November 29, 2015

Devi Pattinam Navagraha Temple

Site Name: Navagraha Temple
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:  Devi Pattinam, near Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A unique temple located inside the sea
Nearest Railway Station: Rameswaram
Nearest Airport: Madurai
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: Mostly mid-range options in Rameswaram; for better options, go to Madurai
Restaurants: All sorts of options are there in Rameswaram

Rameswaram is a popular town located in South India. It is famous mainly due to the temple of Rameshwar (Lord Shiva). People from all over India visit Kasi as well as Rameswaram as part of their pilgrimage. Near Rameswaram, there is a small village named Devi Pattinam. Navagraha temple located there is unique.

As per the legend, Lord Ram installed nine stones in the sea and worshiped them as Navagrahas (nine planets) before waging war on Ravan of Lanka. 

The temple does not have tower, vimana, mandapa, pillars, ceiling or even the building. No sculpture is found; no design work is found; still, it is a temple visited by thousands of devotees everyday. Nine stones worshiped as Navagrahas right inside the sea is the temple. The devotees circumambulate Navagrahas by getting down into the sea. There is no platform for the deities or the devotees. This is definitely a unique temple.

Happy travelling. 

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