N avagrahas are the nine planets of Vedic Astrology. They are considered to play an important role in the life and destiny of man, depending on how they are placed on the astrological map as it is formed at birth.
Working with the deities smooths their inauspicious influences in difficult times and strengthens their positive effect.
- Surya (Sun): His vehicle is a chariot with seven horses representing the seven colors of white light and the seven days of the week. He governs Sunday. He is the donor of health, success and prosperity.
- Chandra (Moon): Represents the mind, female nature, beauty, fertility and happiness. He is believed to ride his chariot and cross the sky every night. One’s mental stability depends on the placement of this deity on the astrological chart. Chandra governs Monday.
- Mangala (Mars): Wrathful God. He is referred to as the “hot planet” and the protector of the Dharma. He represents courage, vigor, power and aggression. His positive influence gives man energy, strong will, autonomy and self-confidence. His negative effect, however, can be detrimental to marriage, create discontent and tension in the relationship, lead to separation and divorce. In some cases, he is considered to cause unfortunate death of a spouse. He affects the muscular and circulatory system, nose and forehead. He governs Tuesday.
- Buddha (Mercury): Represents education, intelligence, professional activity, friendship, speech, journalism, law, writing, banking and skin health.
- Brihaspathi (Jupiter): The god of Devas. He symbolizes knowledge, love and spirituality. He is the epitome of goodness and religion. He is related to education, teaching and the spread of knowledge. He governs the thighs, flesh, kidneys, liver, fat and arterial system. His day is Thursday. He is considered to be the most beneficial among all planets.
- Shukra (Aphrodite): He symbolizes love and passion. When he is favorably placed on the astrological map of one he can bring wealth, abundance and luxury in life. His day is Friday.
- Shani (Saturn): He is thought to pose problems and that his influence is capable of dissolving property. At the same time, however, he is a protector of property. A strict judge and a great teacher, he compensates or punishes according to the karma accumulated by man. He symbolizes longevity. His favorable position on a map brings career opportunities, healthy life and prosperity. He can also reward someone with leadership skills, reputation and awareness. His day is Saturday.
- Rahu (the North Node): He is the cause of one’s good position, good working condition, devotion, victory in contrasts, long journeys and the power of the mantras.
- Ketu (the Southern Node): He represents the accumulated karma, both good and bad, spirituality and supernatural influences.