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Dhanishtha Nakshatra

Dhanishtha(23°20′ Capricorn to 6°40′ Aquarius)

Dhanishtha is composed of four stars in the constellation of Delphini. In the sky, the stars Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta Delphini form the head of a dolphin. In astrology, Dhanishtha bridges the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. This nakshatra is associated with a musical drum and is referred to as the star of symphony. People born under this nakshatra often have natural music abilities and also experience good rhythm and timing in all aspects of life. There is an adventurous nature and a desire to travel associated with Dhanishtha. The ruling deities, the eight Vasus, bestow a variety of personality traits that are reflected in the ability to live a good and prosperous life. People born under Dhanishtha are insightful, charitable and have the capacity to unite people for a common purpose.

General Characteristics: A liberal, brave, wealthy person who is fond of music.
Translation: "The Wealthiest", "The most beneficent", "The most heard of", "The most famous"
Symbol: Musical drum
Animal Symbol: A Female Lion
Presiding Deity: The eight Vasus, the solar gods of energy and light.
Controlling Planet: Mars
Ruling Deity of Mars: Muruga
Nature: Rakshasa (demon)
Mode: Active
Number: 23 (signifies completion)
Gender: Female
Dosha: Pitta
Guna: Tamasic
Element: Ether
Disposition: Moveable
Bird: Golden Bee
Common Name: Indian Mesquite, Vanni, Kejari
Botanical Name: Prosopis cinenaria
Seed Sounds: Ga, Gi, Gu, Ge (see Padas of Dhanishtha)
Also related to Planets:: Saturn, the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, provides discipline; Rahu is associated with the media

Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born during the pada of Dhanishtha:


First Pada 06°40′ – 10°00′ of Aquarius.
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Go
Keyword: Enthusiasm
Second Pada 10°00′ – 13°20′ of Aquarius.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Sa (Saa)
Keyword: Pragmatic
Third Pada 13°20′ – 16°40′ of Aquarius.
Ruled by Saturn
Soul Sound: Si (See)
Keyword: Forward thinking
Fourth Pada 16°40′ – 20°00′ of Aquarius.
Ruled by Jupiter
Soul Sound: Su (Soo)
Keyword: Imagination

Strength: Aspires to high and dignified positions; insightful; perceptive; wealthy; charitable; performs well in foreign countries; lives on both spiritual and material levels; compassionate; good conversationalist; enjoys music and dance; good organizational abilities; sincere; focused on accomplishments and developing their careers; likes old and mystifying articles; skilled at research and astrology.

Weakness: Aggressive; ruthless; inconsiderate; deceptive; can hurt others; makes up stories and lies; withholds information; doesn’t like to be told what to do; argumentative; loquacious; short-tempered; careless; selects incompatible companion; lustful; sexual difficulties; problems with marriage; wants everything for themselves; covetous; self-absorbed; narcissistic.

Professions: Musician, dancer, performer, doctors, surgeons, real estate agent, property management, scientist, researcher, physicist, engineering, mining, charity work, poet, entertainment business, songwriter, percussionists, makers of musical instruments, vocalist, gem dealers, athletes, group coordinators, military people, astrologers, psychics, holistic healers.

Famous Dhanishthas: Orson Welles, Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Woody Allen, Princess Diana, Rainer Marie Rilke

Favorable Activities: Music, dance, celebration, concerts, ceremonies, traveling, creative activities, religious rituals, lending money, financial transactions, religious rituals, meditation, yoga, gardening, treating diseases, commencing education ventures.

Unfavorable Activities: Marriage or sexual activity, restrictive behavior, new partnerships, domestic activity, activities requiring tact, ingenuity or tenderness.


Sacred Energy Vortex: Korukkai Sri Pushpavalli Samedha Sri Brahma Gnanpureeswarar Temple

The temple with most significance to Dhanishtha star is situated in Korukkai near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. Lord Shiva manifested as Sri Brahma Gnanapureeswarar and offered spiritual knowledge to Lord Brahma at this temple. The grace of Sri Brahma Gnanpureeswarar has the ability to assist children with concentration and success in their education. Sri Brahma and his consort, Saraswati, visit this holy temple on a regular basis.

The placement of the Nandhi, the sacred bull, is the most significant aspect of Korukkai. It is adjacent to, rather than facing, Sri Brahma Gnanpureeswarar. People who have made serious mistakes or who lack peace of mind can offer a garland of nuts to the Nandhi. After offering the garland, the person may whisper their problems in the ear of the sacred bull and ask for a remedy. Furthermore, it is auspicious to offer a garland, betel leaves, nuts, turmeric, or a saree to poor women at the temple. The blessings of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Nandhi bring enormous benefits to those who visit this temple. Lord Shiva can remove financial obstacles and is also helpful for relationship difficulties. It is especially beneficial to visit Korukkai when Pradosham occurs on a Saturday.

This temple is sacred for those born under Dhanistha as this star has many spiritual connections to divine knowledge. It is favorable to visit the temple during Aavani Avittam (August 15 -September 14) when it is customary for people to wear sacred threads. Walking around the sacred shrine increases one’s spiritual energy. Those born under different stars will also experience benefits if they perform an abhishekam and archana to Sri Brahma Gnanapureeswarar at Korukkai.

Dhanishta natives, your incense is made with the herb Kejari as prescribed by the Vedas.

Burning one of these pillars is like performing a mini fire ritual for that particular star formation. For your specific Birthstar, you will be able to connect inwardly to your planet of energetic origin and gain support with the positive aspects that are you.

Burning the other Nakshatra pillars on that specific Nakshatra day will tune you in with the favorable activities with that star’s energy for the day. It is recommended to at least burn your own personal Nakshatra pillar daily to stay connected to your essence. It is advantageous to burn the days Nakshatra pillar as well.