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Perched on top of the Chitrachal Hill (or Navagraha Hill) in south eastern Guwahati, Navagraha Temple is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to the nine celestial bodies. Believed to be the dwelling of the mightiest celestial body- the Sun, the temple enshrines nine shiva lingam (phallic emblems of Lord Shiva) clad in colored clothes representing planetary gods- Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (North Lunar Node) and Ketu (South Lunar Node) surrounding the centre most Surya (Sun). Built in the late 18th century by Raja Rajesvar Singha, Navagraha Temple is known to have survived major earthquakes.
Built in the old shikhara style architecture, the venerated temple is a popular pilgrim spot and is flocked by devotees day in and day out. With a magnanimous dome in place of a roof, the shrine boasts of a beehive architectural pattern. Also, the temple premises are used as a research centre for both astronomy and astrology. In addition to the elegant edifice, elaborate inscriptions and interior decor, the temple complex offers spectacular views of the Brahmaputra river and the valley below.
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