• Arun Kumar Subramanian

Uttara Bhadrapada (உத்திரட்டாதி), the nakshatra of the unknown

Placement: 03°20’ to 16° 40’ of Pisces

Element: Ether (Space/Akash)

Pushkara Navamsha/Bhaga: 2nd pada/9°

There are two stars in this nakshatra. One is in the constellation of Pegasus (like its predecessor) and the other is in the constellation of Andromeda. Uttara Bhadrapada is the birth nakshatra of Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of God Vishnu, the bestower of wealth and prosperity. Thus it brings abundance in anything and everything. If Pisces is the Pacific ocean then Uttara Bhadrapada is the Mariana trench. Planet sitting in this nakshatra will take its part of your psyche to the deepest level possible. It is the most balanced nakshatra of all. Lets understand it how.

Ruler: The ruler of this nakshatra is Shani (Saturn). Saturn represents everything that is beyond and unknown. Saturn is the farthest visible planet in the sky. It has the ability to bring abundance on all levels (be it positive or negative). On a material level Saturn represents commitment, duty, devotion, service, darkness, sorrow, rebellion, delays. All the aforementioned things can be seen at its highest in this nakshatra because it's the culmination point of Saturn.

Symbol: It is the “back legs of a funeral cot”, meaning the aftermath of a great occurrence. Funeral cot represents the ending and back legs represents what happens after the ending. It also represents the deep sleep when you go to the depths of your psyche. That's why it is connected to past life experiences as well. Deep sleep is also a temporary form of death so you can see the connection with the symbolism. Another symbolism is the “coiled deep sea serpent” resembling the kundalini shakti inside us. Kundalini energy brings supernatural powers and enlightenment by invoking all seven chakras of the human body.

Deity: It is Ahir Budhanya, one of 11 Rudras of Lord Shiva. Ahir Budhanya is also depicted in Hindu puranas as a deep sea dragon lies sleeping at the murky depths of the ocean. It also represents your fertility and kundalini shakti. Both these energies are converted from your sexual energy. Thus it denotes the storage of sex energy this nakshatra has. But its a passive nakshatra so its will not actively take part in sexual activities.

Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati are considered as “Lakshmi nakshatras”.

Animal: It is “cow”. Cow is revered as Goddess Lakshmi in Hindu culture because it gives milk. It is the most precious food one can get after mother’s milk, thus cow is mentioned as another mother or equal to God because of its selfless nature. In ancient Hindu culture bulls and cows were used for agriculture, making milk products, disinfectants and more. Cows are also the most benevolent and docile (easy to control) animal of all.

Guna: Sattvic nakshatra with more emphasis on attaining sattva through deliberation like contemplation, conversation etc. It avoids destruction unlike its predecessor.


Power: It represents "Varsho Dyamana Shakti". The power to bring rain. Rain does not only mean the rain water but also the shower of abundance on all levels.

General attributes: Native with the strong influence of this nakshatra can be secretive like Shatabishak. They love to take time before taking a decision. They may show poised attitude even when they are going through huge ups and downs. Since kundalini shakti is strongly connected to this nakshatra, the native can be highly intuitive and well communicative. Be it good or bad, they will always be spiritual. They may show strong leniency towards philosophy esp. when they have Jupiter, Venus, Moon or Rahu. These are general qualities, reader’s discretion is advised.

Remedy: Feeding a cow, treating them well. Worshipping Shiva, kundalini yoga, donations for a good cause are all good remedies.

Note: To understand more about this nakshatra please read the next nakshatra Revati.


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