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Navagrahas, a Raja Ravi Varma painting.

Graha (Sanskrit gráha "seizing, laying hold of, holding",[1] ) or Navagraha (Sanskrit: नवग्रह, lit. nine houses) are deities in Hindu belief, and Hindu astrology.[2]

There are nine, the Navagraha ("imperial stars"), which includes the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn; the Sun; the Moon; and positions in the sky, Rahu (north or ascending lunar node) and Ketu. Generally the ill-effects of the navgrahas is overcome by the recitation of the Navgraha Stotram composed by Maharishi Ved Vysya

The Navagraha (The Nine Planets)[edit]

The Navagraha, according to Roshen Dalal, are:[2]

  1. Surya, the Sun
  2. Soma, the Moon
  3. Mangala, the Mars
  4. Budha, the Mercury
  5. Brihaspati, the Jupiter
  6. Shukra, the Venus
  7. Shani, the Saturn
  8. Rahu, shadow
  9. Ketu, shadow

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, (c) 1899
  2. ^ a b Roshen Dalal (2010). Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide. Penguin Books. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-14-341421-6.