Navagraha Temple is a popular and unique temple also known as the temple of the nine celestial bodies. Located on Chitrasal Hill (or Navagraha Hill), Guwahati, Assam, this 18th century temple has an astrological and astronomical center which is a major attraction here. The temple is actually a worship place dedicated to the nine planets of the solar system. It has a total of nine shivlingams representing each of these nine planets.
The nine lingams at Navagraha Temple are covered by colored clothes where each color symbolizes a different celestial body. The origin of the temple dates back to the reign of Ahom King Rajeswar Singha which is testified by the inscriptions and recordings found on the walls. The Garbhagriha of the temple exists however the rest of the portion had to be renovated as they were destroyed by a great earthquake.
Navagraha Temple is considered a key astrological and astronomical center in the state of Assam. Many historians link the origin of the ancient name with this very temple. Their claim is believed by even experts as the region was called the ‘Eastern City of Astrology’ in ancient times. Since the people of Assam are known to worship the sun, this temple is one of many in the state where sun-worshipping takes place.