Krittika Nakshatra

Krittika Nakshatra is the third nakshatra of 27 nakshatras. When the moon is between 26:40 degrees Aries – 30°0′ to 40°0′ Taurus, this constellation is called Krittika or 'Star of Fire.' Krittika Nakshatra is a cluster of six stars called the Pleiades. 

It is one of the bright constellations. Krittika translates to "cutter or one who cuts," symbolized by a razor or sharp-pointed object. This star beholds the divine power of Lord Agni Deva and Lord Muruga.

It displays fiery, combative nature and destructive capabilities. The fire energy of Krittika also signifies abilities to transcend into the highest being through soul purification. This star shows an adventurous spirit and energetic demeanor.

Krittika Characteristics

This star imparts sharp tongue, ability to speak blunt truth, penetrating criticisms, independence, boundless courage of a warrior. Like a double-edged sword,  they have a combination of both strong creative and destructive tendencies, dislike imperfections, delays and disruptions.

Intelligence coupled with aggression is a unique nature of this star. Krittika star invokes the passion for fighting and is motivated by desire or social causes. Although the sun is the planetary ruler of Krittika nakshatra, the natives exhibit inherent leadership qualities and ultimate material detachment due to their spiritual nature. Four padas of this star pan into two rashis, Aries and Taurus.

Lord Muruga and Krittika's star go hand in hand. It is believed that He was fostered and nurtured by the Pleiadian angels, 6 stars of this cluster. Because of this, natives born in this nakshatra mirror the nature of Lord Muruga.  

Interesting Facts of Krittika Nakshatra

Ruling Planet


Angle Details

26°40' Aries to 10° Taurus


Axe, sharp edge

Animal Symbol

Female Sheep


Demon-like (Rakshasa)




To burn

Nakshatra Nature


Goal Name








Starting Letter

Aa, Ee, U, A

Career for Krittika Nakshatra

Higher Positions of authority or management

Firefighters, armed forces, police force and rescue team crew, mining.

Career fields related to sharp objects like knives and swords, sports like fencing, archery

Professional Dancers, Classical musicians of any tradition like Sufi, Karnatic or Hindustani or Blues, Jazz of west, or Head chef

Motivational speaker, Life Coach, or Teacher, corporate trainers  

Spiritual leaders, clergymen, and management of spiritual organisations.

Compatibility and Incompatibility of Krittika nakshatra

Krittika Nakshatra is compatible with Pushya nakshatra, the best match, followed by Swati, Hastha nakshatras.

Chitra, Vishaka, Dhanistha, and Purva Bhadrapada nakshatras are considered incompatible with Krittika.

Favorable Activities

  • Religious rituals 
  • Hair cut or spa visits 
  • Long pending Debt Collection
  • Commencing new projects
  • Actions that demand courage, bravery 
  • Activities involving honesty, transparency. 
  • Signing pacts pertaining to military strategy or tactics 
  • Breaking old routine habits
  • Activities relating to fire or heat 
  • Participating in debates or other orations 
  • Sewing, designing clothes 

Unfavorable Activities

  • Travel and long journey 
  • Medical Consultations, Healthcare treatments.
  • Job Interviews 
  • This star being fire energy, might not work well for water-related activities like kayaking, surfing, or diving.