Navagrahastalam — Sooriyanar Kovil
  2. Chandra Navagrahastalam — Thingaloor
  3. Angaarakan Navagrahastalam –Vaitheeswaran Kovil
  4. Budha Navagrahastalam — Thiruvenkadu
  5. Guru Navagrahastalam — Alangudi
  6. Sukra Navagrahastalam — Kanjanur
  7. Shani Navagrahastalam — Thirunallar
  8. Raahu Navagrahastalam –Thirunageswaram
  9. Ketu Navagrahastalam — Keezhperumpallam

Naganathaswamy Temple, Keezhaperumpallam | Kethu Temple Kezhaperumpallam

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Sri Naganathaswamy Temple, Thirunageswaram, Tamil Nadu Thirunageswaram

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Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple,Tamil Nadu Thirunallar

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Agneeswarar Temple, Kanjanur, Tamil Nadu Kanjanur

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Apatsahayesvarar Temple, Alangudi,Tamil Nadu Alangudi

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Swetharanyeswarar Temple, Thiruvenkadu Thiruvenkadu, Sirkazhi

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Vaitheeswaran Koil, Tamil Nadu Vaitheeswaran Koil

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Kailasanathar Temple,Thingalur,Tamil Nadu Thingalur

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Suryanar Kovil,Thanjavur,Tamil Nadu Aduthurai

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