Anuradha

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Anuradha is taken as the seventeenth nakshatra among the 27 nakshatras which are considered important in Vedic Jyotish for making calculations from horoscopes based on Vedic Jyotish. The word Anuradha literally translates into Another Radha and some Vedic astrologers relate the meaning of this word to success and good luck. The main symbol of this nakshatra is a Staff which is a Dand carried by powerful sages according to Vedic mythology. This Dand carried by the sages used to be very powerful and was used by them for their own protection and to punish the ones who attacked them or who deserved punishment. In a way it was used by them to keep the things around them in balance. The sages almost never used this staff for the purpose of destruction or to gain any selfish means and they used it very wisely  and only where it was required to be used. This symbol of Staff thus associates Anuradha with power, protection and wisdom and accordingly these qualities are relayed through this nakshatra combined with the qualities like success and good luck signified by the meaning of the name of this nakshatra. Some Vedic astrologers associate the symbol of Lotus to this nakshatra as an alternate symbol and as Lotus is considered as a very auspicious flower in Vedic mythology and it is considered as the Aasan or Seat of goddess Saraswati who is the goddess of all kinds of learning in the universe, therefore this nakshatra is also associated with qualities like learning, auspiciousness, enlightenment and wisdom. Hence Anuradha is considered as an auspicious nakshatra by many Vedic astrologers as it is associated with many good qualities.

                                   Vedic Jyotish assigns Mitra, one of the twelve Adityas or Solar deities as the ruling deity of this nakshatra and accordingly many qualities of Mitra are relayed through this nakshatra. The word Mitra translates into Friend and accordingly the qualities like friendliness, cordiality, helpfulness and working together with others to achieve success are associated with Mitra and all of these qualities find expression through this nakshatra. Mitra promotes friendship on all levels and stages of life and hence Anuradha can be seen as a nakshatra which promotes friendship and universal brotherhood and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are seen making many friends throughout their lives and such natives achieve success with the help of these friends and as a result of group work. Some Vedic astrologers assign goddess Saraswati as another ruling deity of Anuradha and this nakshatra associates with all kinds of learning through goddess Saraswati and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra can be seen skilled in many kinds of arts like music, singing and other forms of arts. Vedic Jyotish assigns Saturn as the ruling planet of this nakshatra and the influence of Saturn blesses this nakshatra with qualities like practicality, analysis and discipline and due to these qualities the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra have a sensible and no-nonsense approach towards life and they are usually very good at separating the right path from the wrong one unlike the natives under the influence of the previous nakshatra Vishakha which can lead the native to wrong paths.

                                       All four parts of this nakshatra fall in the sign of Scorpio which is ruled by Mars and the influence of Scorpio and Mars on this nakshatra blesses it with sufficient energy to pursue and achieve goals. The influence of Scorpio also brings an element of mystery and occult to this nakshatra as Scorpio is considered as a sign of mysteries and occults by many Vedic astrologers. Due to the combined effects of the above mentioned influences on this nakshatra, Anuradha natives are usually very good at making friends and they are capable of achieving success in various fields of their lives by virtue of their group work. Anuradha natives are very good learners and they can learn many different topics and subjects easily, compared to many other nakshatra type natives. Such natives are very good at making calculations and accordingly many of them succeed in the fields where quick calculations are required. A strong influence of this nakshatra in a horoscope, combined with a strong influence of Scorpio can make the native succeed in the fields like astrology, astronomy, numerology and other such fields. Anuradha natives are usually very good in the field of communications and they have a natural ability to make friends easily and relate easily to people who belong to different age groups, races or cultures. Anuradha is a promoter of universal brotherhood and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are likely to be connected to people from various religions, countries and beliefs.

                                   Due to the influence of Mars and Scorpio on this nakshatra, Anuradha natives are very well capable of challenging the outdated traditions of the society around them and they are capable of setting new traditions and trends for the other people to follow. The influence of Saturn and Mitra on this nakshatra blesses these natives with the ability to connect to people on mass levels and influence them with their logics and reasoning whereas the influence of Mars on this nakshatra provides sufficient energy to these natives to bring about such changes. Mars is known as a planet of energy and rebellion in Vedic Jyotish and accordingly the natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra and having a strongly placed Mars in their horoscopes can start new revolutions and root out old and outdated traditions or systems through such revolutions. It is easy for Anuradha natives to gain the support of people due to the influence of Mitra on this nakshatra. Anuradha natives are also seen to have good interest in fields like astrology, numerology and other paranormal and occult phenomenon. Natives under the strong influence of this nakshatra are usually very keen on learning new things and exploring new words and as a result such natives are better at learning foreign languages and at the same time many of these natives travel to foreign countries many times in their lives and some of them even settle permanently in a foreign country. Anuradha natives are blessed with an ability to adjust themselves to completely new surroundings or countries in a very short period of time and due to this quality, they can easily establish themselves in foreign lands and foreign cultures.

                                  Vedic Jyotish assigns various kinds of professional spheres to this nakshatra and accordingly the natives under the influence of this nakshatra can be seen practicing as Counselors, therapists, psychologists, scientists, astrologers, numerologists, mathematicians and other such people dealing in similar fields, translators, mediators, negotiators and other such kinds of people dealing in similar fields, people working as professionals in foreign countries, people traveling to foreign countries as part of their profession and people dealing in professions which are directly related to foreign countries, singers, musicians, photographers and other people dealing in similar kinds of professions requiring some kind of art, businessmen, diplomats, manipulators, explorers, researchers, Industrialists and many other kinds of people dealing in many other kinds of professions. It can be seen that many professions associated with this nakshatra require the native to deal and communicate with other people and the success of the native in these professions depends on how skilled is the native in handling the people he deals with which in turn depends upon the strength and influence of Anuradha in the horoscope of the native. 

                                      Discussing some of the other facts associated with this nakshatra which are considered important for making certain specific calculations like gun Milan for the purpose of horoscope matching for marriage, Vedic astrology considers Anuradha as a male planet and this classification of gender can be explained on the basis of the association of this nakshatra with Mitra, Mars and Saturn. Vedic Jyotish considers Anuradha as Tender in nature and Passive in functioning. The tender nature of this nakshatra is visible from its functioning and many Vedic astrologers associate the passive functioning of this nakshatra with Saturn as Saturn is considered as a planet of lethargy and delays in Indian Jyotish. Many astrologers assign Shudra cast to this nakshatra which is again explained on the basis of association of this nakshatra with Saturn, by many Vedic astrologers. The Gun assigned to this nakshatra is Tamasic and this classification of Gun is again explained on the basis of association of this nakshatra with Saturn and Mars. Many astrologers consider Anuradha as Dev in Gan and this classification is explained on the basis of soft and tender nature of this nakshatra as well as promotion of friendship and universal brotherhood by this nakshatra which are considered as godly qualities in Indian astrology. The element of Fire is associated with this nakshatra  and this classification is explained on the basis of association of this nakshatra with Mars which is a considered as a fiery planet in Vedic Jyotish.

By
Himanshu Shangari