Placement: 10° 00’ to 23° 20’ of Capricorn
Element: Air (Vayu)
Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 2nd pada/14°
Goddess Saraswati is strongly associated with Shravana nakshatra, similar to how she is connected with Anuradha and Swati nakshatras. This implies that all three nakshatras share many commonalities. Shravana is focused on acquiring knowledge through various means, with a particular emphasis on listening carefully (especially through the ears). Located in the center of the Capricorn sign, it embodies everything that is related to Capricorn and Saturn.
Ruler: Ruler is the Moon, who's energy is expressed in a practical way due to its association with Saturn here. As the significator of the mind and perception, the Moon in this air (vata) nakshatra helps bridge the gap between the conscious and subconscious self. The Moon's energy takes on a more philosophical quality in Shravana, in addition to its well-known characteristics of fast movement, romance, and desire.
Deity: Shravana is presided over by Lord Vamana, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vamana was born in a simple brahman family with a short stature, but he was highly knowledgeable and soon became the conqueror of the entire universe. The story goes that King Bali, the ruler of Asuras, was performing a homa (special pooja) in his palace to fulfill his wish of attaining the throne of Lord Indra. Lord Vamana, carrying a wooden umbrella, approached Bali and asked for a gift. Since it was a tradition to not refuse anyone who came to the doorstep during pooja, Bali agreed to grant Vamana's request. Vamana asked for three footsteps of land, which Bali joyfully granted. Suddenly, Vamana expanded to a giant and his first footstep covered the entire earth, the second step covered the entire universe. However, there was no place to put his third step. Realizing who Vamana truly was, Bali offered his head as a place for Vamana's third step. Vamana conquered Bali and pushed him to the underworld, but he also granted Bali the chance to attain Indra's throne after serving time in the underworld as punishment.
The nakshatra is also associated with planet Jupiter, which represents expansion and knowledge that becomes wisdom, just like Lord Vamana. Additionally, it is the birth nakshatra of Goddess Saraswati, the wife of Lord Brahma, who represents wisdom (siddhi).
This story highlights the significance of Lord Vamana's umbrella and his request for three footsteps.
Symbolism: The number three holds great significance in this nakshatra. It symbolizes Lord Vamana's three footsteps, which are a prominent theme in this story. Additionally, the number three represents the Trinity and their role in maintaining the balance and order of the universe (i.e., Lord Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who represent creation, preservation, and destruction, respectively). In numerology, the number three is also associated with Jupiter, highlighting the connection between this nakshatra and the planet. Furthermore, in astrology, three is linked to knowledge, skills, and communication. It is interesting to note that the Moon becomes visible on the third waxing cycle, further emphasizing the significance of the number three in this nakshatra. The human ear is another symbol associated with this nakshatra, representing its emphasis on listening and receptivity.
Animal: The female monkey possesses exceptional abilities that allow it to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. It possesses remarkable sensory perception, a high intelligence quotient, swift movements, and can quickly jump from one branch to another.
Guna: This nakshatra is considered sattvic, with a greater emphasis on higher beliefs, devotion, performing one's duties, and serving others.
Power: This nakshatra represents the power to connect, also known as "Samhanana Shakti".
General attributes: Individuals born under the influence of Shravana nakshatra may possess qualities similar to Lord Vamana, such as being short in stature but highly knowledgeable. They tend to be practical, diligent, inquisitive, and possess a good sense of humor, owing to the influence of Capricorn and Saturn. Their success is often achieved in three distinct steps. They are attentive listeners, which aids them in achieving success in their endeavors. They may also carry amulets or other items for protection or sentimental reasons. These individuals require guidance or a role model to maintain a sense of balance in their lives. They are capable of making big leaps and bounds to fulfill their duties. There is no in-between for them, as they tend to either be highly grounded or the complete opposite. They think, talk and act in a grandiose manner and will go to great lengths to achieve their goals, even if it requires crossing mountains or walking on fire. However, it is important to note that these are general qualities, and individual differences may occur.
Shravana's Philosophy: The principle of nature's laws governs human existence, as we are merely a small part of the vast universe. Therefore, we must show reverence towards nature in all our endeavors. By respecting nature, we receive respect in return, and our obstacles are removed (as per the law of karma), thus maintaining the balance of nature. Our ego, false pride, anger, greed, lust, jealousy, and similar negative traits disrupt the balance of nature, causing obstacles to arise. When nature is thrown out of balance, it attempts to restore equilibrium, resulting in catastrophic calamities and destruction. Shravana advocates for patient listening and careful consideration before taking any action, ensuring that every step is deliberate and well-informed.
Shravana/Saavan has a strong connection with the Hindu deities Shiva and Kartikeya, and is considered to be a highly auspicious month in the Hindu calendar. To understand its significance, it's important to learn about the various festivals and rituals that take place during this month.
Remedy: You can pray on Shravana nakshatra to achieve balance in various aspects of life. This can be effective even if you don't have the nakshatra in your birth chart.