Navagraha Temples
Navagraham

Kumbakonam is a sacred spot known for its four large temples dedicated to Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, Brahma and Nageswarar. Around Kumbakonam there are all the Navagraha Temples (Planetary Temples).Meditation, performance of Puja, chanting of divine hymns, penance (fasting) or prayer gives us peace and balanced of mind, patience and tolerance Planetary transit brings about change in certain people's well-being and fortunes for better or worse.

The worshipping the planets, we get immense benefits. The deficiency is rectified. This gives us great relief, this is known as propitiation (Dosha Pariharam). Among the planets, Sun occupies the prime position. That is why the first day of the week is named Sunday. The seven planets including Saturn form the seven days of the week.

The eighth planet is called Rahu. Rahu is allotted 10 1/2 hours in seven days of the week. On each day 1-½ hours is allotted for Rahu. This one and a half hour is known as Rahu Kalam.The ninth planet is known as Ketu. For Ketu also, the same time is allotted. This one and a half hour is known as Yama Handam. Both Rahu's Time and Kato's Time are considered as inauspicious time.

Surya Sthalam (Sun)
This temple is close to Aduthurai and 15 km from Kumbakonam and also a Kali Amman Temple that should be visited. Suriyanar (Sun) Temple tower is 15.5 meter high. It has three tiers. At the top of the tower there are five kalasam. Outside the Rajagopuram (main tower) in the north side there is a holy tank called Surya Pushkarni where one should take a bath, and those who are not in a position to bath should sprinkle water on their head.
As you enter the Temple on the right side there is the Theertha Vinayakar (Ganesh) Sannidhi is there and in the northern corridor one will find Thejas Chandikeswarar Sannidhi. In the temple facing west, Surya Baghawan is positioned, accompanied on both sides by his consorts Usha and Chayadevi.After Surya Baghawan one should go to Sabanayakar Mandapam and offer prayers to Lord Nataraja, the Navagraha, and at Sthabana Mandapam worship Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Sri Visalakshi Ammai.

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
 
Chandran Sthalam (Moon)
Thingaloor is one of the Saivite holy places in Tamil Nadu. Thingal means Moon. At this temple only the southern entrance is used. On the left of the temple Lord Kailashnath and in the opposite side Goddess Periyanayaki.Around the outer corridor we can have darisanam of Lord Dhakshinamoorty and in the eastern side is Chandra Baghawan
Moon is one of the benevolent planets among the nine planets. Lord Shiva has three eyes and Moon is considered the left eye of the Lord. Moon is known for her soft nature and is an integral part of Goddess Parasakhi. Monday is the main day of prayer for her.
The adverse effect of Moon manifests them in loss of mental peace. Ill health, possibility loss of life in water, fear etc. By worshiping Moon we can get relief from these adverse effects.Those who worship Moon are blessed with her favorable effect such as wealth, good health, and Mother's welfare, auspicious events in the family.

Temple Timings - 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.
 
Sevvai Sthalam (Mars)
Mars at Vaitheeswaran Kovil. Mars faces the south, and Lord Dhandayuthapani who is in the east facing Mars. Mars showers on his devotee's benefits such as good harvest in the fields, good income and save his devotees from sufferings. He enhances the respectability and dignity of those who worship him. He also helps his devotees to come out of financial indebtedness. Mars is worshiped on Tuesdays by offering red flowers.

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 4P.M. to 9 P.M
 
Budhan Sthalam (Mercury)
Among the nine planets, Budhan Baghawan worshipped in Thiruvenkadu Temple will give bliss. Mercury protects Shiva Bakthas and literary persons. He is green in complexion, soft in nature. He bestows Lord Shiva devotees with the knowledge in Astrology, Sculpture, and Medical treatment of paralysis. He also grants power of expression and success in education, literary pursuits, fame in fine arts, and profession and good relations with scholars. Wednesday is the day to worship him offering green colour items and he likes white kanthal.
Evil effects by Mercury are usually failure in business, set back in profession, lack of mental calibre, and transfer from native place, getting caught in quarrels.

Temple Timings - 6 A. M to 12 noon and 4 P.M to 9 P.M.
Guru Sthalam (Jupiter)
Alangudi is the place where Guru is worshiped as Sri Dhakshinamurthy. Lord Shiva as Abath Sahayar and Goddess Parvathi known as Aelavarkuzhali, are the main deities here. When one visit Guru they should offer 24 ghee or oil lamps which can be got at the temple and after offering the lamps one should walk 24 times around him. He is the Guru of the Devas, and with Guru's grace, even an illiterate person can become a great scholar. The good effect of Guru came in the form of success in life, prosperity and good events like marriages.
Guru is the prime benevolent planet among Nine Planets. Thursday is the preferred day for worshipping Guru Baghawan. Wearing yellow clothes, giving away yellow clothes as charity, observing fast on Thursdays are the proper way of worshipping Guru, for propitiation and getting relief from adverse effect of Guru, such as illness and financial difficulty. The choicest flower fro Guru is White Jasmine.

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 4P.M. to 9 P.M.
 
Sukra Sthalam (Venus)
Kanjanoor is the holy abode fro Sukra Baghawan. Kananoor is in Thanjavur District, which is two km. away from Suriyanar Kovil near Aduthurai. Those who worship Venus will be bestowed with happy marriage and prosperity. The main deity here is Sri Agnipuriswarar. Venus showers on her devotees many blessings such as health, happiness, comfortable life and wealth. The ill effect of Sukra Dasa may lead to betrayal by women. One may suffer from venereal disease.
By worshiping Venus, one can obtain propitiation from Sukra Dosha (adverse effect) To get rid of evil effect in ones life Venus has to worship on Fridays. She loves to be decorated with white cloths. Those who have a weak Venus in their chart or born on the 6 or any number that add up to 6 should wear a diamond ring

Temple Timings - 7 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. and 4P.M. to 8 P.M.
 
Sani Sthalam (Saturn)
Saturn temple is in Thirunallaru, 45 km from Kumbakonam. The name of the temple is Sri Dharparanyeshwarar's temple. It is one of the seven famous Vidangar Temples. This temple is well known and famous for Sri Saneeswara Baghawan for whom a sperarate sanctum is provided. As you enter the northen side Gopuram, the right Sani Baghawan's Sannidhi is there, and faces the east.
In the temple corridor, we will come across the idol of 63 Saivite Saints (Nayanmars), Siva Lingam. Ambal, Sri Dhakshinamurthy Swami, Swarna Vinayakar, Skandar, Saptha Vidanga Shiva Lingams, Subramanya Swamy accompanied by his consorts Valli and Daivayanai, Naka Narayanar, Durgai, Chandikesar, Bairavar Natarajar, Suryadeva and others.

This temple has many holy tanks and one of it is known as Nala Theertham that is considered most sacred. It is located in the Northwest part of the temple. King Nala took bath in this Tank and got rid of adverse and evil effect. A bath or sprinkling the water from the tank over the head with total devotion will help to get rid of adverse inflictions of evils will vanish and so will sorrow.
Saturdays are the most appropriate days for worshipping Sri Sani Baghawan. He should be decorated with black cloth; those who have afflicted Saturn in their horoscope should wear Blue precious stones. Very Saturday one should burn sesame lamp, and this will help reduce adverse effects to a great extent

Favourable effect of Sri Sani Baghawan will result in many fortunes and benefits like good health, success in all endeavours, peace of mind, proper respect from members of family and relations, prosperity, interest and enthusiasm in life.
Whether one is under Sani's favourable or unfavourable effects, one should constantly worship him. By doing so, one can ensure that the impact of adverse effect is minimised and the benefits of favourable effect are maximised.

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 4P.M. to 9 P.M.
 
 
Raghu Sthalam
Rahu temple is in Thirunakeswaram about 6 km from Kumbakonam. The deity of the temple is Naganathaswamy and the Goddess is Piraiyani (Girigujambal) Ambal. This temple faces the east; it has four Gopurams and three corridors. The Gopuram has five tiers. As one enters the one can have darisanam of Nirutha Ganapathy, Nandi, Vinayakar. In the outer corridor of the Southern corner, Rahu Baghawan accompanied by his two Devis is found.
Adverse effects of Rahu will be, such as, misunderstanding among relations and loss of money, illness and unnecessary medical expenditure. By worshiping Rahu we may get favourable effect such as improvement in financial position, increase in comforts, disappearance of bad habits, development of good habits. Rahu may be worshiped on any day. It will reduce the ill effects considerably

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 4P.M. to 8.30 P.M.
 
Kethu Sthalam
He is located at Keelaperumpallam about 20 km from SriKali Here, there is a Temple for Naganatha Swamy. In the temple there is a separate sannidhi for Ketu. Here Ketu is facing west. Evil effect of Ketu will create obstacles in one's endeavours, enemy and ill health.
Good effect of Ketu will improve financial position, good health, mental peace and happiness.Worshipping and fasting on Tuesday will relieve the ill effect to a great extend.
Worship of Ketu is best done on Tuesday. Fasting on this day will help; you should take sweet potatoes and fruit juice once a day and avoid salt and spices.

Temple Timings - 6 A.M. to 1 P.M. and 4P.M. to 8.00 P.M.
 
 
Navagraha statues, The British Museum - (from the left) Surya(Sun), Chandra(Moon), Mangala(Mars), Budha(Mercury), Guru(Jupiter), Shukra(Venus), Shani(Saturn), Rahu(North Lunar Node), Ketu(South Lunar Node)

Approximate distances to navagraha temples from Kumbakonam

Suriyan
Kumbakonam to Suriyanar Koil - 15 Km

Chandran
Kumbakonam to Thingalloor - 30Km

Chevvai
Kumbakonam to Vaitheswaran Kovil - 49Km

Bhudhan
Kumbakonam to Thiruvenkadu - 60Km

Guru
Kumbakonam to Alangudi - 17Km

Sukkiran
Kumbakonam to Kanchanoor - 20Km

Sani
Kumbakonam to Thirunallaru - 48Km

Ragu
Kumbakonam to Thirunageswaram - 5Km

Kethu
Kumbakonam to Keezhaperumpallam - 59Km
1. SURYA(THE SUN) -   SURIYANAR KOIL 
 ( 3 Kms. from Aduthurai which is on the Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road) 
2. CHANDRA(THE MOON)  -  THINGALOOR 
  (1.5 Kms. from Thirupayhanam which is on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvayyaru Road) 
3. ANGARAKA(SEVVAI)( THE MARS) -  VAITHEESWARAN KOIL 
  (4 Kms. from Mayiladuthurai on the Chidambaram Road). 
4. BUDAN(THE MERCURY) -  TRIVENKADU 
  (10 Kms.  SouthEast of Sirkali). 
5. GURU (THE VYAZHAN)(JUPITER) - ALANGUDI 
  (About 15 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the way to NeedaMangalam). 
6. SUKRAN(VELLI)(THE VENUS) - KANJANOOR 
  ( An interior village on the Mayiladuthurai - Kathiramangalam Road). 
7. SANI(THE SATURN) - THIRUNALLAR 
  ( on the way to Peralam- Karaikkal.  5 Kms. from karaikkal . 
8. RAGHU  -    THIRUNAGESWARAM 
  (About 7 Kms. from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road). 
9. KETHU -   KEEZHAPERUMPALLAM 
  (Near PoomPuhar. on Mayiladuthurai- Poompuhar road). 
 
 
All the below mentioned temples can be easily reached from Kumbakonam
PLACE 
LOCATION
PRINCIPAL DEITY
AADANOOR
9 Kms. from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvaiyaru Road
 ANDALUKKUMAYYAN
AMMANKUDI
20 Kms from Kumbakonam
KAILASANADAR
AVOOR
10 Kms from Kumbakonam to 
Thanjavur via Melatur
 PASUPATHEESWARAR
AZHAGA  PUTHUR      (ARISIRKARAI PPUTHUR)
5 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvarur Road
SORNAPUREESWARAR
DARASURAM
4 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road
AIRAVADESWARAR
ENKAN
32 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvarur(Near Kudavasal)
LORD SUBRAMANYA
GANAPATHIAGRAHARAM
25 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thiruvaiyyaru.
LORD VINAYAKA
HARIDWARAMANGALAM
28 Kms from Kumbakonam
PADALESWARAN
INNAMBOOR
3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam - Swamimalai road
EZHUTHARINATHAR
KAPISTHALAM
Near Swamimalai on the  Kumbakonam- Thiruvayyaru Road
 GAJENDRA VARADAN
KONERI RAJAPURAM(THIRUNALLAM)
4 Kms from pudur, a stop on theKumbakonam- karaikkal road
UMA MAHESWARAR
(BOOMI NATHAR)
KOTTAIYOOR 
(KOTEESWARAM)
6 Kms on the Kumbakonam-Swamimalai 
Road
KOTEESWARAR
KUDAVASAL(KUDAVAYIL)
20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Tiruvarur
KONESWARAR
ADHI KUMBESWARA SWAMI 
TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
ADHI KUMBESWARAR
NAGESWARASWAMI TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
NAGESWARA
SOMESWARAR TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
SOMESWARA
KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town 
KASI VISWANATHA
BANA PUREESWARA TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town 
BANA PUREESWARA
SARANGAPANI TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
SARANGAPANI
CHAKRAPANI TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
CHAKRAPANI
RAMASWAMY TEMPLE
IN Kumbakonam Town
LORD RAMA
KUTTALAM
26 Kms from Kumbakonam on Mayiladuthurai Road
UKTHA VEETHEESWARAR
MANNARGUDI
36 Kms from Kumbakonam Via 
Needamangalam
SRI RAJA GOPALA
MAYILADUTHURAI
35 Kms from Kumbakonam
MAYURANATHAR
NANNILAM(MADHUVANAM)
30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Nagore
MADUVANESWARAR
NALLOOR
2 kms from Vazhapazhasalai, which is on Kumbakonam- Thanjavur  Road
KALYANA
SUNDARESWARAR
NATCHIAR KOIL
12 Kms from Kumbakonam on the  Tiruvarur Road
SRINIVASA
OOTHUKADU
20 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur  Road via Melatur
VEDA NARAYANAR
PASUPATHI KOIL
Around 30 Kms from Kumbakonam on the Thanjavur Road
BRAHMA PUREESWARAR
PATTEESWARAM
10 Kms from Kumbakonam on the road to Thanjavur Via  Melattur
DHENUPUREESWARAR
PAZHAYARAI
Near Patteswaram
SOMESWARAR
POOVANOOR
It is in between Needamangalam and Mannargudi  on Kumbakonam-Mannargudi  road
PUSHPAVANESWARAR
SENGANOOR
Near Thirupanandal on Kumbakonam- Madras Road
SATHYAGIRINATHAR
SIRUGUDI(SOOTCHUMAPURI)
3 Kms from Katakambadi on the  Kumbakonam - Natchiar Koil Road
SOOTCHUMA
PUREESWARAR
SWAMIMALAI
8 Kms from  Kumbakonam on Thiruvayyaru Road
SWAMINATHA SWAMI
THERAZHUNDOOR
10 Kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthutrai Road
KOSAGAR
THIRUCHERAI
15 Kms from Kumbakonam on  Kumbakonam - Tiruvarur Road
SARANATHATPERUMAL
THIRUKKANNAMANGAI
36 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam-Tiruvarur Road Via Kudavasal
BAKTHAVATSALAR
THIRUKKARUGAVOOR
7 Kms from Papanasam, which is on the Kumbakonam- Thanjavur Road
GARBAPUREESWARAR
THIRUKKODIKKAVAL
Situated  in the  Kumbakonam-Kadiramangalam Road
KOTEESWARAR
THIRUMANANCHERI
8 Kms from Kuttalam, which is  10 kms from Mayiladuthurai on Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai road
KALYANA SUNDARAR
THIRUMANGALAKKUDI
2 Kms from Aduthurai, which is 15 kms from  Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam- Mayiladuthurai Road
PRANAVARADESWARAR
THIRUMARUGAL
About  9 Kms from Nannilam on the  Road to Nagore
MANIKKAVANNAR
THIRUNARAIYOOR
On the Kumbakonam- Tiruvarur Road
SIDDHANADESWARAR
THIRUNEELAKKUDI
On the Kumbakonam-karaikkal Road near Thirunageswaram
NEELAKANDESWARAR
THIRUPPAMPURAM
2 kms from Karkathi which is on the Kumbakonam- Karaikkal Road
SESHAPUREESWARAR
THIRUPANANDAL
19 Kms from Kumbakonam on Madras Road
SADAIYAPPAR
THIRUPURAMBIYAM
4.5 Kms from Innambar, which is 3 Kms from north from Puliyanchery which is on the Kumbakonam - Swamimalai road.
SATCHINATHAR
THIRUBUVANAM
5 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam - Mayiladuthurai Road
KAMBAHARESWARAR
THIRUVAIGAVOOR
4.5  Kms from Thirupurambiyam
VILVAVANESWARAR
THIRUVALANCHUZHI
6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam - Swami malai Road via Dharasuram
KARPAGA
NATHESWARAR
THIRUVANCHIYAM 
(SRIVANCHIYAM)
On the Kumbakonam - Nagoor Road, near Nannilam
VANCHIHINGESWARAR
THIRUVAVADUTHURAI
2 Kms from  Narasingampettai, which is at 16 kms from Kumbakonam-Mayiladuthurai Road
MASILAMANEESWARAR
THIRUVEEZHIMAZHAI
Near Eravancheri on the Kumbakonam-Peralam Road
NETHARAR
PARESWARAR
THIRUVIDAI MARUDOOR
6 Kms from Kumbakonam on Kumbakonam -Mayiladuthurai  Road
MAHALINGESWARAR
THIRUVISANALOOR
8 kms from Kumbakonam 
YAGANANDESWARAR
UPPILIPPAN KOIL
10 Kms from Kumbakonam-Karaikkal Road
OPPILIYAPAN
VALANGAIMAN
12 Kms from Kumbakonam on Manargudi  Road
MARIAMMAN



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