22. Nakshatra Shravana

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Symbol: ear
10°00' — 23°20' Capricorn
Body parts: ears

Shravana (sanskrit: श्रवण) — the Star of Learning;

  • Range: 10°00' — 23°20' Capricorn
  • Symbol: ear, trident, row of three uneven footsteps
  • Deity: Vishnu, Saraswati
  • Mode of Functioning: Passive
  • Caste: Mleccha
  • Gender: Male
  • Body parts: ears, genitals
  • Humor (Ayurvedic Constitution): Kapha
  • Direction: south, northwest
  • Guna (Essence): Rajas
  • Tattwa (Element): air
  • Gana (Type): Godly
  • Orientation: Upward
  • Disposition: Moveable
  • Ruling Planet: Moon
  • Sounds: Ju, Je, Jo, Gha
  • Animal symbol: monkey
  • Primary Motivation: Artha
  • Enemy: Ardra

Padas (Quarters)

1. The first pada or quarter of this asterism (10° 00' — 13° 20'Capricorn) falls in Aries Navamsa and is therefore ruled by Mars. Someone born under this pada expresses an underlying Martian quality in relation to the nakshatra, which is expressed as logic, initiative and a career conscious or ambitious approach.

2. The second pada or quarter of this asterism (13° 20' — 16° 40' Capricorn) falls in Taurus Navamsa ruled by Venus. Therefore the Venusian qualities such as diplomacy, tact and courtesy are dominant influences in the way this nakshatra expresses itself. This pada corresponds to Pushkara Navams and any planet posited in this pada will give the best results as far as this asterism is concerned. This pada relates to those involved in organizational aspects of the enteftainment industry, especially the music business.

3. The third pada or quarter of this asterism (16° 40' — 20° 00' Capricorn) falls in Gemini Navamsa ruled by Mercury. This pada brings out the part of Shravana which is flexible, cunning, versed in speech and conversation and eager to learn. This pada relates to those working in the mass-media and other communication oriented occupations.

4. The fourth pada or quarter of this asterism (20° 00' — 23° 20' Capricorn) n falls in Cancer Navamsa ruled by Moon. This pada brings out the part of Shravana which is receptive, sympathetic and understanding. It is the most mass-oriented pada of this asterism and thus relates the most to those holding important public offices a those io lunar-occupations like hoteliers etc.

Lunar Month and Day

Its energies correspond to the first 9 days of the lunar month of Shravan. This period usually corresponds to the month of August in the solar calendar.

Shravana is also related to the Trittiya (3rd tithi or day) of the waxing and waning phases of the Moon's monthly cycle.

Planetary Ruler

Moon and Saturn are the two planets governing this nakshatra. Moon is the nakshatra's main planetary ruler and Saturn rules Capricorn, the sign that it falls in. Moon relates to the receptive and gentle part of Shravana, while Saturn relates to its persevering and organizational aspect.

Both Moon and Saturn are intimately connected with the masses and mass mentality. This is where this nakshatra gets its ability to influence mass opinions. This is probably the reason why a lot of politicians are under a strong influence of this nakshatra. The 10th house, which has a similar energy to Shravana, bestows position and influence so that one may educate the masses in universal values and truths. In today's world however, where the majority among the masses are ignorant and the leaders dumb and selfish, only the negative aspects of this nakshatra come to life. In its higher aspect, it relates to dissemination of universal truths and knowledge through enterbaining and easy to understand Vedic epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

The lunar energy attains completion in Shravana. In numerology, '2' is considered to be the Moon's number. Shravana is the 22nd asterism and the double '2's' signify the summation of the lunar energy. This means that all the best and worst of the lunar qualities are expressed through this nakshatra. Due to its extreme receptivity, error in judgement is very likely with this nakshatra. Other negative lunar traits like changeability, vacillation, imaginary fears and phobias are also seen in their extreme expression here. Only in evolved souls do the positive lunar qualities of universal compassion, motherly nurturing and complete receptivity to the universal mind are witnessed.

Moon in Capricorn, Saturn in Cancer or Moon/Saturn together in any sign or house, are the placements and combinations which carry an energy similar to that of Shravana.

Moon, Saturn, Mars, Mercury and Venus do well in Shravana. Venus however can make one too materialistic unless there are other elevating factors.


Teachers, Preachers and Educators in all field; Scholar, Students and all those associated with universities; Linguists, Language Translators and Interpreters; Story Tellers and Narrators; Comedians; Those involved in the Music Business and Recording Industry (mainly Producers and Sound technicians); Those involved in the preservation of ancient traditions and those pursuing classical studies; Those involved in organizational capacities in big and small corporations; Gossip Columnists, News Broadcasters, Talk Show Hosts and others involved in the radio/television business; Modern day Counsellors, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts and Psychologists; Radio Operators in different fields (even those who are involved in catching signals from other civilizations in the galary!); Travel Agents and all those involved in the Transportation and Tourism industry; Those working in the Hote/Restaurant business; On a higher level Healers and Practitioners of holistic medicine and on a lower level those involved with allopathy, hospitals and the medical profession in general; Those connected with Charitable organizations, clubs and societies.


Universities; Libraries; Schools; Colleges; Public Auditoriums and other places of public gatherings; Recording Studios; Hospitals; Telephone Companies; Basically all the places connected to the above mentioned professions.

Auspicious activities

Religious rituals and performances; new ventures; Entering a new house or buying property; Medical actions and remedial measures; Taking preventive measures of all kinds; Listening to advice (listening in general); Social interactions and public involvement; Leaming, study of languages and classical traditions; Reading and writing; Music, philosophy & meditation; Good for sexual activity; Good for sexual activity; Making peace; Organizing in general; Making and taking herbs and medicines; Politics; Purchasing new clothes, items and equipment for home or business; Initiations in spiritual learning; Giving and receiving counselling; Important phone calls; Favourable for travel, especially towards its ruling directions; Taking a new name; Humanitarian actions in general; Worship of Vishnu or Saraswati.

Inauspicious activities

Unfavourable for aggressive, uncertain or risky activities such as lawsuits, wars etc.; Not good for creative activities involving manual work; Not good for lending, making promises, oaths etc.; Not good for putting an end to things like demolishing old structures; Not good for worshipping fierce deities like Rudra, It is not considered favourable for marriage ceremonies or adopting children.

Health Issues

Hearing problems, ears, skin sensitivities, reproductive organs, knees. rheumatism.


For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this nakshatra, the best remedial measure is worship of Vishnu, the preserver and maintainer of all creation. This worship can be done through use of mantra and meditation on any or all of Vishnu's incarnations and aspects.

Repetition of the root mantra of this nakshatra - "Om Mam" 108 times when Moon transits this nakhatra and in its corresponding lunar month, is sure to reduce suffering and bring enlightenment into a person's life.

Persons who are benefiting from the positive energy of this nakshatra can also increase its good effects through the above mentioned ways. It is helpful for them to wear colours like white and light blue. They should use its directions, lunar month and the days when Moon transits Shravana to take all impoftant actions.

See also

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