Kumbakonam is a sacred spot known for its 4 large great temples dedicated to,
- Brahma and
Around Kumbakonam are all the Navagraha Temples (Planetary Temples) namely:
Alangudi : Guru Temple/ Jupiter
Thingalur : Chandiran Temple / Moon
Thirunageswaram : Raagu Temple / Raagu
Suryanar Koil : Suriyan Temple / Sun
Kanchanur : Sukhiran Temple / Venus
Vaitheeswaran Koil : Shevvai Temple / Mars
Thiruvengadu : Budan Temple / Mercury
Keezha Perumpalam : Kedhu / Kedhu
Thirunallar : Saneeswaran Temple / Saturn
What does planetary transit mean?
Planetary transit brings about changes in certain people’s well-being and fortunes for better or worse. The worshipping the planets, we get immense benefits. The deficiency is rectified and this gives us great relief. This is known as propitiation (Dosha Pariharam)
Navagrahas are believed to be manipulated by Mother Parameswari. The roles played by planets in the life of an individual is very significant. Our fate is influenced immensely by the movement of planets. It is said that the planet position at birth time depends on man’s previous life Karmas.
Though being spared from such Karma is impossible, the agonies and mishaps can be minimized drastically by appeasing Navagrahas. The ways to do so have been traced by our ancestors and we obviously should be obligated to them for this virtuous deed.
Worshipping Navagrahas with total devotion to lord can of great help. Every Navagraha temple has its own unique rituals and following them is important.
Navagraha temples in Kumbakonam are a must visit for having a great spiritual experience. You can depend on us for the best Navagraha temple tour packages.
Let us have a glance on some of the important facts about these temples, in case if you have any plans for Navagraha temples tour.
It has been recorded in Markandeya Purana that sun owes its birth to the sound ‘OM’ that got initiated along with the origin of this universe. Suriyan is said to be Lord Shiva’s right eye. This auspicious Graha rotate around this world on a chariot that is driven by seven horses guided by Arjunan. Wearing a silk wardrobe with golden shade, Sun has two lotuses on his shoulders and there are eight hands for him. .Also considered as lord of seasons, he has many other names including Prabhakaran, Aadavan, Pakalavan, Kathiravan and Bhaskaran. The shrine for Suriyan is Suriyanar Temple Thirumangalakudi.
After Suriyan(Sun), Chandran is considered to be the most propitious among Navagraha temples. The sacred texts reveal that the birth of Chandran traces back to the time when Devas churned the milk ocean. It narrates that Moon had its manifestation from Lord Vishnu’s heart. Appeasing Chandran makes you famous and give vision to those exposed to blindness. The temple dedicated to chandran is Kayilayanathar Thirukkoil in Thingalur.
The Graha Chevvai is said to have born from the sweat from forehead of mother Uma when she was living separate from Lord Shiva. Another mythology considers Chevvai as Sage Bharathwaja’s son and Mother Earth brought up him. Even more different versions are there. He has reddish color, travels on Annam bird and sits in triangular. His chariot is golden and is driven by eight horses. Among his four arms, three hold weapons and one exhibits a pose of harborage. Other names for Chevvai are Bhumiputran, Kuja and Bowman. VaidheeswaranKoil about 6 km South of Sirkazhi, on the way to Mayiladuthurai is the concerned shrine praying chevvai where you can minimize the distresses imposed by Chevvaidhosams.
Considered as the lord of Knowledge, Bhudhan is the son to Thara and Chandran. Bhudhan has greenish shade and he is seated on a base shaped as arrow. He drives a horse. The Graha has a chariot that is drove by four horses. He is fond of White Kanthal flowers. Budha resembles a lot to Lord Vishnu in terms of appearance. Rig Veda’s fifth chapter addresses him in detail. He poses a refuge on the right hand while his other hands hold weapons. He also have many other names like Sowmiyamurthi. Manoharan, Buddhidaha and Thanapradhan. The shrine of bhudhan is at Sweythavanam in Thiruvenkadu praying there you can be spared of Budha Dosha.
With its position fifth from the sun, Guru is known to be a Satvic inclining to harmony. The chariot of Guru is towed by a golden horse and he travels on an elephant. There are books in his four hands and other names by which Guru is known are Mantri, Brahaspathi and Vyazhan. Guru can influence human life for 16 years and on pleasing blesses you with marriage, wisdom, high positions, honours, riches, sons and happiness. Thiruvalangadu is the Shrine of Guru located at Alangudi.
Sage Bhrigu and his wife Pulomisai are the parents of Sukran. Bhrigu was in fact the mind born child of Brahma Deva. Sukran erected a linga to worship in Kashi and prayed there for a long. He in course of time mastered Amritha Sanjeevini Manthram and with this he earned the capability of reviving the dead ones. Asuras honored Sukran and accepted him as their Guru. As the devotion of Sukran pleased Shiva, he made Sukran a Graha. Shining towards the eastern line, it is brighter when compared to Budhan but like moon it also decays during its phases. Sukran has silver like color, rests with pentagonal posture and is fixed on a falcon with a white lotus in his hands. He sits on a crocodile and ten horses drive his chariot. The shine for Sukran is Agniswarar koil in Kanjanur.
Saneeswaran is robed in black with narrow chest and a lame leg. In one hand he has a huge lance and other hand is posed as a refuge. He sits on a Lotus seat and uses crow for travelling. He also bears a Karunkuvalai and is pliable to vanniand yell. In Tamil there is saying, No one gifts like Sani and none is there who takes away like Sani. This in fact reflects the extremism of impacts that Saneeswar can make. Other names by which Saneeswar is known are Kari, Goonan, Madavan and Manthan. Sani can influence you even up to 19 years and plays crucial role in determining an individual’s longevity. The related shrines are Dharuparayanam and Tirunallarsaniswaran koil also known as dharbaranyeswarar temple or Saneeswar temple in Thirunallar.
Rahu who deceitfully took elixir of immortality from lord Vishnu was beheaded before the elixir reached the whole body. After this the head part, Rahu got metamorphosed to a snake tail. Though Rahu is a shadow planet, the influence it has on shadow planet is huge. Rahu is situated in Southwest and pleases with Mandharai flower, Arugu leaf and Ulundu grain. Resembling closely to a dark snake with face of a lion and four hands, he rides on a goat. Hischariotis pulled by eight horses. Rahu can influence you for a period of 8 years. Praying in SRI Naganathaswamy temple (Sri Raaghu Sthalam), at Thirunageswaram, the shrine of Rahu, the vices can
Kethu is believed to be a red snake that clutches Suriyan thus paving way for solar eclipse. In course of time, after being separated from Rahu, Kethu became one of the nine among Navagrahas by Lord Shiva’s grace. He became divine with five snake heads that are grown on him. Kethu has the power of deciding whether you achieve moksha or not. It can influence you for a period of 7 years. The shrine of kethu is Naganathaswamy Temple in Keezhaperumpallam. Praying here bestows one with moksha and wisdom. You will be blessed with good children and can even have a chance to visit and live in foreign countries. It is believed that Kethu is a healer for fever, tuberculosis, skin diseases and leprosy
We have served as the best Navagraha temples tour experts and having our expert guides by your side, you can perfectly cover all important navagraha temples.
Sample Navagraha Temple Tour Program
Day 01: ARRIVE CHENNAI / MAHABALIPURAM – 65Kms / 1 ½ Hrs
On arrival at Chennai you will be met by our tour executive and then you will proceed to Mahabalipuram, day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram
Day 02: MAHABALIPURAM / KUMBAKONAM – 280/ 4 ½ Hrs
Post breakfast you will have sightseeing of Mahabalipuram covering places, like Shore temple, Five Rathas, Krishna Butter Ball,and Arjuna Penance and then proceed to Kumbakonam and check in at hotel
Day 03: IN KUMBAKONAM
Today after breakfast you will visit Suryanor Koil (Sun God), Kanchanoor (Sukkiran or Venus) after lunch visit Alangudi (Guru Temple) and Thirunageswaram (Rahu Temple)Overnight at Hotel in Kumbakonam
Day 04: IN KUMBAKONAM
After breakfast you will have full day visit of Swamimalai temple, Thingaloor (Moon God), and Bradeshwarar temple (Big Temple) at Tanjore after lunch you will visit Kumbakonam temple, Pateeswaram temple Overnight at hotel in Kumbakonam.
Day 05: IN KUMBAKONAM
Today you will proceed to Vaitheeswaran Koil (Mars), Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Temple), and Keelaperumpallam (Kethu Temple) and after lunch visit Thirunallar (Sani Temple) Overnight at hotel in Kumbakonam
Day 06: KUMBAKONAM / TRICHY / MADURAI – 250Kms / 5 Hrs
Post breakfast you will proceed to Trichy to visit Rock fort temple at Trichy and Sri Ranganathar temple at Sri Rangam and then proceed to Madurai and check in at hotel in Madurai
Day 07: IN MADURAI
Full day visit of Madurai sightseeing covering places like Meenakshi Amman temple, Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum Overnight at hotel in Madurai
Day 08: MADURAI / PERIYAR – 150Kms / 3 ½ Hrs
Today after breakfast you will proceed to Periyar and check in at hotel and in the afternoon visit Spice plantation tour and boat ride in Lake Periyar Overnight at hotel in Periyar
Day 09: PERIYAR / KUMARAKOM – 150Kms / 3 ½ Hrs
You will proceed to Kumarakom and check in at Resort, day at leisure for own activities and in the afternoon Kumarakom bird Sanctuary visit Overnight at Resort
Day 10: KUMARAKOM / ALLEPPEY – 50Kms / 1 Hrs
You will proceed to Alleppey and you will be dropped at Alleppey boat jetty to cruise In and around Alleppey, while cruising you will pass through beautiful canals, Lagoons and also you will enjoy keralan Meals prepared by the boat crews Overnight at House boat
Day 11:ALLEPPEY / COCHIN – 65Kms / 1 ½ Hrs
Today after breakfast you will proceed to Cochin and check in at hotel and in the evening Kathakali dance show. Overnight at hotel in Cochin
Day 12: IN COCHIN
Full day sightseeing of Cochin covering places like Dutch Palace, Chinese fishing Net, and Jewish temple Overnight at hotel in Cochin
Day 13: COCHIN / DEPART
Post breakfast you will be proceed to Airport to connect flight to your onward journey
Based on 10-14+1 paying person …EURO 691 per person
Based on 15-19+1 paying person …EURO 668 per person
Single room supplement …EURO 379 per single
- Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis for total of 12 nights at the hotels mentioned below or similar in the chosen category.
- 01 night houseboat where accommodation will be on full board basis.
- Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotels by our representatives.
- All transportation using one air conditioned vehicle.
- Service of locally appointed an English Speaking Guide as per itinerary.
- 01 Boat ride at Periyar Lake
- Kathakali Dance Show/Cochin
- All currently applicable Govt. Taxes.
Rates do not include:
- Meals other than breakfast.
- Entrance fees to Monuments.
- Camera fees at the monuments.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Medical & Travel Insurance.
- Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls & internet etc.
- Any other services not listed above.
|Kumbakonam||Le Garden||04 Nights|
|Madurai||The Residency||02 Nights|
|Periyar||Silver Crest||01 Night|
|Kumarakom||Kumarakom Lagoons||01 Night|
|Alleppey||AC DLX Houseboat||01 Night|
|Kochi||Abad Atrium||02 Nights|
Validity: 01 October 2016 to 30 April 2017 except 20 Dec’16 to 10 Jan’17.