Navagraha Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Navagrahas located in Moratandi Village near Union Territory of Pondicherry in Villupuram District of Tamilnadu. The Temple covers an area of 2 acres. The main deity Saniswaran Bhagwan is about 27 feet tall and each Navagraha idol is 15 feet tall. All Navagrahas are huge idols with their vahanas. Among them, Surya the sun god is present at the centre who resembles his importance compared with Navagrahas.
There is also a huge Vinayagar Statue in this Temple. He is 34 feet tall and made of gold paintings. The idol is present at the entrance and gives darshan to the devotees as soon as you enter the temple. The steps that lead you to the immense Vinayaga are also high. There was also a Vasthu Bhagwan, Lord Shiva as Kalyana Sundareswarar in this Temple.
As each Navagrahas have each distinct tree, there also certain trees that denote the zodiac signs. People with various zodiac signs worship the tree that belongs to their star. Worshipping the god with oil lamps and trees related to star is all a kind of worship in Hinduism. Poojas are also done with various kinds of flowers according to the star of an individual. The temple is fully maintained with calm atmosphere as it is slightly away from the busy city.
The Temple is situated on NH 32 (Chennai to Nagapattinam Highway) between Tindivanam and Pondicherry. The Temple is located very close to Pondicherry. The Temple is located at about 2 Kms from Moratandi Prathiyangara Devi Temple, 4 Kms from Thiruchitrambalam Junction Koot Road, 1.5 Kms from Pondicherry – Tindivanam Toll Gate, 5 Kms from Panchavati Anjaneyar Temple, 5 Kms from Irumbai Maha Kaleswarar Temple, 7 Kms from Sedarapet, 10 Kms from Vanur, 10 Kms from Pondicherry Main Bus Stand, 11 Kms from Puducherry Railway Station, 6 Kms from Pondicherry Airport, 35 Kms from Tindivanam, 155 Kms from Chennai and 141 Kms from Chennai Airport. Buses from Pondicherry to Tindivanam and vice versa will stop at Toll gate.
On Saturdays this temple is packed with devotees as this is the day preferred by Lord Saneeswarar. Festivals of this temple are Sani Prathosam, and New Year.
People suffering from adverse planetary effect visit this temple and do special poojas for their corresponding star deities. They offer black cloth, and Pooja set with beetle leaves and fruits.
Opening time of this temple is from 6 am to 11 am then from 6 pm to 9 pm.
There 108 trees of different breed and of different age around this temple. There are statues of all 27 stars, Siva, Ganesha and even Vastu Bhagavan all above 15 feet tall. These factors make this temple one of its own kinds.
How to Reach:
Bus : Buses from all major cities in Tamil Nadu will connect you to Pondicherry. This temple is located in Pondicherry Tindivanam road.
Train : Pondicherry railway station is well connected by all trains in Tamil Nadu.
Airport : Chennai airport is handy to Pondicherry.