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Jyestha Nakshatra

Jyestha (16°40′ to 30°00′ Scorpio)

Jyestha is identifiable in the night sky as the brilliant red star Antares. This star resides at the heart of Scorpio and is many times larger than our own Sun. Jyestha means the "eldest" and is a star associated with seniority. People born under this star have the capacity for great accomplishment, but they must first learn to deal with their inner conflicts and wield their power responsibly. The symbol of Jyestha is an earring or disc which represents the energy of Lord Vishnu and Mercury. This bestows protection and intellectual abilities. Those born under Jyestha will defend the vulnerable or underprivileged. The ruling deity, Lord Indra, gives a shrewd and courageous nature. Jyestha people must be cautious of the tendency to become overly concerned with recognition. Their generosity and charity is the key to establishing authority.

General Characteristics: Brilliant and analytical abilities, few friends, cheerful and virtuous.
Translation: "The Eldest", "Seniormost"
Symbol: Earring, Umbrella, or Circular protective talisman (may represent Vishnu’s disc)
Animal Symbol: A Male Deer or Hare
Presiding Deity: Lord Indra, king of the Gods
Controlling Planet: Mercury
Ruling Deity of Mercury: Vishnu
Nature: Rakshasa (demon)
Mode: Active
Number:18 (connected to the energy of the Moon)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Vata
Guna: Sattwic
Element: Air
Disposition: Sharp and Dreadful
Bird: Brahmani Duck
Common Name: Rattan
Botanical Name: Calammus rotang
Seed Sounds: No, Ya, Yi, Yu (see Padas of Jyestha
Also related to Planets: Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, gives protection and activity; while Ketu, closely associated with Scorpio, brings transformation

Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born during the pada of Jyestha:


First Pada 16°40′ – 20°00′ of Scorpio.
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: No
Keyword: Generosity
Second Pada 20°00′ – 23°20′ of Scorpio.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Ya (Yaa)
Keyword: Responsibility
Third Pada 23°20′ – 26°40′ of Scorpio.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Yi (Yee
) Keyword: Altruism
Fourth Pada 26°40′ – 30°00′ of Scorpio.
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Yu (Yoo)
Keyword: Sacrifice

Strength: Most successful in their family; builds friendships and a support network; resourceful; generous; self-reliant; eventually wealthy; takes charge of the family; passionate; reputable; receives fame and honors; self-reliant; takes control; and get things done; fond of wit; virtuous; satisfied; talented at music; capacity for inventive design; has creative genius; interested in the occult; can accomplish anything they set their minds to; persevere to make a difference.

Weakness: Short tempered; affected by family problems; too intense in nature; self-important; egotism; hides their feelings and intentions; peaceful demeanor; covers impatience and immorality; manipulative; control issues; irritable; lonely; possessive; dramatizes illness and troubles to gain sympathy; possesses many illnesses; many job changes; troubles in early life; tormented; hypocritical and secretive behavior.

Professions: Musicians, military leaders, politicians, bureaucrats, police detectives, engineers, managers, philosopher, intellectuals, self-employed, government officials, administrative posts, reporters, radio and TV commentators, talk show hosts, actors, orators, firemen, trade unionists, occultists, mafia, forest rangers, professions with the salvation army, manual labor, athletes, air traffic control, radar, surgeons.

Famous Jyesthas: Albert Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Thomas Jefferson, Tiger Woods

Favorable Activities: Activities requiring responsibility, protection, plotting, spying, putting your foot down, taking control, harsh activity, expressing authority, administration, associating with elders, taking care of family, occult activities, discussions on serious issues, planning, discipline

Unfavorable Activities: Marriage, infidelity, selfishness, taking advantage of others, healing, travel, too much rest, overindulgence, activities that require diplomacy or sensitivity


Sacred Enegy Vortex: Pasupathi Koil Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple

Varadharaja Perumal Koil is located in the village of Pasupathi near Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India. It is commonly referred to as the Jyeshta Temple because the energy of this shrine resonates with that of Jyestha star. An incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Sri Varadharaja Perumal resides at this sacred vortex. Varad means boon and Raja means king. Thus, Sri Varadaraja Perumal is the royal one who offers blessings to the world from this temple.

Just as Lord Vishnu manifests among the stars in the heavens, he also manifests among those who visit Pasupathi Koil. The twenty-seven nakshatra goddesses visit this temple each day and perform a marriage festival to Sri Varadaraja Perumal. Also at this sacred energy vortex, Sri Periya Nambi Swamigal meditated on Lord Vishnu with full devotion and contemplation. On Jyestha star day, Lord Vishnu appeared before him in the form of Sri Varadaraja Perumal and offered Divine Grace. The samadhi (still meditation) of Sri Periya Nambigal is located adjacent to the main shrine at Pasupathi Koil. It is auspicious to light a lamp containing three oils and receive darshan at the samadhi of Sri Periya Nambigal on Jyestha star day.

Those people born under Jyestha star should visit Pasupathi Koil with their family. It is favorable to visit the temple when Jyestha star falls on a Tuesday, combining the power of Mars and Jyestha. Siddhas and other divine beings give darshan on this day. These blessings have the ability to remove past life karmas, increase the effects of virtuous action and protect a person’s family. Those born under other stars will also benefit from a visit to this temple. They may offer archana and abhishekam to Sri Varadharaja Perumal and receive the darshan of siddhas who manifest in the light.

Jyestha natives, your incense is made with the herb Rattan as prescribed by the Vedas.

Burning one of these pillars is like performing a mini fire ritual for that particular star formation. For your specific Birthstar, you will be able to connect inwardly to your planet of energetic origin and gain support with the positive aspects that are you.

Burning the other Nakshatra pillars on that specific Nakshatra day will tune you in with the favorable activities with that star’s energy for the day. It is recommended to at least burn your own personal Nakshatra pillar daily to stay connected to your essence. It is advantageous to burn the days Nakshatra pillar as well.