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Navagraha Stotram

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Navagraha stotram is one of the most effective stotrams. Regular reciting of the stotram will reduce the planetary affects on an individual to a great extent. As per Hinduism and Vedic astrology Sun is believed to be the first God or Adi (first) Narayana and is considered as one of the Navagrahas (nine planets).

The other 8 planets as per Hinduism are Soma (Moon), Mangal (Mars), Budh (Mercury), Guru (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus), Sani (Saturn) are the planets while the other two Rahu and Ketu though are considered as planets as per Vedic astrology / Hinduism, these are actually the chayya grahas or the shadows.

As these planets exert gravitational pull on one another, these grahas have their influence on the life of the people on Earth. Accordingly, people have ups and downs in their life. For a peaceful and blissful life, reciting the stotram will serve the purpose.

The auspicious day of Ratha Sapthami which is celebrated on the 7th day after Amavasya in the Hindu month of Magha, is dedicated to Sun god.
Adityaay Somaaya Mangalaya Budhaya cha
Guru Sukra Sanibhyascha Rahave Ketave Namah

Meaning: Salutations to Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury and to Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. (Please note that as per Hindu mythology / Vedic astrology Sun which is a star, Moon which is a natural satellite, Rahu and Ketu which are the nodal points - all these four are considered grahas or planets)

Japaa Kusuma Sankaasam  Kaasyapeyam Mahaa Dyutim
Tamorim Sarva Paapaghnam  Pranatosmi Diwaakaram

Meaning: The one who is red like a Hibiscus flower (japakusuma), the son of Kashyapa rishi the one who shines bright and radiantly and the destroyer of darkness and all sins (tamorim sarva papaghnam), salutations (pranatosmi) to Diwakara (Sun).

Dadhi Sankha Tushaaraabham Ksheerar Daarnawa Sambhavam
Namaami Sasinam Somam  Sambhor Makuta Bhooshanam

Meaning: The one who is as white and lustrous as curd (dadhi), conch (sankha) and droplets of mist (tushar) and the one who arose from the Ocean of Milk (ksheera-sagara) while churning / drilling. Salutations to Somam (Moon), who adorns the hair / head of Lord Shiva. Dharanee Garbha
Dharani garbha sambhootham Vidyuth Kaanthi Samaprabham
Kumaaram Sakthi Hastam Tam Mangalam Pranamaamyaham

Meaning: The one who is born to Earth (Dharani), who shines like a lightning (vidyut). The one who is known as Kumara and has Sakti (power) in his arm, bow to Mangal. (Mars)

Priyangu KaliKaa Syaamam Roopenaa Pratimam Budham
Sowmyam Sowmya Gunopetam Tam Budham Pranamaamyaham

Meaning: The one who is dark complexioned like the bud of priyangu creeper (botanical name: callicarpa macrophylla), who is beautiful and calm by nature, bow to Budham. (mercury)

Devaanaancha Rusheenaancha Gurum Kaanchana Sannibham
Budhdhi Mantam Trilokesam Tam Namaami Bruhaspatim

Meaining: The one who is the guru of devatas and rishis, he who is attractive like gold. The one who is the wisest in the 3 worlds, bow to Brihaspati. (Jupiter)

Hima Kunda M'runaalaabam Daityaanam Paramam Gurum
Sarva Saastra Pravaktaaram Bhaargavam Pranamaam Yaham

Meaning: The one shines like snow and kunda flower (downy jasmine), the guru of daityas i.e asuras. The one who mastered all the Sastras, bow to Bhargava i.e Sukracharya. (Venus)

Neelaanjana Samaabaasam Raviputram Yamaagrajam
Chaayaa Maartaanda Sambhootam Tam Namaami Sanaicharam

Meaning: The one who is dark blue in color, the son of Sun (Surya) and elder brother of Yama (the Hindu god of death), the one who is born to Chaaya (wife of Surya), salutations to Shani. (Saturn)

Ardha Kaayam Mahaaveeryam  Chandraaditya Vimardhanam
Simhikaagarba Sambhootam Tam Raahum Pranamaamyaham

Meaning: The one with half-body who has tremendous strength, the oppressor of Sun and Moon
The one who is born to Simhika, bow to Rahu.

Phalaasa Pushpa Sankaasam Taarakagraha Mastakam Rowdram
Rowdraatmakam Ghoram Tam Ketum PranamaamYaham 

Meaning: The one who shines like the palash flower (Flame of the Forest), the foremost of the planets. The one who is fearful and with full of anger, bow to Ketu.

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