The Navgraha Homam is performed to get rid of all obstacles in life by pleasing the 9 planets. It is done to gain peace, long life and good luck. It is a very colorful homam because everything is used of nine different varieties. There are clothes of nine colors, flowers of nine types, nine different naivedyams, nine cereal and nine chamatas or twigs. The nine planets that are worshipped in this homam are the Sun, Moon, Saturn Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Rahu, Mercury and Ketu. Among Hindus you will often find the term ‘dosh’ being used. This is a term used for any defect found after a child is born. This is not any kind of physical problem but a problem with the planets that rule the baby. A Navgraha Homam is performed to get rid of such difficulties.
Meaning of the planets worshipped
Each planet worshipped has a unique significance. The Sun is the king of all planets and provides good health. Moon rules over our minds and gives us success. Mars or Mangal blesses us with prosperity and abundance. Mercury gives us knowledge and Jupiter gives us education. Venus is the God of Art, Music and culture and Saturn gives us happiness. Rahu makes life stronger and Ketu blesses us with prosperity. This homam is performed to reduce negative energy and increase positive energy in and around a person.