The Payyoli Nine: Planets in a Square

The Payyoli Nine: Planets in a Square

by Mohan Narayanan


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In the Indian Vedic system of planetary worship of the nine major planets – the Navagrahas – most important are Saturn (Shani), Mars (Mangal) and Jupiter (Guru). The planets’ periodical celestial transitions affect human lives. Of these three planets, the first two are considered extremely malevolent.

This fascinating adventure story handles the two planets in rather extreme ways: Mars for its futuristic space technology ventures, and Saturn as described in Hindu/Mayan mythological scriptures.

Seven idols from the Navagraha square-shaped constellation of the famous Thiruvalla Temple have been missing for almost 2,000 years. The Temple priests seek the help of Harani and Manikkam (the two tech-savvy teenagers from the Payyoli Trilogy series) to find them. The duo is also involved with the SpaceX project for human colonization of Mars. Two scientists from SpaceX on their visit to India mysteriously vanish in their helicopter while exploring the effects of Saturn at the temple of Thirunallar.

How the search for the missing Hindu idols leads Harani and Manikkam to the Yucatan caves where the two missing SpaceX scientists are held captive offering prayers to the missing idols, forms the gripping finale of the novel.

“An amazing and fast-paced ride with our favourite techno-savvy duo of Harani and Manikkam. A must read for all those who believe God is one. This book gives strength to my belief that all religions originated from one single almighty power!”

– Sriram Srinivasan, Editor


THE PAYYOLI PENDANT, Mohan Narayanan’s first book in this series, was published in 2009. This is his sixth novel in eight years. Popular with American, European, and Japanese readers, all his books have been rated 4.5/5 stars and above, with each having been downloaded over 100,000 times.

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ISBN-13: 9781946539922
Publisher: Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 11/03/2017
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.38(d)

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