Navagrahas installed by Lord Rama
Devipattanam, Tamil Nadu


The Navagrahas of Lord Rama  

The Navagrahas of Lord Rama are situated in Devipattinam, Tamil Nadu near Ramanathapuram in the sea between India and Sri Lanka. 60-70 km from Rameswaram, with the famous Jyotir Lingam Temple and near the "bridge" to Sri Lanka (see below). Legend says that Lord Rama in ancient time built a bridge to Sri Lanka, where remains are still to be seen.

Mantra for harmonizing the nine planets and worldpeace:

"Namah Suryaya Chandraya Mangalaya Budhaya cha
Guru Shukra Shanibhyascha Rahave Ketave Namaha"

"Prostrations to Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Buddha (Mercury),
Guru (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu and Ketu (the two moon knots)"


Close up of the nine Grahas - the nine planets,
Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Buddha, Guru, Sukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu


The Navagraha pilgrim site

Thousands of pilgrims are visiting the Navagrahas to perform Puja
and offer their sincere prayers

Pujas to the Grahas are performed all day long




Local fishing boats


Lord Rama's "Bridge" to Sri Lanka

The beach on the way to "Dhanuskodi" - a part of "The Bridge to Sri Lanka" -
seen in the direction of Sri Lanka


"Rama's Bridge" refers to the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. Dhanuakodi is the southeastern tip of the Rameswaram Island about 18km from the main Rameswaram Jyotir Lingam Temple. The island has a spectacular beach and the last 4km to Dhanuskodi you have to walk on foot through fishing communities. From here a series of boulders, known as Rama's or Adam's Bridge is connecting the two countries and can be seen both over and under water. Legend says that these are the stepping stones created and used by Hanuman in search to rescue Sita.

On the beach to Dhanuskodi - in the direction of India

Rama's Bridge to Sri Lanka.
"Dhanuskodi" is in the middle of the photo.

The first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the Stone Age, about 1.750.000 million years ago. These people are said to have come from the South of India and reached the Island through a land bridge connecting the Indian subcontinent to Sri Lanka named Rama's Bridge. This is narrated in the Hindu epic of Ramayana.   created by BP