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The Number 9
See also    Numbers 1-10,   The importance of Number 108

Nava Dwaar
There are Nava Dwaar of this physical body - 2 eyes for seeing, 2 ears for hearing, 2 nostrils for smelling, 1 mouth for eating, 1 anus, and 1 procreation

Nava Grah (Planets)
There are nine planets in Indian astrology :-
(1) Soorya (The Sun)  (2) Chandra (The Moon)  (3) Mangal (Mars)   (4) Budh (Mercury)  
(5) Guru (Brihaspati, or Jupiter)  (6) Shukra Venus)  (7) Shani (Saturn)  (8) Raahu  (9) Ketu

Sun lives in forehead
Moon lives just one finger below the Sun, in Bindu Chakra
Mars lives in eyes
Mercury lives in heart
Jupiter lives in navel in Manipoorak Chakra
Venus lives in semen
Saturn lives in navel
Rahu lives in mouth
Ketu lives in from heart to neck

Nava Nidhi
Nidhi means treasure, they are said to be 9 of them ( Nava Nidhi), but for Vaishnav, the real "Nidhi" is "Sannidhi" of God, which ultimately grants us "Shree Nidhi".

Navadhaa Bhakti
Nine types of Bhakti have been told by Shree Raam, Shree Krishn and Prahlaad.
To read about them click on Navadhaa Bhakti

Nine Idols
The nine idols which Vaishnav people worship are of: (among which the first four are the different forms of Shree Krishn only) : (1) Vaasudev, (2) Sankarshan, (3) Pradyumn, (4) Aniruddh, (5) Naaraayan, (6) Hayagreev, (7) Varaah, (8) Narasinh, and (9) Brahmaa.

Nine Qualities
(1) Sham - Calmness. Hindu scriptures put a great stress on Sham which brings the internal peace. It brings the reward of happiness and gives the person the ability to face difficulties and unpleasant events in life to conquer and to think of the meaning of the life.
(2) Dam - Self-control. (See also " Yam")
(3) Tap - Penance
(4) Shauch - Cleanliness, Purification
(5) Kshamaa - Forgiveness
(6) Saraltaa - Simplicity
(7) Gyaan - Knowledge
(8) Vigyaan - Elemental knowledge (see "Five Elements" up)
(9) Aastikataa - Belief in Bhagvaan (God).

Nine Ras
There are several meanings of Ras:-
(1) To feel
(2) Juice, essence, sap, taste
(3) Sentiments in poetry. There are nine Ras in Hindi poetry literature - nine types of feelings (some say they are eleven). They are like this:-
(i) Shringaar Ras - sexual love, of two types: Sanyog and Viyog, meaning meeting and separation
(ii) Veer Ras - heroic (normally found in war poetry or songs)
(iii) Veebhats Ras - disgust
(iv) Raudra Ras - anger
(v) Haasya Ras - comic and humor
(vi) Bhayaanak Ras - fright
(vii) Karun Ras - pity
(viii) Adbhut Ras - wonder
(ix) Shaant Ras - peace 
(x) Vaatsalya Ras - parental love
(xi) Bhakti Ras - devotional (normally found in devotional songs)

Nine Ratn (Gems)
There are nine Gems (Nava Ratn), - which are useful to wear in various Planets' periods. These nine Gems (Nava Ratn), govern the nine Planets (Nava Grah given above, traditionally accepted in Hindu astrology. These are --
Ruby (Laal) governing Sun,
Pearl (Motee) governing Moon,
Coral (Moongaa) governing Mars,
Emerald (Pannaa) governing Mercury,
Pukharaaj (Yellow Sapphire) governing Jupiter,
Diamond (Heeraa) governing Venus,
Blue Sapphire (Neelam) governing Saturn,
Hessonite governing Rahu and
Cat's Eye governing Ketu.

Nine Ratn (of Akbar's Court)
There were nine Gems (Nava Ratn) in Emperor Akbar the Great's court. Akbar ruled India from 1560 to 1605. Their names were:
(1) Birbal - the very witty Minister and personal advisor of Akbar. He has lots of his stories on his credit for everybody to laugh at and learning
(2) Taansen - the renowned musician of India. He used to light fire and bring rains through his singing
(3) Raajaa Todarmal - his financial wizard,
(4) Raajaa Maan Singh - mighty general, famous for his chivalry,
(5) Abul Fazal - a great historian
(6) Faizi - brother of Abul Fazal, a great poet
(7) Daswant - a great painter
(8) Abdu us-Samad - a brilliant calligrapher and designer of Imperial coins
(9) Mir Fareh-ullah Shirazi - financier, philosopher, physician and astronomer

Nine Ratn (of Vikramaaditya's Court)
There were nine Gems (Nav Ratn) in Vikramaaditya's court also.
(1) Dhanvantari - enlightened the world upon the subjects of medicines and incantations.
(2) Kshapanak - treated the primary elements.
(3) Amar Sinh - compiled a Sanskrit dictionary and a philosophical treatise.
(4) Shanku - compose comments, and Khatkarpar - a poetical work
(5) Kaali Daas - a very good Sanskrit poet - he wrote Shakuntalaa, Meghdoot, Raghuvansh, Vikram and Urvashee etc
(6) Vetaal Bhatt - a Braahman who is attributed to a Neeti booklet of 16 stanzas - Neeti Pradeep (Lamp of Conduct)
(7) Vararuchi - introduced improvements in grammar, commented upon incantations and wrote a poem in praise of King Maadhav.
(8) Varaahmihir - an astrologer - he predicted the death of the son of Vikramaaditya, produced works on astrology and Arithmetic.
Only 8 names are available

Nine Main Incarnations of Vishnu
(1) Matsya Avataar (The Fish Incarnation),
(2) Koorm Avataar (The Tortoise Incarnation),
(3) Varaah Avataar (The Boar Incarnation)
(4) Narasinh Avataar (The Man with Lion Head Incarnation),
(5) Vaaman Avataar (The Dwarf Incarnation, Vaaman means 52 so this Avataar was only a 52 finger-width tall child),
(6) Parashuraam Avataar (The Raam with Axe Incarnation),
(7) Raam Avataar (The Raam Incarnation in Soorya Vansh)
(8) Krishn Avataar (The Krishn Incarnation in Chandra Vansh)
(9) Buddha Avataar (The Gautam Buddha Incarnation)
(10) Kalki Avataar - Yet to come, will be at the end of the Kali Yug to bring Sat Yug ---

Some Other Facts Related to No 9

(1) Shree Raam
was born on Chaitra Shukla Navamee.

(2) Nine Dweep
According to Pauraanik cosmography, the entire cosmos is divided into seven concentric island (Sapt Dweep Vasumati), among them Jamboo Dweep forms the innermost concentric island which consists of 9 khand, they are :-
(1) Ilaavrit Khand,  (2) Bhadraashwa  Khand,  (3) Harivarsh Khand,  (4) Ketumaal Khand,  (5) Ramyak Khand,  (6)) Hiranya Khand,  (7) Uttaragur Khand,  (8) Kimpurush Khand, and (9) Bharat Khand (It is worth noting, that we are living here)

(3) Swaamee Raamaanuj's 9 great works :-
(1) Vedaarth Sangrah - The resume of Vedaant
(2) Shree Bhaashya - Commentary on Brahm Sootra
(3) Vedaant Saar - (essence of Vedaant) an appendix to Shree Bhaashyam
(4) Vedaant Deep - (the light of Vedaant) another appendix to Shree Bhaashya
(5) Geetaa Bhaashya - Commentary of Bhagvad Geetaa
(6) Nitya Granth - About the day to day activities to be performed by all Vaishnav
(7) Vaikunth Gadya - Describing Vaikunth in great detail
(8) Shree Rang Gadya - A prayer of surrender to Shree Ranganaath
(9) Sharanaagati Gadya - A dialogue between Raamaanuj and Piratti and Perumal where Swaamee petitions Shree Lakshmee to recommend Lord to give him grace both Perumal and Piratti accept swami's surrender

(4) Nava Tirupati Temples -
These are 9 Divya Desam, which are collectively called Nava Tirupati
(1) Alwar Thirunagari/ Thirukurugoor (birth place of Nammalwar)
(2) Thirukoolur (birth place of Madhur Kavi Alvar)
(3) Then Thirupeerai
(4) Shree/Thiru Vaikuntham
(5) Thirukkulandai
(6) Thiruppulingudi
(7) Thiruvaragunamangai
(8) and (9) Two temples at Thirutholaivilli Mangalam about 100 yards of each other are counted as one for the purpose Divya Desam and are known as Irattai Tirupati

The specialties about these temples are :-
(i) Mangalasasanam done only by Nammalwar
(ii) These are found on either side of Thamarabarani river
(iii) In all these Nava Tirupati Divya Desam, there are 2 Thayars found
(iv) Each of the Nava Graha is said to have prayed to the Emperumaan of these 9 Divya Desam

Divya Desam - Thayars and Graha
(1) Thirukurugoor - Aadinaath Naayakee and Kurugoor Naayakee - Guru (Jupiter)
(2) Thirukoolur - Kumudh Vallee and Koolur Vallee - Chevvai
(3) Then Thirupeerai - Shree Kuzhakadhu Vallee Naachiyaar and Thirupperai Naachiyaar - Shukra (Venus)
(4)Thiru Vaikuntham - Shree Vaikunth Vallee and Choraa Naayakee - Soorya (Sun)
(5)Thirukkulandai -- Shree Kamalavathi & Kulandai Vallee - Shani (Saturn)
(6) Thiruppulingudee - Malarmagal, Neelamagal and Puliangudee Vallee - Budh (Mercury)
(7) Thiruvaragunamangai - Shree Varagun Vallee Thayar and Varagunamangai Thayar - Chandra (Moon)
(8 and 9) Thirutholaivilli Mangalam
(a) Sreenivaasar/ Deva Piran - Alarmelmangal and Shree Padmaavatee - Raahu
(b) Aravindalochanar/ Senthamarai Kannan - Karunthadanganni Thayar & Bhoo Devee - Ketu

(5) 9 Sanskrit Grammar Works called "Nava Vyaakaran"
All these were mastered by Siriya Thirvadi (Hanumaan) hence got the title "Nava Vyaakaran Pandithar". Hanumaan is said to have learnt this from his Guru "Soorya Dev" the Sun god.

(6) Navaahn Paaraayan of Raamaayan and Sundar Kaand
In Kumaar Sanhitaa, Maharshi Agastya speaks about the benefits of 9 day (Navaahn) Paaraayan of Raamaayan Sundar Kaand, which bestows all benefits and boons to the reader of this great Itihaas as per prescribed rules.

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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 10/17/13