Video - In and Around of Navagraha Temple
Significance of the Temple
The present temple of Navagrahas in Guwahati was built during the time of King Rajesvar Singh in 1752 AD. The upper part (Sikhara) of the temple was destroyed by the great earthquake which occurred in old times and was rebuilt with corrugated iron-sheet. The 'Garbhagriha', built of brick, however, exists. The votaries carry on regular worship over here even at present.
Firstly the Surya's great chariot which has one wheel and is drawn by seven horses, while carrying a lotus in each of his hands, he wears an armour and has a shield over his breast with the beautiful straight hair, and is surrounded by a halo of light.
Secondly the great Chandra who is been represented in white colour, clothed in white garment who is surrounded by a halo and adorned with ornaments and garland of all sorts of flowers.
Then, Buddha is being represented in yellow colour, clothed in yellow garment, with' three arms bearing 'Khadga', 'Khetaka', and 'Gada' and in Varada pose.
In the fifth place is Brihaspati who is represented in yellow colour, clothed in golden yellow garments with three arms bearing 'Kamandalu', 'Aksamala', and 'Danda' and in Varada pose. Sometimes this planet is represented with two arms having a 'Pustaka' and an 'Aksamala'.
Then sixth comes Shukra represented by white colour, clothed in white garments, having four arms and one who bears the same weapons as Brihaspati. Shukra is sometimes represented with two hands bearing 'Nidhi' (treasure) and 'Pustaka'.
The eighth is Rahu being represented on a 'Simhasana' or a silver chariot drawn by eight horses. According to some, it is possessed with four arms, three of which bear 'Khadga', 'Khetaka', and 'Sula' and in Varada pose and sometimes he possesses two arms carrying a book.
The last, ninth planet is the Ketu being represented in dark colour having two arms in Abhaya pose holding a 'Gada', and sometimes on a chariot drawn by ten horses."
A stone inscription is fixed on the walls of the temple and it records the construction of the same by "Tarun Duarah", under the orders of King Rajesvar Singh. The temple was consecrated to the Navagrahas in 1674 Saka Era (1752 AD). K. L. Barua thinks that this temple is the origin of the name Pragjyotisapura or "the City of Eastern Astrology" as Assam was called in the early period.
Accommodation Facilities at the TempleThe city of Guwahati offers several private hotels which range from luxury to budget-friendly ones which are very much facilitative and affordable by the strata of devotees.
|Nearby tourist places to Navagraha Temple
|Fish is a major delicacy in Assam and visitors here can savour mouthwatering curries in and around Paltan Bazar at cheap rates. There are good accommodation facilities available in and around Guwahati in Assam.|
How to Reach the Temple
- Through Airways - the city of Guwahati has its own airport where one can pick a bus or taxi to the temple.
- Through Railways - the Railhead of Guwahati is well linked to all the parts of India by rail lines. The devotees can reach by train from any part of India. .
- Through Road Transport -devotees to the temple can easily reach the Navagraha Temple by road from any part of Assam.