September 14, 2006 7:19 am

Planets and Navagraha

Filed under: astronomy,Personal,RandomThoughts — ramsblog @ 7:19 am

It is slightly different from what i have been writing on my blog lately. However, I recently recalled few things about the astronomy, galaxy, planets, etc., Looking at Wikipedia for planets, brings up lot of information in this area. Anyways, I always had (and still have) hard time co-relating the planets to hindu way of knowing navagrahas (nava=nine; graha=planet); At least as I learned at school in my childhood they are equal.  So from hindu astrology, as I learned 9 planets = navagrahas was true, I recently heard about the solar system’s 10th planet (Eris) being discovered in galaxy – does this conflicts with the hindu astrology that we know of with an additional graha? I assume not – as I believe in the shastras and certainly there were reasons when the shastras were written although we are scientifically proving most of those. –> [note: I am afraid if my thoughts were put across in words properly here, hehe]

However, wikipedia has another definition for graha = cosmic influencers on living being. I think that sounds appropriate as Sun and Moon are not the planets – whereas, hindu astrology has surya(sun) and moon. I learned this from wikipedia, [ “Nava” means “nine”. Graha is sometimes translated as “planet”, but the Sun, Moon, and Rahu and Ketu are not “planets” according to modern astronomy. “Graha” is sometimes translated as “celestial body”, but Rahu and Ketu are not celestial bodies either. A third translation is celestial god or demi-god, but again, Rahu and Ketu are Asuras not Devas. Rahu and Ketu are further believed to be only positions in the planetary paths. A fact common to all navagrahas is that they have relative movement with respect to the backgound of fixed stars in the zodiac belt.” ]




  1. Hey, Thats cool.

    I have a Blog full Of my and family’s trip to Kancheepuram and then on to Navagraha temples in Tamil nadu near Kumbakonam.

    You can get all the details by visting my blog:

    Hope to see you there



    Comment by Nagesh — October 17, 2006 10:08 am @ 10:08 am | Reply

  2. Thank you, Nagesh. I will visit your site this time.

    Comment by ramsblog — October 17, 2006 5:22 pm @ 5:22 pm | Reply

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