2. Nakshatra Bharani

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Symbol: yoni
13°20' — 26°40' Aries
Body parts: head

Bharani (sanskrit: भरणी) — the Star of Restraint.

Bharani, the heralder of Venusian energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by a group of three faint stars forming a triangle in the constellation of Aries. The ancient vedic seers saw these stars as forming the female sexual organ. "Bharani" can be roughly translated into either "Bearing" or "She who Bears".

  • Mode of Functioning: Balanced
  • Caste: Mleccha (outcaste)
  • Gender: Female
  • Body parts: head and bottom parts of the feet
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Pitta (fiery)
  • Direction: east, south-east and south
  • Guna (Essence): Rajas
  • Tattwa (Element): Earth
  • Gana (Type): Manusha (human)
  • Orientation: Downward
  • Disposition: Fierce or Severe
  • Ruling Planet: Venus
  • Sounds: Lee, Lu, Lay, Lo
  • Animal symbol: Elephant

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (13°20' — 16°40' Aries) falls in Leo Navamsa ruled by Sun. The focus here is on creativity and self-immersion. Planets here can be extremely self-centric and can often offend others without meaning to. The drive and will-power inherent in this pada can be used for positive ends if the nativity as a whole allows for it. Sun, Mars and Jupiter are especially strong in this pada.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (16°40' — 20°00' Aries) falls in Virgo Navamsa ruled by Mercury. The emphasis here is on service and hard work. Planets here function in an altruistic way. A certain degree of organisation is seen even in typically extreme and chaotic Bharani mode. Mercury, Mars and Rahu are better suited for giving good result here.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (20°00' — 23°20' Aries) falls in Libra Navamsa ruled by Venus. The ability to relate and harmonise opposites characterises this pada. There is however no sense of any limits here when it comes to sex and relationships, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending upon the evolutionary level of the nativity in question. Being a pushkara navamsa pada it allows for fulfilment of one’s desires. Mercury, Venus & Rahu are best suited for utilising the energies of this pada.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (23°20' — 26°40' Aries) falls in Aries Navamsa ruled by Mars. The energy here is extreme in every sense of the word. Planets here work in an uninhibited primeval fashion. It can be a highly inventive and original pada if its explosive energy can be channeled properly. Sun, Mars & Ketu are strong here but may not always give beneficial results. Only the natural benefics Jupiter and Venus are suited for utilising the energies of this pada in a wise, non self-destructive way.

Lunar Month and Day

It relates to the second half of the lunar month of Ashwini. This period usually falls in the month of October in the solar calendar. Bharani is also related to the Chaturtithi (4th tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon’s monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

The main planets connected with this nakshatra are Mars and Venus. Mars is ruler of the sign Aries, and Venus is the main planetary ruler of this nakshatra. Venus can be said to be born in Bharani. Venus is a planet strongly connected with birth and renewal. Venus in Bharani acts as a “bringer of life”. in combination with Mars, which, being the ruler of the Scorpio signifies death, Venus signifies the universal cyclic process of life and death on all levels of existence, especially biological.

Mars and Venus are the two planets most concerned with fertility and interplay with the sexes. Nowadays, it has become fashionable to associate men with Mars and women with Venus, but the truth is that it is the male who creaes the sperm (Venus), while it is women who create and house (Mars) the new born. Conjunctions of Mars and Venus in a nativity carries an energy similar to that of Bharani. Saturn reaches its maximum debilitation in this nakshatra. Bharani is the warm place of creativity and fertility, while Saturn is a cold planet of obstruction and delay. It is easy to see how they don’t go together. Other planets usually do well in Bharani, as long as Venus has a refined placement in the chart.


Babysitters, nannies, nursery school teachers, all professions involving children, professions connected with amusement, theme parks, children’s toys industry, gynaecologists, midwives, all professions connected with birth and death. Professions related to fertility clinics, morticians, all those connected with morgues and funerals, coffin makers, obituary writers, officials handling birth/death records, homicide detectives, dancers from all schools and styles. Tobacco, coffee and tea industry, cooks, caterers, hoteliers, professions connected to slaughterhouses, veterinarians, fire fighters, automobile industries, surgeons, film and entertainment industry, photographers, models, all professions involving the use of sex and glamour, exotic professions, strip tease artists, pornography industry, prostitution, occultists and tantrics using sexual energies, judges, those in elite positions requiring extreme secrecy, volcanic and earthquake experts, geophysicist, biologists and microbiologists, seed and fertiliser industry.


Extreme exotic landscapes, volcanoes, areas with volcanic soil, volcanic tropical islands like Hawaii and Polynesian Islands, farmlands, kindergartens, nurseries, nursery schools, children parks, amusement parks, morgues, cemeteries, funeral homes, maternity and child wards in hospitals, intensive care units, gynaecology hospitals, film and photography studios, exotic nightclubs, high courts, fertility clinics, streets and roads with busy traffic, all places connected with he above mentioned professions.

Auspicious activities

All creative activities are favoured, good for severe, cruel, destructive, competitive or warlike activities, sexual, amorous and procreative activity, fertility rites and agricultural activities, beginnings and endings, gardening, all type of activities which require use of fire, good for taking care of postponed or neglected activities, all activities requiring spontaneity, ascetic activities requiring self-discipline, fasting and other purificatory rites, dealing with children.

Inauspicious activities

Most unfavourable for travel (Bharani relates to traffic jams and accidents). Not good for slow and gentle activities requiring calmness or serenity, not good for initiations.. In the present day and age it is better for endings than beginnings.

Health Issues

Problems with reproductive organs, venereal diseases, face and eyesight problems, head injuries.


One good way of getting in touch with the energies of this nakshatra is to meditate on death. Worship of Yama, the god of death and dharma is also helpful. However the best way to master the energies of Bharani is through the worship of Kali, the dark goddess. Worship of any feminine deity, especially fertility goddesses is also auspicious (especially for material gains).

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra — “Om Eem” 108 times when Moon transits this nakshatra and in its corresponding lunar month is sure to reduce suffering and bring enlightenment into a person’s life.

Persons who are benefitting from the positive energy of this nakshatra can also increase the good effect through the above mentioned ways. it is helpful for them to wear mixtures of white, red and black and generally dark shades. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Bharani to undertake all important actions.

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