Ahirbudhnya, the mystical serpent of the depth, represents our subconsciousness and its hidden power to bind or to liberate.
– Rig Veda, translation of Dr. Tulsi Ram M.A., Ph.D. and Swami Dayananda
Ahirbudhnya, “the one, who carries the burden of the world”, is none else than Ananta Shesha himself, the cosmic serpent, on whom Lord Vishnu is reclining in his yogic sleep, yoganidra. He is none different than Sankarshana, vyuha of Lord Vishnu presiding over deep sleep (sushupti) state of consciousness and guna of tamas (inertia). He carries all the worlds on his countless hoods.

Ananta means “unlimited one”- and thus he represents infinite cosmic potential of the Lord and is considered directly one of Lord Vishnu’s expansions, as well as his first servant. He represents the unlimited nature of our own consciousness and infinite possibilities hidden within it. He is our subconscious wisdom, which has a constant access to unlimited information in the field of collective consciousness.

Being present in the cosmic ocean from the times before the creation took place, Ananta Shesha is also described in the Srimad Bhagavatam as the serpent of the unknown depths, who carries the burden of all the worlds on his countless hoods – yet he has no foundation for himself. People with prominent planets in Uttara Bhadrapada nakshatra also have this quality: they are always ready to help and serve others, to take a little bit of their burden on themselves. Yet, even though they are blessed with great perseverance, they get easily tired and overburdened by heavy, material energies, with which they do not resonate so well. Sometimes they can even physically develop the tension in their neck, due to the emotional feeling of having too much tension and too much of mundane burden “on their head”. Their biggest life lesson is to learn how to find a healthy balance between material and spiritual side of their lives.
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Devata: Ahirbudhnya (one of the Rudras, Ananta Shesha)
Shakti: varshodyamana shakti – power to bring rain
Basis above: raining clouds
Basis below: growth of plants
Desire: to find foundation
Planetary ruler: Saturn


Placement: 3:20 – 16:40 Pisces (water, sattwa)
Yogatara:15:00 Pisces (4 pada)
Debilitation of Mercury: 15:00 Pisces (4 pada)
Pushkaramsha: 2 pada
Pushkara bhaga:9:00 Pisces (2 pada)
Mrityu bhaga: 10:00 Pisces (2/3 pada)
Ashtamamsha: 3 pada
Visha nadi: 8:40 – 9:33:20 Pisces (2 pada)
Amrita nadi: 14:00 -14:53:20 Pisces (4 pada)


Tattwa: water
Gunas: sattwa – sattwa – tamas
Nature: dhruva (fixed)
Gaze: urdhwa-mukha (upward facing)
Gana: manushya (human)
Varna: kshatriya (warrior)
Gender: male
Motivation: kama (fulfilment)


Animal: female cow
Symbol: man with two heads, back legs of funeral cot, snake in the water

Omens: snake, cow, grave, graveyard, funeral, clouds, rain, storm, basement, bed, eel, worm, tortoise


Tridosha: pitta
Body part: sides of the body, ribs, abdomen, legs, left thigh, soles of the feet
Chakra: muladhara (root chakra)

Healing tree: neem


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Saturday: shubha yoga


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