Whose one eye was safeguarded by the grace of Kesava[3], who is the wearer of the crown and of white substance. I always seek shelter in Budha who is worhipped by the Gods, who is the son of Chandra and Tara[1]. Who is attired in blue cloth and dress made of leather, who wears ornaments made of Gomedaka gems[6], the friendly planet of Shani and Shukra, and who delights Guruguha. Who is the bestower of the sweet art of poetry, the one of splendorous wealth. Who wears a peculiar crown and auspicious dress.

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Ramanathan argues convincingly that this kriti is not muthuswsmi, but was rather composed and added by one of Dikshitar’s followers. Whose knee was disfigured by the staff of the Lord of Death, like Kamadhenu[7] yielding all desires, the fire capable of splitting the time-wheel[8], and one conceived of as the son of the Goddess Chaya.

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Friend to kritis day-lotus, a friend to all, the most resplendent one, the thousand-rayed, the father of Karna[3], the fire swallowing dreadful navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar, whose brilliance has delighted Guruguha[5], one who is praised by the learned, the auspicious day-jewel, crest-jewel to Chandra and other planets, worshipped by the energetic, the witness to all actions, one who has the chariot drawn by the seven divine horses[6].

Lord of the two houses of Makara and Kumbha[5], with special liking for the lamp lit with sesame oil and for rice with sesame seeds[6], an ocean of nectar of compassion and fearless. Who is adored by the Ketum-krinvan mantra[2], who is exceedingly wrathful, a descendent of Jaimini[3], who savours his grain[4], and has his flag with the cut-out triangle.

Who is worshipped by Gods and demons, one with the face beaming and smiling, bestower of landed wealth and brotherhood, with red eyes, protector of the mrithis, worshipped in the holy Vaidisvaran temple[6], and favored by the hosts navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar the Gods and Guruguha.

Oh illuminator of all infinite causes and effects in the world, the Lord of Simha rasi[2]. Whose one eye was safeguarded by the grace of Kesava[3], who is the wearer of the crown and of white substance. Whose beneficial influence on the various constellations is for navagrhaa duration of twenty years[4], one having eight vargas[5], the poet, beneficent planet for marital bliss[6], inimical to Surya and Brhaspati, who while in navamsha, hora, drekana[7], vakra[8], nicaj[9], ucca[10], svaksetra[11], varakendra[12], and in the mulatrikone[13] Who causes fear in people plunged in the ocean of worldly existence, and is the harbinger of calamitous events[2].


Who does good to those who worship him seated in his grain-sieve[4] and bears the spear.

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Who grants uniquely auspicious rewards for devotees favored by Shiva’s benign glances. Who is revered by the learned, and who brings joy to Brahmins. Who is the friend of Surya, Chandra and Brhaspati, shining with his good wife, and his hands on his knees, having four arms, and who is quite extraordinary. Who is attired in navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar cloth and dress made of leather, who wears ornaments made of Gomedaka gems[6], the friendly planet of Shani and Shukra, and who delights Guruguha.

I have tried to correct some typographical errors from that source which is also very hard to readand hope Navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar have not introduced too many of my own. Who is honored by his attendants, is devoid of all evil, benefits the devotees of Shiva, and is always joyous.

It is a truncated version of that which I have used on the list of compositions. I take refuge again kriithis Angaraka[1], the divine Mandara krithhis to the humble dependent devotees, the presiding deity of Tuesday, and the son of Earth. One whose principle nature is embedded in the eight-syllabled hymn of praise[7], who is of navagraa hue, navagrqha the nature of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva[8], and who confers material benefits and spiritual emancipation.

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Who is devoid of all illness, the author of smrti[10], uncontrolled, the Lord of the Universe, the untarnished one, who delights in the worlds and is the bestower of vigor. Who bears the fan of Guruguha[5], whose distinction krihis in his discernment of good and bad, who causes eclipses and moves in a counterclockwise direction.

Worship Him The ornament on Lord Shiva’s crest, the cool-rayed, the four-armed, krithi parasol of Madana[5], the night-maker, the eye of Lord Venkatesa[6], mentally created by Virat[7], the inflictor of suffering[8], the friend of the night-lotus, and navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar face of Lord Subramanya who became the teacher of the creator. Who is the Lord of the cherished navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar of Mesa and Vrischika[3], with red limbs, who wears the red dress and is the bearer of the sword and trident.


One whose effulgent lustre has been praised by those of highest esteem, the bestower of benefits such as good health. Rescue me quickly Oh Shukra, Lord of the houses of Tula and Vrisa[2], and sound counsellor to all demons.

There is one kriti for each of the classical nine planets. Who with a dreadful face, harsh, directing his compassionate side-glance when worshipped with the Kayana mantra[5], with four hands and carrying the sword and shield.

They contain a good deal of Vedic astrology, as well as fine music. The following lyrics and translations are taken from the LP recording of Prof. Note that the final two kritis on the inauspicious “planets” Rahu and Ketu are now considered to be later compositions by Dikshitar’s followers, added to round out the traditional nine. Oh omnipresent one, Oh Lord navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar great strength, Lord of speech[2], Lord of lovely Dhanus and Mina[3], whose form is adored by Indra and the other Gods, and who is the great intellectual honored by divinities like Madhava[4].

Please let me know of any errors. Worship Him Always, navagrqha Lord of the stars[1] praised by the guardian deities of Indra[2] and others, who moistens the Earth, the one navagrraha sixteen digits[3], and rich in nectar[4]. Oh most esteemed teacher of the Gods, kkrithis of the thunderbolt[5], of auspicious markings, teacher navagraha krithis muthuswami dikshitar the three worlds[6], one who is not affected by old age and the like, unexcitable, father of Kaca[7], the divine Kalpataru[8] for those who take refuge in Him, who is a delight to Shiva and Guruguha, and the bestower of offspring, kin to the distressed, the manifester of the four phases of speech[9], an ocean of compassion.

Who is both God and demon[3], who removes all ills, and dispels danger from poisonous creatures like serpents.

Who is brightly colored like saffron, whose form gives delight to Guruguha, who is the enemy of Kuja[2], the wearer of gem-studded crown, necklace, armlets and bracelets, Lord of the houses of Mithuna and Kanya[3], with book in hand[4] and who is neuter[5].