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PurvaPhalguni Nakshatra

Purva Phalguni (The Former Red One or A Fig Tree) (13°20′ to 26°30′ Leo)

Purva Phalguni consists of two bright stars in the night sky Zosma (Delta Leonis) and Chertan (Theta Leonis). These stars are in the constellation of Leo, positioned to the left of the bright star Regulus. Purva Phalguni is represented by the front legs of a bed, which signify rest, rejuvenation and pleasure. The ruling deity Bhaga, the God of delight, bestows affection and sexual passion. Venus, the planetary ruler of this nakshatra, brings an appreciation for relationships, beauty, and luxury. Purva Phalguni is the most theatrical and carefree of the nakshatras. Those born under this nakshatra desire recognition for their accomplishments, yet they must be cautious of laziness or pretentious behavior. This is truly a star of relaxation, recreation and sometimes vanity. Purva Phalguni gives the energy of renewal and contentment through the love of art and creativity.

General Characteristics: Charming, pleasant, generous, polite speech, wandering nature, and luck in relationships.
Translation: "Former Reddish One" or "Little Fig Tree"
Symbol: Front legs of a Bed; Swinging Hammock
Animal Symbol: Female Rat
Presiding Deity: Aryaman, the God of leadership, honor, nobility and society.
Controlling Planet: Venus
Ruling Deity of Venus: Lakshmi
Nature: Manushya (Human)
Mode: Balanced
Number: 11
Gender: Female
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Rajasic
Element: Water
Disposition: Fierce (Ugra)
Bird: Female Eagle
common Name: Flame of the Forest; Palalsh
Botanical Name: Butea monosperma
Seed Sounds: Mo, Ta, Tee, Too
Also related to Planets: Sun, as the ruler of Leo.

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


First Pada 13°20′ to 16°40′ Leo
Ruled by: Sun
Soul Sound: Mo
Keyword: Regal
Second Pada 16°40′ to 20°00′ Leo
Ruled by: Mercury
Soul Sound: Ta
Keyword: Enterprising
Third Pada 20°00′ to 23°20′ Leo
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Tee
Keyword: Refined
Fourth Pada 23°20′ to 26°40′
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Too
Keyword: Passionate

Strength: Creative, intelligent, dynamic, charismatic, charming, genuine, qualities of leadership, carefree, open minded, sweet speech, active, demands attention and recognition, mystical, aristocratic, refined, talented in the fine arts, youthful, energetic, excited, good in relationships, loyal, great spokesperson, sophisticated, physical healing.

Weakness: Impulsive mind, impetuous, indulgent, selfish, reckless, vane, addictive, spiteful, vindictive, unmotivated, immoral, spend thrift, lack of planning, requires too much stimulation.

Professions: Executive, diplomat, government official, entertainer, make-up artist, model, photographer, illustrator, art museum or gallery, musician, teacher, gemstone, physical fitness trainer, interior decorator, work with women’s products, manufacture toiletries, profession dealing with marriage, nanny, sex-therapist, sleep therapist, biologist, tourism, cotton and silk industry.

Famous Purva Phalgunis: Dustin Hoffman, Ted Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, John Travolta, Robert Redford, Shirley McClaine, and Madonna

Favorable Activities: Marriage, romance, sex, resolving old disputes, confronting adversaries, rest, relaxation, pleasure, artistic activities, singing, buying property, using persuasion and charisma to get what you want, sensuality, amusement, and good for dealing with people in power.

Unfavorable Activities: Beginning new projects or activities, practicing humility, intellectual activities, healing, or recovering from an illness.


The sacred energy vortex for the star of Purva Phalguni is located in Thiruvarankulam, close to Alangudi in Tamil Nadu, India. People born under this star should visit Sri HariTheertheswarar temple at least once during their lifetime.

The Purva Phalguni (Pooram) theertha, is one of the sacred bathing ghats in the world of Lord Fire. (A ghat refers to a stairway leading to a body of water). In the realm of Purva Phalguni star, there are seven theerthas Siva Theertha, Gnana Brahma Theertha, Naga Theertha, IndraTheertha, SkandhaTheertha, Sri Theertha and Guru Theertha. All seven of these theerthas are not visible to the naked eye. Only after taking a holy bath at one theertha, do the other theerthas become visible. Therefore, the path to the Guru Theertha is only visible to those who have taken a holy dip in the other Theerthas on the Purva Phalguni star day. Due to divine grace, the sacred temple at Thiruvarankulam Sri HariTheertheswarar contains all seven of these theerthas. Siddhas proclaim this as an important site of worship for those born Purva Phalguni star, as these peopleare capable of receiving the darshan of the precious theerthas. People born in Purva Phalguni star have a powerful connection with water, and they will benefit greatly from taking a holy bath at these sacred vortexes as frequently as possible.

After performing penance, Goddess Aadippoora was granted the fortune of receiving several darshans of Lord Shiva on the Purva Phalguni star day during the month of Adi. Those born under Purva Phalguni would also benefit from a visit to this significant sacred shrine on their birthday, Purva Phalguni day, AdiPooram (Purva Phalguni day in the month of Adi), and on their wedding.

Purva Phalguni natives, your incense is made with the herb Palalsh 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.