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Pushya Nakshatra

Pushya (To provide nourishment) (3°20′ to 16°40′ Cancer)

Pushya is located entirely in the Zodiac sign of Cancer and is comprised of the stars: Theta-, Gamma- and Eta-Cancri. Pushya is translated as "nourisher" which expresses the essence of this star. The symbol of this nakshatra is the udder of a cow, again representing nourishment. The cow is revered in the Vedic tradition and is a symbol of fertility and productivity. Brihaspati (an aspect of Jupiter) is the ruling deity of Pushya, who bestows qualities of benevolence, while Saturn, the ruling planet, brings commitment and practicality. People born under this star have a strong sense of family, home and community as well as an affinity for good food and social enjoyment. They need a balanced approach to life or they may become too comfortable or rigid. Pushya is the most benign of all stars and is considered a favorable nakshatra for spiritual pursuits. Those born under this star are dependable, generous, protective and calm.

General Characteristics: Knowledgeable in a variety of subjects; admired; in control of passions; wealthy and fond of performing charitable deeds.
Translation: "Nourisher"
Symbol: The udder of a cow; Flower; Circle
Animal Symbol: A Goat
Presiding Deity: Brihaspati, a form of Jupiter who is the God of Sacred Speech and Prayer.
Controlling Planet: Saturn
Ruling Deity of Saturn: Hanuman
Nature: Devas (God-like)
Mode: Passive
Number: 8
Gender: Male
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Water
Disposition: Light and swift
Bird: Sea Crow
Common Name: Sacred Fig
Botanical Name: Ficus religiosa
Seed Sounds Hoo, He, Ho, Dah
Also related to Planets: Moon, as the ruler of Cancer; and Jupiter, as Brihaspati – the presiding deity.

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


First Pada 3° 20′ to 6° 40′ Cancer
Ruled by: Sun
Soul Sound: Hoo
Keyword: Achievement
Second Pada 6° 40′ to 10° 00′ Cancer
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: He
Keyword: Service
Third Pada 10° 00′ to 13° 20′ Cancer
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Ho
Keyword: Luxury
Fourth Pada 13° 20′ to 16° 40′ Cancer
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Dah
Keyword: Esoteric

Strengths: Spiritual, intuitive, intelligent, learned, passionate, creative, helpful, likeable, respected, socially adept, inclusive, selfless, philanthropic, humanitarian, independent, nurturing, counselor, financial expert, fight for public interest, and whole-heartedly defend belief system.

Weakness: Stubborn, arrogant, insecure, overly sensitive, selfish, doubtful, overly talkative, easily deceived, dogmatic, fundamentalist, lack of self-worth.

Professions: Politian, aristocrat, professions in a restaurant, catering, food or drink industry, hotelier, host/hostess, dairy industry, counselors, psychologists, clergy, priests, spiritual advisors, charity workers, teacher, child care professional, artisans, real estate, farmers, water related industry, business related to orthodox or traditional religions.

Famous Pushyas: Mikhail Gorbachev, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Dan Quayle, Mary Tyler Moore, Jimi Hendrix

Favorable Activities: Beginning anything; laying foundations for building, celebrations, gatherings, imaginative activities, music, dance, travel, financial planning, receiving legal assistance, confronting adversaries, cooking, gardening, activities for children, purchasing or taking care of a pet, healing and nurturing activities, seeking guidance, religious and spiritual activities, and activities involving one’s Mother.

Unfavorable Activities: Activities that require harsh behavior and weddings or ceremonies.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Vilankulam Sri Akshayapureeswarar

The energy vortex that resonates with Pushya star is located in Thanjavur near Peravoorani in Tamil Nadu, India. People born und the star of Pushya should visit and worship the sacred temple of Sri Vilankulam Sri Akshayapureeswarar at least once during their lifetime.

Pushya is the star of Lord Sri Saneeswarar. According to the Siddhas, the inner meaning of Pushya is "to gain the affection through the glorious feet of God." Sri Saneeswarar incurred a foot injury as Yama, the God of Death, kicked Sri Saneeswarar, leaving him with a disabled foot. To remedy his ailment, Sri Saneeswarar began begging for grains, which he then cooked and fed to the poor. He also made offerings and prayers to Lord Shiva at the sacred shrine of Vilankulam. Sri Saneeswarar received the grace of Shiva at this temple and his foot was healed. Those born under Pushya will gain the affection of Lord Sri Saneeswarar at this temple. This is where Lord Shiva revealed himself as Lord Akshayapureeswarar. He was present for Sri Sanesswarar and he is always present at this temple. People born under Pushya have abundant luck and if they offer prayers at this shrine, they will easily attain the benefits of penance.

Sri Saneeswarar can provide longevity and remove worries so that people may live in happiness. It is especially beneficial for people in the major or minor period of Saturn (Shani) to make an offering to Sri Saneeswarar to remove the evil effects committed during their previous lifetimes. Foreigners born under Pushya star should visit this temple once a year and circumambulate the temple, from left to right, eight times. This will eliminate problems with the planet Saturn.

It is recommended to anoint Lord Sri Saneeswarar with sandal paste and offer sesame sweets. Giving the sweet food to poor people at the temple is another remedy for any afflictions of Saturn. Unexpected health problems, chronic ailments and, large debt problems due to health treatment can be eliminated by making offerings at the Vilankulam Lord Sri Saneeswarar Temple.

Purnarvasu day is a time of growth and is also a powerful day for teachers to walk around the temple at Vaaniyampadi, from left to right. They can also perform an abhishekham for Lord Sri Adhidheeswarar and Goddess Sri Saraswati. Teachers and those in hotel management should offer prayers for increasing potential in their careers. Offering food on Purnarvasu days, Pradosham days, Shivaratri and Wednesdays will benefit the progress of children in education.

Pushya natives, your incense is made with the herb Peepal 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.