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Mrigashira Nakshatra

Mrigashira (Face of the deer) (23°20′ Taurus to 6°40′ Gemini)

In the night sky, Mrigashira consists of four stars located in the constellation of Orion: Bellatrix (Gamma-Orionis), Pi2, Pi3, and Pi4-Orionis. Bellatrix is the brightest of these stars and is located on the right shoulder of Orion. These stars form the shape of a deer’s head, which is the symbol of Mrigashira. In the astrology chart, Mrigashira bridges the signs Taurus and Gemini. Those born under Mrigashira have a gentle, charming character and are constantly seeking knowledge. They have mental dexterity as well as a great capacity to comprehend information. They must be careful not to overextend themselves or become restless, thus physical movement is helpful in creating balance. Mrigashira is the most curious of the nakshatras and supports a good sense of humor. Mrigashira is a star of variety as people born under this star go through diverse experiences to find their authentic purpose in life.

General Characteristics: Driven and self-motivated; action-oriented; capable yet timid; talented in research and public speaking; spiritually intelligent; seeking liberation.
Translation: "Deer’s Head" or "Benevolent"
Symbol: Antelope’s head
Animal Symbol: Female Serpent
Presiding Deity: Soma, the Moon God
Controlling Planet: Mars
Ruling Deity of Mars: Muruga
Nature: Devas (God-like)
Mode: Passive
Number: 5
Gender: Neutral
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Earth
Disposition: Soft, Mild, Tender (Mridu)
Bird: Hen
Common Name: Milmesha
Botanical Name: Acacia catechu
Seed Sounds: Ve, Vo, Ka, Kee
Also related to Planets: Venus, as the ruler of Taurus; Mercury, as the ruler of Gemini.

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


First Pada 23° 20′ to 26° 40′ Taurus
Ruled by: Sun
Soul Sound: Ve
Keyword: Expressive
Second Pada 26° 40′ to 30° 00′ Taurus
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: Vo
Keyword: Discernment
Third Pada 00° 00′ to 3° 20′ Gemini
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Ka
Keyword: Social
Fourth Pada 3° 20′ to 6° 40′ Gemini
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Kee
Keyword: Intellectual

Strengths: Strong sense of individuality; sharp intellect; ability to learn quickly; natural leader; hard worker; action-oriented; witty; clever; hopeful; curious; inquisitive; eager to acquire more knowledge; perceptive; sensitive; amicable; peaceful; enthusiastic; gains pleasures in life; enjoys singing, writing, speaking; articulate; enjoys debates and arguments; has many friends and romantic interests; sensual; affluent; enjoys fine clothing and accessories.

Weaknesses: Impulsive; fickle; helpless; scattered; suspicious; unbalanced; seeks constant attention; lacks commitment; critical of others, yet sensitive to criticism; easily offended; exhausted from too much excitement; flirtatious; craves sensual pleasures and has multiple partnerships.

Famous Mrigashiras: Walter Mondale, Shirley Temple Black, Brooke Shields, Rodin, Doris Day, Goldie Hawn

Professions: Artists; vocalist; musicians; writers; poets; painters; philosophers; gemstone industry; products or materials related to earth; farmers; forestry; land developers; surveyor; cartographer; travelers; explorers; building contractors, business related to machinery or electronics; veterinarians and occupations related to pets; fashion and textile industry; sales representative; advertising; broadcaster; administration; clairvoyant, astrologers; teachers.

Favorable Activities: Art and creative pursuits; socializing and making new friends; sex; travel; exploration; pursuing education; moving to a new location; health and revitalization; gardening; advertising; spiritual initiations.

Unfavorable Activities: Harsh or aggressive action such as confrontation or combat; weddings, ceremonies; long term decisions.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Ennkann Sri Aadhi Narayana Perumal

The sacred shrine of Sri Aadhi Narayana Perumal is located in the village of Ennkann, near Koradacheri in Tamil Nadu, India. Those born under Mrigashira should worship this sacred shrine at least once during their lifetime.

The story of the Sri Aadhi Narayana Perumal temple begins with an emperor who was hunting animals in the forest. The emperor disturbed the meditation of Brihu Maharishi, who was performing penance. Brihu Maharishi decided to curse the emperor with a lion face and the only way for the emperor to overcome this curse was to follow a noble path.

The energy of the Sri Aadhi Narayana Perumal temple is known to attract the blessing of the mythical bird, Garuda, carrying Lord Vishnu as Lord Sri Aadhi Narayana Perumal. Brihu advised the emperor to create a festival to honor Lord Vishnu at this temple, in which he should carry Vishnu on the vehicle of a lion, a bull, a peacock, a swan and a sheep. The emperor followed Brihu’s guidance, he renovated the temple and he prayed to Vishnu at this sacred vortex. The emperor’s lion face disappeared and he joyfully began teaching devotional worship at the temple. He created a grand festival with 108 vehicles to carry Lord Vishnu. This festival began to attract distinguished people, architects and sculptors to the temple.

The auspicious energy of this temple can assist people with matters concerning their profession or job. It is beneficial to perform abhishekham on Mrigashira days, Vishnupati days, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also, offering a sweet drink to the poor will help overcome anxiety and worry. It is advantageous to walk around this sacred shrine while carrying a ghee lamp. This is a remedy for relieving conflicts with enemies. People can also make an offering of sweet rice, milk and nuts to the poor to improve their reputation. And finally, anointing Garuda, the sacred bird, with butter along with sandalwood past for Vishnu is favorable for prosperity and health.

Mrigasira natives, your incense is made with the herb Ebony 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.