Pūrva Bhādrapadā

Etymology/Symbolism

Pūrva Bhādrapadā (पूर्वभाद्रपदा) translates as “the former lucky feet” and has been known to be symbolized by the feet of a stool or bench. It’s also known by the name of Pūrva Proshtapada, “the first of the blessed feet.” Other symbols of the nakṣatra include swords (sometimes one), two front legs of a funeral cot, and a man with two faces.

The Unicorn & Goat

The unicorn is an association of Pūrva Bhādrapadā and has a connection to the deity of the nakṣatra, Aja Ekapada (“the one-footed unborn/unmanifested one”), the original Ekapada form of Shiva, which is related to Rudra and represents the Axis Mundi (cosmic pillar of the universe), as well as a one-footed goat. Like the unicorn, those who embody the characteristics of Pūrva Bhādrapadā are unique, eccentric, and mystical beings, as they exist in multiple worlds simultaneously. Its association with the goat is important because the animal is considered a simple, harmless, milk-producing animal which requires little sustenance. Its one-footedness makes it as unique and other-worldly as a unicorn, like Aja Ekapada, while still embodying the qualities of a low-maintenance, ever-producing benefit, as the nakṣatra is ruled by the prosperous, growth-focused Bṛhaspati.

The Two-Faced Man

As the two-faced man, Pūrva Bhādrapadā grants the ability for us to see issues from both points of view. despite being uninfluenced by Budha, a “two-faced” mercurial nature can also arise by those under its influence. By existing in multiple worlds, or at the cusp of one approaching the other, one sees the truth of each and has the ability to operate honestly in each, much like how, at the point of death, one faces both this world to review the past while facing the realm beyond. Sometimes functioning in multiple realms makes one appear to exhibit a two-faced behavior, as one side of a person isn’t always visible to the witness who stands in the opposing realm.1 Therefore, Pūrva Bhādrapadā gives the ability to find a peace in the space between and “ride the fence” in almost every situation, whether it be between life and death or any other representation of the distinct separation of dualities.

Eye of the Storm

Like the eye of the storm, the center of a black hole, Pūrva Bhādrapadā is much like the middle point of something where movement and qualities of completely opposing forces or characters can be viewed, where both balance is reached as well as the ability to understand these opposing forces and access either when needed. It is where each affects the point so equally and strongly that energy and movement is so strong that it appears peaceful and calm, the potential forces asleep and resting in the midst of the turbulence of duality. It’s a calm transition point from which one can witness and experience both past and future, life and death, manifestation and latency, upward and downward movement, or any distinct pair of differences.

“Aja Ekapada refers to the stage of cosmic ideation where on one side is pure undifferentiated energy, Agni fire, and on the other side of heaven and earth in their existing motion, vibrating with speech and action.” – Bepin Behari2

Astronomy

Pūrva Bhādrapadā resides between 20° Aquarius and 3° 20′ Meena (Pisces) and consists of the stars … in the constellation ….

Classifications

Nature Puruṣārtha Varna Color Gana Guna/Tattva Gender Body Part Animal
Fierce (Urga) Artha Manushya Sattva/Sattva/Rajas

The primary motivation of Pūrva Bhādrapadā is artha, or material prosperity. Pūrva Bhādrapadā reveals a strong urge to be focused on an ideal or vision for the future. Its natives do well when working towards universal goals that uplift humanity.

Devata, Graha, & Śakti

Pūrva Bhādrapadā is ruled by Bṛhaspati, resides within the rāśis of [Aquarius] and Meena (ruled by Śani and Bṛhaspati, respectively), and its presiding deva is Aja Ekapada (Ajikapada), a form of Śiva or Bhairava.

Bṛhaspati connects this nakshatra with the Brahmans, the intellectual caste. These people are very independent and self-reliant people who possess deep philosophical wisdom and originality in thought. They like to “travel to the beat of their own drum.” They believe in the idea that “beaten paths are for beaten people.”

The first three quarters of this asterism are in Aquarius, under the rule of Śani.

The last quarter of this asterism are in Mīna, offering up extra qualities of Bṛhaspati.

Aja Ekapada

Aja Ekapada is also worshiped as a form of Lord Shiva and a transport vehicle of Agni, the god of fire. It gives the fire to raise a spiritual person up in life (yajamana vdyamana shakti).3

Aja Ekapada represents the unborn, transcendent cosmic energy. The goat is a simple, harmless milk-producing animal which requires almost nothing for its sustenance. However, in the Vedas this deity has been extolled to great heights. He is considered as infinity, an entity without emotion or speech. As Aja, the unborn, he is worshipped as a form of Śiva and is a vehicle of Agni (fire).4

He is an obscure deity whose name may mean “the one footed unborn one,” or possibly “the one footed goat.” He seems to be a form of Rudra, the presiding deva of Ardra. It is perhaps because of this association with Rudra that this asterism is traditionally associated, both physically and metaphorically, with fire and heat, combustion, and catabolic activities. Rudra, the duty of destruction who rules firing heat, especially the fire in heat produced by the funeral pyres which cremate dead bodies, is also reflective of this asterism’s symbology via the funeral cot.5

The Atharva Veda refers to Aja Ekapada in relation to Rohit, another deity associated with cosmic evolution. Its main function is to produce heaven and earth, where the thread of the sacrifice is extended. In this creation of Rohit, Aja Ekapada establishes himself as the Sun and makes heaven and the earth firm with his strength. Being of the nature of the Sun, which provides life and light, Aja Ekapada is without any objective existence while it sustains the entire creation. It is the unpolarized latent creative energy which produces the different levels of existence. Rohit contains within himself ever-changing impulses without which the various dimensions of manifestation would remain abstract, ethereal, and non-existent. The role of Aja Ekapada is to concretize this essence of manifestation into the unpolarized positive cell, which subsequently assumes many forms at the different levels of creation. As the vehicle of fire which energizes all life forms, Aja Ekapada takes the abstract image of Rohit, differentiates it, and then provides warmth and nourishment so that it can succeed in completing its journey.6

Aja Ekapada represents the stage in cosmic evolution where the fire of creation is still in latency, though the area of creation has been well defined. The personification of energy is not fire, but the vehicle of fire. It is infinity. Therein neither motion nor speech exists. Neither subjective nor objective attributes have yet been born. It is only after polarization has taken place that the interplay of different forces can occur giving rise to the multiple forms of manifestation. As far as Aja Ekapada is concerned, it provides over a realm of passivity which actually is not passive. There is unity, undifferentiated latency, but it is turned outward, it is creative. Aja Ekapada is like the Sun which bestows life and light to every form of creation but takes nothing itself. Like Lord Shiva in his cosmic dance, Aja Ekapada arouses the scintillating, outgoing energy which enables internal motion, but in itself is completely still, with no activity, either subjective or objective at any level.7

Śakti

Ruled by Aja Ekapad, Pūrva Bhādrapadā gives the fire needed to raise a spiritual person up in life (yajamana udyamana shakti), something which supports the entire world. Pūrva Bhādrapadā grants a universal view through internal purification, which raises up our spiritual aspiration in life and takes us out of the domain of selfish behavior. Aja Ekapad, the cosmic or celestial form of Agni or the sacred fire, raises up one’s spiritual aspiration in life.

Summary/Astrological Interpretations

Pūrva Bhādrapadā people are usually passionate, impetuous, and opinionated. They possess good speaking ability and are skilled in earning money. Pūrva Bhādrapadā grants a universal… through intense internal purification. The shadow side of Purva Bhadrapada is an angry, impulsive, anxious personality. These people can be cynical and communicate with harsh or critical speech. They may try to coerce others to conform to their idealistic principles and philosophies. Pūrva Bhādrapadā people can become fearful, nervous, and worrisome when confronted with stressful life events. A wavering or unstable mind is often the result. They can be stingy or miserly. Their goal is to raise up their spiritual aspirations in life which can take them out of the domain of selfish behavior.8

((Bepin Behari. Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology. p. 70))

Passion, impetuousnrss, and anger are all strongly associated with this asterism, which rules cynicism, harsh words, greediness, and a fascination for the ecstasy of evil and the darker side of life. It rules searing pains, falls, and injuries from accidents or attacks. Punishment and penance are often under its sway, for actions carried out under its influence often produce painful and anxious circumstances which are accompanied by remorse, sadness, and difficulty.9

Yamas & Niyamas

Āsanas, Mudras & Bhandas

Tales & Mythology

Padas

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler
Position 20° – 23° 20′ Aquarius 23° 20′ – 26° 40′ Aquarius 26° 40′ – 30° Aquarius 0° – 3° 20′ Pisces
Bija Mantra
Planetary Results Ketu people are not happy at the blocks of materialism that Taurus represents. They feel that they did not fulfill their mission in the past life. Ketu can feel uncomfortable here as Taurus pada debilitates. Usually pushkara suggests that they can come to terms with it.10 This is the most auspicious place of the Bhadra where there is understanding and assimilation of its spiritual journey. All planets benefit from the blessings of Jupiter and the pushkara navamsha.11
Native’s Nature

Mantras

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

Those associated with death or dying, morticians, murders, etc. People who are cruel indeed or word. Very excitable or anger-prone people, like radicals, fanatics, and terrorists. Those, like ascetics, who self-torment and self-mortify. Black magicians. Geriatric and the terminal illness wards.12

  • astrology, priesthood, asceticism, research, statistics, occultism, black magic, administrative planning, business

Auspiciousness

Engage In

Inauspiciousness

As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Pūrva Bhādrapadā…

Avoid

Ayurveda & Health Issues

Pain, suffering, injuries from falls, accidents, or attacks can occur here.

Indicative of the sides of the body, including the ribs, sides of the legs, left thigh, and soles of the feet.

Health issues include swollen ankles and feet, heart problems, blood circulation, enlarged liver, rib troubles, sides of the legs, or ulcers.


  1. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 243. 

  2. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 246. 

  3. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras. 

  4. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 245. 

  5. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 243. 

  6. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 245. 

  7. Bepin Behari. Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology. p. 246. 

  8. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras 

  9. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 244. 

  10. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 238. 

  11. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 239. 

  12. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 244.