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Nakshatras

Nakshatras



* Ashvini (अश्विनी)(Horse Woman)


o Western star name : β and γ Arietis
o Lord: Ketu (South lunar node)
o Symbol : Horse's head
o Deity : Ashwini Kumaras, the horse-headed twins who are physicians to the gods
o Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Mesha ; Western zodiac 26° Aries - 9°20' Taurus

* Bharani (भरणी)(Bearer of New Life)

o Western star name: 35, 39, and 41 Arietis
o Lord: Shukra (Venus)
o Symbol: Yoni, the female organ of reproduction
o Deity: Yama, god of death or Dharma
o Indian zodiac: 13° 20' - 26°40' Mesha ; Western zodiac 9° 20' - 22° 40' Taurus

* Krittika (कृत्तिका) (One Who Cuts)

o Western star name: Pleiades
o Lord: Ravi (Sun)
o Symbol: Knife or spear
o Deity : Agni, god of fire
o Indian zodiac: 26°40' Mesha - 10° Vrishabha ; Western zodiac 22° 40' Taurus - 6° Gemini

* Rohini (रोहिणी) (Red One)

o Western star name: Aldebaran
o Lord: Chandra (Moon)
o Symbol: Cart or chariot, temple, banyan tree
o Deity : Brahma or Prajapati, the Creator
o Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Vrishabha ; Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Gemini

* Mrigashīrsha (मृगशीर्षा)(Head of a Deer)

o Western star name: )λ, φ Orionis
o Lord: Mangala (Mars)
o Symbol: Deer's head
o Deity: Soma, Chandra, the Moon god
o Indian zodiac: 23° 20' Vrishabha - 6° 40' Mithuna ; Western zodiac: 19°20' Gemini - 2°40' Cancer

* Ardra (आर्द्रा)(Moist One))

o Western star name: Betelgeuse
o Lord: Rahu (North lunar node)
o Symbol: Teardrop, diamond, a human head
o Deity : Rudra, the storm god
o Indian zodiac: 6° 40' - 20° Mithuna ; Western zodiac: 2° 40' - 16° Cancer

* Punarvasu (पुनर्वसु) (Return of the Light)

o Western star name: Castor and Pollux
o Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
o Symbol : Bow and quiver
o Deity : Aditi, mother of the gods
o Indian zodiac: 20° Mithuna - 3°20' Karka ; Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Cancer


* Pushya (पुष्य) (Nourishing)

o Western star name: γ, δ and θ Cancri
o Lord: Shani (Saturn)
o Symbol : Cow's udder, lotus, arrow and circle
o Deity : Bṛhaspati, priest of the gods
o Indian zodiac: 3°20' -16°40' Karka ; Western zodiac 29°20' Cancer - 12°40' Leo

* Āshleshā (आश्रेषा)(The Embracer)

o Western star name: δ, ε, η, ρ, and σ Hydrae. This nakshatra is equivalent to the head of Hydra constellation, excluding ζ Hydrae, which is situated in the neck.
o Lord: Budh (Mercury)
o Symbol: Serpent
o Deity : Sarpas or Nagas, deified snakes
o Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Karka ; Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Leo


* Magha (मघा)(The Great One)

o Western star name:Regulus
o Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
o Symbol : Royal Throne
o Deity : Pitrs, 'The Fathers', family ancestors
o Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Simha ; Western zodiac 26° Leo - 9°20' Virgo


* Pūrva Phalgunī (पूर्वफल्गुनी)  (Former Reddish One)

o Western star name: δ and θ Leonis
o Lord: Shukra (Venus)
o Symbol : Front legs of bed, hammock, fig tree
o Deity : Bhaga, god of marital bliss and prosperity
o Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Simha ; Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Virgo


* Uttara Phalgunī (उत्तरफल्गुनी) (Latter Reddish One)

o Western star name: Denebola
o Lord: Surya (Sun)
o Symbol: Four legs of bed, hammock
o Deity : Aryaman, god of patronage and favours
o Indian zodiac: 26°40' Simha- 10° Kanya ; Western zodiac 22°40' Virgo - 6° Libra


* Hasta (हस्त)(The Hand)

o Western star name: α, β, γ, δ and ε Corvi
o Lord: Chandra (Moon)
o Symbol: Hand or fist
o Deity : Saviti or Surya, the Sun god
o Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Kanya ; Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Libra


* Chitra (चित्रा) (Bright One)

o Western star name: Spica
o Lord: Mangala (Mars)
o Symbol: Bright jewel or pearl
o Deity : Tvastar or Vishvakarman, the celestial architect
o Indian zodiac: 23°20' Kanya - 6°40' Tula ; Western zodiac 19°20' Libra - 2°40' Scorpio


* Svātī (स्वाति) (Sword or Independence)

o Western star name: Arcturus
o Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
o Symbol: Shoot of plant, coral
o Deity : Vayu, the Wind god
o Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Tula ; Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Scorpio

* Vishakha (विशाखा) ( Fork Shaped)

o Western star name: α, β, γ and ι Librae
o Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
o Symbol : Triumphal arch, potter's wheel
o Deity : Indira, chief of the gods; Agni, god of Fire
o Indian zodiac: 20° Tula - 3°20' Vrishchika ; Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Scorpio


* Anuradha (अनूराधा)(Disciple of Divine Spark)

o Western star name: β, δ and π Scorpii
o Lord: Shani (Saturn)
o Symbol : Triumphal archway, lotus
o Deity : Mitra, one of Adityas of friendship and partnership
o Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Vrishchika ; Western zodiac 29°20' Scorpio - 12°40' Sagittarius


* Jyeshtha (ज्येष्ठा)(The Eldest)

o Western star name: α, σ, and τ Scorpii
o Lord: Budh (Mercury)
o Symbol : circular amulet, umbrella, earring
o Deity : Indra, chief of the gods
o Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Vrishchika ; Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Sagittarius

* Mula (मूल) (The Root)

o Western star name: ε, ζ, η, θ, ι, κ, λ, υ, μ and ν Scorpii
o Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
o Symbol : Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad
o Deity : Nirrti, god of dissolution and destruction
o Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Dhanus ; Western zodiac 26° Sagittarius - 9°20' Capricorn


* Purva Ashadha (पूर्वाषाढा)(Early Victory or The Undefeated)

o Western star name: δ and ε Sagittarii
o Lord: Shukra (Venus)
o Symbol: Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket
o Deity : Apah, god of Water
o Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Dhanus ; Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Capricorn


* Uttara Ashadha (उत्तराषाढा) (Latter victory or Latter Undefeated)

o Western star name: ζ and σ Sagittarii
o Lord: Surya (Sun)
o Symbol : Elephant tusk, small bed
o Deity : Vishvedas, universal gods
o Indian zodiac: 26°40' Dhanus - 10° Makara ; Western zodiac 22°40' Capricorn - 6° Aquarius


* Shravana (श्रवण) (Hearing)

o Western star name: α, β and γ Aquilae
o Lord: Chandra (Moon)
o Symbol : Ear or Three Footprints
o Deity : Vishnu, preserver of universe
o Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Makara ; Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Aquarius


* Dhanishta (श्रविष्ठा) (Richest One)

o Western star name: α to δ Delphini
o Lord: Mangala (Mars)
o Symbol : Drum or flute
o Deity : Eight vasus, deities of earthly abundance
o Indian zodiac: 23°20' Makara - 6°40' Kumbha ; Western zodiac 19°20' Aquarius - 2°40' Pisces


* Shatabhisha (शतभिषक्)(Hundred Healers)

o Western star name: γ Aquarii
o Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
o Symbol : Empty circle, 1,000 flowers or stars
o Deity : Varuna, god of cosmic waters, sky and earth
o Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Kumbha ; Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Pisces


* Purva Bhadrapada (पूर्वभाद्रपदा/पूर्वप्रोष्ठपदा) (Former Happy Feet)

o Western star name: α and β Pegasi
o Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
o Symbol : Swords or two front legs of funeral cot, man with two faces
o Deity : Ajikapada, an ancient fire dragon
o Indian zodiac: 20° Kumbha - 3°20' Meena ; Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Pisces


* Uttara Bhādrapadā (उत्तरभाद्रपदा/उत्तरप्रोष्ठपदा) (Latter Happy Feet)

o Western star name: γ Pegasi and α Andromedae
o Lord: Shani (Saturn)
o Symbol : Twins, back legs of funeral cot, snake in the water
o Deity : Ahir Budhyana, serpent or dragon of the deep
o Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Meena ; Western zodiac 29°20' Pisces - 12°40' Aries


* Revati (रेवती)(The Wealthy)

o Western star name: ζ Piscium
o Lord: Budh (Mercury)
o Symbol : Fish or a pair of fish, drum
o Deity : Pushan, nourisher, the protective deity
o Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Meena ; Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Aries

There is an additional 28th intercalary nakshatra,
Abhijit (अभिजित)

(α, ε and ζ Lyrae - Vega - between Uttarasharha and Sravana). Its longitude starts from 06° 40' to 10° 53' 40 in sidereal Capricorn i.e. from the last quarter of Uttra Ashadha to first 1/15 th part of Shravana.
Its span is 4° 13' 40 (4.22777... degrees).
The span of 27 mean daily lunar motions totals 355.76167 degrees, and together these total 359.98945 degrees. Unless specifically mentioned it is not included in the list of the 27 constellations. It is held as an auspicious constellation in electional astrology. It is small (Laghu / Kshipra) in nature.
The lord of Abhijit is Brahma.