navagraha worshipped as deities
GANESANS at CL.UH.EDU
Fri Apr 10 19:09:00 UTC 1998
The following is a beautiful poem from
Tevaram, traditionally sung at Saiva Vellala
homes of Tamil Nadu at auspicious occasions.
I have heard it as a child from the
charming voice of Shanmuga Diikshitar
of Perur, Coimbatore, in cousins' weddings,
grahashaanti homam at home etc.,
Seeks Siva's protection from planets' ill-effects
I request Dr. Jayabarathi to translate this, please.
tiruk kOLili I - 62 pazantakkarAkam
nAL Aya pOkAmE, najncu aNiyum kaNTan2ukkE
AL Aya an2pu ceyvOm;--maTa nejncE!--aran2 nAmam
kELAy! nam kiLai kiLaikkum kETu paTAt tiRam aruLik
kOL Aya nIkkumavan2 - kOLili emperumAn2E.
- campantar (early 7th century)
Pre-seventh century prayers to planets are there
in Puranaanuuru, ParipaaDal, Silambu etc., They occur not as
navagraha prayers, but to individual planets
in several occasions.
I will post them when I find time.
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