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Uttarashadha Nakshatra

Uttarashadha (26°40′ Sagittarius to 10°00′ Capricorn)

he nakshatra Uttarashadha bridges the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn in the astrology chart. In the night sky, Uttarashadha is visible as the stars Sigma, Tau, Phi, Zeta Sagittarii. These are the brightest stars in the breast of the archer. Uttarashadha is a star of deep integrity and concern for humanity. The deities of this star, the ten Vishvadevas, are the gods of dharma. Thus, a person born under this star may have noble aspirations and an optimistic outlook on life. Uttarashadha supports leadership, achievement and a commitment to duty. They must be careful not to overextend themselves or become obsessed with constant stimulation. This star is associated with great respect for tradition and a practical approach to beginning new ventures.

General Characteristics: Searching for the spiritually unknown; becomes deeply involved in any task; obedient, trained in the rules of virtue; grateful, popular and always returns favors.
Translation: "Latter Invincible One", "Latter unconquered", "Final victory"
Symbol: Elephant’s tusk; planks of a bed
Animal Symbol: A Male Mongoose
Presiding Deity: The Ten Vishvadevas, the sons of Lord Dharma
Controlling Planet: Sun
Ruling Deity of Sun: Shiva
Nature: Manushya (human)
Mode: Balanced
Number:21, (associated with the crown chakra and universal perspective)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Kapha
Guna: Sattwic
Element: Air
Disposition: Fixed or permanent (dhruva)
Common Name: Bread Fruit
Botanical Name: Artocarpus heterophyllus
Seed Sounds: Be, Bo, Ja, Ji (see Padas of Uttarashadha)
Also related to Planets: Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, gives expansion; Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, is practicality

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


First Pada 26°40′ – 30°00′ of Sagittarius.
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Be (Bay)
Keyword: Expansion
Second Pada 00°00′ – 03°20′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Bo
Keyword: Manifestation
Third Pada 03°20′ – 06°40′ of Capricorn.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Ja (Jaa)
Keyword: Collaboration
Fourth Pada 06°40′ – 10°00′ of Capricorn. Ruled by Jupiter Soul Sound: Ji (Jee) Keyword: Balance

Strength: Virtuous; intelligent; sympathetic listener; leadership qualities; good politicians; well-liked; devoted to friends and companions; grateful; idealistic with high goals; modest; optimistic; has some knowledge that sets them apart; proficient in learning; enjoys reading to gain knowledge; benefits through travels; tolerant; wants a fair play and justice; good manners; appreciative of others.

Weakness: Multiple marriages or long-term relationships; stays in destructive relationships too long; overly anxious; takes on other people’s problems; obstinate; self centered; self indulgent; changes residences more than most; faces early adversity in life; apathetic; fails to finish what they start.

Professions: Professions of great responsibility and ethical nature, researchers, scientists, military worker, social worker, government worker, preachers, priests, counselors, astrologers, lawyers, judges, psychologists, equine professions, explorers, wrestlers, athletes, hunters, boxers, business executives, authority figures, security personnel, rangers, construction industry, holistic physicians.

Famous Uttarashadhas: Abraham Lincoln, Robert Kennedy, George Washington, John Lennon, Brad Pitt, Billy Holiday

Favorable Activities: It is one of the best nakshatras for initiating activities, planning events, spiritual activities, rituals, using discernment, business affairs, signing contracts, promotions, dealing with authority, artistic ventures, laying a foundation for a building, moving into a new home, marriage, politics, and legal matters

Unfavorable Activities: Travel, unethical activities, criminal activity, impulsive actions, rude behavior, conclusions


Sacred Energy Vortex: Keezhppoongudi Sri Meenakshi Samedha Sri Sundareswarar Temple

This sacred shrine is located in Keezhppoongudi near Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Keezh translates as "not hidden" while Poongudi refers to a temple where flowers bloom in the East. Uttarashadha is a propitious star that vibrates with the energy of this temple. It is auspicious to receive the darshan of Jeeva Samaadhi (still meditation) Siddhas on Uttarashada star day. This will bring poise, wealth and strength to one’s spiritual practice.

Panguni Uthiram (Uttarashada day between Dec. 16 and Jan 15) is the well known day of marriage for Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Mugura and their consorts. Another important marriage occurred on an Uttarashadha day. Sri Meenaskshi Ambhigai was married on Chittirai Uthiram (Jan 16 to Feb 15). Meenaskshi Devi took a human form as Meenakshi when she married Maheswaran. She prayed to Lord Shiva for a name blessed with the energy of Ardhanareeswarar (the unity of Shiva and Parvati). Lord Shiva presented her with the sacred name Sri Meenaskhi Sundareswarar.

At this temple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi grant divine grace by manifesting as Sri Meenakshi Samedha Sri Sundareswarar. This sacred shrine of Lord Shiva at Keezhappoongudi provides auspicious energy for marriage. Uttarashada star is the most favorable day for a wedding ceremony at this sacred site. Women visit the temple to tie new marriage badges. This protects their marriage and grants longevity. Couples also visit this temple on their wedding day and wear flower garlands.

Those born in Uttarashada star should worship frequently at this temple. It is especially beneficial to visit during the month of Chittirai. Those born under a different star should also worship at this temple during the auspicious time of Uttarashada day for divine blessings of a long and happy married life.

Uttarashada natives, your incense is made with the herb Bread Fruit 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.