Man is made of five elements-water, fire, earth, sky and light.
Despite embodying powers to rule the universes, he is ruled by Navagrahas-nine planets.
He has to be at their feet-he is what they make of him. They can be neither
over-powered nor by-passed. It is only by appeasing them with both bahya and
manasapuja, he can acquire wealth A any kind; prosperity in any field; peace of
both mental and physical, and longevity-bodily and reputation ally.
All these planets influencing the destinies of mankind are enshrined
in a modest sized temple called Suryanarkoil. It is the only temple in the
Dakshinapatha, exclusively dedicated to the Sungod and Usha Devi and Pratyusha Devi-his
consorts along with the other eight grahas, each in a separate shrine around the main one.
Though unostentatious, it has a tower and prakaram etc. At the entrance, a
horse- the divine vehicle of Lord Sun greets us, like the Nandi in Sivalayas and Hanuma in
Ramalayas. The main mandir enshrining the Sun God facing west, is surrounded by separate
shrines for Rahu, Ketu, Chandra Angaraka, Buddha, Sani, Sukra and Brihaspathi.