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Purvashadha Nakshatra

Purvashada (13°20′ to 26°40′ Sagittarius)

Purvashadha is composed of three stars located in the middle portion of Sagittarius: Kaus Australis, Kaus Borealis, and Kaus Media. These stars are easily visible in the night sky and are thought to resemble a fan. People born under this star have an optimistic and independent nature. They feel invincible and believe they cannot lose. The ruling deity, Apas, brings a strong connection with the element of water. Thus, Purvashadha is associated with fluidity and power. Those born under this nakshatra have the capacity to inspire and energize others. Yet they must be aware of mental aggression and confrontation. Purvashadha also has a reputation for starting battles and produces fearlessness.

General Characteristics: Proud in nature, a strong attachment to friends, and an agreeable spouse.
Translation: "The Former Invincible One", "Former Unconquered", "Undefeated"
Symbol: A fan or a winnowing basket (used to separate grain from its husk), a bed or an elephant tusk
Animal Symbol: A Male Monkey
Presiding Deity: Apas, the cosmic waters deified as God.
Controlling Planet: Venus
Ruling Deity of Venus: Lakshmi
Nature: Manushya (human)
Mode: Balanced
Number: 20, (this number is connected to Venus energy and harmony)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Rajasic
Element: Air
Disposition: Fierce and Severe (Ugra)
Bird: Francolin
Common Name: Guduchi
Botanical Name: Tinospora Cordifolia
Seed Sounds:Bu, Dah, Bha, Dha (see Padas of Purva Ashadha)
Also related to Planets: Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, gives powerful beliefs; Mercury is associated through its youthful nature

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


First Pada 13°20′ – 16°40′ of Sagittarius.
Ruled by Sun
Soul Sound: Bu
Keyword: Confidence
Second Pada 16°40′ – 20°00′ of Sagittarius.
Ruled by Mercury
Soul Sound: Dah
Keyword: Intellect
Third Pada 20°00′ – 23°20′ of Sagittarius.
Ruled by Venus
Soul Sound: Bha
Keyword: Luxury
Fourth Pada 23°20′ – 26°40′ of Sagittarius.
Ruled by Mars
Soul Sound: Dha
Keyword: Mystery

Strength: Influential; artistic; handsome; popular; polite; patient faithful to friends; intelligent; loves the comforts of life; attracted to water; supportive; courageous; humble; wealthy; loves fine cuisine; has a enjoyable relationship with spouse; capable of having many children; makes a good manager; but prefers to be in service; valuable employee; seeks the truth.

Weakness: Egotistical; inflexible; superiority complex; argumentative; not open to advice; works hard for little pay; incompetent manager; bouts of loud and raucous behavior; dictatorial; obstinate; lacks patience with those who are slower to change; settles for less.

Professions: Politicians, lawyers, public speakers, motivational speaker, writers, actors, artists, entertainment, poets, teachers, travel industry, foreign traders, shipping industry, navy officer, marine experts, fishing industry, hypnotists, psychic, raw material industry, professions related to water and liquids, refineries, war strategists, costume designers, hair stylists, flying profession, herbalists.

Famous Purvashadahas: Adolf Hitler, Johnny Carson, William James, Ernest Hemingway, Barbara Bush, Aishwarya Rai

Favorable Activities: Confrontation with enemies and opponents, standing up for beliefs, reconciliations, settling debts, going to war, inspiring people into action, revitalization, adventure, exploration in nature, sports, pioneering, travelling over water, sailing, artistic performances, visiting ancient sites, agriculture, marriage, sexual activity

Unfavorable Activities: Requiring tact and diplomacy, calm reflection, completion of things, land journeys


Sacred Energy Vortex: Kaduveli Graceful Aakaasapureeswarar Temple

The Graceful Aakaasapureeswarar Temple is located in Kaduveli village, near Tiruvaiyaru in Tamil Nadu, India. This temple shares the brilliant energy of the Purvashadha. This energy always moves in the form of light. Kaduveli is known as the edge of cosmic space. Lord Shiva created a brilliant light at Kaduveli through palm leaves. Once he created this magnificent light, Lord Shiva revealed its existence at the Kaduveli Temple. A Siddha named Kaduveli Siddha performed penance at this temple and after witnessing Lord Shiva manifest as Sri Akaasapureeswarar, Kaduveli Siddha was transported to the border of cosmic space to continue his penance.

It is auspicious for those born under Purvashadha to visit this temple and make offerings to Sri Aakaasapureeswarar at least once in their lifetime. Those not born under Purvashadha may also benefit by worshipping at Kaduveli Temple. It is favorable to visit on Purvashadha day and perform archana , offer flowers to Sri Aakaasapureeswarar and ask for the blessings of Lord Shiva.

There are special poojas for Vaasthu (the science of arranging the five elements). The Kaduveli temple it is appropriate to conduct the Vassthu pooja for the earth element. This is beneficial to perform before constructing a building or home. This offering is important for people in real estate, construction and building maintenance. To perform the Vaasthu pooja, one must offer aromatic scents, perform abhishekam, anoint the deity with sandalwood and kesari (flour, sugar, cardamom) and adorn the Siva Lingam with fragrant flowers. It is also favorable to offer pongal (sweetened boiled rice) to the poor people near the temple. This pooja will invoke the blessings of Sri Aakaasapureeswarar and Vaasthu.

Purvashada natives, your incense is made with the herb Guduchi 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.