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Vishakha Nakshatra

The Vishakha Nakshatra is the sixteenth Nakshatra in the series of the lunar constellations or Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology. The first three quarters or padas of this Nakshatra falls under the zodiac sign of Libra and the last quarter falls in the sign of Scorpio. Since this Nakshatra bridges the signs of Libra and Scorpio, it signifies transformation in life and new initiatives and beginnings. Individuals born in this Nakshatra have an amazing way to live life and it depends on which quarter the Moon is present in the birth chart. On the Libra side, the native will be social and extrovert and in Scorpio, intense and secretive.

Symbol: Triumphal archway, potter’s wheel.

The symbol of Vishakha Nakshatra is a triumphal archway, which indicates celebrations after achieving victory and success. Potter’s wheel signifies continuous movement and the transformation and patience that needs to be developed to move ahead in the journey of life and spiritual path.

Knowing the Characteristics

People born under Vishakha Nakshatra are bright and charming in appearance, highly energetic and passionate. They are known for their focus and single-minded dedication towards achieving their goals. When they set a goal for themselves, they pursue it with all their energy and put their heart and soul into it. They are highly determined, knowledgeable and have a mature approach towards all aspects of life. At times, their goal-oriented nature makes them ambitious and competitive and they have the power to conquer any obstacle that comes in their way.

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Know in detail about Vishakha Nakshatra

  Translation   Two branches, the forked one
  Symbol   Triumphal archway, potter’s wheel
  Animal Symbol   Male tiger
  Presiding Deity   Indra and Agni
  Controlling/Ruling Planet   Jupiter
  Ruling Deity of the Planet   Shiva
  The 4 Quarters of Vishakha Nakshatra  
  1st quarter   Ruled by Mars
  2nd quarter   Ruled by Venus
  3rd quarter   Ruled by Mercury
  4th quarter   Ruled by Moon
  Nature   Rakshasa (demon)
  Mode   Active
  Number   16
  Gender   Female
  Dosha   Kapha
  Guna   Satwik
  Element   Fire
  Disposition   Sharp and soft
  Bird   Sparrow
  Common Name of the Tree   Vikol
  Botanical Name of the Tree   Mytenus emarginata
  Seed Sounds   Ti, Tu, Te, To


The Ruling Planet of Vishakha Nakshatra (Graha Devta): Jupiter

Graha Devta is the one who gives the ability to understand the nature of the planet so that we can work based on that planet in our chart.

Based on Vedic Astrology, the Graha Devta or Ruling Planet for the Vishakha Nakshatra is Jupiter. Also known as Dev Guru or Brihaspati, Jupiter is the personal advisor to Indra “The King of Gods.” And bestows the natives of this Nakshatra with great intelligence, skills and knowledge in many areas. They are spiritually inclined and like to follow the path of righteousness and ethics. They have good oratory and diplomatic skills which makes them good advisors, teachers, philosophers, preachers, administrators, professors, lawyers and counselors.

The energy source of Vishakha Nakshatra (Adhi Devta): Indra and Agni

The Adhi Devta gives mental clarity about the ruling planet and through them, we can come in contact with the divine energy source of the planet. The Adhi devta of Vishakha Nakshatra is Indra, the king of Gods and Agni, the religious or spiritual fire. The combined effect of both gives the natives of this Nakshatra the courage, determination and brilliance to achieve success in life. They are enterprising and possess great leadership qualities.

Presiding Deity of Vishakha Nakshatra (Pratyadi Devta): Radha

Pratyadi Devta helps us understand the function of the Nakshatra and the planet in our birth chart, and has total command over the functions related to the Nakshatras placed in the birth chart.

The presiding deity of Vishakha Nakshatra is Radha. Radha has unconditional love for Krishna, the higher consciousness. People born in the Vishakha Nakshatra have pure and unconditional love for everybody. They accumulate abundant wealth in their life and like to do a lot of charity due to their selfless nature.

Gender: Female

Gender of any Nakshatra is used in Vedic astrology for matchmaking but if we deeply analyze this, we come to know a rather fascinating fact that the gender signifies our mental inclination towards material things and how we manipulate life’s challenges for our survival.

The gender of Vishakha Nakshatra is female and natives of this Nakshatra are very religious and treat everyone with equality. Based on other planetary placements in the birth chart, they are well mannered and courteous and have a soft and distinct speech. Their warm, caring and benevolent nature earns them a lot of love and respect from people around them.

Dosha: Kapha

Dosha represents which type of disease will affect the native. Vishakha Nakshatra natives are dominated by Kapha. The main function of Kapha is to protect the body by holding the muscle, bone and fat together. The natives of this Nakshatra generally enjoy good health however need to take care of their stomach and be alert of breathing issues.

Guna: Satwik

In Indian philosophy, there are three Gunas, known as - Sattwa, Rajas, and Tamas. These are known as the three processes that build a successful life. The guna of Vishakha Nakshatra is Sattwa Guna which makes the natives of this Nakshatra very spiritual, knowledgeable and highly ambitious. They have a humanitarian approach towards life and respect religious and spiritual people.

Element: Fire

Vishakha Nakshatra is governed by the Fire element, which gives passion and enthusiasm to the natives of this Nakshatra. It also gives the energy and vigor to accomplish their goals. The natives of this Nakshatra are powerful achievers and achieve their goals through their own efforts. Their determination makes them accomplish many things at the same time.

Bird: Sparrow

Birds are the highly spiritual creatures, which came into life to give us the message from the universe. Each Nakshatra has a particular bird symbol, which shows us that the energy related to that bird is residing within us related to that particular constellation/Nakshatra. The bird symbolic to Vishakha Nakshatra is Sparrow, which gives the qualities of care, nurturing and optimism to the natives of this Nakshatra.

First letter for naming Vishakha Nakshatra born baby - Ti, Tu, Te, To

The first letter of the name also produces a vibration, which is connected with the individual, as per the Vedas. It is advisable to choose a name with the letter that creates harmony between the human and the Universe, so that the native gets every happiness and success, promised in his birth chart. This is akin to us coming in the network coverage area of the Nakshatra we are born under, and thus getting a proper signal from it, which helps us rejuvenate and connect better with the world.

The first letter for a baby born in Vishakha Nakshatra could be Ti, Tu, Te, To.

Nakshatra Reading

A Nakshatra (Constellation) based reading is more elaborate & precise than a reading that is based on the 12 Zodiac signs alone. In Vedic Astrology, Nakshatra is a great differentiator for people born under the same Moon sign, Ascendant or planetary position; & also a boon for interpreting the horoscope of identical twins & events that happen in quick succession. more

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