The Chapter on ‘Shapes ascribed to Drekkana’ from Brihat Jataka of Varaha Mihira
The first drekkana of Aries represents a man with a white loth around his waist,
dark complexion, pretending to protect, fearful red eyes
and a lifted axe.
The second drekkana of Aries is sketched by yavanas as representing a woman
with red cloth, fond of ornaments and food, pot belly, horse
face, thirsty and single footed.
The third drekkana of Aries represents a man, cruel, skilled in arts,
yellowish, fond of work, unprincipled, with a liftedup stick, angry
and covered with purple clothes.
The first drekkana of Taurus represents a woman with torn ringlets,
pot belly, burnt cloth, thirsty, fond of food and ornaments.
The second drekkana of Taurus represents a man possessing knowledge of
lands, grains, houses, cows, arts, ploughing and carts, hungry, sheep
faced, dirty clothes and shoulders like the hump of an ox.
The third drekkana of Taurus is represented by a man with a body like
that of an elephant, white teeth, legs like that of a sarabha,
yellowish color, and clever in capturing sheep and deer.
The first drekkana of Gemini represents a female, fond of needlework,
beautiful, fond of ornamentation, issueless, lifted hands and in menses.
The second drekkana of Gemini represents a man, living in a garden,
in armor, with a bow, warlike, armed with weapons, face like that of
Garuda, fond of play, children, ornamentation and wealth.
The third drekkana of Gemini represents a man, adorned, decked with
gems, armored with a quiver and bow, skilled in dancing, drumming and
arts, and a poet.
The first drekkana of Cancer represents a man, holding fruit, roots
and leaves, elephant bodied, residing on sandal trees in the forest,
legs like that of sarabha and horse necked.
The second drekkana of Cancer represents a female worshipped on the
head by lotus flowers, with serpents, full blown youthfulness, living
in forests on the branch of phalasa and crying.
The third drekkana of Cancer represents a man covered with serpents,
flat faced and crossing the ocean in a boat in search of his wife's
The first drekkana of Leo represents a vulture and a jackal on the
salmali tree, a dog and a man dressed in dirty garments, leaving
father and mother, and crying.
The second drekkana of Leo represents a man resembling a horse's body
with white garlands on the head, wearing krishnajina and kambalam,
fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand and bent nose.
The third drekkana of Leo represents a man with a bear's face, acts
like those of a monkey, long beard, curved ringlets and holding a
stick, fruit and flesh.
The first drekkana of Virgo represents a female with a pot, full of
flowers, covering the body with dirty garments, fond of money and
clothes, and going to the home of the preceptor.
The second drekkana of Virgo represents a man with a pen in hand,
dark complexioned, the head tied around a cloth, counting gains and
expenditure, body covered with dense hair and holding a big bow.
The last drekkana of Virgo represents a female, yellowish, covered by
a great white silk cloth, tall, holding a pot and spoon, and going to
a temple with great sanctity.
The first drekkana of Libra, say Yavanas, represents a man seated
in a shop in the middle of the road, holding balances, clever in weighing
and measuring with a small scale for weighing gold, diamonds,
thinking of his money and the prices of the articles in his shop.
The second drekkana of Libra represents a man with a vulture's face,
hungry and thirsty, holding a pot which is ready to fall and thinking
of his wife and children.
The third drekkana of Libra represents a man decked with gems,
wearing a golden quiver and armor and frightening animals in the wilderness,
resembling a monkey and holding in the hand fruit and flesh.
The first drekkana of Scorpio represents a naked woman without
ornaments, coming from the middle of a great ocean to the shore,
dislocated from her original place, the feet bound by serpents and handsome.
The second drekkana of Scorpio represents a woman fond of home and
happiness for her husband's sake and covered with serpents with a body
resembling a tortoise and a pot.
The last drekkana of Scorpio represents a lion with a broad flat face,
resembling a tortoise, frightening dogs, deer, boars and jackals,
protecting localities covered with sandalwood trees.
The first drekkana of Sagittarius represents a man with a human face
and a horse's body with a bow in hand residing in a hermitage,
protecting sacrificial articles and maharishis.
The second drekkana of Sagittarius represents a beautiful woman,
golden colored, picking up gems from the ocean and sitting in a
The last drekkana of Sagittarius representsa man with a long beard,
gold complexioned, holding a stick, sitting in a splendid posture and
keeping silks and deer skins.
The first drekkana of Capricorn represents a man covered with much hair,
teeth like those of a crocodile, body like that of a pig,
keeping yokes, nets and bandages, and with a cruel face.
The second drekkana of Capricorn represents a woman skilled in arts,
broad eyes like lotus petals, greenish dark, searching all kinds of
articles and wearing iron ear ornaments.
The last drekkana of Capricorn represents a man with a body like
that of Kinaras, with a quiver, arrows and bow, and bearing a pot on the
shoulder decked with gems.
The first drekkana of Aquarius represents a man with a mind disturbed
by oils, wines, water and food being brought to him, with a Kambala,
silk cloth and deer skin and a face resembling that of a vulture.
The middle drekkana of Aquarius represents a woman, covered with a
dirty cloth in a forest, bearing pots on her head and dragging metals
in a burnt cart loaded with cotton trees in it.
The third drekkana of Aquarius represents a dark man with ears
covered with long hair, wearing a crown and wandering with pots filled with
iron, skin, leaves, gum and fruit.
The first drekkana of Pisces represents a man decked with ornaments,
holding in his hand sacrificial vessels, pearls, conch shells and
gems, and crossing the ocean in a boat in search of jewels for his wife.
The second drekkana of Pisces represents a woman with a color more
beautiful than that of Campaka, surrounded by her attendants, and
sailing in a boat decked with long flags in search of the coast of the ocean.
The last drekkana of Pisces represents a man crying in a pit in a
forest, naked and covered over his body by serpents and with a mind
distracted by thieves and fire.