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Chitra Nakshatra

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June 16, 2024, Sunday


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Chitra (The brilliant) (173°20′ to180°00′ Virgo to 180°00′ to186°40′ Libra)

Chitra nakshatra is represented by a single star known as Spica (Alpha-Virginis) in the constellation of Virgo. It is one of the brightest stars in the sky. The name Chitra translates as "brilliant." In the astrology chart, Chitra bridges the signs of Virgo and Libra. The ruling deity of this star is Vishvakarma, the celestial architect, who bestow the ability to create new things out of nothing. Those born under this nakshatra are fascinated by form, beauty, art, and structure. Chitra nakshatra gives the ability to attract the opposite sex, especially the padas within Libra. This nakshatra seeks harmony and perfection, but imbalance often leads to indulgence or fanatical behavior. People born under Chitra attempt to appear orderly on the surface, yet underneath they may be disheveled or frustrated. This star can bring doubt or uncertainty, but also give flashes of inspiration and remarkable perception.


 "Brilliant", "Bright"


“The Star of Opportunity”


Female Tiger

Ruling Deity of Mars









Soft, mild and tender

Tree: Common Name

Sacred Garlic Pear

Seed Sounds

Pe, Po, Ra, Re

Related Planets

Mercury, as the ruler of Virgo; Venus, as the ruler of Libra


A bright jewel or a shining


Punya Chayani Shakti

Controlling Planet



Rakshasa (Demon)








Wood Pecker

Tree: Botanical Name




Presiding Deity

Vishvakarma; the Celestial
Architect of the

Sacred Energy Vortex

Kuruviththurai Sri Chittira Ratha Vallabha Perumal Temple

The sacred energy vortex that resonates with Chitra nakshatra is located in Kuruviththurai near Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. Those born under Chitra star will benefit by visiting this temple at least once to make offerings and prayers. This temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu who revealed himself as Sri Chittira Ratha Vallabha Perumal. In addition, Sri Sudarsana Peruman and Sri Guru Bhagawan reside in this temple.

The Chitra Chariot exhibits great significance at Kuruviththurai. The Chitra Chariot is the vehicle used to carry Sri Maha Vishnu in procession during Vishnupati. This chariot encompasses the seven colors visible on earth along with seven thousand colors from the Chitra star galaxy. Chitra star embraces the meaning of color and form. Chitra signifies structure while and Vallabham represents eternity. It is here that Sri Maha Vishnu reveals that the feet of a spiritual teacher are everlasting.

This site, known as Kuruviththurai, is significant for all spiritual teachers. The darshan of thousands of glowing lights of celestial teachers was emitted at this site. It is here that Sri Brahaspathi and Sri Sukrachariyar became the primary teachers of all teachers. Sukrachariyar performed penance at Tirubhuvanai Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple while Brahaspathi simultaneously performed penance at Kuruviththurai temple. Both were praying to Sri Narayana Moorthy for a life of tranquility between the celestials and the demons. The river linking these two temples is known as Bhargaspathi, which is the origin of the Vaigai River. Sri Narayana Moorthy revealed himself in the riverbed to Sukrachariyar and Sri Brahaspathi. They were bestowed with the grace of nine planets during the Kaliyuga.

There are seven types of abhishekham performed at this temple and garlands with seven different types of flowers. All who visit this temple will benefit if they carry their horoscope in a sandalwood box or yellow bag and walk around this temple 21 times. This will remove harmful effects of past life karma and grant the blessings of the nine planets. This sacred site will also assist people living with sorrow and depression. Those born under Chitra star would greatly benefit by offering fragrant and colorful flower garlands at this sacred energy vortex.

Chitra nakshatra natives, your incense is made with the herb sacred garlic peer 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.

  • Sociable
  • perceptive
  • conversant
  • independent
  • motivated
  • high-spirited
  • elegant
  • dignified
  • judicious
  • well-read
  • attractive
  • well-dressed
  • drawn to philosophy and social thought
  • prefers physical expression of creativity such as sculpture
  • printmaking
  • business savvy
  • deep spirituality.

General Characteristics

Intelligent, skillful, creative, learned, social, attractive, natural leaders

Padas (quarters)

Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born in that pada (quarter):

First Pada Second Pada Third Pada Fourth Pada
173°20′ to 176°40′ in Virgo
Navamsa sign: Leo
Soul Sound: Pe
Keyword: Hidden
176°40′ to 180°00′ in Virgo
Navamsa sign: Virgo
Soul Sound: Po
Keyword: Discipline
180°00′ to 183°20′ in Libra
Navamsa sign: Libra
Soul Sound: Ra
Keyword: Relationship
183°20′ to 186°40′ in Libra
Navamsa sign: Scorpio
Soul Sound: Re
Keyword: Mysterious
Navagraha Homa and Nakshatra Shanti Homa)

Navagraha Homa and Nakshatra Shanti Homa

The Navagraha and Nakshatra Homa is a powerful ritual performed to alter the effects of karma accorded to you by the nine planets, thus changing the course of your destiny. Appeasing the nine planets and acquiring their blessings play a crucial role in resolving difficulties in day-to-day life and charting a course toward peace and happiness.

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