Nava Graha Stotram by Bhagvan Veda Vyasa
Japaa Kusumasankasham Kasyapeyam Maha Dhyuthim
Tamognam Sarvapaapghnam Pranatosmi Divakaram
Dadhi Shankha tushaa-raabham Khseero Darnava Sambhavam
Namaami Shashinam Somam Shambhor Mukuta Bhooshanam
Dharanee garbha sambhootam ,Vidyut Kaanti Sama-prabham
Kumaram Shakti Hastam ,Tham Mangalaam Pranamamyamah
Priyangukalika Shyaamam , RoopenaaPratimam Budham
Soumyam Soumya Guno Petham Tam Budham Pranamamyam
Deva-naam cha Rishi Naam cha Gurum kaanchana sannibham,
Buddhi Bhootam Trilokesham Tam Namaami Brihaspatim
HimaKundha Mrina-laabham Daitya-naam Paramam Gurum
Sarva Shastra Pravaktaaram Bhargavam Pranamaamyamham
Neelanjanasamaabhasam Ravi Putram Yamaagrajam
Chaaya Marthanda Sambhootam Tam Namaami Shanaiswara
Ardha Kaayam Mahaa Veeryam Chandra- Aditya Vimardanam
Simhika Garbha Sambhootam Tam Rahum Pranamaamyaham
Palaasha Pushpa Sankaasham Tarakaa Graha Mastakam
Roudram Roudraa-tmakam Ghoram Tam Ketum Pranamaamyaham
Nava Graha Peeda Hara Stotram
This prayer gives the prayer to be chanted to get rid of troubles caused by each planet. Though the entire prayer can be chanted, it is necessary only to chant the corresponding stanza for the concerned planet which is causing problems.
Grahanaam aadhi radhithyo,
Loka Rakshana Karaka,
Vishama sthana sambhootham
Peedam harathu may ravi., 1
Please steal away my troubles, Oh Sun,
Who is the first among all planets,
Who is the cause for protecting the world,
And who causes troubles by his position.
Rohineesa sudha murthy
Sudha dhatra sudhasana,
Vishama sthana sambhootham
Peedam harathu may vidhu 2
Please steal away my troubles, Oh Moon,
Who is the lord of the star Rohini,
Who is made of nectar,
Who sheds nectar, who sits on nectar
And who causes troubles by his position.
Bhoomi puthro maha thejaa,
Jagatham bhayakruth sada,
Vrushti kruth vrushti hartha,
Cha peeadam harathu may Kuja., 3
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Mars,
Who creates always fear in this world,
Who is the son of earth and greatly shining,
Who causes rain and who stops rain.
Uthpada roopo jagatham,
Chandra puthra maha dhyuthi,
Soorya priyakaro vidhwan,
Peedam harathu may Budha., 4
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Mercury,
Who is of the form of earthly production,
Who s the son of moon and greatly wise,
And who is wise and favorite of the Sun.
Deva manthri Visalaksha,
Sada loka hithe ratha,
Aneka sishya sampoorna,
Peedam harathu may Guru., 5
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Jupiter
Who has broad eyes and a minister of devas,
Who is always interested in welfare of the world,
And who has several disciples with him.
Daithyamanthri guru sthesham
Pranadhascha maha mathi,
Prabhu sthara grahanaam,
Peedam harathu may Brugu., 6
Please steal away all my troubles, oh Venus,
Who is the minister and teacher of Rakshasas,
Who is extremely intelligent among the living,
And who is the lord among stars and planets.
Soorya puthro deergha deha,
Visalaksha Shiva Priya,
Peedam harathu may Sani., 7
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Saturn,
Who has a long body and is the son of Sun,
Who has broad eyes and likes Shiva,
Who moves slowly and is always cheerful.
Mahasira maha vakthro,
Deergha damshtro maha bala,
Peedam harathu may thama., 8
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Rahu,
Who has a big head and a big throat,
Who has long teeth and is very strong,
And who wanders with his long hair.
Aneka roopa varnaischa,
Uthpatha roopo jagatham,
Peedam harathu may Shikhi., 9
Please steal away all my troubles, Oh Kethu,
Who has several forms and several colours,
Who purifies hundred and thousand times,
And who is the form of calamity.
The Sun god has four arms, he is seated on the pedestal of lotus; his hands are embellished with lotus flowers on both sides. There is a beautiful golden crown, on his head and a garland of gems around his neck. His radiance is just like the interior part of a lotus flower and he is mounted on the chariot pulled by seven horses.
The Sun god is also known as ‘Savita’, which means – one who creates, ‘SAVITA SARVASYA PRASAVITA’ (Nirukta -10/31). According to the Rigveda the Sun god situated at the centre of the solar system is an inspirer of all, pervader of the internal parts and an embodiment of almighty god. According to the ‘Markandeya Puran’ Sun is the embodiment of Brahma, the world originates from the Sun and is established in it. The Sun is the appearance of all the matters and elements and is the eternal almighty. This very God ‘Bhaskar’ creates nurtures and annihilates the world respectively in the form of lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva. Sun is the supreme deity amongst all the nine-planets.
When Brahma manifested himself by breaking the egg, then he pronounced ‘OM’. This Omkar itself is the supreme soul and the very physique of Sun god. The four Vedas emerged from all the four mouths of lord Brahma, which were glowing by their own radiance. The powerful radiance emanating from the ‘Omkar’ covered the radiance of the Vedas and ultimately all of them unified. This very Vedic appearance of ‘Omkar’ is the sun god. This radiant sun was the first manifested during the times of creation, hence it was called ‘Aditya’.
Once the demons, the titans and the monsters unitedly fought with the deities and snatched their power and authority after defeating them. ‘Aditi’– the mother of the deities did worship of sun god to get protection from this calamity. Being pleased with her the sun god took incarnation as her son and established the eternal path of the Veda after defeating the enemies of the deities. He is called Aditya also for this reason.
The complexion of Sun god is red. His vehicle is a chariot. There is only one wheel in his chariot which is called ‘Samvatsar’. The wheel of his chariot has 12 spokes, which symbolise the twelve months. The wheel has six circumferences, which symbolize the six seasons, and three ‘Naves’ which is symbolise of the three four-months.
The sages (rishi) and all the celestial supernatural beings like ‘Gandharva’, ‘Apsara’, ‘Nag’ yaksha and the deities’ move along with him doing his worship. The wheel, power, a loop and a hook are the weapons of sun god. His great-phase (Mahadasha) last for six years. To get his blessings and for his pacification, performance of ‘Arghya’ (pouring water facing the sun in the morning should be done and also the text of Harivansh purana should be listened to. Ruby should be worn on the body and donation of wheat, cow along with a calf, raw-sugar (gur), copper, gold and red-clothes should be made to the brahmins,needfull &poor.
OM AAKRISHNEN RAJASA VARTAMANO NIVESHAYANNAMRITAM MARTYAM CHA ||
HIRANYEN SAVITA RATHENA DEVO YAATI BHUVANANI PASHYAN ||
The mantra mentioned in the Purana is as follows:
JAPAKUSUMA SANKASHAM KASHYAPEYAM MAHADYUTIM ||
TAMORIM SARVA PAPAGHNAM PRANATOSMI DIWAKARAM ||
Mantra is as follows :
OM GHRINI SURYAY NAMAH ||
Any of the above given mantras can be chanted repeatedly with devotion. The mantras should be chanted for 7000 times during the dawn period.
The Moon god is of fair complexion. He is attired in white apparels. The colour of his chariot is white and so are the colours of horses pulling it. He is seated on the pedestal of lotus placed in a beautiful chariot pulled by seven horses. He possesses a golden crown on his head and a garland of pearls on his neck. He has a mace in one hand and the other one is raised in the posture of showering blessings.
According to the ‘Srimad Bhagawat’ Moon-god is the son of Maharishi Atri and Anasuya. He is considered to be all pervading. He possesses al the sixteen phases (Kala). Lord Krishna was the descendant of moon god,combined with all the sixteen phases like him. He is the one from whom all the deities’ ancestors, yaksha, human being, animals-birds and trees get life.
Lord Brahma made him the seed, medicine, water and the king of the Brahmins. He was married to the twenty-seven constellations i.e. ‘Ashwini’, ‘Bharani’, ‘Krittika’, ‘Rohini’ etc. These constellations were the daughters of ‘Daksha’. (Harivanshpuran)
According to the Vanparva of Mahabharata all the wives of moon god are chaste and beautiful. While moving along with the constellations in their respective orbits. The moon god nurtures the living beings and classifies various festivals, combinations and the months.
On the full moon day and during the rising of moon, offerings of the delicacies mined with honey in a copper-vessel is made to him then he gets satisfied. Being pleased he frees a man from all the pains and sorrows. By satisfying him one also satisfies the sun god, ‘Vishvedeva’ (ancestors), ‘Marudgana’ (deities controlling natural forces) and the wind god (Vayu).
The vehicle of Moon god is chariot. There are three wheels in his chariot. His chariot is pulled by ten powerful horses. All the horses are divine, incomparable and are quick as the mind. The eyes and ears of the horses are white. According to the ‘Matasyapurana’ the horses are as white as a conch.
Mercury is the son of Moon god who took birth from ‘Tara’. The presiding deity of Moon-god is goddess Uma. Moon-god is the lord of the zodiac sign Cancer and his ‘great-phase’ (Mahadasha) last for ten years. He is also considered to be the lord of the constellations. He holds the second position among all the nine planets.
Unfavourability of the moon god causes various kinds of physical pains and diseases like mental tensions and diseases of breath. He is pleased if one fasts on Monday, or if one eulogizes and worship lord Shiva. He is also pleased if a person wears pearls.
Donations of Rice, grains, Camphor, White-cloth, silver, conch, white sandal, white flower, sugar, bullock, curd and pearls should be made to please him.
Worship of Moon god can be done by the following mantra taken from the Puran.
DADHI SHANKHA TUSHARABHAM KSHIRODARNAVA SAMBHAVAM ||
NAMAMI SHASHINAM SOMAM SHAMBHOR MUKUTBHUSHANAM ||
OM SOM SOMAY NAMAH ||
Any of the above given three mantras can be chanted repeatedly for fixed numbers with faith and devotion.
Chanting of this mantra should be done for 11,000 times during evening time.
The deity mars has four arms. He has a hairy body. The small hairs of the body are red in colour. In his hands are mace and Trident and rest of the two hands are raised in the postures of bestowing fearlessness and blessings. He has a golden crown on his head and his vehicle is a lamb. He is attired in red coloured apparels and had red garlands in his neck.
In the ‘Kalpa’ of Varah’ when Hiranyaksha, the elder brother of Hiranyakshipu had abducted the earth Lord Vishnu had taken incarnation as a boar and had rescued the earth by killing Hiranyaksha. Mother earth became very pleased after seeing lord Vishnu and had a desire to have him as her husband.
In his incarnation as a boar lord Vishnu’s radiance was as dazzling illuminating and unbearable as crores of Suns. Lord Vishnu transformed his appearance into his enchanting form to fulfill the wish of the presiding deity of the earth and lived with earth for one year in aloofness. This way the birth of Mars took place (Brahmavaivarta Puran 2/8/29 to 43).
There are different stories about the origin of Mars in different ‘Kalps’. While doing worship the Mars is addressed as to be belonging from Bhardwaj’s clan. This narration has come in the Ganeshpuran.
The greatness of the worship of planet Mars has been described in the Purans’. Mars fulfills all the desires of a man after being pleased. The method of worship has been described in the Bhaumayantra on copper sheet and worshiping the golden idol of Mars. Chanting the name of ‘Mars’ gives liberation from the debts. Mars is considered as an inauspicious planet.
Mars passes through all the twelve zodiacs in one and half year after crossing each zodiac in three ‘pakshas’ (45 days) provided its motion is not retrograded.
Mars is pacified by the worship of Shiva. Wearing a coral also pacifies mars. Making donations of copper, gold, wheat, red clothes, jaggery (gur), red sandal, red flowers, saffron, musk, red-ox, lentil and land also, pacified the mars. Fast should be observed on Tuesday and the Hanuman Chalisa should be read.
The great phase of mars lasts for seven years. Mars is the lord of two zodiacs, i.e., Aries and Scorpio.
The Mantra given in the Purana is as follows:
DHARANI GARBHA SAMBHOOTAM VIDDUTKANTI SAMAPRABHAM ||
KUMARAM SHAKTI HASTAM TAM MANGALAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||
OM AM ANGARKAYA NAMAH ||
Any one of the above given mantras can be chanted for a fixed number with faith and devotion.
Total number of chanting of this mantra = 10,000 times Times at 8 ‘o’ clock in the morning.
One can take help of a learned Brahmin in special circumstance.
God Mercury or Budha is attired in yellow apparels and wears a garland of yellow flowers. The radiance and glow of his body is like that of an oleander flower. He has a sword, a shield a mace in each of his three hands respectively and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving blessings. He has a golden crown on his head and a beautiful garland in his neck. His vehicle is a lion.
According to the ‘Atharavaveda’ Mercury’s father is the moon and his mother is Tara. He was given the name mercury by lord Brahma because of his intelligence. According to Shrimad bhagawat he is proficient in all the scriptures and is as radiant as the moon.
According to Matsyapuran (24/1-2) lord Brahma made him lord of earth and a planet.
According to a mountain, which comes in the Mahabharata, Manu impressed by his learning’s and intelligence married his daughter Ila with him. As a result of this marriage ‘Pururva’ was born and the descent of moon expanded.
According to the Shrimadbhagawat (5/22-13) mercury is situated about 2,00,000 yojans (2400 000 km above venus). Mercury is considered to be an auspicious planet but if by chance it transgresses, chance of natural calamities like draught storm and floods occur.
According to the Matsyapuran the complexion of mercury is yellow like an oleander flower. His chariot is of white colour and illuminated by light, Horses, which are as fast as the wind, pull the chariot. The names of the horses are Shweta, Pisanga, Saranga, Neel, Peeta, Vilohita, Krishna, Hairta, Prisha and Prishni.
The governing deity of the planet mercury is Lord Vishnu. Mercury is the lord of the zodiac Gemini, and Virgo. The great phase of mercury lasts for 17 years.
For the pacification of this planet fasts should be observed on every Amavasya (moonless night) and emerald should be won on the body.
Donations of ivory, green-clothes, Coral emerald, gold camphor, weapon, fruit and ghee to the brahmins also satisfies the mercury.
The worship of mercury is done when it is situated in the northeast direction. His symbol is an arrow and is of green complexion.
The Mantra mentioned in the Purana is as follows:
PRIYANGU KALIKA SHYAMAM RUPENA PRATIMAM BUDHAM ||
SAUMYAM SAUMYA GUNOPETAM TAM BUDHAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||
OM BOOM BUDHAYA NAMAH
Any of the above given mantras can be chanted repeatedly for fixed numbers.
Total numbers of chanting = 9000.
Time for chanting is two hours after the sunrise.
Help from a learned Brahmin can be taken in special circumstances.
The preceptor of the Deities – Jupiter (Vrihaspati) has yellow complexion. He is adorned with a golden crown on his head and a beautiful garland in his neck. He is attired in yellow apparels and is seated on the pedestal of lotus flower. He has four hands and holds a stick (dand), Rudraksha garland, receptacle in each of his three hands and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings.
According to the Mahabharat (Adiparva), Jupiter is the son of great sage Angira and the priest of the deities. The demons wanted to starve the deities to death by obstructing the oblation (Yagya) performed by them. Jupiter by the help of his profound knowledge helped the deities to get their due shares of the oblation. Jupiter the preceptor of the deities protected them by using the Rakshoghna mantra and driving away the demons.
In ‘Skandapuran’ there is a description how he became the preceptor of the deities. Jupiter did a severe and tremendous penance in ‘Dwarka’ (prabhas area) to please lord Shankar. Being pleased by his penance lord Shiva gave him a boon to become the preceptor of the deities.
Jupiter remains in each zodiac for a year if he has a retrograded motion then this duration changes. (Shrimadbhagawat 5/22/15).
According to the Rigveda Jupiter is very pleasing to watch. He himself has constructed his abode. He is worth worshipping for the whole world. If he becomes pleased with his devotees he blesses them with prosperity and intelligence. He helps his devotees to be on a virtuous paths and protect them in every calamity. Jupiter is very affectionate towards people who seek his refuge.
His vehicle is a chariot, which is made up of gold and appears very pleasant. Eight horses pull his chariot, which have yellow complexions and which are as fast as the wind. His weapon is a stick made of gold.
Jupiter has two wives – Shubha and Tara. Seven daughters were born to Shubha – Bhanumati, Raka, Archismati, Mahishrvati, Siniwali and Havishmati.
Seven sons and a daughter were born to Tara. Jupiter also had a third wife whose name was Mamta and who gave birth to ‘Bhardwaja’ and ‘Kacha’. The presiding deity of Jupiter is ‘Indra’.
Jupiter is the lord of the zodiac Sagittarius and Pisces. His ‘great phase lasts till sixteen years. Fast should be observed on dark moon (Amavasya) and on Thursday for his pacification. He is also pacified if yellow topaz is worn. Making donations of yellow clothes, gold, turmeric, ghee, cereals of yellow colour, topaz, horse, book, honey, salt, sugar, land and umbrella to the brahmins pacifies the jupiter.
The following mantra is taken from the ‘Purana’ and chanting of this mantra pacifies the Jupiter.
DEVANAM CHA RISHINAM CHA GURUM KANCHAN SANNIBHAM ||
BUDDHI BHOOTAM TRILOKESHAM TAM NAMAMI BRIHASPATIM ||
OM BRIM BRIHASPATAYE NAMAH ||
Any of the above given three mantras can be used for the pacification of the Jupiter.
Total numbers of repetition = 19000 times
Time = during the evening time.
Venus the preceptor of the demons is of white and fair complexion. He possesses a beautiful crown on his head and wears a garland in his neck. He is seated on the pedestal of white lotus. He has four hands. In each of his three hands. He holds a ‘dand’ (stick), a rudraksha garland & a receptacle. His fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings.
Venus or ‘Shukracharya’ is the priest of the demons. He continuously showers his blessing on his disciples (demons). He is the supreme teacher of the ‘yoga’ After doing a tremendous penance he had pleased lord Shiva and received the ‘learning’ of ‘Mritasanjivani’ (bringing alive a dead person). By the help of this learning he used to bring back to life the demons that got killed in the battles with the deities. (Mahabharat, Adiparva 76/8)
According to the Matsyapuran, Shukracharya performed such a severe austerity and penance for the benediction of the demons which was incomparable and which has not been performed by anybody till date. Lord Shiva became pleased and blessed him with a boon that he would defeat the deities in the battle and also that nobody would be able to kill him. Lord Shiva also made him the secretary of all the wealth as a result he became the lord of all the wealth of all the worlds.
According to the Mahabharat (AdiParva (78/39) Shukracharya was not only the lord of wealth but he is also the master of the medicinal herbs, the mantras and all kinds of taste. His capabilities are wonderful. He had donated all his wealth to the demons and had accepted the life of a hermit.
By the inspiration of lord Brahma he became a planet and started to protect the lives of all the living beings of all the three worlds. In his form of a planet he attends the assembly of lord Brahma. He is very favourable planet for the worlds because he pacifies such planets, which obstruct rain.
His presiding deity is ‘Indrani’. According to the Matsyapuran (94/5) the complexion of Shukracharya (Venus) is fair. Chariot is his vehicle, which is pulled by eight horses, which are like fire. Flags keep fluttering on top of the chariot. He has a dand (stick or mace) as his weapon.
Venus is the lord of the zodiac of Taurus and Libra and his great phase lasts for twenty years.
For the pacification of Venus, the worship of cow should be done and a diamond should be worn. Venus is also pacified if donations of silver, gold, rice, ghee, white clothes, white-sandalwood, curd, sugar, cow and land are made to the brahmins.
The white pentagon situated in the east symbolizes the Venus, among the nine planets.
Chanting of the following mantra, which has been taken from the Puran, pacifies the Venus
HIMAKUNDA MRINALABHAM DAITYANAAM PARAMAM GURUM ||
SARVA SHASTRA PRAVAKTTARAM BHARGAVAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||
OM SHOOM SHUKRAYA NAMAH ||
Any of the above given mantras can be used for the pacification of Venus.
Total number of chanting = 16000 times
Time for chanting = During Sunrise.
The complexion and radiance of Saturn is as brilliant as a blue diamond. He has a golden crown on his head and wears a garland and blue coloured apparels. He is seated on the back of the vulture. He possesses a bow, an arrow and a trident in each of his three hands respectively and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings.
Saturn is the son of Sun god and Chaya (Sanvarna). He is considered as a cruel planet. The cruelty, which he possesses in his sight, is due to the curse he received from his wife. The narration which has been mentioned in the Brahma Puran goes as follows:
The deity Shani (Saturn) was a great devotee of lord Krishna right from his childhood. He used to be immersed in the love for lord Krishna. After he grew up, his father married him with the daughter of ‘Chitraratha’. His wife was a chaste woman full of radiance.
One night she went to him after having a bath when her menstruation periods were over, with a desire of having a son, but her husband Shani (Saturn) was immersed in the meditation of lord Krishna,he was unconscious of his surroundings. She became tired of waiting and she became angry . She cursed him that from today onwards whoever gets seen by him would be destroyed. After he came out of his meditative trance ‘Shani’ (Saturn) tried to make up with her by cajoling her. His wife too felt sorry for her mistake but she was powerless in neutralizing the ill effects of her curse. From then onwards Shani has been keeping his gaze downwards because he did not want to cause harm to anybody.
According to the astrology if the Saturn pierces and passes through the constellation of Rohini then it is considered to be very inauspicious and causes draughts for twelve years making even the survival of the living beings impossible. This combination was about to come during the time of Dasharatha. He was cautioned by his astrologers against its consequences. To protect his subject from ‘Shanis’ wrath Dasharatha went up in the constellation-zone. First of all he made salutations to the deity ‘Shani’ but when he refused he fought with him, using his most destructive weapon.
‘Shani’ became pleased by his sense of duty and asked him to demand any boon. Dasharatha requested him not to cross the Rohini-constellation’ till the sun and constellation exists. Shani agreed to his request.
Lord Brahma is the presiding deity of the Saturn. His complexion is dark, his vehicle is a vulture and his chariot is made up of iron. Saturn remains in each of the twelve zodiacs for thirty months.
Chanting of the following mantra which has been taken from the ‘Purana’ pacifies the Saturn.
NILANJANA SAMA BHASAM RAVIPUTRAM YAMA GRAJAM ||
CHHAAYA MARTANDA SAMBHOOTAM TAM NAMAMI SHANAISHCHARAM ||
OM SHAM SHANAISHCHARAYA NAMAH ||
Any of the above given three mantras can be chanted for the pacification of Saturn.
Total numbers of chantings = 23,000 times
Time for chanting the mantra = Evening.
The face of Dragon’s head is very ferocious and terrifying. He has a crown on his head, a garland in his neck and wears apparels of black colour. He holds a sword, a shield, a trident in each of his three hands respectively and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings. He is seated on a lion, which is his vehicle.
‘Rahu’s’ mother is ‘Sinhika’ who was the wife of ‘Viprachitti’ and was the daughter of Hiranyakashipu. Rahu is also known as ‘Sainhikeya’, which is based on his mother’s name. Rahu had one hundred brothers, but he was the most capable and powerful among all of them. (Shrimadbhagawat 6/6/36).
During the time of churning of the sea, when lord Vishnu in his appearance of an enchanting woman (Mohini) was giving ambrosia to the deities for drinking, Rahu sat among the deities in disguise. Rahu also was able to drink the ambrosia but the moon and the sun made the secret open about with real identity. Lord Vishnu killed him with his Sudarshan Chakra’ by severing his head. The drinking of ambrosia had made him immortal and lord Brahma transformed him into a planet. (Srimadbhagawat 8/9/26)
According to the Mahabharat (Bheeshma Parva 12/40) the shape of the dragon’s head is circular. He too sits in the assembly of lord Brahma along with the rest of the planets.
According to the Matsyapuran (28/61) the shadow of the earth is circular and Rahu rotates around this very shadow.
He is the presiding deity of this shadow (Chhaya). According to the rigveda (5/40/5) when Rahu – the son of Asuya or Sinhika covers the sun and the moon with his darkness, then it becomes so dark that the people became unable even to identify their places.
Even after being transformed into a planet Rahu attacks the moon on full moon day and the sun on dark moon day out of his enemity towards them. This event is called an eclipse or Rahu Parag.
According to the Matsyapuran the chariot of Rahu appears in the form of darkness. His chariot is pulled by eight horses, which are black in color.
The presiding deity of Rahu is ‘Kaal’. It is symbolised by a black flag in north west direction among all the nine planets.
The great phase of Dragon’s head lasts for 18 years. Barring few situations it is generally considered to be an inauspicious planet. According to the astrology if ‘Rahu’ is situated unfavorably in the horoscope then it causes many types of physical illness. It also causes obstacles in accomplishment of works and accidents.
Chanting of the Mrityunjay mantra and wearing a turquoise pacifies the dragon’s head.
Making donations of mica, iron, sesame, blue clothes, receptacles made of copper, horse-beans, oil onyx, blanket, horse and a sword, to the brahmins too pacifies the dragon’s head.
The following mantra taken from the purana pacifies the dragon’s head.
ARDHAKAYAM MAHAVIRYAM CHANDRADITYA VIMARDANAM ||
SINGHIKA GARBHA SAMBHOOTAM TAM RAHUM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||
OM RAM RAHAVE NAMAH
Any of the above given mantra when chanted by a person having inauspicious influences of Rahu gets benefitted.
Total number of chanting = 18000 times.
The time for chanting = During night.
The Dragon’s tail or Ketu has two arms. He possesses a crown on his head and is attired in black-clothes. The complexion of his body is smoke-like and he has a deformed face. In each of his two hands he holds a mace and the other hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings. He is seated on a vulture which is also his vehicle.
‘Ketu’ is the headless trunk of the demon ‘Rahu’. After the killing of Rahu, when lord Vishnu severed his head by his sudarshan chakra. The head portion was called Rahu and his trunk was called Ketu. Both Rahu and Ketu became planets. According to the matsyapuran there are numerous Ketus out of which ‘Dhoomketu’ is the main.
According to the Indian astrology dragon’s tail is a shadow planet. It has a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. It’s area of influence is considered to be in the north-west direction. According to some scholars Ketu is Sombre and mild as compared to Rahu and is beneficial for a man. In some special circumstances it helps a man to achieve the zenith of fame. The shape of Ketu is considered to be of the shape of a fluttering flag. Its length is only six angul (six inches).
Although both Rahu and Ketu originated from the same body but after being transformed into the planets and considering it as their rebirth, new names of lineages were given to them. Rahu was considered to be of ‘Paithinas’ clan or lineage and Ketu was considered to be of ‘Jainini’ lineage. The complexion of Ketu is like a colour of the smoke. In some places there are mentions of pigeon as his vehicle.
The great phase of Dragon’s tail lasts for seven years. Rahu’s presiding dety is chitraketu. If there is a Ketu situated in an inauspicious house of a man’s horoscope then it causes inauspicious and misfortunes. The man gets inflicted with disease like leprosy itches and ringworm.
Making donations of the following things pacifies the Ketu
Lapis- Lazule (gem), oil, black sesame, blanket, weapon, musk and flower of blue colour. Wearing of a cat’s eye and chanting of ‘Mrityunjaya Japa also pacifies the Ketu.
The following mantra taken from the purana pacifies the Ketu
PALASHA PUSHPA SANKASHAM TARAKA GRAHAMASTAKAM ||
RAUDRAM RAUDRAT MAKAM GHORAM TAM KETUM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||
OM KEM KETAVE NAMAH ||
Total number of chantings = 17000 times
Time for chanting = Night
Kusha grass should be used for Havan and a brahmin help should be sought in special circumstances.
II Shree Navagraha Chalisa II
Shri Ganapati Gurupada kamala, Prema sahita shiranaya I
Navagraha chalIsa kahata,Sharada hohu sahaya II
Jaya jaya Ravi Shashi Soma Budha,jaya guru bhragu shani raja I
Jayati rahu aru ketu graha, karahu anugraha aaja II
Shree Surya (Sun) Stuti
Prathamahi ravi kaha.N navau matha, karahu kRipA jana jaani anatha I
Hey Aditya divakara bhanU, mai matimanda maha agyanU I
Aba nija jana kahan harahu kalesha,Dinkara dvadasha rupa dinesha I
Namami bhaskara surya prabhakara,arka mitra agha mogha shmakara I
Shree Chandra (Moon) Stuti
shashi mayaNka rajanipati swami, Chandra kalanidhi namo namami I
Rakapati Himanshu Rakesha, pranavata jana tana harahu kalesha I
Soma Indu vidhu shanti sudhakara,shita rashmi aushadhi nishakara I
Tumahi shobhita wsundar bhala mahesha,sharana sharana jana harahu kalesha I
Shree Mangala (Mars) Stuti
Jaya jaya Mangala sukha daata,lauhita bhaumadika vikhyata I
Angaraka kuja ruja Rinahari, daya karahu yahi vinaya hamarI I
Hey mahisuta Chitisuta sukharasi,lohitanga jaya jana aghanasii I
Agama amangala aba hara lIjai,sakala manoratha poorana kije I
Shree Budha (Mercury) Stuti
Jaya shashi nandana budha maharaja,karahu sakala jana kahaN shubha kaja I
Dijai buddhi sumati sujana, kathina kasta hari hari kalyana I
Hey tarasuta rohiNI naMdana, chandra suvana duhkha dwand nikandana I
Pujahu asa dass kaha swami,pranata pala prabhu namo namami I
Shree Brashpati (Jupiter) Stuti
Jayati jayati jaya shri guru deva,karahu sada tumhari prabhu seva I
Devacharya deva guru gyani,Indra purohita vidya dani I
Vachaspati bagisa udara,jeeva brashaspati naama tumhara I
VidyA sindhu angia naama,karahu sakala vidhi puran kama I
Shree Shukra (Venus) Stuti
Shukradeva tava pada tala jala jatta,dassa nirantara dhyana lagata I
Hey ushena bhargava bhRagunandana, daitya purohita dushTa nikandana I
BhRagukul bhUsana dusana haari,harahu nesta graha karahu sukharIi I
Tuhi dwijvar joshi sirtaja, nar shareer ke tumhi raja I
Shree Shani (Saturn) Stuti
Jaya shree Shani deva ravinandana,jaya kriShno sauri jagavandana I
Pingala manda raudra yama nama,vaphra adi konastha lalama I
Vakra dristi pipala tana saja, shana maha karata ranka shana raja I
Lalta svarna pada karata nihala,karahu vijaya Chaya ke lala I
Shree Rahu Stuti
Jaya jaya rahu gagana pravisaiya, tumahi chandra aditya grasaiya I
Ravi shashi ari svarbhanu dhara,shikhi adi bahu naama tumhara I
Saihinkeya nishachara raja,ardhakaya jag rakhahu laja I
Yadi graha samaya paya kahin avahu,sada shanti rahi sukha upajavahu I
Shree Ketu Stuti
Jaya jaya ketu kathina dukhahari,karahu srijana hetu mangalakari I
Dhvajayuta ruNda rupa vikarala, ghora raudratana adhamana kala I
Shikhi tarika graha balavana, mahapratapa na teja thikana I
Vahana mina maha shubhakari,deejai shanti daya ura dhari I
Navagraha Shanti Phal
Teerathraj prayag supasa, bassai Rama ke sundar dassa I
Kakra gramhin puray-tiwari, duvashram jana kashta utarana setu I
nava-graha shanti likhyo sukha hetu, jana tana kashTa utarana setu I
Jo nita paTha karai chita lavai, saba sukha bhogi parama padapavai I
Dhanya navagraha deva prabhu, mahima agama apara I
Chita nava mangala moda graha, jagata janana sukha dvara I
Yeh Chalisa navograha vicharit sndardasa I
Padat premayut badat sukha, sarvanda hulasa II
Surya Red Holds padma in both hands
Chandra White Holds kumuda in both hand
Guru Yellow Holds akshamala in right hand and kamandalu in left hand
Mangal Dark Red Holds danda in right hand, kamandalu in left hand
Budha Green Hands in yoga-mudra
Shani Black Holds danda in right hand and kamandalu in left hand
Shukra White Holds akshamala in right hand and kamandalu in left hand
Rahu Blue Seated on a sacrificial pit
Ketu Mixed colours Arms folded in anjali attitude; lower portion of the body is that of a snake
Surya : Om hram hreem hroum sah suryaya namah
Chandra : Om shram sreem shraum sah chandraya namah
Mangala : Om kram kreem kroum sah bhaumaya namah
Budha : Om bram breem broum sah budhaya namah
Guru : Om jhram jhreem jroum sah gurave namah
Shukra : Om dram dreem droum sah shukraya namah
Shani : Om pram preem proum sah shanaischaraya namah
Rahu : Om bhram bhreem bhroum sah rahave namah
Ketu : Om shram shreem shroum sah ketave namah
The sculptures of grahas in Indian Temples are oriented in such a way that no two grahas face each other. Eight grahas surround the surya. Surya faces east. Each graha faces one of the four directions.
Mother Earth is represented as a goddess: Bhoodevi.