What are Nakshatras

As per Hindu astrology, 27 Nakshatras have the power to influence one’s life. Any individual will be born in any one of these 27 nakshatras (stars). Therefore, if one intends to invoke the power of their birth nakshatra and experience positive effects, they should worship the Nakshatra Devata that controls their Nakshatra. The ancient Hindu Rishis have written about the procedure and benefits of worshipping the Nakshatra Devatas and the Nava Graha planets ruling the stars in their religious texts.

The 27 nakshatras are classified into nine groups of 3 nakshatras each, and each Navagrahas rule them. For example, the Nakshatra Devata for Bharani star is Lord Yama, and the Navagraha planet to be worshipped by those born under this star is Lord Sukhra (Venus)

Nakshatras and Astrology

When an individual takes birth, he is born under different rasis of zodiac signs that govern the twelve houses of his horoscope; similarly, they will be born under any of the twenty-seven’ nakshatras’ or birth stars that influence their birth and life.

The Lunar placement determines the birth star of a person in the natal or birth chart. Every Nakshatra has a planetary lord, and the position of the planetary lord will determine the initial dasa or ‘phase’ in the horoscope of a native.

The Nakshatra lords also play a vital role in determining a person’s characteristics and helping him assess the focal points of his energy and ambition. The planetary movements and Nakshatra at the time of a child’s birth are recorded, and individual horoscope charts are arrived at based on those recordings.

In a person’s horoscope, the navagrahas are placed in different signs occupying different degrees; similarly, the planets to are placed in different nakshatras.

List of 27 Nakshatras

 

S.No Nakshatra Name Nakshatra God Planet ruling the Nakshatra Nakshatra symbol
1 Ashwini Aswini Devathas Ketu Horse’s Head
2 Bharani Yama (Kala) Venus Yoni
3 Krittika Lord Agni Sun Knife or spear
4 Rohini Lord Brahma Moon Cart, temple, banyan tree
5 Mrigashirsha Chandra or Moon Mars Deer’s head
6 Ardra Lord Shiva Rahu Teardrop, diamond, a human head
7 Punarvasu Adithi Jupiter Bow and quiver)
8 Pushya Guru Brihaspathi Saturn Cow’s udder, lotus, arrow, and circle
9 Ashlesha Nagas Mercury Serpent
10 Magha Pitrus Ketu Royal throne
11 Purva Phalguni Aryama Venus Front legs of bed, hammock, fig tree
12 Uttara Phalguni Bhaga Sun Four legs of the bed, hammock
13 Hasta Sun Moon Hand or fist
14 Chitra Thristavu Mars Bright jewel or pearl
15 Swati Vayu Deva Rahu Shoot of plant, coral
16 Vishaka Indragni Jupiter Triumphal arch, potter’s wheel
17 Anuradha Mithran Saturn Triumphal archway, lotus
18 Jyeshta Lord Indra Mercury Circular amulet, umbrella, earring
19 Moola Nirriti Ketu Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad
20 Purva Ashadha Varun Deva Venus Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket
21 Uttara Ashada Vishvedevas Sun Elephant tusk
22 Shravana Lord Vishnu Moon Ear or three footprints
23 Dhanistha Vasukal Mars Drum or flute
24 Shatabhisaa Lord Varuna Rahu Empty circle, flowers, or stars
25 Purva Bhadrapada Aja Ekapad Jupiter Swords or two front legs of cot, a man with two faces
26 Uttara Bhadrapada Ahirbhudini Saturn Twins, back legs of cot, snake in the water
27 Revati Pushavu Mercury Pair of fish, drum

 

Impacts of Nakshatra Into Your Life

 
Nakshatras can impact your life to a great extent.

  • Nakshatras determine the characteristics of an individual.
  • Their birth star also influences the health of a native.
  • The family life and occupation depend upon the birth star.
  • Your hobbies and interests are also a result of your birth star.
  • Janma nakshatra also influences your love life.