CHITRA

Chitra Nakshatra: Spread from 23°20' Kanya to 6°-40' Tula Rasi. The lords are Budha and Sukra, deity Viswakarma. The symbol is the gem on the serpent's crest. Chitra is very beautiful to look at. Viswakarma, the great artist and artificer to the Gods, the lord of practical arts and applied asthetics. The knowledge and capacity to paint, the gift of narration and well-ordered conversation. From Chitra is derived the painter, specialist in paints, the artist, the musician, the skilful, surgeon, the imaginative writer, the specialist in aromatic herbs and dreamer of intricate patterns. The art of construction, the art of engraving, embroidery, frame-making, and everything that constitutes an artistic complex from fine embroidery to the Tajmahal and on the other hand industrial engineering and skill and the organisation of machinery and plants—everything is caused or influenced by Chitra.

It is anthropomorphically the forehead of Kalapurush.

In ancient time the star was known as the ‘Star of Prosperity’. The Egyptians worshipped the star and built temples in its honour. Spica means ‘ear of wheat’. In old atlases the sign of Virgin was depicted as holding a sheaf of wheat in her left hand marked by the star Spica.

Citraa connotes the idea of a picture. Citraa denotes a picture, a wonderful picture with bright colours or a sketch that srikes the eyes; something that arrests attention. It attaches with it varieties, wonderment or that which dazzles.

Citra's Devataa Viswakarmaa (Creator of the Universe also known by Prajapati — lord of the creatures) is the supreme creator or producer. A small portion of the Nakshatra is in Kanyaa (a sign of intellect) and the rest is in Tula (a sign of beauty and trade). In Kanya, in relation to a person it gives the idea of one having knowledge or intellect in various subjects or a tactful person or an efficient surgeon. But in Tula, it gives an idea of an artist — in painting or in screen or an efficient perfumer. Kanyaa being an earthy sign the idea may denote one who is capable of good planning, an engineer. Viswakarmaa has special qualities of arranging things in order, things that are ready-made, fashioned either in the making of garments or in an engineering factory and thus it connotes the idea of collecting, gathering, piling up of various materials presenting beautiful appearance. It is conspicuous, excellent or distinguished.

In mythology Viswakarmaa does building, architecture, aeroplanes, firearms, bridges, sculptor works etc., for the satisfaction of' Tvastaa (or Tusti — satisfaction). Born of the sister of Brhaspati he gave his daughter (merit) Samga (correct knowledge) in marriage with Surya (the supreme creator). Samga could not endure the forceful look of Surya so Viswakarmaa cut a portion of Surya and made Sudarsana Cakra for Vishnu, Trisul for Siva and Vallam for Kuvera, that is to say, all the things that are necessary for sustenance, wisdom and things to protect industries for money.

Ideas: Conspicuous, excellent, distinguished, bright coloured, variegated, spotted, speckled.
Agitated, opposed to quiet, various, different, manifold, strange, wonderful, illusion, unreality.
Anything bright or coloured that strikes the eye, anything that arrests attention, variety, wonder, dazzling.
Paired, hew, fashioned, ready-made, arranged in order, forced in the mind, produced, created.
Heaped, piled up, accumulated, collected, gathered, tabulated, noted, decorated, ornamented, possessing wonderful or extraordinary appearance.
Picture, sketch, delineation.
Portion of the human body— Forehead.


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