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Purva Ashadha (பூராடம்): Best of Both Worlds

Placement: 13° 20’ to 26° 40’ of Sagittarius

Element: Air (Vayu)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 3rd pada/23°

Purva Ashadha, meaning "early victorious/invincible," is believed to provide sustainable energy to the sattvic nature of a soul after the destruction of entangled karmas through Moola nakshatra. As sattvic energy is unstable in this ever-changing world, Purva Ashadha provides an early access or success in everything, making it an important nakshatra.

Deity: The ruling deity of this nakshatra is "Apah" or "Apas", the Goddess of water. Water symbolizes wealth and prosperity, as it has the power to create, sustain, and destroy lives. It provides clarity, structure, and strategy in its path and is essential for all living beings. Water contains the information of the planet and is considered the lifeblood of the Earth. Interestingly, water molecules are believed to have the power to store memories, as mentioned in many ancient mythologies and folklores, and may become the future of memory storage according to some modern experts. Water also has the quality of hiding or twisting everything, as seen in the way light gets scattered or twisted in water. Similarly, this nakshatra can become secretive or manipulative, especially in its fourth pada.

Symbol: The nakshatra Purva Ashadha is symbolized by three main objects: a handheld fan, a winnowing basket, and an elephant tusk. The handheld fan is a representation of luxury in ancient times, as it was used by kings and queens who had human employees to fan them on either side of their throne when needed. The winnowing basket is used to separate useful grains from useless items. Finally, the elephant tusk is a symbol of power, pride, luxury, and victory. It is also associated with Lord Ganesha, who is the head of the Dev Ganas. These symbols illustrate that Purva Ashadha is about power, pride, luxury, strategy, and clarity.

Ruler: The planetary ruler of Purva Ashadha is Venus (Shukra). This nakshatra blends the intuitive nature of Jupiter with the artistic qualities of Venus, resulting in an invincible energy that leads to success in all endeavors. As a result, it is known as the "early invincible one". Jupiter is the guru of the devas and Venus is the guru of the asuras. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, while Venus rules Purva Ashadha. Both are natural benefics, and when they conjoin or mutually aspect each other, it forms raj/dhan yoga in a horoscope. Since Purva Ashadha is located at the heart of the natural ninth house of fortune (Sagittarius) and has a mix of both Jupiter's and Venus's energies, it becomes a raj/dhan yoga nakshatra.

Animal: The male monkey is a creature known for its intelligence and quick wit. Like dogs, monkeys are adept at learning new skills and adapting to different environments. They are also known for their mobility and frequent movement. In addition, monkeys are recognized for their loyalty and devotion to their family and social groups.

Guna: Uttara Bhadrapada is a sattvic nakshatra that places great importance on acquiring luxury and comfort through knowledge and wisdom.

Power: This nakshatra embodies the power of "Varcho Grahana Shakti", which is the ability to energize and empower things.

General attributes: Individuals born under Purva Ashadha nakshatra possess intuitive, artistic, and charismatic qualities. They are brilliant and spiritual, especially with beneficial influences. These natives enjoy making plans and strategies and consider teaching and learning as a lifelong journey. They have a love for traveling, discussing higher knowledge, and storytelling. With benefic influences, they may act as fortune bringers. Spending time near water bodies, art galleries, museums, and attending gatherings can effectively activate the energy of this nakshatra. These individuals are capable of making well-informed judgments. Starting anything during this nakshatra is likely to result in an early outcome, especially legal proceedings, arguments, research, and similar activities. It is important to note that these are general qualities, and individual experiences may vary.

Note: The aforementioned qualities are particularly pronounced in the Pushkara Navamsha pada and the Pushkara Bhaga degree.

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