Navagraha stands for the nine (nava) heavenly bodies (graha) that circumambulate or are circumambulated by the earth. The Sanskrt word ‘graha’ also means to seize or to lay hold of, so the navagraha are said to influence the lives of earthly beings such as ourselves. The set of nine handheld murtis that you see on this page is a quality navagraha composition, perfect for navagraha pooja or recitation of the navagraha kritis.
Starting from the left, the navagrahas are ravi (sun), chandra (moon), mangala (Mars), buddha (Mercury), guru (Jupiter), shukra (Venus), shani (Saturn), rahu (scending meteor), and ketu (descending meteor). Each is in the form of a chaturbhujadhari (four-armed) deity, their names engraved upon their respective pedestals. Most are seated in lalitasana on their respective vahanas in keeping with traditional Indian iconography.
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