According to astrology, the positions of the nine planets in the twelve constellations of the zodiac and their movements are considered to be quite significant. The nine planets ‘Navagraha’ affect every aspect of human life. They play an important role in the activities, physical and mental health and life of any individual. The unfavorable positioning of any of these planets can be the cause of problems, bad health, and stagnation for many people.
However, there is a solution to avoid the ill effects of the position and movement of the ‘Navagraha’ in our lives. Navagraha mantras (or stotram) are simple mantras which work as powerful healing tools to reduce the negative effects of any of the nine planets. These mantras are Hindu holy hymn addressing the nine planets.
Benefits Of Navagraha Stotram And The Way to Practice
The Navagraha Stotram is written by Rishi Vyasa and is considered to be the peace mantra for the nine planets. They are powerful mantras which can pacify the Navagraha and protect the practitioner from any negative effects of the planets.
Regular chanting of Navagraha Stotram generates positive vibrations and directs the related planets to deliver favorable results for the chanter. These mantras help minimize the harmful effects of planets and increase their positive influences. The practitioner gets peace of mind and stays away from any evil. Practicing Navagraha Stotram every day can make you healthy, wealthy and prosperous.
Navagraha Mantra has to be recited on specific days according to the respective planet deity. For instance, Chandra mantra should be chanted on Mondays and Surya mantra should be practiced on Sundays.
To achieve the desired result, one should recite Navagraha Stotra in the early morning after having a bath by sitting in front of the picture or idol of Lord Navagraha. One should also try to understand the meaning of the mantra to maximize its effects. It is recommended that the stotra should be chanted at least once in a day to please the planets.
The Mantras And Their Meanings
Surya (Sun) Mantra
जपाकुसुम संकाशं काश्यपेयं महदद्युतिम् I
तमोरिंसर्वपापघ्नं प्रणतोSस्मि दिवाकरम् II १ II
“Japaa Kusumasankasham Kasyapeyam Maha Dhyuthim
Thamorim Sarvapaapghnam Pranatosmi Divakaram”
I bow down to the sun who is red like the flower of Hibiscus, who is the son of Kasyapa, who is the enemy of darkness, who destroys all sins and who has a splendid radiance.
Chandra (Moon) Mantra
दधिशंखतुषाराभं क्षीरोदार्णव संभवम् I
नमामि शशिनं सोमं शंभोर्मुकुट भूषणम् II २ II
“Dadhi Shankha tushaa-raabham Khseero Darnava Sambhavam
Namaami Shashinam Somam Shambhor Mukuta Bhooshanam”
I offer my salutation to Lord Soma who is white in color like snow, yogurt and icebergs, who adorns the head of Lord Shiva and who rose from the Ksheasagar.