Ardra Nakshatra

Ardra Nakshatra is the sixth of the 27 nakshatras. When the moon is between 66°40′ and 80°00’ Gemini, the constellation is called Ardra Nakshatra. It is also called ‘Star of Sorrow ‘or ‘Star of Oppression.’ 

Astronomically, this star is called Betelgeuse (Alpha-Orion). Ardra in Sanskrit means ‘a tear drop or a Diamond’. It symbolizes both sorrow and ecstasy. The very nature of this Nakshatra is Intensity and transformation.

Lord Rudra rules this Nakshatra, howling God of destructive thunderstorms. Rahu is the ruling planet, which again denotes transformation. This Nakshatra brings transformation and order through chaos and confusion.  

Ardra Characteristics

Ardra Nakshatra is known for the higher intellectual levels in addition to their emotional intelligence. They are highly sensitive with excellent memory and observation. They can thrive well in risky situations, both financial and emotional. The natives are regarded for their intellectual knowledge and emotional stability.

They display a great clarity of thought about life situations. They love to do physical work, easily get support from authorities or the government. A ray of sorrow, emotional manipulations, and violent temperament are natural flaws of this Nakshatra. This constellation has 4 padas (quarters), and all of them fall in the Gemini moon sign.

Interesting Facts of Ardra Nakshatra

Ruling Planet


Angle Details

6°40 to 20°00' Gemini


The human head

Animal Symbol

Female Dog


Humanity (Manushya)





Nakshatra Nature


Goal Name








Starting Letter

Koo, Ghaa, Jna, Cha

Career for Ardra Nakshatra

Scientist-physicist, writer- fictions, or teacher, philosophers or research scholars, linguists. 

A psychotherapist or social services worker or reformer.

Politicians or public relations officials, detectives.

Nuclear power department or handling business related to toxic, nuclear energy substances.

Athletes, chess players, or computer gamers.

Physical labor like construction workers, handymen.

Pharmacists, chemists, risk analysts.

Sound industry- sound mixing, technicians, and software engineers.

Compatibility and Incompatibility of Ardra Nakshatra

Ardra Nakshatra is compatible with Ashwini, Bharani, and Krittika nakshatras, while Poorva Phalguni and Magha are incompatible.

Favorable Activities

  • Demolition and Destructive activities like building demolition using wrecking balls, breaking mountain/huge stones for granites
  • Discarding or disposing of unnecessary objects and cleaning clutter 
  • Confrontations and debates 
  • Research activities and submission of the thesis to scholarship 
  • Invoking Fierce or powerful occult deities. 
  • Handling and addressing critical situations.  
  • Dissolving Negativity and cleansing procedures. 

Unfavorable Activities

  • Commencing new projects or events. 
  • Wedding and related Religious ceremonies. 
  • Felicitating Honour, Giving/Receiving rewards 
  • Travel or beginning long term journey plans