Introduction to Nakshatras (constellations) in Vedic Astrology




In Vedic astrology, the zodiac is divided into 27 nakshatras. Each nakshatra has a length of 360º/27 = 13º 20'. The first nakshatra, for example, stretches from the beginning of Aries to 13º 20' in Aries. The second nakshatra stretches from there to 26º 40' in Aries. The third nakshatra stretches from there to 10º in Taurus. The list of nakshatras with the respective starting and ending points is given in below table. The table also gives the “Vimsottari lords” of all nakshatras. This will be used later.

Each nakshatra is again divided into 4 quarters. They are called padas (legs/feet). The length of a nakshatra pada is 3º 20'.

27 Nakshatras (constellations) in Vedic Astrology

 


For the purpose of some special charts like Kota Chakra and Sarvatobhadra Chakra, we consider 28 nakshatras. The last quarter of Uttarashadha is known as “Abhijit”. However, we consider 27 nakshatras for all other purposes.

 

Effects of the 27 constellations at the time of birth



Aswini

polite, sweet speech, fond of jewels, good dress, handsome, popular, intelligent, expert in arts and sciences.

 

Bharani

truthful, persevering (continuing in a course of action despite difficulty or delay in achieving success), healthy, skillful, free from cares, happy.

 

Krittika

voracious eater, fond of others wives, handsome, famous.

 

Rohini

truthful, man of principles, polite, steady, handsome.

 

Mrugasira

capricious, skillful, cowardly, talkative, light-hearted, rich, fond of enjoyment.

 

Auridra

dissimulator (a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives), proud, ungrateful, cruel-hearted, sinful and fond of killing.

 

Punarvasu

fond of doing penance (tapasya), happy, good tempered, little cracked, sickly, thirsty, contented with small gains.

 

Pushiami

very quiet, popular, learned, wealthy and fond of good deeds.

 

Auslasha

pretender, cheating partners, sinful, ungrateful and clever in swindling (cheating) others.

 

Makha

enjoyment in life, many servants, great wealth, religious, respectful, highly contented.

 

Poobba

good speech, liberal, handsome, traveller, submissive.

 

Uttara

popular, learned, enjoyable life, free from cares.

 

Hasta

hopeful, steady, given to strong liquors, unkind, pilferer (thief without using violence).

 

Chitta

charming eyes,fond of various colored clothes.

 

Swathi

polite, moral, merchant, kind-hearted, sweet words, fond of doing meritorious (deserving reward or praise) deeds.

 

Visakha

narrow minded. jealous, miser, good looking, clever in the art of speech, fond of picking quarrels.

 

Anooradha

wealthy, residence in a foreign country, not capable of enduring hunger, roving (travel constantly without a fixed destination) habits.

 

Jaista

jolly, few friends, charitable, unreasonably angry.

 

Moola

conceited (abhimaanee), wealthy, happy, kind-hearted, resolute (firm, strong), enjoyment in life.

 

Poorvashadha

good and agreeable wife, conceited, constant in friendship.

 

Uttarashadha

polite, charitable, grateful, popular, many friends.

 

Sravana

rich, learned, good and chaste wife, enjoyable life, famous.

 

Dhanista

wealthy, liberal, courageous, fond of music, avaricious (greedy).

 

Sattabhisha

eloquent and distinct speaker, gambler, fond of bad women, murderer of enemies, adventurous, deep-hearted.

 

Poorvabhadra

sorrowfnl, submissive to Women, wealthy, clever, miserly.

 

Uttarabhadra

eloquent speaker, happy, blesscd with children and grand children, unrivalled (matchless, unique), charitable.

 

Raivathi

well developed body, popular, warrior, man of strict moral principles, wealthy.

 


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