Prayers to Navagrahas, the Planetary Gods


Navagrahas installed in a temple

Guidelines for pronunciation are in the footnotes

Navagrahas, the nine planetary gods have a great significance in Hinduism, since they play an important role in influencing the destiny of individuals. According to Hindu beliefs a person's fate depends upon the planetary positions not only at the time his or her birth but also at various times when important events take place or when important works are undertaken. The Navagrahas are usually found installed together in most Hindu temples, and people worship them together. However, each of them also have specific temples built for them in various parts of India. Deities like Shani, Budha, Kuja are particularly worshipped by devotees to overcome misfortune and ward off evil influences. The following is a very powerful Navagraha prayer used by devotees to worship them collectively.

Navagraha Dhyana Slokas

the short version

aadithyaayacha somaaya |
mangalaaya budhaayacha |
guru shukra shanibhyascha raahuve kethave namah ||

the longer version

japaakusuma samkaasham kaashyapeyam mahaadyuthim |
thamorim sarva-paapaghnam pranathosmi divaakaram ||

dadhishankha thushaaraabham ksheerodaarnava sambhavam |
namaami shashinam somam shambhormakuta bhuushanam ||

dharaneegarbha sambhuutam vidyuthkaanthi samaprabham |
kumaaram shaktihastham tam mangalam pranamaamyaham ||

priyangu-kalikaa-shyaamam rupenan prathimam budham |
saumyam saumyagunopetham tham budham pranamaamyaham ||

devaanancha rusheenaancha gurum kaanchana sannibham |
buddhimantham thrilokesam tham namaami brihaspathim ||

himakunda mrinaalaabham daithyaanaam paramam gurum |
sarvashaastra pravkthaaram bhargavam pranamaamyaham ||

neelanjana samabhaasam raviputhram yamaagrajam |
chaayaa maarthaanda sambhutham tham namaami sanaischaram ||

ardhakaayam mahaveeram chandraadithya vimardhanam |
simhikaagarbha sambhuutham tham raahum pranamaamyaham ||

phalaasha pushpa samkaasham thaarakaa grahamasthakam |
raudram raudraathmakam ghoram tham kethum pranamaamyaham ||

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Guidelines to pronunciation: Sanskrit is essentially a language of sounds and sound vibrations. The efficacy of Sanskrit prayers depends upon the vibrations that are produced during chanting. It is difficult to transliterate Sanskrit words into English with full justification to the original sounds. In the above stated transliteration we followed a simple approach to make it easier even for those who are not familiar with English or Sanskrit. Wherever you find repeat vowels (aa, uu, ee) please stretch the vowel sound (for ex., aa as in vast or path, uu as in cool or root, ee as in eel or feel). Similarly, "ai" should be pronounced as in gait, fight, or tight. Th should be pronounced as in think or thick, but when t alone is used, it should be pronounced as in two, top or tip.