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Navagraha Temple, Guwahati Overview

Perched on top of the Chitrachal Hill (or Navagraha Hill) in southeastern 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 Shivalingams, a manifestation of Lord Shiva clad in coloured 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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History of Navagraha Temple

Navagraha Temple was built in 1752 AD by the Asom King Rajesvar Singha. The temple braved a major earthquake however, it lost the shikhara styled dome in the tragedy. The dome was later rebuilt with corrugated iron sheets. But the Garbgriha or the inner sanctum still is preserved from the original monument.

Silpukhuri Tank at Navagraha Temple

In 1753 AD, King Rajesvar Singha also got a tiny water tank constructed in the premises of the temple to provide the temple goers and priests with a perennial supply of water. The tank was named ‘Silpukhuri’ and provides water to the needy till date. A stone inscription affixed at the head of the tank acknowledges the ruler and the artist who got it built.

Tips For Visiting Navagraha Temple

1. The temple complex is crowded with monkey. Beware of the surroundings and keep your valuables safe.

How To Reach Navagraha Temple

Guwahati is well connected through state-run buses, taxi cabs and auto rickshaws. You can either drive down or hire a private vehicle. Alternatively, you can take a public bus till Cenikuthi bus stop and climb up to reach your destination.

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