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In Hindu astrology, the Navagraha are the nine chief celestial beings:

"Nava" means "nine". "Graha" is sometimes translated as "planet", but the Sun, Moon, and Rahu and Ketu are not "planets" according to western astronomy. "Graha" is sometimes translated as "celestial body", but Rahu and Ketu are not celestial bodies by western astronomy either. A third translation is celestial god or demi-god, but again, Rahu and Ketu are Asuras not Devas. Rahu and Ketu are further believed to be only positions in the planetary paths. This article is in need of attention. ... This article is about the Hindu moon deity. ... References ^ Tirha, B. B. A Taste of Trascendence, (2002) p. ... Shukra is the Sanskrit Name for Venus. ... Shani (also spelled Sani) is one of the nine Navagraha or primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology. ... In Hindu mythology, Rahu is a snake that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses. ... Ketu - c. ... // In Hinduism In Hindu mythology, the Asura (Sanskrit: असुर) are a group of power-seeking deities, sometimes misleadingly referred to as demons. ... A Deva, in Hinduism, is a deity, controlling forces of nature such as fire, air, etc. ...

In several parts of India, there are clusters of Navagraha temples. One such cluster is in Tamil Nadu, and another in Assam. Navagraha temples are temples devoted to the nine (nava) major celestial bodies (Grahas) of Hindu astronomy. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Assam (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ...



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