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Arudra Nakshatra

Arudra (The moist one) (6°40′ to 20°00′ Gemini)

In the night sky, Arudra is Betelguese (Alpha-Orion), the brightest star in the constellation Orion. In the astrology chart, Arudra is located entirely within the sign of Gemini. This nakshatra is represented by a teardrop, which can symbolize both sorrow and renewal. Those born under Arudra usually go through intense lessons to clear old patterns and gain new understanding. The ruling deity is Rudra, the God of Storms. He is a destructive aspect of Shiva who brings chaos and confusion. Rahu, the ruling planet of Arudra, also brings disorder and a thirst for knowledge. Those born under this nakshatra have an investigative mind and are oriented toward research. They are not afraid to voice opinions or use intimidation. The highest level of Arudra is transformation through cleansing. This is an extremely sensitive star that links mental ability to emotion.

General Characteristics: Motivated by desire; passionate researcher; exploratory mind and abstract thinker
Translation: "The Moist One", "Fresh", "Green"
Symbol: Teardrop Diamond
Animal Symbol: Female Dog
Presiding Deity: Rudra, the God of Storms and Destruction.
Controlling Planet: Rahu
Ruling Deity of Rahu: Durga
Nature: Munushya (Human)
Mode: Balanced
Number: 6
Gender: Female
Dosha: Vata
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Water
Disposition: Sharp and Forceful (Tikshna)
Bird: Andril
Common Name: Long Pepper
Botanical Name: Piper longum
Seed Sounds: Ku, Kha, Nga, Chha
Also related to Planets: 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 Arudra:


First Pada 06° 40′ to 10° 00’Gemini
Ruled by: Jupiter
Soul Sound: Ku
Keyword: Curiosity
Second Pada 10° 00′ to 13° 20′ Gemini
Ruled by: Saturn
Soul Sound: Kha
Keyword: Material
Third Pada 13° 20′ to 16° 40′ Gemini
Ruled by: Saturn
Soul Sound: Nga
Keyword: Research
Fourth Pada 16° 40′ to 20° 00′ Gemini
Ruled by: Jupiter
Soul Sound: Chha
Keyword: Compassionate

Strengths: Acts quickly, curious mind and craves knowledge; good memory; strong communication skills; truthful; compassionate toward those in pain; physical work is preferred over mental work; easily gains support from government; overcomes bad habits.

Weakness: Arrogant, ungrateful, mischievous, reckless, anti-social, causes trouble, self-serving, stubborn, critical, impolite, untruthful, poor financial planning , lust for material attainments, excessive indulgences, creates pain or agony for others, inconsiderate; reckless, abuses power.

Professions: Physical labor, electronics, computers, software engineers, electrical engineer, sound technicians, electronic music, , video game developer, special effects and 3-D technology, science fiction writers, linguist, photographers, philosopher, physicist, researcher, surgeon, pharmacist, works with poisonous substances, nuclear power industry , psychotherapist, neurologist; detective, sales specialist, analyst, politician, thieves, chess players.

Famous Arudras: Babe Ruth, F.D. Roosevelt, Humphrey Bogart, Jacques Cousteau, Venus Williams, Judy Garland, Frank Lloyd Wright

Favorable Activities: Destruction, confrontation, tearing down structures, managing difficult situations, research, getting rid of old things, breaking bad habits, addressing problems, and dissolving negativity.

Unfavorable Activities: Beginning a project or event; weddings and religious ceremonies; honoring someone; travel.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Tiruvadhirai Adhirampattinam SriAbhayavaratheeswarar

The sacred energy vortex which resonates with Arudra star is located near Pattukkottai in Tamil Nadu, India. People born under Arudra (Tiruvadhirai) star should worship at this temple at least once during their lifetime.

Adhiveeraraman, an emperor who was born under Arudra star, worshipped at this sacred energy vortex. He made offerings to the deities and repaired the temple structure of this shrine, thus the name of the temple became Adhirampattinam. This is a rare shrine for those born under Arudra star. The radiant light emitted from Lord Shiva’s third eye is known as Raivatha energy. Once a year, this light reaches the world. This occurs in the month of Markazhi on Arudra star day. It is referred to as Arudra Darshana day. In addition, the land receiving this light is known as Adhirampattinam.

Arudra, also known as Tiruvadhirai, is the star of Lord Shiva, while Shravana, known as Tiruvonam, is the star of Lord Vishnu. The prefix – thiru means "Sri" or "wealthy." Lord Shiva has great compassion for people in need and he provides them with sanctuary in the universe during Pradosham and Arudra star days. The Arudra region of the universe is one such place where Shiva offers a safe haven during these days. In the sacred space of Arudra, if anyone commits an unethical deed, they must learn devotion as a means to rectify their deed with the grace of Lord Sri Abhayavaradhesswarar.

Those born under this star can visit Adhirampattinam on Arudra star days and Mondays to offer food, almonds, pumpkin, cumin, and jackfruit to the poor at this temple. This offering will relieve problems caused by the movement of malefic planets.

Arudra natives, your incense is made with the herb Thippili 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.