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Graha Devtaa

Graha in Sanskrit means Planet in English; Devtaa means a lesser form of Deity. Each planet in Hinduism has a Deity or Devtaa associated with it. As a respect and custom it is always a practice to pray the planet, deity and its Devtaa during certain ceremonies. Deity controls the planet.

Origin : Ďगृह्णाति गतिविशेषान्‌ इतिí or Ďगृह्णाति फलदातृत्‍वेन जीवान्‌ इतिí means planets (Graha) are those which adopt specific velocities or afflict embodied souls with the motive of endowing them with auspicious or inauspicious results. Soorya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangal (Mars), Budh (Mercury), Guru (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Raahu (the dragonís head) and Ketu (the dragonís tail) are the nine main planets. Although according to the physical sciences the Sun is a star, in astrology, from the point of view of bestowing results, it is considered as a planet. The Moon is a satellite of the earth. Raahu and Ketu are not separate planets, but the points of intersection of the orbits of the Earth and the Moon. After the three planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were discovered they were named Prajapati, Varun and Indra respectively and their auspicious and inauspicious results were also described.

Spiritual practices - Temples of the nine planets are found in Bangaal, Udeesaa and other places in India.

 

  Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Dragonís head Dragonís tail
Parents Aditi-Kash-yap Atri-Anasooyaa Bhoomi-Bharadwaaj Chandra Angiras Bhrigu Soorya Sinhikaa In Jaiminiís family
Birth Place Kaling Churning of the celestial ocean Avantee Magadh Sindhu Bhoj-kat Sauraashtra Paithan Kush Dweep
Gender Masculine Feminine Masculine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter Feminine
Neuter
Complexion Red White Red Green Yellow White Black Smoky Smoky
Attire Kusumbee White Crimson Blue Yellow Multi-colored Black Blue Black
Class (Varn) Kshatriya Vaishya Kshatriya Vaishya Braahman Braahman Lower class of Mahar etc. Shoodra Shoodra
Principle Fire Water Fire Earth Ether Water Air - -
Component Sattwa Sattwa Tam Raj Sattwa Raj Tam Tam Tam
Taste Pungent Salty Bitter Mixed Sweet Sour Insipid - -
Metal Copper Gems Gold Alloy Silver Pearl Iron Lead Bronze
Duration of prowess Day Day and night Night Day and night - Day Night - -
Period of time 6 months Second Day Season Month Fortnight (Paksha) Year - -
Direction East North-West South North North-East South-West West South-East -
Deity Agni Jal Skanda Keshav Indra Indraanee Brahmaa - -
Weapon Chakra (discus) Mace Divine Energy
(Shakti),
mace and
plough
Sword, shield
and mace
Staff Staff Bow, arrow
and plough
- -
Association
with parts of
human body
Bones Blood Nerves Skin Fat Semen Muscles - -
Auspicious /
Inauspicious
Auspicious Auspicious Inauspicious Auspicious Auspicious Auspicious Inauspicious Inauspicious Inauspicious
Precious
stones
Ruby Pearl Coral Emerald Topaz Diamond Sapphire Gomed Lahasuniyaa
(Cat's Eye)
Amount of
chanting
7,000 11,000 10,000 4,000 19,000 16,000 23,000 18,000 17,000
Remedies to
overcome
ill effects of
the planet
Performing
the
ritual
of
Graha
shanti,
Vishnu
Sahasra
naam &
chanting
Mantra
of the
planet
- Performing
the
ritual of
Graha
shanti,
Vishnu
Sahasra
naam &
chanting
Mantra
of the
planet
chanting
Mantras
of the
planet
on
Monday
and Wed-
nesday
Performing
the ritual
of Graha
Shaanti,
periodic
readings
of the
Guru-
Charitra
and
chanting
Mantras
of the
planet
Performing
the ritual
of Graha
Shaanti,
periodic
readings
of the Guru
Charitra &
chanting
Mantra of
the planet
Reading the
verse Shani
Mahaatmya
on Saturday &
ritualistic
worship
accompanied
by the ritual
of sprinkling
with oil,
chanting
Mantra of
the planet
Chanting
Mantra
and giving
donations
to a Mangaa
(individual of
a low
community)
Chanting
Mantra and
giving
donations
to a Mangaa
(individual of
a low
community)

 

 

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