[INDOLOGY] Navagraha worship in Tamil literature

Archana Venkatesan avenkatesan at ucdavis.edu
Thu Jul 23 16:42:49 UTC 2020

Dear Ofer,

The sthala puranam of the temple of Tirunallaru associated with the worship
of Sani comes to mind. It is one of the 9 Navagraha Sthalas in Tamil Nadu.
That temple is also associated with the story of Nala. There is a
composition in praise of Siva (Darbaranyesvarar) called the *paccai
padigam. *

Although not pre-modern, Muttusvami Dikshitar composed a cycle of kritis on
the worship of the Navagrahas.


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 9:32 AM Srilata Raman via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear Ofer,
> My suggestion would be to look at some of the Tamil Śaivasiddhānta
> Daśakārya texts, or paddhatis related to them - some of them are available
> in that fabulous resource the Tamil Digital Library - which might have a
> section on navagraha worship. Further, there is a collection of stotras to
> the Navagrahas and Caṉipakavāṉ which is also available in the Tamil Digital
> Library under the following title:
> நவக்கிரகத் தோத்திரம் சனிபகவான் தோத்திரம்
> warmly yours,
> Srilata
> ---------------------
> Srilata Raman,
> Associate Professor of Hinduism,
> University of Toronto.
> ------------------------------
> *From:* INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> on behalf of Ofer
> Peres via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Sent:* July 23, 2020 11:21 AM
> *To:* Indology <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] Navagraha worship in Tamil literature
> Dear list members,
> I would be grateful for any reference to pre-modern Tamil literary texts
> (or Sanskrit texts that originated from the Tamil-akam) that mention
> Navagraha-worship and the worship of Saturn in particular.
> Many thanks,
> Ofer Peres.
> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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