The configuration of nine idols, called Navagraha, represents the nine principal
heavenly bodies that influence man's life. They are considered different aspects
of Paramaathma. Worshipping them is a way to attain His abode. Each of them
confer different benefits like good health (Surya - Sun), Victory (Chandra -
Moon), Wisdom (Budha -Mercury), honor (Guru - Jupiter), Vocal skills (Sukra -
Venus), joy and happiness (Sani - Saturn), strength (Rahu), personal opulence
(Ketu) and family prosperity (Angaraka - Mars).
Aadhithyaaya Cha Somaaya Mangalaaya Bhudhaaya
Guru Sukra Sanibhyascha Raahave, Kethave
Salutations to the Sun God, the Moon, and to Mangala (Mars) and Budha
(Mercury). Also to the divine preceptor Brahaspathi and to Sukra, the teacher of
Ausuras, and to Sani, the planet Saturn. Salutations to Rahu and Kethu.
NAVAGRAHAS AT SSVT
In SSVT Navagraha's are installed in a separate
place. The individual planets are given definite placement, within the nine-fold
group; as also, definite orientations with reference to the cardinal directions.
They also have precise sculptural features that distinguish them.
AUSPICIOUS DAYS AND FESTIVALSDevotees worship the individual planetary
deities on the particular day of the week associated with the planet, and also
at special times when there is planetary shift or unique configurations. Proper
worship of individual planets on the right occasions is believed to bestow good
on the devotees, in specific areas of life.
SPECIAL OFFERINGSPerforming Navagraha Homam is very auspicious.
Offerings like sesame seeds, rice or any of the "nine grains" that may be
appropriate are also made. Lighting lamps with sesame oil or seeds on Saturdays
is important to Sani. Thil rice and Paayasam are offered to Navagraha.