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Chitra Nakshatra

Chitra (The brilliant) (23°20′ Virgo to 6°40′ Libra)

Chitra 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 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.

General Characteristics: Intelligent, skillful, creative, learned, social, attractive, natural leaders
Translation: "Brilliant", "Bright"
Symbol: A bright jewel or a shining light
Animal Symbol: Female Tiger
Presiding Deity: Vishvakarma; the Celestial Architect of the Universe.
Controlling Planet: Mars
Ruling Deity of Mars: Muruga
Nature: Rakshasa (Demon)
Mode: Active
Number: 14
Gender: Female
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Fire
Disposition: Soft, mild and tender
Bird: Wood Pecker
Tree: Common Name: Sacred Garlic Pear
Botanical Name: Cratevareligiosa
Seed Sounds: Pe, Po, Ra, Re

Also related to Planets: Mercury, as the ruler of Gemini; Venus, as the ruler of Libra

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


First Pada 23°20′ to 26°40′ Virgo
Ruled by: Sun
Soul Sound: Pe
Keyword: Hidden
Second Pada 26°40′ to 30°00′ Virgo
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: Po
Keyword: Discipline
Third Pada 00°00′ to 3°20′ Libra
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Ra
Keyword: Relationship
Fourth Pada 3°20′ to 6°40′ Libra
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Re
Keyword: Mysterious

Strengths: 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.

Weakness: Arrogant; egocentric; easily bored; smug; argumentative; judgmental; spendthrift; quick to challenge another’s view point; unethical; attracted to mates who are exciting; but negligent ; lack of integrity.

Professions: Architects, designers, sculptors, craftsmen, fashion designers, cosmetic designers, plastic surgeons, photographers, graphic artists, composers, orators, broadcasters, business, interior designer, jewelry designers, feng shui expert, inventor, machinery production, builders, landscapers, painters, screenplay writers, set designers, art directors, theatre performers, jazz musicians, herbalist, advertising, or any job requiring versatility.

Famous Chitras: Richard Chamberlain, Wilt Chamberlain, George Bush, Dwight Eisenhower, Marie Antoinette, Sidney Poitier

Favorable Activities: Health care, buying new clothes, home repairs, home design, arts and crafts, mechanical activities, performances, decorating, spiritual practices, relating to opposite sex, preparing medicines, activities requiring charisma and eloquence.

Unfavorable Activities: Marriage, investigation, or direct confrontation.

Sacred Energy Vortex: Kuruviththurai Sri Chittira Ratha Vallabha Perumal Temple

The sacred energy vortex that resonates with Chitra star 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 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.