Navagraha are nine heavenly bodies (as well as deities) that influence human life on Earth in Hinduism and Hindu astrology. The term is derived from nava (Sanskrit: नव "nine") and graha (Sanskrit: ग्रह "planet, seizing, laying hold of, holding").
Planets, celestial bodies and lunar nodes
The Navagraha are:
- Surya: the Sun
- Chandra: the Moon
- Mangala: Mars
- Budha: Mercury
- Bṛhaspati: Jupiter
- Shukra: Venus
- Shani: Saturn
- Rahu: Shadow body associated with the ascending (or north) lunar node
- Ketu: Shadow body associated with the descending (or south) lunar node
Muthuswami Dikshitar, a Carnatic music composer from southern India composed the Navagraha Kritis in praise of the nine planets. Each song is a prayer to one of the nine planets. The sahitya (lyrics) of the songs reflect a profound knowledge of the mantra and jyotisha sastras.
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