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Nakshatras of Vedic Astrology

Nakshatra – Stars in Vedic Astrology

According to Vedic Astrology, Nakshatra refers to the stars/constellations. The 360⁰ zodiac system is divided into 12 zodiac signs. There is a total of 27 Nakshatras in astrology, and hence the value of each star is 13⁰ 20’. In ancient times, Nakshatras are considered as a means of worshipping the divine. These 27 constellations are based on the movement of the Moon, which travels approximately 27.3 days around its orbit. Hence, the birth star of an individual is calculated based on the position of the Moon in any of these stars.

Nakshatra Meaning


The root word ‘Naksh’ means to worship or approach, and ‘tra’ is a suffix. The word ‘Nakshatra’ also is believed to mean ‘not destructible.’ Certain Nakshatras such as Tishya (Pushya), Ashwini, and Revati have been mentioned in the oldest of the Vedas – Rig Veda and the entire list of Nakshatras finds its place in Yajur and Atharva Vedas.

Nakshatras and Moon in Mythology

The 27 Nakshatras are spread across the 12 zodiac signs in three cusps at Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Some Nakshatras lie entirely within a sign, whereas certain stars overlap in two zodiac signs. Each Nakshatra has its own ruling deity and powers, which play a major role in deciding the characteristics of an individual. Everyone born on this earth has their birth star, which depends on the placement of Moon in one of the 27 stars. Each Nakshatra is further divided into 4 Padas (quarters) at 3⁰ 20’ each, which represent the quality of each star.

Nakshatra List

The 27 Nakshatras include Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrighasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishaka, Anuradha, Jyestha, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Sharavan, Dhanishta, Shatabisha, Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra, and Revati. Based on the birth time of an individual and the position of Moon at that moment, the birth star of an individual is determined.

Classification of Nakshatras

Based on the qualities of each Nakshatra, the 27 birth stars are classified into the following 7 groups:

Quality Star Star Lord Favorable Activity
Laghu or Kshipra (swift)
  • Ashwini
  • Pushya
  • Hasta
  • Ketu
  • Saturn
  • Moon
Commence a journey, trade, and transactions, involve in sports activities, and also starting sales, business or repaying loan/debts
Mridu (tender)
  • Mrigashira
  • Chitra
  • Anuradha
  • Revati
  • Mars
  • Mars
  • Saturn
  • Mercury
Learn music,conducting dance, and arts and marriages. They are also ideal for the enjoyment of pleasures, making new friends, and wearing new clothes
Sthira (fixed)
  • Rohini
  • Uttara Phalguni
  • Uttarashada
  • Uttarabhadra
  • Moon
  • Sun
  • Sun
  • Saturn
Build homes, plant trees, purchase property, lay a foundation, and buying agricultural property
Chara (movable)
  • Punarvasu
  • Swati
  • Shravana
  • Dhanishta
  • Shatabisha
  • Jupiter
  • Rahu
  • Moon
  • Mars
  • Rahu
Buy automobiles, vehicles, beginning a journey or procession, travel, change of residence or job, and other major changes
Tikshna (sharp)
  • Ardra
  • Ashlesha
  • Jyestha
  • Moola
  • Rahu
  • Mercury
  • Mercury
  • Ketu
Filing a divorce, breaking a relationship, black magic, exorcism, and other brash/bold activities
Ugra or Krura (fierce)
  • Bharani
  • Magha
  • Purva Phalguni
  • Purvashada
  • Purvabhadra
  • Venus
  • Ketu
  • Venus
  • Venus
  • Jupiter
Performing destructive deeds such as demolishing, poisoning, setting fire, and confronting enemies
Misra (mixed)
  • Krittika
  • Vishakha
  • Sun
  • Jupiter
Daily mundane actions, fire ceremonies and to buy furniture and electronics
Navagraha Homa and Nakshatra Shanti Homa)

Navagraha Homa and Nakshatra Shanti Homa

The Navagraha and Nakshatra Homa is a powerful ritual performed to alter the effects of karma accorded to you by the nine planets, thus changing the course of your destiny. Appeasing the nine planets and acquiring their blessings play a crucial role in resolving difficulties in day-to-day life and charting a course toward peace and happiness.

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