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Krittika Nakshatra

Krittika (26°40′ Aries to 10° Taurus)

In the night sky, Krittika is visible as a cluster of seven stars known as the Pleiades. In Vedic astrology, Krittika resides in the sign of Aries as well as Taurus. The name Krittika translates as, "one who cuts" and the symbol is a razor or sharp object. Thus, a critical nature with both creative and destructive tendencies is displayed by this star. Krittika is also represented by the element of fire as the presiding deity is Agni, the god of fire. Those born under this star are combative with a fiery disposition. The Sun is the ruling planet, which also signifies fire and at the highest level, purification. Krittika natives have an adventurous spirit and are constantly looking to fuel their fire with new information and experiences.Physical activity and an energetic demeanor are characteristic of those born under this nakshatra. Kartikeya (Muruga), who was raised by the seven wives (the stars of Pleiades) of the seven sages, is also associated with Krittika. There is a nurturing quality to this star, which is often hidden behind a tough exterior.Those born under this nakshatra are commonly involved with teaching or universities. They may have a sharp tongue and dislike imperfection, yet they have amazing will power, independence and the capacity to support others. This is a star of courage, awareness and purification.

General Characteristics: Determined to achieve greatness; tenacious will; sharp, cutting and penetrating by nature.
Translation: "The Cutter"
Symbol: Razor, Axe, or Flame
Animal Symbol: Female Sheep
Presiding deities: Agni, the God of Fire and Lord Muruga (Kartikeya)
Controlling Planet: Sun
Ruling Deity of Sun: Shiva
Nature: Rakshasa (Demon)
Mode: Active
Number: 3
Gender: Female
Dosha: Kapha
Guna: Rajas
Element: Earth
Disposition: Mixed (both sharp and soft)
Bird: Peacock
Common Name: Fig
Botanical Name: Ficusracemosa
Seed Sounds: Ah, Ee, Oo, Ay (see Padas of Kriitika)
Also related to Planets: Mars, as ruler of the Aries; Venus, as the ruler of Taurus

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


First Pada 26°40′ – 30°00′ of Aries
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Ah
Keyword: Exploratory
Second Pada 00°00′ – 03°19′ of Taurus
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Ee
Keyword: Material
Third Pada 03°20′ – 06°39′ of Taurus
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Oo
Keyword: Humanitarian
Fourth Pada 06°40′ – 09°59′ of Taurus
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Ay
Keyword: Creative Manifestation

Favorable: Famous within their group;respectable leader; attractive appearance;dignified; self-motivated; ambitious; confident; courageous;unshakable determination; goal oriented; materialistic; ability to acquire possessions; great pride in what they do; honors commitment; straight forward; peaceful nature; bright; strong appetite.

Unfavorable: Unstable mind; changeable; vacillating; stubborn; dissatisfied; impatient; responds too strongly to challenges; sets goals or expectations too high; overextends their health with constant activity; nervous; excitable; aggressive; passive-aggressive; difficulties with food and eating; gluttonous; motivated by desire; child-like nature.

Professions: Positions of authority or management, generals, critics, teachers, university occupations, lawyers, judges, technical professions, any field related to sharp objects such as knives or swords, fencing, archer, blacksmith, jeweler, surgeon, professions involving explosives or fire, fire fighter, police, military, miners, cooks, rehabilitation specialist, motivational trainer, ceramics, spiritual teacher, hair stylist, tailor, work in orphanages.

Famous Krittikas: Bill Clinton, Ronald Regan, Mick Jagger, Gregory Peck, Bob Dylan, Frida Kahlo

Favorable Activities: Starting new projects, activities requiring courage, initiative or honesty, military tactics, sudden changes, breaking old habits, activities requiring fire or heat, beginning education, debating, cooking, sewing, and favorable for many activities.

Unfavorable Activities: Diplomacy, social activities, relaxation, or activities involving water.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Kanjhanaaharam Sri GhatraSundareswarar

The temple which is most significant for Krittika star is located in the village of Kanjhanaaharam, near Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu, India. This shrine is the most auspicious temple for those born under Krittika and they should visit this shrine to make offerings to Lord Shiva.

At this sacred vortex, Lord Shiva appears in the form of Sri Kathra Sundareswarar. The word Kathra translates as "to endure with eminent capability." Lord Shiva was in a state of stillness while performing Kathra Jyoti Yoga. Goddess Parvati offered a golden tender coconut while performing penance which allowed Shiva to attain deep serenity. It was in this deep state of Kathra Jyoti Yoga that Shiva emerged as Sri Kathra Jyoti Peruman and Goddess Parvati arose from the gold tender coconut as Sri Tungabala Sthanambighai. Karthika Sundareswarar has the ability to produce six brilliant lights known as Karthigam light, through which Lord Muruga originated.

The Goddess, Sri Tungabla Sthanambighai, is personified at this sacred temple with the Keera Sathra parrot on her left should. This parrot chants the Vedas and the gives darshan known as Vedmirtha Keeran. It is auspicious for girls of a mature age to receive this darshan before entering marriage. In addition, water from the sacred river Tungabhatra should be used to perform an abhishekam for the Goddess. Those who visit this temple and make offerings can release the negative effects of evil eyes cast upon them as well as appease challenging eighth house planetary transits.

Those born under Krittika star should offer ghee lamps in earthen pots and silk clothes to the poor people at the temple. As the star Krittika gained its brightness at this shrine, offering prayers on the Krittika star day brings prosperity.

Krittika natives, your incense is made with the herb Fig 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.