Lord Shiva is the transformer in the Holy Trinity - Tridev. His
importance and stories are spread far and wide. His rage against
injustice is equally famous. And out of this rage, at some point, were
born nine celestial bodies which are now commonly known as ‘Navagraha’.
These Navagraha or ‘Nine Planets’ are cosmically connected to our
horoscopes and are known to affect us either positively or negatively.
The Navagraha comprise of Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Buddh, Guru, Shukra,
Shani, Rahu and Ketu. The Navagraha Puja is carried out to increase the
positive effects and diminish the negative energies in an individual’s
Importance and Significance of Navagraha Puja
There are many instances in life when we are stuck or in trouble.
More often than not these bad phases in life are evident in our
horoscopes. It is the movement and positions of these Navagrahas that
seriously change the course of our lives. Each of these Navagrahas is
said to represent a different aspect of our life and the planetary
movement can accordingly affect it.
The Sun represents the ‘Father’; also known as soul, king or the
enlightened one. The Moon represents the ‘Mother’: also refers to as the
mind or the queen. Mangal or Mars is symbolic of confidence, high energy
and ego. Buddh or Mercury represents Communication. Guru or Jupiter
symbolizes a Guru i.e. a highly esteemed teacher. Venus or Shukra, a
more feminine planet, is symbolic of reproduction, pleasure and wealth.
Shani or Saturn holds importance for education and career. Rahu is
considered to be a mischievous planet, because he is an Asura i.e.
demon. He is known infamously to plunge normal lives into chaos. Ketu
symbolizes supernatural influences.
These ill–effects of adverse planetary movement can result in
anything. It could be a period of financial loss, or a bad relationship,
deteriorating health etc. To reduce, if not reverse, the ill-effects of
these ill-fated periods, a Navagraha Puja can be performed to appease
each of these nine celestial bodies.
Benefits of Navagraha Puja
Most areas of our lives are defined by the placement and movement of
the Navagrahas. The effects can be good as well as bad. If it is the
latter then chanting the Navagraha Mantras and doing the Navagraha Puja
can bring tremendous positive energy through vibrations. This Puja is
considered as one of the best and the most powerful tools for pacifying
the more enraged planets. The malefic outcomes can be reduced if the
Puja is done with utmost sincerity.
While discussing the benefits of Navagraha Puja, one should also
bear in mind what, the great Lord Vishnu is believed to have stated
According to him,“The One who worships the Navagraha with pure faith and
sincere adherence to all its rituals shall attain all the four
Purusharth – Dharma, Artha, Kaam and Moksha”.
The ill-effects of the Navagrahas in the horoscopes are known as
‘Doshas’. The Navagraha Puja helps in the removal of these Doshas.
This Puja also enhances the power of the benevolent planets; thus
removing the hurdles and obstacles from all spheres of our lives.
Ultimately, this leads to a person being blessed with love, joy,
happiness and success in all areas of life.
Hence this Puja is highly recommended for all those people who are
undergoing some major issues in their lives.
Occasions to do a Navagraha Puja
Navagraha Puja is one of those amazing Pujas that can be done at any
time and on any number of times in our lives. A Navagraha Puja is
commonly done in conjunction with many other Pujas like Graha Shanti Puja, Vastu Shanti Puja or Satyanarayan Puja. It can be easily
considered as a Cleansing Ritual. General occasions when Navagraha Puja
can be done are
It can be performed before and after a marriage.
While buying a Property.
If undergoing Medical issues.
If going through business or financial troubles.
During phases of disharmony or mental disturbances.
Navagraha Puja Vidhi
This mantra is easily accessible to every human being on this planet.
One simply needs complete conviction, faith and devotion while chanting.
Believe that the mantra will work for you.
The core of the Navagraha Puja is the Navagraha Yantra.
Other samagri for Navagraha puja includes ghee lamps, oil lamps,
flowers, turmeric, kumkum, camphor, coconuts, fruits, rice grains,
supari (betel nuts), Panchamrut (a mixture of milk, ghee, honey/sugar,
curd and Tulsi leaves), sweets, etc. for the Havan Kund.
The Kalash is an important part of the Navagraha Puja.
Place a handful of grains and place a copper lota on it. Fill the
Kalash - lota with water, holy water (Gangajal), akshata (rice grains),
a betel nut and coins.
Place a red cloth around the lota. Place 5 mango leaves on the
opening of the lota and secure them by placing a coconut over it in a
way that it completely covers the opening.
The procedure is fairly simple. Each planet has its own mantra.
The yantra is symbolic of the Navagrahas.
People offer flowers, kumkum¸ rice, sweets, coconuts and fruits to
all the nine planets.
While the offerings are made people should chant the respective
mantras 108 times each.
The Puja has to be concluded with the Yagna (Hom i.e. the fire
Either the Pandit or the senior family members read the various
passages from the Katha. After the recitation of the Katha all family
members sing the aarti together.
Navagraha Puja Mantra
Every day of the week represents a respective Graha; for instance
Surya mantra is to be said on Sunday.
Surya Mantra: Om Hram Hreem Hroum Sah Suryaya Namaha
Chandra Mantra: Om Shram Sreem Shraum Sah Chandraya Namaha
Mangal Mantra: Om Kram Kreem Kroum Sah Bhaumaya Namaha
Buddh Mantra: Om Bram Breem Broum Sah Budhaya Namaha
Guru Mantra: Om Jhram Jhreem Jroum Sah Gurave Namaha
Shukra Mantra: Om Dram Dreem Droum Sah Shukraya Namaha
Shani Mantra: Om Pram Preem Proum Sah Shanaischaraya Namaha
Rahu Mantra: Om Bhram Bhreem Bhroum Sah Rahave Namaha
Ketu Mantra: Om Shram Shreem Shroum Sah Ketave Namaha