The beautiful temple of Navagraha is a true site to behold. The Navagraha temple is not too big as far as size is concerned, but it is of grave importance to the Hindu, and is seated at the very top of the Chiltrasal hills which is located in Dispur in the South-Eastern parts of Guwahati in Assam, the North-East parts of India. The temple is a rare gem to behold, and is dedicated to the nine planets that make up our solar system, with each planet being duly represented by the Shivalinga phallic symbol. Since its dedication to the constellation, the temple is of great significance to lovers of astrology and astronomy. The temple provides a breathtaking view of the city below for those waiting in long lines who wish to appeal to the stars and get luck on their side.
Asides the well-known eight celestial bodies, the
temple also provides refuge to the most important and prominent of them all,
the sun. the beautiful Navagraha temple is a true beauty to behold for those
fascinated by astronomy and astrology, and a haven for true devotees of the
lord Shiva. The building of the temple is erected somewhere on Guwahati’s
second highest hill, and was built sometime around the 18th century, regardless
of how old The building is, it still continues to stand strong even in present
times, after having lived through demolition by an earthquake once upon a time.
There is certainly something quite different about the concept behind the
temple, and this is the major reason of the influx of tourists to this temple
from various parts of India the world at
large. The ancient Indian mythology posits that the heavenly bodies are sacred
deities, in which the gods take on a physical form in the Navagraha temple. The
temple serves as a religious ground for the devout of Shiva, having Shivalingas
being dedicated to the planets, and also being represented by beautifully
decorated sculptures. Amongst all the Guwahati temples, the Navagraha temple
happens to be the most famous, and the structure is said to have been erected
by the King Rajeswar Singha of Ahom Dynasty. The building of the temple
showcases both simplicity and elegance, the temple also have ancient
inscriptions on almost all parts of the walls. Perhaps tourists are fascinated
by the simplicity and grace of the temple.
Insight of the Navagraha Temple
Sometime in the year 1752, the structure of the
beautiful Navagraha temple was built by King Rajeswar Singha of Ahom Dynasty
and he dedicated the temple to the navagrahas which simply means – the nine
planets, ‘Nav’ which means nine and ‘Grahas’ which means planets. The heavenly
bodies that also make up part of the solar system are Surya the sun, Chandra
the moon, Mangala the planet Mars, Budha the planet Mercury, Brihaspati the
planet Jupiter, Shukra the planet Venus, Shani he planet Saturn, Rahu the north
lunar node, and Ketu the south lunar node. The said king, King Rajeswar Singha
of Ahom ordered the excavation of the Silpukhuri tank that can be found near
the temple. A significant portion of the temple as well as a temple tower were
destroyed earlier by an earthquake, but the structures were later restored, and
the temple revived back to life. The inner sanctuary of the temple which can
also be called “garbhagriha” survived the earthquake, but certain areas like
the upper parts of the temple were not so lucky, and the had to be rebuilt with
corrugated iron sheets.
Navagraha Temple is so Significant
In the great Hindu mythology, the nine heavenly
bodies are believed to be of great importance and significance, with people
strongly believing that the movements of these celestial bodies can bring about
good health and prosperity of the people. Hence, these heavenly bodies are
viewed as sacred deities and are worshipped whole heartedly with total devotion
in the temple. People also believe that worshipping these planets in the temple
has the ability to chase off unclean and evil spirits. The town of Guwahati
formerly known as Pragjyotishpur, is also believed to owe its ancient name to
the creation of the temple in the city. Today in these modern times, the temple
also serves as a base for significant research in both astronomy and astrology
Pristine Architecture of the Navagraha Temple
The beautiful temple structures are shaped like
that of a beehive with the structures painted in the color red all round. In
the deeper parts of the sacred sanctum of the temple, the celestial bodies are
sculpted to take the form of a Shivalinga, and are beautifully covered and
decorated with a colorful cloth that represents each body respectively, having
the most prominent of all the bodies at the center of them all, the sun. Around
the year 1753 A.D, the king of Ahom, King Rajeswar Singha took it upon himself
to have a tank erected near the temple in order to provide worshippers at
visitors at the temple with access to clean water throughout the entire year.
The water tank which also bears the name ‘Silpukhuri’, till this day is always
filled with water just as it was when it was first put up, and continues to serve
as a source of clean water to those who are in need of it. As if perched up on
a bird’s nest, the temple allows for an exquisite view of the gently flowing
river of Brahmaputra, and of the whole city and scenery surrounding it.
Hours at The Navagraha Temple
The beautiful temple of Navagraha has its doors
open to all from the hours of 4:00am to 9;00pm every day. There is darshan
which are scheduled at certain hours of the day, which are in the mornings from
6:00am to 12:30pm, and in the evenings from 4:00pm to 8:00pm every day.
Visit the Navagraha Temple
There are certain times of the year which are
perfect and suitable for a memorable visit to the Navagraha temple, and this
times are from late autumn to spring, which on the calendar is between the
months of November, December, February and March.
Visiting at The Navagraha Temple
only source of lighting at the temple is provided by oil lamps, thus, extreme
caution is advised while in the temple premises.
are also frequent visitors at the temple, and can get really aggressive
sometimes. It is advisable not to carry any edibles to the temple, and to avoid
feeding the monkeys under any circumstances despite their charms.
3) It is also advisable that visits to the temple
should be well planned ahead, and should be avoided during the summer times as
the extreme heat can make the visit an unbearable one. The rainy season should
also be avoided as well, as constant and heavy downpour can totally ruin plans
on visiting the temples beautiful premises.
your Way to The Temple
The Navagraha temple can be found along the
Navagraha road all the way up on the Chitrasal hills. Finding one’s way around
to the temple has been made really easy as there are directs cabs, buses, and
cars for hire which are readily available from certain points such as the
Guwahati railway station, the Paltan Bazaar, and other such significant
landmark areas of the city all the way to the temple.