Mrigasira Nakshatra

Radhika Kothuri 

Nov 2022

In the series of Nakshatras the fifth nakshatra is Mrigasira, it is also known as Mrigasirsha.  Detailed information on the Nakshatra, its characteristics, gender, gana, and all the details are given below:

Mrigasira Nakshatra ranges from 23 degrees 20 minutes in Vrishabha Rasi to 6 degrees 40 minutes in Gemini rasi.   The presiding deity for Mrigasira nakshatra is Chandra. Mrigasira nakshatra symbol is Deer and another symbol is a Pot of soma.  The planetary ruler is Mars. When Moon enters Mrigasira nakshatra on the full moon (pournami) that month is known as Margasirsha masam.

Mrigasira Nakshatra:

Mrigasira word means Mriga- Deer and Sira or Sirsha means head, hence it is Deer head. Another symbol is a Pot of Soma as it is associated with Chandra. The main meaning of the word Mrig is to seek, to inquire.

The symbol Deer or Pot of soma represent timid, shy, restless along with the benevolent nature of Chandra.  Soma the drink is an intoxicating drink made with mountain herbs it is known to be the nectar of immortality that takes away all the pain and is stored with the Moon

The ruling deity of Mrigasira nakshatra is Chandra, who is Vacaspati (ruler of speech). It is said that Soma another name of Chandra has knowledge of plant medicines, and growing herbs.  Chandra has the power to extract, and distill.  The second deity is Goddess Parvathi for the first two padas of Mrigasira nakshatra which falls in Vrishbaha rasi. Here Goddess Parvathi bestows patience and rules the feminine aspect of the nakshatra.


Mrigasira nakshatra natives will have mental dexterity, which makes them grasp things fast. They are seekers and they keep searching for things in life. They are intellectuals, researchers, poets, and beautiful-looking people. They like to indulge in the sensual pleasures of life along with material comforts.  This nakshatra is known as Mrudu nakshatra, which gives soft-hearted with wandering mind and eyes. They will understand people very fast and will mostly deal with others in a kind manner.  They will be inquisitive in nature and will be restless and nervous in general.  It is difficult for them to stick to one thing for a long this tendency makes them not complete the projects taken up.  Their quest for knowledge will make them good researchers and their inquisitive nature makes them good at investigation.  One can find all the traits of Chandra in Mrigasira nakshatra natives like patience, impatience, sympathies and antipathies, kindness and anger, purity of heart along with jealousness. They are very sensual and may develop romantic relationships at an early age and may even have many sexual relationships.  They will have a deep belief in spiritual matters and tantra aspects.  They like to socialize and improve their network.  Because of their restlessness, they will become nervous and anxious easily.  They fluster and take wrong decisions in haste.  Mrigasira nakshatra natives are highly suspicious and jealous which will cause differences in married life. 

 Physical characteristics:

Mrigasira nakshatra natives will have big doe eyes. Beautiful, shapely eyebrows and eyelashes.  They will gain weight early in age.  Will have thin legs and long arms compared to their body.  They will have a medium complexion.

Padas of Mrigasira Nakshatra:

1st pada or Simha navamsa: When the native is born in Mrigasira nakshatra, between 23 degrees 20 minutes to 26 degrees 40 minutes in Vrishabha rasi, they are in the first pada of Mrigasira Nakshatra.  The first pada is ruled by Sun(Ravi).  Those born in the first pada will be intelligent, critical-minded, and fixed.  They are very expressive and will be creative  They will be good very artistic and will be active in fashion, beauty, or arts sectors. They like to collect perfumes, precious items, etc.  They like to do business than work under others. They will be more sensual.

2nd pada or Kanya Navamsa - When the native is born in Mrigasira nakshatra, between 26 degrees forty minutes to thirty degrees in Vrishabha rasi, they are in the second pada of Mrigasira nakshatra.  The second pada is ruled by Mercury(Budha). Those born in the second pada of Mrigasira nakshatra will be calculative, highly critical, perfectionists, and given to detail. They will be good orators, writers, and travelers.  They like to run a commercial business.  They can gauge a person and their character very well.  This pada natives also will be sensual in nature and will fall in love during travels, which indicates a short-lived romance.

3rd pada or Tula Navamsa - When the native is born in Mrigasira nakshatra, between 0 degrees to 3 degrees and twenty minutes in Mithuna Rasi they are in the third pada of Mrigasira nakshatra.  The third pada is ruled by Venus (Shukra). Those born in the third pada will be peace-loving people with protective nature.  They will be diplomatic public speakers.  They will have suspicious nature along with jealous nature.  They will get into a romantic relationship early in life.

4th pada or Vrischika Navamsa - When the native is born in Mrigasira nakshatra between 3 degrees twenty minutes to 6 degrees and 40 minutes, they are in the fourth pada of Mrigasira nakshatra.  The fourth pada is ruled by Mars(Kuja). Those born in the fourth pada will be intellectual, secretive, and manipulative.  They will be good researchers, trauma counselors, psychologists, astrologers, and surgeons. They change their decisions very fast.  Will give more importance to acquiring knowledge and even tantra sastra.

Auspicious activities:

Activities favorable to start in this nakshatra are starting education, artistic activities like music, dance, etc. travel, any health-related activities like surgery, etc., nishekam (first night), gardening, agriculture works, media, spiritual initiations

Professions suitable:

  1. Brewers or bartenders
  2. Perfumers and gemologists
  3. Horticulture
  4. Veterinarian
  5. Any profession related to metals and electrical
  6. Philosophers
  7. Writers, poets
  8. Mystics/astrologers
  9. Researchers


The areas most affected are the eyes, nose, throat, and ear.  They may even have health ailments related to blood plasma, hormones, gastric juice, and urinary tract. 

Hence, they may have hormone-related ailments related to thyroid glands, pineal glands, and the reproductive system.  Respiratory ailments, seasonal allergies, eye ailments, ear, and throat ailments may cause severe inconvenience.  As they are prone to addiction to alcohol and other intoxicants any health ailments related to them also are likely.

Other information:

Gana             Dev

Colour          Silver Grey

Planet Lord    Mars

Guna            Tamas

Nadi             Pitta or Bile

Gender         Neutral

Nature          Soft, mild or tender

Element        Earth

Direction      South or East

Varna           Shudra

Animal         Female Serpent

Bird              Hen

Tree            Khadira , Incense- Kutch tree

Syllables       Ve, Vo, Ka, Ki

Mythology #1

Sati, the youngest daughter of Daksha Prajapati married God Siva against the wishes of her father.  Daksha initiated a great Yajna, and invited all the kings and gods, but did not invite Siva with the prime motive of insulting him. Sati came to know about the yagya and requested Siva to attend the yagya as well as allow her to attend the yagya. Siva refused her request saying that it is inappropriate to attend a function without an invitation. Siva allows Sati to go to attend the Yagya with Nandi and parivara but refused to accompany her.  At the Yagya, Daksha insults Sati, telling that she attended an uninvited ceremony and Siva is an atheist and cremation dweller.  Sati felt deep remorse and curses Daksha that the wrath of Siva would destroy him and his empire.  Unable to bear further humiliation Sati jumps into the sacrificial fire. 

Siva, deeply pained upon hearing of his wife’s death will be very angry.  Siva destroys the yagya with his third eye.  In order to avoid further wrath of Siva, Yagya took the form of Deer and flew into the sky  Siva as Kala, or the lord of time, pursues the Yagya and kills him.  Yagya’s deer head was placed among the stars as Mrigasira nakshatra and is known as the emblem of sacrifice.