Nakshatra/Star:  Punarvasu( 20°00’ Mithuna – 3°20’ Karka)

Punarvasu is the 7th Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac also known as “The Star of Renewal’’. The word Punarvasu is derived from Puna+Vasu, Punah means ‘repeat again and again’ & Vasu means ‘habitation’,thus becoming vasu again is the derived meaning. This nakshatra has the divine ability to bring spiritual light into darkness. It reflects strong moral values, generosity, purity, truthfulness etc. Punarvasu relates to “Vastuva Prapana Shakti”–“the ability to gain wealth or abundance”. To start a fresh after having once broken off, to start a new life, to come back from a distant land – all these are signified by Punarvasu.

The main symbol of this nakshatra is a bow and a quiver of arrows”. Arrow which hits its target in Ardra, now returns back. Its symbolism has wind,which carries clouds above and rain,which revitalizes plants below.Just like rain, Punarvasu brings renewal. Jupiter is its ruling planetary lord.


Since this Nakshatra falls in Rashis of Budh and Chandr,Budh relates to communicating and moveable aspect, while Chandr relates to its nurturing,mothering quality and its connection with universal mother principle.

The Great Mother Goddess, Aditi (mother of 12 “Adityas/solar deities”),is its Ruling Deity.Aditi translates into “unbounded”.She is often seen as goddess of abundance.She is a sky goddess,who is said to be mother of all godly beings in Universe.

Esoteric tale attached with punarvasu is as : “Long ago, Mahabali, the king of the demons, conquered all the three worlds, heaven, earth and the underworld. The demons were living in the heavens and the gods were living in the underworld. Everything was backwards, so Aditi, the mother of all the gods, prayed to Vishnu that her sons be restored to their rightful place in the heavens. Vishnu was pleased with her prayers, so he blessed her by giving her a son who was an Incarnation of Vishnu. Aditit’s son was named Vamana and he was a dwarf”,who helped gods to get their abode again from Mahabali”.


A person born in this Nakshatra has numerous friends, is a practitioner of sacred texts and scriptures, possesses gems, jewels and ornaments etc. and they have the spirit to rise from the ashes.These people have a good height and an oval face. They tend to be obese in their later age.One can refer to many images of Rama, incarnation of Vishnu, to understand appearance of this Nakshatra(especially part which lies in Karka).Words “quiet,patient, devout, temperance,contrary views, amiability,adaptability, self-understanding and nobility” sum up Punarvasu natives essential nature and functioning. It must be mentioned that Punarvasu’s generosity is conditional and works on principle of “give and take”.

Punarvasu natives are usually very attached to their homes,but at same time are ever ready to travel, if required.In some negative cases, Punarvasu natives may shun travel completely.Such natives usually end up confused and disillusioned, as they have avoided following their natural life path.In its higher aspect, Punarvasu gives a capacity to achieve its goal,no matter how difficult or challenging it is.Just like an arrow fired by a good bowman,evolved Punarvasu types never miss their mark.

One strange quality of Punarvasu is that everything happens in two goes,For natives under its strong influence.They almost always tend to fail or not get far in their first attempt at any pursuit,but funny part is that they almost always succeed if they try a second time.This relates to opposing natures of two stars,Castor and Pollux, which make up constellation of Punarvasu.

Professions: All professions involving travel & tourism; recycling experts; hotel & restaurant industry; transport industry; house construction companies; architects; all science related professions; civil engineers;teachers in schools, colleges & universities; psychologists; philosophers; priests, monks & gurus; preachers involved with self-enhancement techniques; importers & exporters; historians; antique dealers; farmers; cattle & sheep farmers; all professions requiring an innovative approach; communications jobs; radio & telephone industry;courier companies; postal service;newspaper industry; mail order & home delivery businesses;landlords; keepers of temples,churches and other religious buildings;home maintenance services; archery & target shooting; all sports involving use of hands; patriots; aviators; astronauts & all space/satellite professions,Trades & sales people of all types; artisans; fairytale writers; writers dealing with astrology & other esoteric subjects; visionaries.


Pada and Letter:

First Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Aries Navamsa, ruled by Mars. This Pada relates to moveable, adventurous and pioneering side of Punarvasu.  Focus here is on friendships, goals and group work.. 1st Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Kay”.

Second Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Taurus Navamsa, ruled by Venus. This Pada relates to materialistic, earthy and fixed aspect of Punarvasu. It is connected with hotels, restaurants, tourism, import and export industry. Second Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Ko”.

Third Pada of this Nakshatra falls in Gemini Navamsa, ruled by Mercury. Focus here is on mental activities, imagination  and science. Since this is a  Vargottama Pada, Grahas placed here  give strong results, especially in mental / intellectual realm. Third Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Haa”.

Fourth Pada of this Nakshatra falls  in Cancer  Navamsa, ruled by  Moon. This Pada is  considered to be  one of strongest and  most beneficent  parts of whole zodiac.  Planets placed  here are both Vargottama and Pushkara Navamsa.. Fourth Pada of This Nakshatra represents letter “Hee”.

Guna  (essence), Gana (type), Tatva  (element),Caste, Yoni, Direction, Body Parts and Gender:

Punarvasu Nakshatra people belong to Satvik Guna, Dev Gana, Watery element, Male in gender and Merchant caste.  Punarvasu Nakshatra rules West, North and North-East direction. Fingers and nose are body parts related to this Nakshatra. Yoni for this Nakshatra is cat.

According to Varahamihira,Moon’s placement in Punarvasu makes one “easily contented, self-controlled, slow-witted,fortunate and of good character”.

Remedy: Worship of any goddess figurine like Durga,Lakshmi,Saraswati,Aditi etc. is best recommended for Punarvasu natives.

Astrologer Mrityunjai Ojha 

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