Navapashanam temple is dedicated to Navagrahas, the nine planetary deities, located in Devipattinam, Tamilnadu. The temple is also called Navabashanam. (The nine planets – Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus,Saturn, Dragon’s head dragon’s tail.) It is located at a coastal Village that lies 70 kilometers away from Rameswaram. There are two other temples here, one dedicated to Thilakesava and the other to Jagannatha. This temple is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Lord Shiva here is known as Thilakeswarar and the Goddess is known as Soundaryanayaki. The shrine has a beautiful image of Goddess Durga with eight-arms holding weapons in each. It has a small temple inside which is dedicated to the goddess who is said to have killed the demon Mahishasura at this very spot. Most of the original statues of the nine planets were broken up, and they could not identify any particular planets. Devotees offer nine kinds of grains including paddy, wheat, pulses and other things to god and goddesses. About hundred yards inside the sea lies nine withered blocks of stone, supposed to be the Navagrahas. These stones can still be watched partly submerged, in the water near the bathing place of Navagraha temple. HindusTo perform religious ceremonies for their forefathers in this temple. People come here to do Tarban for their ancestors.
The specialty of this temple is that the 9 deities of the Navagrahas are installed in the sea near to the shore in the village. However depending on the water levels one may get to see all or few of them. The practise of offering nine different type of grains specific to each of the nine planets is commonly followed in the temple. Unlike other South Indian temples, where people are not allowed to touch the presiding deities, pilgrims can do their own worship on the images.
According to Hindu mythology, Ravana, a demon king, obtained boons from Brahma that he should be killed by any celestial deity or gods. To slay the demon, Lord Vishnu took created a man named Rama. Rama and Sita were identified and lived in the forest, Ravana came to the forest abducted sita. Rama was trying to build a bridge to Lanka and release his wife Sita from Ashokvana where Ravana held her hostage. The bridge was built from Dhanushkodi to Lanka. Any Hindu is religious Rama started doing pooja seeking favours from Hindu god Ganesha, as is done first during any Hindu religious worship. The place where he worshiped is believed Vinayagar temple in Uppur. The second way to Hindu worship is the Navagraha Puja, worshiped by the nine planetary in Navapashana. From this templeis believed that Ram was installed by his hands with clay from the place.
Morning 4:30 a.m. to Evening 6:30 pm
The major festivals celebrated in the temple are the ten-day Aadi Amavasai, the full moon day on the Tamil month of Aadi (June – July) and Thai amavasai during the Tamil month of Thai (January – February). During these days, there are close to one lakh pilgrims who visit the place.
Navapashanam temple is about 15 kms from Ramanathapuram and buses going to Karaikudi stop at Devipattinam.
Ramanathapuram is the nearest railway station16 km from Devipattinam. Rameshwaram is connected by rail with Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur and other important cities.
The nearest airport is at Madurai, 163 km from Rameshwaram. It is connected to major cities with different airlines.
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