Know your Star, Nakshatra -

Know your Star

As per Vedic astrology star is the position of the Moon when you were born. 360 degrees of the elliptically structured zodiac, can be divided into twelve houses with each house being equal to thirty degrees. With further subdivision of the same into twenty seven nakshatras or star constellation, each of the constellations occupies a magnitude of thirteen degrees and twenty minutes. 

Just as an individual takes birth under different rasis or zodiac signs governing the twelve houses, similarly the celestial presence of the twenty seven 'nakshatras' or birth star governs our birth. Lunar placement in natal or birth chart determines the birth star governing an individual.

Our core personality, physical features, and mental makeup is defined based on the personality of our birth star. Therefore a proper understanding and connect with your birth star is the first step towards understanding your own self. Planets occupy an important place in a horoscope which decide the future of a person to  live a successful life. On the other hand, the transition of certain planets may cause several disturbances that hamper the growth and development.

A homam / Pariharam / remedial puja is specially meant for dissolving various problems in life by meeting exact requirements. It involves different types which help to gain best results. Nakshatra shanthi homam can be performed on the birthday of every year for ensuring protection from the negative influences of planets.

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Name of the Star




"physician to the Gods"

  • Lord: Ketu (South lunar node)
  • Symbol : Horse's head
  • Deity : Ashvins, the horse-headed twins who are physicians to the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Mesha
  • Western zodiac 26° Aries - 9°20' Taurus



"the bearer"

  • Lord: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol: Yoni, the female organ of reproduction
  • Deity: Yama, god of death or Dharma
  • Indian zodiac: 13° 20' - 26°40' Mesha
  • Western zodiac 9° 20' - 22° 40' Taurus



an old name of the Pleiades; personified as the nurses of Kārttikeya, a son of Shiva.

  • Lord: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol: Knife or spear
  • Deity : Agni, god of fire
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Mesha - 10° Vrishabha
  • Western zodiac 22° 40' Taurus - 6° Gemini



"the red one". Also known as brāhmī

  • Lord: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol: Cart or chariot, temple, banyan tree
  • Deity : Brahma or Prajapati, the Creator
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Vrishabha
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Gemini



"the deer's head". Also known as āgrahāyaṇī

  • Lord: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol: Deer's head
  • Deity: Soma, Chandra, the Moon god
  • Indian zodiac: 23° 20' Vrishabha - 6° 40' Mithuna
  • Western zodiac: 19°20' Gemini - 2°40' Cancer



"the storm god"

  • Lord: Rahu (North lunar node)
  • Symbol: Teardrop, diamond, a human head
  • Deity : Rudra, the storm god
  • Indian zodiac: 6° 40' - 20° Mithuna
  • Western zodiac: 2° 40' - 16° Cancer


Punarvasu (dual)

"the two restorers of goods", also known as yamakau "the two chariots"

  • Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Bow and quiver
  • Deity : Aditi, mother of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Mithuna - 3°20' Karka
  • Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Cancer



"the nourisher", also known as sidhya or tiṣya

  • Lord: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Cow's udder, lotus, arrow and circle
  • Deity : Bṛhaspati, priest of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' -16°40' Karka
  • Western zodiac 29°20' Cancer - 12°40' Leo



"the embrace"

  • Lord: Budh (Mercury)
  • Symbol: Serpent
  • Deity : Sarpas or Nagas, deified snakes
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Karka
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Leo



"the bountiful"

  • Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
  • Symbol : Royal Throne
  • Deity : Pitrs, 'The Fathers', family ancestors
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Simha
  • Western zodiac 26° Leo - 9°20' Virgo


Pūrva Phalgunī

"first reddish one"

  • Lord: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol : Front legs of bed, hammock, fig tree
  • Deity : Bhaga, god of marital bliss and prosperity
  • Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Simha
  • Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Virgo


Uttara Phalgunī

"second reddish one"

  • Lord: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol: Four legs of bed, hammock
  • Deity : Aryaman, god of patronage and favours
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Simha- 10° Kanya
  • Western zodiac 22°40' Virgo - 6° Libra



"the hand"

  • Lord: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol: Hand or fist
  • Deity : Saviti or Surya, the Sun god
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Kanya
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Libra



"the bright one", a name of Spica

  • Lord: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol: Bright jewel or pearl
  • Deity : Tvastar or Vishvakarman, the celestial architect
  • Indian zodiac: 23°20' Kanya - 6°40' Tula
  • Western zodiac: 19°20' Libra - 2°40' Scorpio



"Su-Ati (sanskrit) Very good" name of Arcturus

  • Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol: Shoot of plant, coral
  • Deity : Vayu, the Wind god
  • Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Tula
  • Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Scorpio



"forked, having branches"; also known as rādhā "the gift"

  • Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Triumphal arch, potter's wheel
  • Deity : Indra, chief of the gods; Agni, god of Fire
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Tula - 3°20' Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Scorpio



"following rādhā"

  • Lord: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Triumphal archway, lotus
  • Deity : Mitra, one of Adityas of friendship and partnership
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 29°20' Scorpio - 12°40' Sagittarius



"the eldest, most excellent"

  • Lord: Budh (Mercury)
  • Symbol : circular amulet, umbrella, earring
  • Deity : Indra, chief of the gods
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Vrishchika
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Sagittarius



"the root"

  • Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
  • Symbol : Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad
  • Deity : Nirrti, goddess of dissolution and destruction
  • Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Dhanus
  • Western zodiac 26° Sagittarius - 9°20' Capricorn


Purva Ashadha

"first of the āṣāḍhā", āṣāḍhā "the invincible one" being the name of a constellation

  • Lord: Shukra (Venus)
  • Symbol: Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket
  • Deity : Apah, god of Water
  • Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Dhanus
  • Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Capricorn


Uttara Ashadha

"second of the āṣāḍhā"

  • Lord: Surya (Sun)
  • Symbol : Elephant tusk, small bed
  • Deity : Visvedevas, universal gods
  • Indian zodiac: 26°40' Dhanus - 10° Makara
  • Western zodiac 22°40' Capricorn - 6° Aquarius



  • Lord: Chandra (Moon)
  • Symbol : Ear or Three Footprints
  • Deity : Vishnu, preserver of universe
  • Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Makara
  • Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Aquarius



"most famous", also Shravishthā "swiftest"

  • Lord: Mangala (Mars)
  • Symbol : Drum or flute
  • Deity : Eight vasus, deities of earthly abundance
  • Indian zodiac: 23°20' Makara - 6°40' Kumbha
  • Western zodiac 19°20' Aquarius - 2°40' Pisces



"requiring a hundred physicians"

  • Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol : Empty circle, 1,000 flowers or stars
  • Deity : Varuna, god of cosmic waters, sky and earth
  • Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Kumbha ; Western zodiac2°40' - 16° Pisces


Purva Bhadrapada

"the first of the blessed feet"

  • Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
  • Symbol : Swords or two front legs of funeral cot, man with two faces
  • Deity : Ajikapada, an ancient fire dragon
  • Indian zodiac: 20° Kumbha - 3°20' Meena ; Western zodiac16° - 29°20' Pisces


Uttara Bhādrapadā

"the second of the blessed feet"

  • Lord: Shani (Saturn)
  • Symbol : Twins, back legs of funeral cot, snake in the water
  • Deity : Ahir Budhyana, serpent or dragon of the deep
  • Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Meena ; Western zodiac29°20' Pisces - 12°40' Aries




  • Lord: Budh (Mercury)
  • Symbol : Fish or a pair of fish, drum
  • Deity : Pushan, nourisher, the protective deity
  • Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Meena
  • Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Aries

Characteristics of the star:


It’s considered ‘The star of Transport’. Under the influence of this star the people tend to be adventurous and full of energy. They are always ready to try new things and take risks. They cannot remain still and are impatient and restless. They like movement, doing something all the time. They can be irresponsible in what they do and behave in an immature manner. This star controls all form pf transports.


It’s considered ‘the star of restraint’. Under the influence of this star the people go through various struggles for personal growth and transformation. They tend to be jealous of others and have self-doubt. They are honest and disciplined people and give more importance to their own opinions. 


It’s considered ‘the star of fire’. Under its influence the people are ambitious. They are passionate and determined towards everything that they do. They tend to be successful. They are faced with various ups and downs in life. They make great protectors and take good care of those close to them


It’s considered ‘the star of ascent’. Under its influence the people are beautiful, charming and have a certain standard. They like material things and possessions and have a high standard of living. They are critical of others and tend to look down on people. They are talented and creative people.


It’s considered ‘the star of searching’. Under its influence the people tend to be travellers. They are always looking for new things and knowledge. They like collecting and increasing their possession. They are very intelligent and are good at uncovering things. They travel a lot in order to make more sense of their life.


The symbol suggests grief. Under its influence the people tend to be destructive. They grow through the destruction. They are good at overcoming and using bad things to their benefit. They tend to be emotionally distant when it comes to others and are cold and stern. They are constantly suffering and overcoming obstacles which leads to their inner growth. 


It’s considered ‘the star of renewal’. Under its influence the people are good at overcoming bad situations. They have a positive outlook on life and are inspirational and kind. They have a forgiving nature and are liked by everyone. They like travelling and are content with what they have.PUSHYA

Under its influence the people tend to be very religious and give high importance to their beliefs and laws. They believe that they are always right and tend to be arrogant towards people who disagree with them. They are kind and helpful towards people in need and are good at sharing.


It’s considered as ‘the clinging star’. Under its influence the people tend to be wise and intelligent. But they often use their wisdom for dark deeds. They tend to be cunning and liars. Eventually they suffer the consequences of what they do which leads to their growth. They don’t like getting humiliated or criticised.


Under its influence the people tend be great leaders and good at taking charge. They like power and wealth and work for attaining these things. They have this need for recognition. They are loyal towards the people they care. They have a high self-opinion and sometimes tend to be arrogant towards others.


Under its influence the people tend to be very carefree and relaxed. They like enjoying. They are good at communicating and are very social. They are loyal and kind towards the people they love and have long lasting relationships. They are often very lazy but they are talented and very creative.


It’s called ‘the star of Patronage. Under its influence the people are good natured and loving creatures. They like making friends. They are at their best when in a relationship. They are kind and helpful towards everyone. They do not do well alone and tend to be insecure. But when in a relationship they tend to be dependent and caring.


Under its influence the people tend to be good with their hands. They make good healers and artists. They are very intelligent and talented people. They are good at grasping things quickly. It’s hard for them to let go of things and feelings. They like the profession were they’re able to help others with their skills.


It’s called ‘the star of opportunity’. Under its influence the people are charming and beautiful. They are good at expressing themselves. They communicative very well with others. They are very artistic and have a good imagination. They are good at creating new things and make great artists.

SWATIUnder its influence the people tend to be good at communicating and expressing their thoughts and ideas. They make great artists. They are curious and are always ready to learn new things. They are intuitive and have great instincts. They can sometimes be shallow and egoistic.


It’s called ‘the star of Purpose’. Under its influence the people have set goals and ambitions. They work hard and are determined and very focused. They like competitions and never back down easily. They can get jealous of others very easily and often get angry when things don’t go their way


Under it influence the people make very good leaders. They are very organized about whatever they do. They are good at balancing their work and relationship. They are good at cooperation and adjusting whether it be in a relationship or in group work. They are good at sharing and make great friends.


Under its influence the people are wise and intelligent. They tend to be experienced and are good at dealing with power and wealth. They are protective towards theirs family members and are usually the leaders of their house. They face a lot of hardships in life. They are not very social and have few trusting friends.


It’s called ‘the root star’. Under its influence the people are good investigators and good at uncovering secrets. They face various ups and downs in life which gives them a sense of pain and loss. They tend to have a resenting nature and always blame others for their situations.


It’s called ‘the invincible star’. Under its influence the people are independent and strong. They are always trying to improve their situation by increasing their status. They are good at manipulating and influencing others and have great communication skills. They have anger issues and are often aggressive.


It’s called ‘the universal star’. Under its influence the people are patient, soft and kind. They have great endurance power. They are responsible people and do their work with great determination. They are sincere and never lie. They often become lazy when they lose interest and what they are doing.


It’s called ‘the star of learning’. Under its influence the people are intellectually wise. They are always looking for new things to learn. They are good at listening as well as teaching others. They tend to be restless and always travel to different places in search of more knowledge


It’s called ‘the star of symphony’. Under its influence the people have a lot of wealth and possessions. They are inclined towards music and dancing. But just like the musical instruments they tend to be hollow on the inside and are always looking for things to fill this void. This often makes them self-absorbed.


It’s called ‘the veiling star’. Under its influence the people are secretive and philosophical. They make good healers. They can moody and lonely as they are not good at communication. They tend to think highly of themselves in terms of knowledge and consider themselves to know everything.


It’s called ‘the star of transformation’. Under its influence the people are passionate and very indulgent in whatever they do. They are two faced and are secretive about themselves. They will face problems and accidents in life and hence have to be careful. They are good at communication and influencing people


It’s called ‘the warrior star’. Under its influence the people are good at controlling their emotions. They tend to be lazy. They have a kind and cheerful nature. They are extremely protective of the people they love and like home and family and the simple pleasures that come with it.


This is the last Nakshatra. It indicates a journey, the final one from this life to the next. Under its influence the people are loving, kind and helpful. They are happy and positive people. They like being social and getting to know new people. They are creative and imaginative. They make great artists.  They are care givers and are always helping others. 


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