Navapashanam term is derived from nava+pashanam. Nava means ‘nine’ and pashanam means ‘poisonous substance’. The great Siddha Bhogar classified 64 types of poisons out of which 32 is naturally acquired and 32 is artificially acquired. Out of these 64 poisonous substances, any nine can be chosen to make navapashanam. The nine poisonous substances chose to make the beads, malai, and idols available here are Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri pashanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, and Silas. These Nine Pashanam were carefully selected to represent the nine planets of the solar system by Siddha Bogar. These are the basic nine poisonous substance used to constitute the Murugan Idol by Siddha Bogar in Palani Temple, India.
These nine pashanams, when processed with herbs and other elements and combined in an appropriate way can be formed into what we call “NAVAPASHANAM”. These nine poisonous substances on their own or simple mixing are dangerously poisonous whereas when the making process undergoes a tantric process, it becomes powerful alchemy. Only Siddhas with their tantric practice can constitute such Navapashanam.
In ancient times, many siddha’s were making navapashanam but the great master and Siddha, BHOGAR SIDDHA, who is also known as the father of Navapashanam perfected the Navapashanam and made it available for mankind. His writings are still available in ancient palm scrolls. Since then, the powerful alchemy was heard among mankind.