Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra

Written By Addittya Tamhankar

Jupiter rules and loves three Nakshatras – Punarvasu, Vishakha & Purvabhadrapada.

The nature of Punarvasu is of restoring that what has been lost. The nature of Vishakha is to intensify that which has been restored. And the nature of Purvabhadrapad is to spread the light of awareness – the wisdom that has been gained by intensifying self-penance, self-growth!

So you see – Purvabhadrapad is the culmination – the flowering of Jupiter – Sri Guru!

Purvabhadrapad is very special for me and for all meditative beings – since the realized ones are perfectly aware of the depth and the maturity that this wonderful pious divine Nakshatra has!

Purvabhadrapad is one of the most pious Nakshatra. In simple words – Purvabhadrapad signify the “Maturity Value” of Jupiter! Maturity value is the amount due and payable to the holder of a financial obligation as of the maturity date of the obligation. Similarly – Jupiter’s qualities manifest in totality in the Nakshatra of Purvabhadrapad. Purvabhadrapad is the MATURITY Value of Jupiter. When Rahu – the shadow of desire occupies Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra then the desire to be pious, the desire to attain knowledge, the desire to attain wisdom and – the desire to share knowledge by EXPANDING the network of friends and followers is more than usual!

The most striking quality of Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra is – Being Human.

Perfection is an Ego Trip. The very idea of perfectionism drives people crazy. The perfectionist is bound to be a neurotic, he cannot enjoy life till he is perfect.

“Perfectionism is a neurosis. It is an illness. And the more you try to become perfect, the more frustrated you will become.” – Osho

Being Human – means NOT to chase perfection but to chase EXCELLENCE.

Excellence is attainable when you give your heart and soul to the work that you do! In other words when you are TOTAL in whatsoever you do or you undertake – then and only then EXCELLENCE is attainable. And so the key to attain success, the key to experience a happy life is by being TOTAL and NOT by being perfect.

Purvabhadrapad ruled by Sri Guru (Jupiter) is interested in attaining excellence and not perfection. And Rahu in Purvabhadrapad simply fire-up this tendency of chasing excellence!

The beauty of Purvabhadrapad born natives is that they are humanist – to them humanity matters above all. And so these fellows don’t try to be perfect – they emphasize more on Being Human rather they try to be an excellent example of Being Human.

Out of all the 12 Zodiac signs – it is only AQUARIUS that is truly dedicated to be an excellent example of being human. Aquarius is a highly humanistic sign. And Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra falls in Aquarius Zodiac. One striking living example of being human – is – Salman Khan. The Being Human charity foundation established by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan provides education and healthcare services for the underprivileged in India. Probably there has been no one as vocal and as candid in the film industry as Salman Khan is – when it comes to advocating the “Being Human” cause.

Salman Khan is also born on Aquarius sign – his moon sign is Aquarius – a highly humanistic zodiac and one of my favorite zodiac.

The sign Aquarius comprises of three Nakshatras:

  1. Dhanistha (Last two padas)
  2. Shatataraka (all four padas)
  3. Purvabhadrapad (three padas)

So it means that the fourth pada of Purvabhadrapada falls in the sign of Pisces too!

Rahu in Purvabhadrapada (in the three padas of Aquarius sign) is more social and more interested in networking than Rahu in Purvabhadrapada that falls in the last – fourth pada in Pisces!

Rahu in Pisces (Purvabhadrapada) is more religious and more traditional than Rahu in Aquarius (Purvabhadrapada). It is like the twins – one is dashing, dynamic and a humanist while the other is very religious & conservative.

Rahu in Purvabhadrapad is positive for the following Ascendant signs:

  1. Aries
  2. Sagittarius
  3. Virgo
  4. Gemini
  5. Aquarius
  6. Libra

Being Human, Fighting against inequality, Advocating for Human Rights – Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra is all about being a Robinhood or being Martin Luther King Jr.!

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. had his moon in Aquarius (Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra). He was a perfect Aquarius man – who fought against injustice – who fought for Human rights – who fought for the Black Americans who were denied basic human rights in the US. On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.

That is the power of Aquarius sign – Aquarius is a highly humanistic sign – it is unconventional when moon is in Shatabhisha Nakshatra – however it becomes more louder in being righteous when moon is in Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra! Being the Nakshatra of Jupiter – righteousness can manifest in form of following religious dogma or following community guidelines while fighting for equality and human rights! So Humanist or Being Human is the primary goal of Aquarius Sign irrespective of which Aquarius Nakshatra one belongs to.

A typical conservative person – or GOD Believer will do a certain act of goodness because he wants to receive blessings from God or because he want to accumulate good karma (punya) – so there is a hidden agenda behind such a man’s good act.

BUT a humanist will simply give food to a starving person out of love and compassion. And that’s all!

It is really a pity that many people feed dogs or cats or fishes or birds for a certain selfish reason – but there are very few – very very few who simply offer food out of love – out of compassion – they don’t do it to strengthen a planet or remove any dosha or as a remedy – they just do it because they want to do it – that brings joy to their heart – a smile on their face! I love such men and women – for they are truly special in the eyes of God – and most of them certainly have some connection with the sign Aquarius – because only Aquarius has the humanistic quality – it will do – but it will do out of compassion. And only such an act of compassion reaches GOD and GOD takes care of such beautiful fellows – fellows of heart – fellows who are truly the shining stars of this human world!

Once it happened – Saint Eknath was travelling back to his home. In his hand he was carrying a bottle filled with the holy water of the Ganges. And those were times when it would take many months to travel and collect the holy water from the river of Ganges. Saint Eknath had to spend over four months to collect this precious holy water of Ganges and finally he was on his way back home – when he came across a crow and the crow was very thirsty – he was about to die and Saint Eknath offered the holy water of Ganges to the crow! The crow drank the whole bottle of Ganges water – there was not a single drop left – the crow flew in the sky – he made some sounds – it was his way of saying “Thank You – you saved my life.”

A farmer was witnessing this moment of compassion – he stepped ahead and said “ Master – now what will you do? Because all of your efforts of collecting the holy water of Ganges have been wasted – there is no water left – you gave it all to that thirsty crow!”

Saint Eknath smiled and said “ You missed to realize – that the holy water is NOT wasted – it has saved a life! You see and what can be more precious than life! Whether it me or the crow, whether it is you or the crow – life flows through all of us and I am very happy that these few drops of Holy water of the Ganges has saved the Crow from dying!”

You see – that is how the real master is – HUMANIST. A real master will not spend a second in thinking about religious dogmas or traditions – he will simply focus on the practicalities of life – and what can be more practical than to SAVE someone’s life!

A typical priest of religious pundit would have hesitated to offer such a precious holy water of Ganges to a thirsty crow – he would have let the crow die because to him – a crow is a trivial creature – a dirty fellow. He would have followed the scriptures – and the scriptures say that you should not offer the holy water to a crow – but only to a human being!

But to a real master – a crow is as important as a human being – because LIFE flows in both – LIFE never discriminates then why should we? But only a man of awareness can understand this – only a truly meditative being can realize this.

This depth comes naturally to the sign of Aquarius and when Rahu is in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra then the person indeed is more humanist than otherwise. They understand the true essence of humanism.

Having a humanistic view and being TOTAL in one’s action is what Rahu in Purvabhadrapada stands for.

Remind me of a beautiful story – a story that help you realize the significance of – Being Total.

It happened once that in Paradise – Buddha, Confucius and Lao Tzu were sitting in a famous cafe – and chatting, laughing, joking – when a waitress comes with a tray that holds three glasses of the juice called “Life,” and offers them. Buddha instantly closes his eyes and says “Life is misery.”

Confucius closes his eyes halfway – he is a midlist, he used to preach the golden mean – and asks the waiter to give him the glass. He would like to have a sip – but just a sip, because without tasting how can one say whether life is misery or not? Confucius had a scientific mind; he was not much of a mystic, he had a very pragmatic, earthbound mind. He was the first behaviorist the world has known, very logical. And it seems perfectly right – he says, “First I will have a sip, and then I will say what I think.” He takes a sip and he says, “Buddha is right – life is misery.”

Lao Tzu takes all the three glasses and he says, “Unless one drinks totally, how can one say anything?” And Lao Tzu drinks all the three glasses and starts dancing!

Buddha and Confucius ask him, “Are you not going to say anything?” And Lao Tzu says, “This is what I am saying – my dance and my song are speaking for me.”

Unless you taste life totally, you cannot say. And when you taste totally, you still cannot say because what you know is such that no words are adequate.

Buddha is on one extreme, Confucius is in the middle. Lao Tzu has drunk all the three glasses – the one that was brought for Buddha, the one that was brought for Confucius, and the one that was brought for him. Lao Tzu has drunk them all; he has lived life in its three-dimensionality.

“Live life in all possible ways; don’t choose one thing against the other, and don’t try to be in the middle. Don’t try to balance yourself – balance is not something that can be cultivated. Balance is something that comes out of experiencing all the dimensions of life. Balance is something that happens; it is not something that can be brought about through your efforts.” – Osho

When you are living your life in TOTALITY – when you are TOTAL in whatsoever you do – when you drink all the three glasses filled with the juice called LIFE – you will be able to BALANCE life. So balancing life is possible only when you live life in its totality!

Rahu in Purvabhadrapada has the potential to live life in its totality.

“Live life in its totality, drink life in its totality! Yes, sometimes it tastes bitter – so what? That taste of bitterness will make you capable of tasting its sweetness. You will be able to appreciate the sweetness only if you have tasted its bitterness. One who knows not how to cry will not know how to laugh, either. One who cannot enjoy a deep laughter, a belly laugh, that person’s tears will be crocodile tears. They cannot be true, they cannot be authentic.” – Osho

Authenticity comes when you are TOTAL – when you experience life in all possible ways – MONEY, SEX, POWER, HEALTH – you go through all kind of experiences in life – only then you truly MATURE – you truly EVOLVE!

Aquarius Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra brings maturity to the native – and if the native is an evolved soul then someone as great as Jiddu Krishnamurti is born!

Jiddu Krishnamurti has Aquarius Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra.

Always remember – a matured person is more sensitive to his surroundings, to the events that happen in his or her life. And only a sensitive person suffer more in life. Being sensitive is perfectly fine – however as you evolve – as you start meditating – as you walk on the path of spirituality – you will learn to go beyond the sufferings and experience the beyond – the extra-ordinary.

Buddha always was in search of SEEKERS and NOT believers. Buddha used to say to his disciples – “Never waste your time in talking with believers – because believers never want to experience GOD – they just want to rely on some Saviour – some Messiah – they just want to believe, because by believing they are saving the effort of “Jumping” and exploring the TRUTH themselves. A believer will ask “ Do you believe in God – does God exist?” however a true seeker will ask “Show me the way to experience God – to experience HIS divinity.”

And this is so true – so true – that is why God Believers are fools – and God Seekers are the real beings – they are the evolved souls who want to experience GOD by taking the necessary efforts – by taking all kind of RISKS – their INTENSITY is great and GOD is attained – GOD is experienced only when your THIRST is intense – only then GOD comes – only then GOD is experienced.

The key to self-growth is NOT in believing in God but by seeking GOD – and that is possible only when your mind is free – when you reach the state of NO MIND.

Rahu in Purvabhadrapada simply is a sign that there is a great potential to progress on the spiritual path provided – the native is an evolved soul. Evolved soul means – a soul that has been on the “spiritual journey” from many past births – he or she has spend much of their energy and life in deep penance (Sadhana) and in seeking the ultimate truth.

Jiddu Krishnamurti is one such example of an evolved soul – to such an evolved soul – Rahu in Purvabhadrapada works wonders – especially when it comes to spirituality and wisdom.

Rahu in Aquarius is the culmination point for Rahu – in Aquarius sign: Rahu simply feels ‘high’ and so no matter in which Nakshatra – Rahu is place – as long as Rahu is in Aquarius – Rahu is “high”!

In Gemini – Rahu is exalted because Mercury is the Guru of Rahu! In fact if you see the numerology number of the name – RAHU – then the total comes to number 5 which is ruled by Mercury!

So you see – RAHU is the baby of Mercury – and what is Mercury? It is your HEAD – it your intellectuality – it is your LOGIC! And so in the sign of LOGIC – that is in Gemini – Rahu is exalted. Similarly the other two signs – that form triangle to Gemini sign – the sign Libra and sign Aquarius are also highly intellectual signs as well as sexual signs because 3.7.11 – i.e. Gemini, Libra, Aquarius signify the KAMA TRIKONA meaning the Sexual Triangle. Sex is a part of living beings – no matter whether it is human being or animal – unless you have had sex – unless you had had sexual satisfaction and unless you have realized the futility of sex – you will not be able to overcome it and unless you overcome sex – you cannot experience spirituality in its totality!

NEVER repress your sexual needs – because the more you repress the more you become a sex pervert and then there is a problem and big problem.

The Sanatana Dharma (सनातन धर्म, meaning “eternal dharma”, “eternal religion” or “eternal order”) of ancient India had therefore emphasized on पुरुषार्थ. Puruṣārtha literally means an “object of human pursuit”. It is a key concept in Hinduism, and refers to the four proper goals or aims of a human life. These four goals or puruṣārthas are Dharma (Being Righteous), Artha (Earning Money), Kama (Enjoying sexual pleasures) and Moksha (Attaining liberation – Nirvana).

People who are not comfortable to listen or talk about sex – have real serious problems with their sexuality. Such men and women should learn to accept the fact that – SEX – is one of the four goals – पुरुषार्थ – Puruṣārtha of the Sanatana Dharma – the eternal order.

Sanātana Dharma is an alternative name for Hinduism used in Hindi alongside the more common Hindu Dharm (हिन्दू धर्म).

Rahu in Gemini, Libra and Aquarius is always good for material progress because such a Rahu (desire) is more focused on attaining fame, expanding social network and considering today’s AGE is NETWORKING AGE – such a RAHU becomes an asset provided Saturn is well placed in the birth chart!

When it comes to FAME – it reminds me of the famous hollywood actress – Catherine Zeta Jones.

Catherine Zeta Jones has Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra (Aquarius sign). The most striking quality of Aquarius sign is being vocal about issues that matter! And when Rahu is in Purvabhadrapada then the native is indeed very vocal and would never suffer silently – but would voice out his or her concerns and feelings to the world.

GEMINI. LIBRA. AQUARIUS – are signs of imagination, intellectualism, communication and so many great poets and authors are born with Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra. Reminds me of V. S. Naipaul. V. S. Naipaul was a celebrity British writer of works of fiction and nonfiction in English. He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad, his bleaker novels of alienation in the wider world, and his vigilant chronicles of life and travels. He wrote in prose that was widely admired, but his views sometimes aroused controversy. He published more than thirty books over fifty years. Naipaul won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his novel “In a Free State”.

VS Naipaul had Aquarius Rahu in Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra.

Although Rahu is exalted in Gemini – still Rahu loves its other two siblings – Libra & Aquarius! The very nature of Aquarius is being unconventional goes well with RAHU since Rahu is against conventional life – Rahu loves all that is unconventional! And so sex before marriage, sex with widow, live-in-relationship – all of these relationships that goes against the traditional conventional society – falls under Rahu’s regime.

Yesterday someone was saying that Taliban must be Rahuish but Taliban regime is not under Rahu’s influence because Taliban demands a very strict traditional way of Islam! And so Taliban comes under the influence of Saturn and Mars. And not Rahu.

In Gemini – Rahu wants to communicate, interact and impress.

In Libra – Rahu want to make deals, form relationships.

In Aquarius – Rahu want to make benefits from the deals and relationships that he has so cleverly nurtured.

So Aquarius Rahu definitely is focused on enjoying the benefits – the perks and so this Rahu generally makes you Rich and Famous if you have the necessary strength of Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus.

Out of all the Trikona (Triangles) – Rahu loves the Trikona of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius – and therefore Rahu does exceptionally well in the 3rd house, 7th house and 11th house. Rahu in 7th house may not give happiness from legal union (marriage) but such a Rahu definitely provides abundance of sexual pleasures outside marriage or through relationships. If you have Rahu in the 7th house then it is advisable that you don’t get married! But interestingly that never happens – because Rahu in 7th house is not just interested in sexual pleasures but also want to showcase his or her “marriage” to the society – after all Rahu loves showcasing – flaunting and so how will Rahu in 7th miss to flaunt his or her marriage to the general public? And so many times – even though marriage has failed still they never show it on the outside – they continue to smile – though inside they are suffocating from their marriage that they had so strongly desired for!

Many times it happens that you desire for a man – you desire for a beautiful woman – and then the master never stops you from desiring – because the master is perfectly aware that once you attain your desire – you will start suffering! And that is the whole message to my followers and readers that beware of what you desire – because there is every possibility that your desire will be fulfilled and then you will suffer!

That is how love stories and love marriages fall apart – those who were willing to die for each other – those who were giving long promises of never leaving each other – those men and women have not only had a break-up or divorce but they have also become staunch enemies!

Six months ago – you may see a man and woman in each others arms and six months later you may see the same man and woman trying to cut each others throat! And then they call this as Love Relationship!

Relationship is always demanding – however relating is never demanding. I relate with you – you relate with me – there is no obligation – there is no dependence – as long as you relate – we can be good friends – the moment you no more relate we can choose our ways apart! Relating therefore is beautiful – if you love a woman – if you love a man then first see if you relate – because as long as you relate – you will be good friends and in LOVE – friendship is very important – because love may fade away after your first few honeymoon nights – but friendship will remain – and so when you are in love – focus on first strengthening your bonding – your friendship!

“There are 3 types of relationships in a man’s life. There are relationships of the intellect, which cannot be very deep. The relationship between a teacher and a student is this type of relationship. There are relationships of love, which are deeper than the intellect. The relationships between a mother and child, between brothers, between husband and wife are these types of relationships: they arise from the heart. Then there are even deeper relationships that arise from the navel. The relationships that arise from the navel are “friendships”. They go deeper than love. Love can end: friendship never ends. Tomorrow we may hate the people we love today – but someone who is a friend can never become an enemy. If he becomes an enemy, then know that there was no friendship in the first place. The relationships of friendship are of the navel – they are relationships of deeper and unknown realms.” – Osho

Buddha therefore never told people to love each other. HE talked about friendship. And he had a reason for saying so – HE said that there should be friends in your life. Ananda asked Buddha “Why you do not call it Love?”

And Buddha said “Friendship is more deeper than Love. Love can end but friendship never ends.”

Love binds, but friendship gives freedom. Love can enslave somebody. It can possess, it can become a master. Friendship does not become someone’s master, it does not hold anyone back. It does not imprison, friendship frees you!

Aquarius Rahu in Purvabhadrapada understands the essence of friendship – being a highly humanistic, socializing, and understanding zodiac sign – Aquarius qualities are simply exaggerated by the restless Rahu. And so overall – you will find a good human being – someone who is unconventional, practical and yet having the potential to understand the many deeper aspects of human life!

Neem Tree is the sacred tree for Purvabhadrapada – and so watering, gardening, nurturing the Neem Tree will help the native to refine the many good qualities of Rahu in Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra. Even eating two leaves of Neem tree will help you in improving your health.

Purvabhadrapad is the peak of Shri Guru’s wisdom – and so I humbly prostrate before the wise Purvabhadrapad Nakshatra – may HIS blessings continue to shower on me and my followers.

The whole message of Purvabhadrapad is – do not try to perceive this world through reason or logic – for this world and the creator of this beautiful world – GOD can only be attained when you start moving beyond your logic – when you embark on the “journey” towards your heart – for the heart knows the way – GOD dwells in your heart and the language of the heart cannot be known through your logic or reason – it can be known only when you stop thinking and start feeling…..

Only a man of heart – only a woman of heart can feel – can understand the language of Buddha, of Krishna, of Jesus, of Guru Nanak – the master is in search of such men and women – who follow their heart – who don’t run by their legs but who runs by their heart!

Love and blessings to such beautiful men and women of heart – God is always with such beautiful souls – no matter what – HE always saves those who follow the voice within, HE always will take you in HIS arms – when you no more are trapped in your logic but when you have truly become a man of heart!


Jai Shri Ganesha. Jai Guru.

Addittya Tamhankar

Addittya Tamhankar

Acharya Addittya Tamhankar is a distinguished astrologer and acclaimed author known for his in-depth knowledge and insight into astrology. He has authored over 11 books, including bestsellers on the cosmic entities Rahu and Ketϋ, and his recent works include "Come Back Home - Reconnect to Source Consciousness" and "27 Nakshatras - the Living Legends." Alongside his literary achievements, Acharya Addittya has cultivated a substantial online following, with over 1,000 YouTube videos and a community of more than 40,000 subscribers. His blogs offer enlightening discussions on spirituality and planetary influences, drawing readers and viewers who seek wisdom and deeper understanding of these complex subjects.
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