The Navagraha temples are a group of Navagraha temples dating back to the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. According to Hindu legend, Sage Kalava suffered from serious illnesses as well as leprosy. He prayed to the Navagrahas. The planets were pleased with his devotion and offered a remedy to the sage. Lord Brahma got angry that the planets do not have the power to bless humans. He cursed the nine planets to suffer from leprosy and was sent to earth to Vellerukku Vanam, the jungle of white wildflowers, modern-day Suryanar Kovil.
The planets prayed to Lord Shiva to release them from the curse. Lord Shiva appeared and told them that the place was theirs and that they should honor the devotees who worshiped them from the place. Each temple is located in a different place and is considered to be the home of one of the Navagrahas. However, eight of these temples are dedicated to Shiva. The temple of Surya is the only one dedicated to Graham. In fact, it is entirely dedicated to the worship of the Sun God and the other Navagrahas, the former being worshiped as the main deity and the latter as assisting deities. It was built around the 11th or 12th century. The other temples were built earlier, from the 7th to the 9th centuries.
Famous Navagraha Temples in Tamil Nadu:
- Surya Navagraha Temple – Sooriyanar Kovil, Thanjavur.
- Chandra Navagraha Temple – Thingalur, Thanjavur.
- Angaarakan Navagraha Temple – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Mayiladuthurai.
- Budha Navagraha Temple – Thiruvenkadu, Mayiladuthurai.
- Guru Navagraha Temple – Alangudi, Thiruvarur.
- Sukra Navagraha Temple – Kanjanur, Thanjavur.
- Shani Navagraha Temple – Thirunallar, Karaikal.
- Rahu Navagraha Temple – Thirunageswaram, Thanjavur.
- Ketu Navagraha Temple – Keezhperumpallam, Mayiladuthurai.
- Angineeshwar Temple – Birthplace of Lord Sanieeswarar and Lord Yematharmar, Kodiyalur, Thirumeyachur, Thiruvarur.
Navagraha Temples in Chennai Kundrathur:
A similar group of Navagraha temples is in Chennai, the ancient Thondai Nadu in and around Kundrathur. it was founded by Thyagaraja gurukul and Bhuvaneshwari. Their family published a little book from Navagraha Stalam Puranam in Chennai.
- Agatheeswarar Temple – Suryan – Kolapakkkam
- Somanaadheeswarar Temple – Chandran – Somangalam
- Vaidheeswaran Temple – Angaragan – Poovirundhavalli (Poondhamalli)
- Sundareswarar Temple – Budhan – Kovur
- Ramanaadheeswarar Temple – Guru – Porur
- Velleeswarar Temple – Sukran – Mangadu
- Agatheeswarar Temple – Shaneeswaran – Pozhichalur
- Neelakandeswarar Temple – Kethu – Gerugambakkam
- Nageshwarar Temple – Rahu – Kundratthur
Navagraha Temples / Nava_Tirupathi in Tirunelveli :
- Srivaikuntanathan Permual Temple – Suryan
- Vijayaasana Perumal Temple – Chandran
- Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple – Sevvai
- ThiruPulingudi Perumal Temple – Budhan
- AlwarThirunagari Temple – Gurubhagawan
- Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple – Sukran
- Srinivasa Perumal Temple – Shaniswaran
- Irattai Thiruppathy, Aravindalochanar – Raghu
- Irattai Thiruppathy, Devapiran – Kedhu
Navagraha Temples in Gudiyatham, Vellore :
- Surya Navagraha Temple- Karupulleshwarar temple, Nellore, Gudiyatham
- Chandra Navagraha Temple – Sri Linganatha Swamy temple
- Angaarakan Navagraha Temple – Sri Mahadevar temple
- Budha Navagraha Temple – Sri Semmalai temple
- Guru Navagraha Temple – Sri Gurubhagavan temple, Perumbadi.
- Sukra Navagraha Temple – Sri Kaalabhairavar temple, Pogalur
- Shani Navagraha Temple – Sri Baalasarthuleshwarar temple, Gudiyatham north
- Rahu Navagraha Temple – Sri Naganathaswamy temple, near Gudiyatham
- Ketu Navagraha Temple – Sri Naganathaswamy temple, near Gudiyatham