Looking up into the night sky, Shravana consists of the stars Altair, Alshain and Tarazed. These three stars form the head of Aquila, the Eagle. The word Shravana translates as "hearing" and the symbol of this star is the ear. This is a nakshatra of listening and learning. Just as ancient cultures passed on knowledge through oral traditions, so also people born under Shravana have a great ability to obtain knowledge through listening. The media and communication field are also associated with this nakshatra. Those born under Shravana constantly seek wisdom and often travel to foreign countries to further their education. These people have great focus for obtaining goals and complete all the projects they begin.
General Characteristics: Prosperous, learned, wealthy, famous, and has a liberal-minded spouse.
Translation: "Hearing", "The one who limps" (refers to Vishnu’s three steps)
Symbol: An ear; three footprints in an uneven row; a trident
Animal Symbol: A Female Monkey
Presiding Deity: Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe
Controlling Planet: Moon
Ruling Deity of Moon: Parvati
Nature: Deva (god-like)
Number: 22, (related to new beginnings)
Common Name: Swallow Wort, Milk Weed, Erukku
Botanical Name: Calotropis gigantean
Seed Sounds: Ju, Je, Jo, Gha (see Padas of Shravana)
Also related to Planets: Saturn rules of Capricorn and gives perseverance
Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born during the pada of Shravana:
|First Pada|| 10°00′ – 13°20′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Mars
Soul Sound: Ju
|Second Pada|| 13°20′ – 16°40′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Venus
Soul Sound: Je (Jay)
|Third Pada|| 16°40′ – 20°00′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Mercury
Soul Sound: Jo
|Fourth Pada|| 20°00′ – 23°20′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Moon
Soul Sound: Gha
Strength: Great capacity for learning; success in foreign lands; lives a prosperous, balanced and modest life; ethical; studies scriptures and ancient knowledge; contemplative; drawn to working for social and humanitarian causes, vigilant to highest good; helps others transform their lives; has a good marriage and a helpful partner; articulate speaker, well-liked; cordial in business; creative; quick learner; knowledge to transcend the material world.
Weakness: Hypersensitive; overly concerned with reputation; pessimistic; an unyielding nature; extreme views concerning ethics; excessive generosity that may lead to debt and poverty; develops adversaries and enemies due to jealousy and gossip.
Professions: Teacher, linguist, speech therapists, language translators, story tellers, religious scholar, educator, politicians, business, researcher, geologist, telephone operators, preservation of ancient traditions, comedian, music industry, news broadcasters, talk show host, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, astrologers, radio operator, transportation, tourism, hotel and restaurant industry, healers, holistic medicine, general medical profession, charity worker
Famous Shravanas: Henry Ford, Muhammad Ali, George Lucas, Charles Manson, Bruce Willis, Jessica Lange
Favorable Activities: Beginning new ventures, counseling, listening, travel, buying property, medical treatment, socializing, learning, study languages, reading and writing, music, philosophy, meditation, religious activities, politics, humanitarian activities
Unfavorable Activities: Activities requiring aggression, lawsuits, battles or wars, taking risks, making promises, taking oaths, completion of activity, lending money, marriage, adoption
Sacred Energy Vortex: Thiruppaarkadal Sri Alarmel Mangai Samedha Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Temple
The sacred vortex associated with the energy of Shravana star is located in the village of Thiruppaarkadal in Tamil Nadu, India. The name Thiruppaarkadal represents the ambrosia and nectar that comes from the milky ocean. This name exudes the energy of Lord Vishnu, who is the ruler of Shravana. Lord Vishnu manifested as Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal at this temple, where he is accompanied by his consort, Sri Alarmel Mangai.
This deity is rare as it embodies aspects of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. A pooja for a pot-like vessel containing nectar is conducted everyday at Thiruppaarkadal. The face of the vessel represents Lord Vishnu while the neck of the vessel is Lord Shiva. This offering assists those people who have lost their faith in the divine.
Those born under Shravana star, as well as those who are born under other stars, should worship here frequently. One should perform archana and abhishekham with milk, honey, ghee and sugar. This will bring blessings to manifest one’s desires. Those receiving the darshan of Sri Prasanna Venkatessa Perumal at Thiruppaarkadal will receive the bountiful energy from all of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is also favorable to receive darshan on the third moon phase in order to assist the education of one’s children.
People who suffer from deafness or hearing problems should play instruments on Shravana day at Thiruppaarkadal Temple. Worshipping the energy of the sacred sounds enhances a person’s hearing capacity through Divine Grace. This temple is also an auspicious place for doctors who specialize in Otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat) to worship.
Shravana natives, your incense is made with the herb Swallow Wort 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.