The Navagraha Temple, or the temple of the nine celestial bodies, is situated on a hill named Chitrachal in the south eastern part of the city of Guwahati. It is also known as the abode of one of the most important celestial bodies, the sun. In the temple there are 9 phallic emblems of Lord Shiva, each clad in a different coloured cloth representing Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. At the same time, the temple is also a research center of both astrology and astronomy. The tower of the temple and a bigger part of it was earlier destroyed by an earthquake, but, later it was resurrected. The temple which is in existence at present was built by the King Rajesvar Singha in 1752 A.D. The garbhagriha or the inner quarter of the temple survived the earthquake, while the upper portion was rebuilt with corrugated iron sheets. Also, there is a tank close by, called Silpukhuri Tank, excavated under Rajesvara Singha.
Popular things to do & See in and around
The Navagraha Temple is mainly famous for its religious implication. There are other places nearby which can attract the interest of the travelers. Kamakhya Temple on the top of the Nilachal Hill is one of the top draws nearby. There is also the temple of Bhuvaneswari, which can be visited. The Guwahati Zoo is not too far away, either.
It is quite easy to get to the Navagraha Temple, as it is quite close to the city of Guwahati, and there are regular services of bus and taxi.
Best Time to Visit
The place, situated in the sub tropical area, can be unbearably hot during the high summer months. Also, during the rainy seasons, incessant rains can ruin the chances of visiting this place of interest. Therefore, the best time to visit the place is late autumn to spring, especially in the months of November, December, February and March.