The beautiful Pondicherry is the blissful place where the Navagraha Temple is located. The temple is dedicated to the nine planets. It is a group of nine temples which had been built in the most admirable style. Navagraha is a sanskrit word. Nava means nine and Graha means planets. Hindu astrology describes Navagraha as Nine Planets which are cosmic influencers. These nine planets have a great influence in our lives. They signify the karmic influence in the lives of human beings. The nine planets are the heavenly beings who are worshipped for living a peaceful and happy life.
The Nine Graha are the Surya, Chandra, Mangla, Budha, Guru, Sukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. The Surya is the king of all Grahas. Surya puja is very common among Hindus and is usually done on daily basis. He is the visible form of God which can be seen everyday and is the infinite source of energy. It is so amazing that these Nine Grahas have such a strong hold on our behaviour. Numerous devotees flock to the temple from far and wide to worship the Nine Graha for leading a happy life. According to the Hindu Astrology if any of the Grahas is not at its correct place in your birth chart then specific pujas are performed to please them.
The Navagraha Temple was built during the rein of the Cholas. This temple was a great contribution of the Cholas to the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple is a great master piece when it comes to sculptures.