Navagraha temple or temple of nine planets is situated on Chitrachal Hill
to the east of the city, at a distance of 3 km from the railway station.
Guwahati city acquired its name of Pragjyotishpur (Light of the East)
because of this temple. It is believed to be the ancient seat of astronomy
and astrology and the center for astrological and astronomical research.
This temple built in the late 18th century by the ruler Rajeswar Singh
was destroyed by an earthquake and it was rebuilt later. As the Planets
are believed to rule the destiny of people, they are regarded as gods
and are worshipped. The main Shivalingam in the red beehive shaped dome
is encircled by the nine linga's representing the nine planets; namely;
Sani, Rahu, Ketu, Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Budh, Brihaspati and Sukra.