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    Sri Navapashanam Navagraha Temple, Devipatinam

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    Devipattinam or Devipatinam is a coastal village near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the Lord Ram prayed to Navagrahas at Devipattinam before embarking on his journey to Lanka. Lord Ram placed nine stones as symbols of the nine planets, Navagrahas, at Devipattanam and therefore the place is also known as Navapashanam or Navabashana. It is an important place visited by pilgrims on the way to Rameshwaram Dhaam.

    The nine stones placed upright by Lord Ram can be still seen in the water close to the beach near a bathing ghat of the Thilakeshwar Temple, also known as Navagraha Temple. The nine stones symbolize the nine planets or Navagrahas. Lord Ram performed the ritual so that the nine planets would shed their auspicious light on him in the battle with Ravana to rescue Sita.

    The Thilakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva and Parvathi (Durga). Shiva here is known as Thilakeswarar and the Goddess is known as Soundaryanayaki. The shrine has a beautiful image of an eight-armed Durga with weapons. The deity in the temple is worshipped with tila or gingelly seeds.

    People come from India and around the world to Devipattinam to perform Tarpan for the ancestors.

    Devipattinam is around 14 km northeast of Ramanathapuram.