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27 Nakshatras – Characteristics

27 Nakshatras – Characteristics

The Jyotish teachings of the Rig Veda tell us of the Nakshatras, or constellations which are said to represent human consciousness. There are 27 sections/Nakshatra (also known as Lunar Mansions) which correspond to the moon’s movement around the Earth in one day. The Nakshatras are the foundation of Hindu/Vedic astrology.

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Akin to astronomy where a constellation represents a cluster of stars, the Nakshatras also correspond to specific groups of stars. For example, the first Nakshatra known as ‘Ashwini’ is made up of three stars and resembles a horse (the word Ashwini is obtained from the Sanskrit word Ashwa meaning horse).

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In Jyotish, it is said that the cosmos provides a constantly changing backdrop through which consciousness revolves. The Nakshatras are the images that appear on the backdrop. In the case of Ashwini, the backdrop is the horse constellation.

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The characteristics of each of the Nakshatras merit individual discussion, as do planetary influences, life purpose and deities, for this basic introduction it is sufficient to summarize the Nakshatras key attributes as indicated in the following table:

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NAKSHATRA PLANET PURPOSE ANIMAL DEITY
1. Ashwini – Twin Horses Ketu Dharma Horse Kumar
2. Bharani – Bearer-woman Venus Arth Elephant Yama
3. Krittika – Cutting woman Sun Kaam Goat Agni
4. Rohini – Red woman Moon Moksha Serpent Brahma
5. Mrigasira – Head of a deer Mars Moksha Serpent Soma
6. Ardra – Moist One Ranu Kaam Dog Rudra
7. Punarvasu – Return of the Light Jupiter Arth Cat Aditi
8. Pushya – Nourishing Saturn Dharma Goat Brihaspati
9. Ashlesha – The embracer Mercury Dharma Cat Ahi
10. Magha – The great one Ketu Artha Rat Pitragana
11. Purva Phalguni – Former reddish one Venus Kaam Rat Bhagya
12. Uttara Phalguni – Latter reddish one Sun Moksha Cow Surya
13. Hasta – The hand Moon Moksha Buffalo Savita
14. Chitra – The bright one Mars Kaam Tiger Vishwakarma
15. Swati – Sword or Independence Ranu Arth Buffalo Pawan
16. Vishakha – Fork shaped(having branches) Jupiter Dharma Tiger Satragni
17. Anuradha – Disciple of divine spark Saturn Dharma Tiger Mitra
18. Jyestha – The eldest Mercury Arth Deer Indra
19. Moola – The Root Ketu Kaam Dog Niriti
20. Purva Ashadha – The Undefeated Venus Moksha Monkey Toya
21. Uttara Ashadha – latter Undefeated Sun Moksha Mongoose Vishwadeva
22. Sravana – Hearing Moon Arth Monkey Hari
23. Dhanishta – The richest one Mars Dharma Lion Vasu
24. Shatabhisha – Hundred healers Ranu Dharma Horse Varuna
25. Purva Bhadrapada – Former happy feet Jupiter Arth Lion Ajapada
26. Uttara Bhadrapada – Latter happy feet Saturn Kaam Cow Abhihbadhnu
27. Revati – The wealthy Mercury Moksha Elephant Pushan

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