Krittika Nakshatra

Shakti (Power): Dahana Shakti (The Power to “Burn and Purify or refers to its Power to Sever ties with the Corporal”)

Symbol: Knife, Blade (Razor), Spear, the Cutter, or a Sharp Instrument (Word Critical from Krithika)

Deity: Agni (God of Fire), Lord Muruga/Skanda/Karttikeya (the Commander of the Celestial Godly Forces, Nurtured by the Foster Mothers Kritikkas), Agni is also called as the God with Seven Tongues and He Signifies Knowledge. He also rules over the Direction South East
Favourable: Fire Worship, Purification, Leaders, Executives, Cooking, Embroidery, Sewing, Shaving, Cutting, Honesty, Frankness, Drumming, Debates, and Extracurricular Activities
Unfavourable: Social Interactions, Diplomacy, Relaxation, Rest, Activities involving Water

Key Themes

• Adulterous Nature and Illicit Affairs
• Eating Habits, Digestion and Cooking
• Surrogacy and Foster Parenting
• Illegitimate and Abandoned Children

Key Points

• Krithika to Vishaka – Devayana Nakshatra & Anuradha to Bharani – Pitra Yana Nakshatras
• Agni 2 Heads (Heavens & Earth), 3 Legs (3 Lokas), Spoon, Agni rides on Female Goat.
• Lord Krishna wear feather of peacock, to protect from the snakes.
• Agni can weld things & melt things. Soft & Sharpness of Nakshatra.


Elements connected to Krittika Nakshatra

Deity Agni
Symbol Knife or Blade
Planet Sun
Purushartha Kama
Gana Rakshasha (Demon)
Varna Brahmin (Priest)
Element Prithvi (Earth)
TriMurthi Shiva (Dissolve)
Animal Female Goat
Bird Peacock
Tree Cluster Fig Tree
Sound Aa, Ee, Oo, Aye

Bit lines about Krittika Nakshatra

# 1) Story of Agni & Swaha Devi – Saptha Rishis

Agni infatuated by Wives of Saptharishi Wives. Rejected by all of them. Swaha is a daughter of Daksha, and by many accounts, the wife of Agni, the God of fire. Agni was initially reluctant to marry her, but in the end was persuaded to do so. She obtained the boon that oblations will be poured into fire by taking her name.

In some traditions, Skanda, the commander of the Devas is said to be their son, when she tricked Agni into having conjugal relationship with her, by taking the form of the wives of the SaptaRishis (except Arundhati), whom Agni desired. ‘Birth of Karthikeya’.

# 2) Story of Karthikeya & Tarakasura

Skanda is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also considered by some to be the son of Agni and the Krittikas (pleiades), or of Agni and Swaha. An Asura named Taraka had obtained a boon that he could not be slain by anyone except a seven year old child. Armed by this boon, he defeated all the celestials. Only a child born to Shiva could kill him.

However, Shiva had become a recluse after the death of his wife Sati. With the help of Kama, the Gods ensured that he married Parvati, a re-incarnation of his wife Sati. Skanda was born of this union. The story of his birth is told here.Once Skanda reached the age of seven, he led the Deva army against Taraka and Surapadma and slew them both.

His vehicle is a peacock and his weapon is a spear. He has two wives, Valli, and Deivanai, the daughter of Indra. His other names are Kartikeya, Kumara, Subrahmanya, Shanmuka and Guha.

# 3) Kandhava Dahanam at Maha Bharath.

The Brahmana then revealed himself to be Agni. He said, “It is my nature to burn. I have been longing to burn this Khandava forest, which has been apportioned to me by food. However, Indra’s friend Takshaka, the king of snakes resides there with his friends.

The lives of all in that forest is forfeit to me, but out of affection for his friend, Indra is preventing me from consuming this forest. Whenever I begin to burn it, he orders his thunder clouds to cause pouring rain, dousing my flames. This hunger has started consuming my very self, I cannot bear it any longer. I ask you to protect me while I burn the Khandava forest.

The real reason why Agni wants to burn this forest is to cure his stomach ailment. The story of how he got sick is narrated here.

Arjuna said, “Since I have promised to help you, so I shall protect you. You do not need to worry about anyone as long as I and Madhava (Krishna) are on your side. We possess knowledge of many divine Astras that can prevent the rain from reaching the forest. But, if we have to contend with the might of Indra, I would need a bow that can withstand the speed at which I shall be dispatching the arrows. I will also need a suitable chariot, which will move as swift as my thoughts. Krishna shall also need suitable weapons to assist you. If these things can be arranged, there will be no problem.

Few More Details

Rasi (Zodiac) : Aries / Taurus
Range: 26o 40’ Aries – 10o 00’ Taurus
Padas: Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces
Ruling Planet :Sun
Meaning: “To be Critical”, “The Cutters”
Indication: “The Star of Fire”
Body Part : Hips, Loins and the Crown of the Head (Upper and Back Portions of the Head)
Guna (Quality) :Rajas
Gana (Race) : Rakshasa (Demon)
Purushartha (Goal) :Kama (Latent Desires, Passion)
Tridosha: Kapha (Phlegm or Water + Earth)
Nature/ Category of Star: Misra (Mixed/ Sharp and Soft)
Varna (Caste): Brahmin (Priest)
Gotra (Clan): Angiras (name translates as the “Fiery One”)
Direction: North
Pancha Mahabhuta (Element): Prithvi (Earth)
Basis Above: To Create Heat
Basis Below: To Create Light
Desire: To be the Eater of Foods for the Gods
Result of Shakti, Basis, & Desire: Burning or Purification
Activity: Active
TriMurthi (Process): Shiva (Dissolve)
Direction of Mouth / Motion: Adho Mukha (Looking Down/ Facing Downwards)
Yoni (Gender): Female
Animal Symbol: Goat (Ram)/ Sheep
Bird: Peacock, Crow
Sounds: Aa, Ee, Oo, Aye
Tree/ Plant: Oudumbara, Cluster Fig (Latin Name: Ficus Racemosa)
Colour: White

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