Purva-ashadha nakshatra in vedic astrology

Purva-ashadha nakshatra in vedic astrology

Purva-ashadha nakshatra in vedic astrology is the 20th nakshatra in vedic astrology.

Sign and degree

Purva-ashadha nakshatra falls within 13.20 degree of Sagittarius to 26.40 degree of Sagittarius. Purva- ashada nakshatra faals entirely in Sagittarius nakshatra.

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Symbol and representation

Purva-ashadha means” The former unconquered”, “the undefeated” or ” the former invincible one”. “Hand held fan” or “winnowing basket” also represents the nakshatra.

The nakshatra activates at the age of 8th, 12th, 16th, 24th, 30th, 64th, 72th, 77th and 88th year of age.

The deity of the nakshatra is Apas or Apah, the Goddess of water or ocean. the lord of the nakshatra is Venus and sign lord is mercury.

Nakshatras in vedic astrology


The story of Purva-ashadha nakshatra is related to the churning of celestial ocean that gave rise to both the poison and nectar of immortality.

Purvashada Nakshatra 1st Pada: 

The first pada of the Purvashada Nakshatra falls in the Leo Navamsa ruled by the Sun. The focus in this pada is on the pride and self-confidence of the native, who likes to be the center of attraction.

Purvashada Nakshatra 2nd Pada: 

The second pada of the Purvashada Nakshatra falls in the Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. They work hard for money and eventually get rewards.

Purvashada Nakshatra 3rd Pada: 

The third pada of the Purvashada Nakshatra falls in the Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. The native loves all the material comforts. The natives reap the fruits of their labour during this pada.

Purvashada Nakshatra 4th Pada: 

The fourth pada falls in the Scorpio Navamsa ruled by Mars. The native is arrogant, mysterious and secretive. The native acquires a lot of occult knowledge.

Interpretation of the nakshatra

  1. Moola nakshatra is uprooting deep issues and Purva-ashadha nakshatra is the beginning of new things. It is the planting of new seeds for new beginning.
  2. So when we plant something, we need to take care of it by providing it with water and light. So Apas, the Goddess of water is the deity of the nakshatra.
  3. The nakshatra represents taking care of others or hope towards others. It is human tendency that when we take caare of something we hope to get the result of the same. When we take care of plant we hope that it would bear us fruits and flowers. People with purva-ashadha are very optimistic people. So hand held fan or taking care of things by fanning them represents the nakshatra
  4. The mythology associated with the nakshatra shows that even demons and Gods had the hope of getting the nectar of immortality through churning of ocean.
  5. As the star falls in the middle of the Sagittarius sign, the nakshatra completely reveals the traits of Sagittarius sign which is higher education and knowledge.
  6. The nakshatra also represents higher education as it comes after Moola nakshatra. Moola nakshatra is all about research and collecting information and then the next step is to segregate the useful information for higher studies.
Some more details
  1. Winnowing basket represents the nakshatra. Winnowing basket is used in rural India to segregate grains from chaff. So such people are very rationalized about useful things and letting go of the useless things. So they can be in higher education related to analysis.
  2. They can be teacher, counselors or guides. At the same time, they are very inclined to higher studies. They do not like authority or recognition
  3. As Venus rules the nakshatra , they can also be inclined to financial side of higher education. they can also be in service of humanity as Venus represents devotion and humanity.
  4. So Purva-ashadha nakshatra is all about higher education and preparing oneself for higher challenges of life.

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