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The term ‘Nakshatra’ means ‘something which will never get degenerated’ or ‘a thing that is eternal.’ A person’s birth star, i.e., the star in which the Moon transited at the time of birth of an individual is called Janma Nakshatra and thus defines the core nature and traits of a person. Since, the Moon is considered the Mano Karaka or ruler of the mind, the star constellation in which the Moon resides defines the characteristics, thoughts, and actions of a person.
As per Vedic Astrology, the 360⁰ zodiac system is divided into 12 zodiac signs (30⁰ each) and each of the 27 Nakshatras spreads over 13⁰ 20’. The Moon takes approximately 27.3 days to complete its transit across all stars in 12 zodiac signs. Hence, a birth star of an individual is calculated based on the position of the Moon in the stars, at the time of birth.
The 27 stars are grouped under the 12 zodiac signs, with some Nakshatras entirely in a zodiac sign, and certain stars bridging two zodiac signs. Each star of 13⁰ 20’ is further divided into 4 Padas (quarters) at 3⁰ 20’ each, and hence each zodiac sign has 9 Padas.
Each Nakshatra has its presiding deity, ruling planet and specific energies, which play a major role in deciding the characteristics and basic nature of an individual. The following table gives the names of the 27 Nakshatras, their unique energy, and ruling deities & planets:
|Birth Star||Presiding Deity||Ruling Planet||Energy (Shakti) of the Birth Star|
|Ashwini||Ashwini Kumaras||Ketu||Shidravyapani Shakti - Power to reach things or attain objectives|
|Bharani||Yama||Venus||Apabharani Shakti - Power to cleanse and remove impurities|
|Rohini||Prajapati||Moon||Rohana Shakti - Power to make things grow and create|
|Mrigasira||Soma||Mars||Prinana Shakti - Power to give fulfillment and joy|
|Ardra||Rudra||Rahu||Yatna Shakti - Power to make an effort and achieve|
|Punarvasu||Aditi||Jupiter||Vasutva Prapana Shakti - Power to gain wealth and objectives|
|Pushya||Brihaspati||Saturn||Brahmavarchava Shakti - Power to harness spiritual, creative energy|
|Ashlesha||Nagas||Mercury||Vis Ashleshana Shakti - Power to destroy the victim|
|Magha||Pitris||Ketu||Tyage Shepani Shakti – Power of authority and position|
|Purva Phalguni||Bhaga||Venus||Prajanana Shakti – Power to procreate|
|Uttara Phalguni||Aryaman||Sun||Chayani Shakti – Power of prosperity, wealth and accumulation through partnerships|
|Chitra||Tvastar||Mars||Punya Chayani Shakti – Power to accumulate good karma and merit in life|
|Swati||Vayu||Rahu||Pradhvamsa Shakti – Power to disburse or transform|
|Vishaka||Indra-agni||Jupiter||Vyapana Shakti - Power to achieve, manifest fruits of life|
|Anuradha||Mitra||Saturn||Radhana Shakti – Power of worship|
|Jyeshta||Indra||Mercury||Arohana Shakti – Power to rise, overcome, conquer and gain courage|
|Moola||Nirutti/Brihaspati||Ketu||Barhana Shakti – Power to get to the root of things and explore|
|Purvashada||Apah||Venus||Varchagrahan Shakti - Power to invigorate or energize|
|Uttarashada||Vishvadevas||Sun||Apradhrishya Shakti – Power to give unstoppable or permanent victory|
|Shravana||Vishnu||Moon||Samhanana Shakti – Power to connect with others|
|Dhanishta||Ashta Vasus||Mars||Khyapayitri Shakti – Power to give fame and abundance|
|Shatabhisha||Varuna||Rahu||Bheshaja Shakti – Power to heal and support|
|Purvabhadra||Aja Ekapada||Jupiter||Yajamana Udyamana Shakti – Power to raise the evolutionary level and spirituality|
|Uttarabhadra||Ahir Budhayana||Saturn||Varshodyamana Shakti – Power to grow and bring stability|
|Revati||Pushan||Mercury||Kshiradyapani Shakti – Power to nourish, protect and foster|
Our Free Tool ‘Nakshatra Finder’ is simple and easy-to-use to find your birth star (Janma Nakshatra) by simply entering your birth time and place. Our detailed Nakshatra report gives you an elaborate overview of your birth star, its strengths & weaknesses, and Pada (quarter) details. Enter your birth details to know your birth star or that of your loved ones.