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Hasta Nakshatra

Hasta (The hand) (10°00′ to 23°20′ Virgo)

Hasta consists of five stars: Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Epsilon-Corvi. The constellation Corvi is visible in the night sky just below the bright star of Spica. In the astrology chart, Hasta resides completely in the sign of Virgo. The word Hasta translates as "the hand" and signifies all activities performed with the hands. Those born under this star are industrious, intelligent and reasonable. This nakshatra also symbolizes agreements and greetings as represented by the hand shake. The ruling deity Savitar, an aspect of the Sun, is jovial and carefree. Savitar gives the ability to use the hands in a skilled, crafty, or cunning manner. They can also be used for trickery and gambling. Savitar has the power to give life so Hasta can be associated with childbirth and establishing a family. Hasta is an optimistic star with an amazing capacity to create. Those born under this nakshatra have the ability to manifest an object of desire in their hands.

General Characteristics: Active, resourceful, pleasant, practical, ability to manifest, purity in thought and deed.
Translation: The Hand
Symbol: Hand or open hand in blessing
Animal Symbol: Female Buffalo
Presiding Deity: Savitar; the Sun God who imparts creativity and transforms energy.
Controlling Planet: Moon
Ruling Deity of Moon: Parvati
Nature: Deva (God-like)
Mode: Passive
Number: 13
Gender: Male
Dosha: Vata
Guna: Rajasic
Element: Fire
Disposition: Light and Swift
Bird: Vulture
Common Name: Hog Plum
Botanical Name: Spondias pinnate
Seed Sounds: Pu, Sha, Na, Tha
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 Hasta.


First Pada 10°0′ to 13°20′ Virgo
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Pu
Keyword: Energetic
Second Pada 13°20′ to 16°40′ Virgo
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Sha
Keyword: Perfection
Third Pada 16°40′ to 20°00′ Virgo
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: Na
Keyword: Clever
Fourth Pada 20°00′ to 23°20′ Virgo
Ruled by: Moon
Soul Sound: Tha
Keyword: Community

Strengths: Creative, clever, practical, witty, pleasant, charming, attractive, attains wealth later in life, influential, cordial, careful with words to avoid expressing anger, driven, in control, values social rituals and consideration of others, provides service, industrious, takes advantage of opportunities in foreign lands, intelligent, persuasive, unattached, and has several relationships.

Weakness: Enjoys competition and disputes, restless, changeable, charlatan, selfish, emotionally unsettled, low self-opinion, critical, overindulgent, shameless, mistrustful, repressed, health problems, nasty, drug abuse, controlling, use alcohol or food as coping mechanism, desires spiritual experience.

Professions: Professions that require "hands on" work or dexterity, artisans, mechanics, jewelry makers, origami expert, manual labor, gymnast, circus performers, inventor, publisher, printing industry, manicurists, card dealers, carpenters, gambler, banker, accountant, typist, cleaner, housekeeper, masseur, chemical industry, textile industry, tarot card readers, astrologer, auctioneer, ceramics, interior decorator, gardener, food production, hair stylists, sculptors, mason, professional comedian, commentator, speech therapist, trial artists, magician, and thieves.

Famous Hastas: Rudolph Valentino, Jimmy Carter, Burt Reynolds, Richard Burton, Robert Duvall

Favorable Activities: Crafts, pottery, jewelry making, domestic work, magic, playing games, business matters requiring tact, marriage, dealing with children, holistic treatments, travel, moving, organizing, yoga, meditation, trading goods, gardening and activities in the sun.

Unfavorable Activities: Long term planning or activities requiring executive decision making, sexual activity, rest or leisure, or night time activities.


The sacred energy vortex that resonates with the star Hasta is located in Komal near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. People born under Hasta should visit this temple at least once during their lifetime.

Those who visit the temple at Komal and worship Sri Kirupa Koobareswarar (an aspect of Lord Shiva) and Goddess Sri Annapoorani will receive the blessings of divine grace and compassion. People born under Hasta star should worship this form of Shiva with folded hands in prayer, meditation and yoga. It is also recommended for these people to perform the ancestor ritual known as tarpanam. While making the tarpanam offering, water passing over the lines of the person’s hands connects their energy with the energy of the ancestors.

The connection of this temple to Hasta star begins with the story of Goddess Parvati, who wanted to understand exactly what Lord Shiva experienced as the ruler of the Universe. Shiva participated in Divine sport, so Parvati decided she too would take part in Divine sport to gain the knowledge of Shiva. Parvati playfully covered Lord Shiva’s eyes with her hands, but this simple action caused the entire universe to become incapacitated. She had stopped the flow of water, the movements of planets and everything in the universe became still. Overcome with guilt, Parvati asked Lord Shiva for his forgiveness.

Shiva explained to Parvati that due to her actions, he would disappear into the light known as "Hastayama Jyoti" created by his own hands. Parvati would then incarnate as a cow wondering around the world in search of Shiva until she reunited with him in the form of "Hastayama Jyoti." Parvati was quite distressed about the situation, but followed Shiva’s orders and wandered the earth as a cow, searching for Lord Shiva’s light. Finally, on Hasta star day, Lord Shiva revealed his light to Parvati and bestowed darshan as Sri Kirupa Koobareswarar.

Those born under Hasta can offer foods that require the use of one’s hands during preparation to the poor. Making sweet or savory cakes by hand, is a good example of such an offering. This will help assist those who are poor to acquire wealth. It is also recommended that people who are suffering from depression visit the temple at Komal. To make an offering on Pradosham days, Mondays and Wednesdays is a powerful remedy for depression. Finally, those who have marital troubles can walk around this temple from left to right as a remedy for any challenges with marriage.

Hasta natives, your incense is made with the herb Neem 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.