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Navagraha Sthalams in Thanjavur District
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Navagraha Temples of Thanjavur

  


NAVAGRAHA TEMPLES
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Planet
Temple
Surya (sun)
Suryanar Koil
Chandra (moon)
Thingaloor Koil
Chevaai (mars)
Vaitheswaran Koil
Budhan (mercury)
Tiruvenkadu
Guru (jupiter)
Alangudi
Shukran (venus)
Kanchanoor
Shani (saturn)
Tirunallar
Rahu
Tirunageswaram
Ketu
Keezhperumpallam
 

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Route Map to Navagraha Temples

A cluster of nine temples in the temple belt of the erstwhile Chola empire of Tamilnadu is referred to as the Navagraha temples -that bear the common thread of their association with the nine celestial bodies referred to in the vedic astrological system.
 
This lush green district, through which the Cauvery flows, has Nine Shiva Temples.  Each of these enshrines a Navagraha.
 
Six of them are situated on the northern bank of Cauvery and three on the southern bank.

Suryanar Koil

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