Uttara Phalguni

Radhika Kothuri 

Jun 2023


In the series of Nakshatras the twelfth nakshatra is Uttara Phalguni.  Detailed information on the Nakshatra, its characteristic, gender, gana and all the details is given below:

Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra ranges from 26 degrees 40 minutes in Simha rasi to 10 degrees in Kanya rasi.  It is part of the twin nakshatras, the other nakshatra is Purva phalguni nakshtra the previous one.  The presiding deity for Uttara Phalguni nakshatra is Aryaman one of the Adityas. Uttara Phalguni nakshatra symbol is back two legs of a bed.  The planetary ruler is Sun.

Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra:

Uttara Phalguni comes from the Sanskrit word  "Uttara" – later,"phalguni" – spring season or also can be called latter reddish one, indicating heat of late spring, wisdom, and energy beyond once age.

The symbol Back two legs of a bed/cot indicate peace, a life of comfort, luxury, and eternal rest. 

The presiding deity, Aryaman, one of the Adityas, is the God who is known for his leadership qualities and his ability to help people.

Nandi is the Sacred animal of this Nakshatra.   Nandi is the guardian and vahana of Lord Shiva. The word “Nandi” is derived from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit.  The Sanskrit word “Nandi” in English translates as happy and joyous.  It is also said that the word Nandi is derived from the Tamil word “Nandu” meaning bull. 

The planetary ruler is Sun.  Sun, is considered to be the king of planets. Sun is associated with leadership, soul, success, and, self-realization


Uttara Phalguni nakshatra natives will be friendly and generous.  They will be dutiful loving partners.  They have great charisma and people are drawn to them.  They are intelligent and wise, and friends and family approach them for advice frequently.  They will be prominent in their social circles.  They will be very ambitious and hard working people.  Systematic planners and executors.  The most trustworthy and confident people.  They will be spiritually inclined and will follow gurus religiously.  They will be soft-spoken, polite, and kind to others.  They will be independent and will not like others spilling into their personal space. 

They will be impatient,  reserved, and aloof people.  They will be given to praise and vanity a lot this will be their major pitfall.  They will get flustered and even angry when things do not go as per your plan. They will have a one-sided approach leaning to adamancy and will not like to take any suggestions from others.  They will have a know it all attitude which may even lead to aggression and sharp behavior. 

Physical characteristics:

Uttara Phalguni nakshatra natives will be of medium to tall height with a round face with a prominent nose.  They will have wheatish to fair skin tone and a soft body.  They will have a prominent birthmark on the right side of the upper torso. 

Padas of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra:

1st pada or Dhanur navamsa: When the native is born in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra, between 26degrees 40 minutes to 30 degrees in Simha Rasi, they are in the first pada of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra.  The first pada is ruled by Jupiter(Guru).  Those born in the first pada will have a strong sense of right and wrong and will believe in moral values. Others seek their advice. They will be intelligent, with good thinking ability.

2nd pada or Makara navamsa - When the native is born in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra, between 0 degrees to 3 degrees 20 minutes in Kanya Rasi, they are in the second pada of Uttara Phalguni nakshatra.  The second pada is ruled by Saturn(Shani). Those born in the second pada of Uttara Phalguni nakshatra will be disciplined, and organized.  They like to follow the right path and will not like to cut corners.  They will be hard working and strong-willed, at times leaning towards adamancy.  They get flustered when things do not go as per plan. 

3rd pada or Kumbha Navamsa - When the native is born in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra, between 3 degrees to 20 minutes to 6 degrees 40 minutes in Kanya Rasi they are in third pada of Uttara Phalguni nakshatra.  The third pada is ruled by Saturn (shani). Those born in the third pada will be actively participating in community seva.  They will work towards social causes.  They will be positive in their approach.  You will be good on stage and will enact well.  You will be reserved and others may consider it to be arrogance.

4th pada or Vrischika Navamsa - When the native is born in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra between 6 degrees 40 minutes to 10 degrees in Kanya Rasi, they are in the fourth pada of Uttara Phalguni nakshatra.  The fourth pada is ruled by Jupiter (Guru). Those born in the fourth pada will be very positive in thoughts with good spirits.  They will be emotional, sensitive and daydreamers.  They will have fine taste in items they own and are surrounded with.  They will be logical thinkers and intelligent.  They will be interested in spiritual and religious matters. 

Auspicious activities:

As Uttara Phalguni is an auspicious nakshatra and it is an excellent nakshatra to perform

  • Marriage ceremonies
  • Planting trees
  • Starting any art like music, dance, etc
  • Buying land or starting construction
  • Buying a vehicle
  • Conceiving- planning for a child

Professions suitable:

Uttara phalguni nakshatra natives have critical thinking abilities and like happy in helping people.

Some ideal professions are:

  1. Teacher or Professor
  2. Priests/religious heads
  3. Social workers
  4. Therapists
  5. Advisors, financial advisors
  6. Embassy officials


Primary body parts represented by Uttara Phalguni nakshatra is lips, sex organs and left hand.  They will in general heal very fast and overall will have good health. 

 Ailments related to Uttara Phalguni nakshatra are:

  1. Vision ailments
  2. Stomach ailments
  3. Teeth ailments
  4. Mouth ulcers
  5. Chapped lips or lip-related ailments
  6. Sexually transmitted diseases
  7. Ailments of the left hand
  8. Diabetes

Other information:

Gana             Manushya

Colour           Bright Blue/Electric Blue

Planet Lord    Sun

Guna             Rajasic

Nadi              Vata

Gender          Female

Nature           Fixed

Element        Fire   

Direction       East

Varna            Kshatriya

Animal          Bull – Male cow

Bird              Beetle

Tree             Rudraksha Tree, Dye fig

Syllables      Toe, Pa, Pi, Te

Mythology #1

A sage named Shilada took up penance for having a child who is immortal.  Lord Indra pleased with his austerities appeared before Shilada and on hearing to his boon he suggested the sage to pray to Lord Shiva, as he is the only one who can bestow such boon.  Sage Shilada continued his penance for 1,000 years. He was totally immovable for many years, so the termites settled on his body and slowly started to build up their nest.  Finally, his whole body was covered up by them. The insects started to eat his flesh and imbibed his blood.  At last, only bones remained.  Lord Shiva please bestowed him with the boon.  Then Sage Shilada performed Yagna and a child appeared from the sacrificial fire.  The child's body was clad in an armor made out of diamonds.  On this auspicious occasion, all the Gods showered flowers on the child.  The boy was named Nandi – who brings joy.  Shilada brought the child home, and immediately the boy lost his divine appearance and became an ordinary child.  The child completely forgot all about his birth, Sage Shilada was worried about the sudden change.  He devoted his time to Nandi’s upbringing his education etc. By the age of seven, the boy was well versed in Vedas and all the sacred texts.

One day the Gods Mitra and Varuna visited sage Shilada.  When they saw Nandi they said, “Though the boy has all auspicious signs, he would have a very short life, he would not live after the age of eight.” Sage Shilada was mortified at this remark.  Nandi could not see his father’s sorrow; he began to pray to Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva appeared before him and blessed him.  Lord Shiva adorned the boy with a necklace and made him immortal.  Lord Shiva, blessed the child and declared that Nandi will be worshipped along with him (lord Shiva) and will be his vahana.  Immediately the boy got all the divine powers and transformed into half bull-half human.

Mythology #2

Aryaman in Sanskrit means “close friend” or “companion”. Aryaman is described as the protector of mares and the milky way.  Aryaman is commonly invoked together with Varuna, Mitra, Bhaga, Brihaspati, and other Adityas.  The Hindu marriage oaths are administered with an invocation to Aryaman being a witness to the event.  The vedas refer Aryaman as a “guard of the sacred laws”.  The cosmic laws of consciousness.

Both the Phalgunis (Uttara and Uttara) have a special connection to the wedding ceremonies.  When the daughter of Sun was married to Soma – during this wedding Phalgunis headed the wedding procession.  Similarly, they headed during the wedding of Shiva and Sati.