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About Nakshatra

About Nakshatra

Nakshatra (Sanskrit: नक्षत्र, IAST: Nakṣatra) is the term for lunar mansion in Hindu astrology. In Vedic Sanskrit, the term nákṣatra may refer to any heavenly body, or to "the stars" collectively. The classical concept of a "lunar mansion" is first found in the Atharvaveda, and becomes the primary meaning of the term in Classical Sanskrit.

In classical Hindu scriptures (Mahabharata, Harivamsa), the creation of the nakshatras is attributed to Daksha. They are personified as daughters of the deity and as wives of Chandra, the Moon god, or alternatively the daughters of Kashyapa, the brother of Daksha.

A nakshatra is one of 27 (sometimes also 28) sectors along the ecliptic. The ecliptic is divided into each of the nakshatras eastwards starting from this point. Their names are related to the most prominent asterisms in the respective sectors.The number of nakshatras reflects the number of days in a sidereal month (modern value: 27.32 days), the width of a nakshatra traversed by the Moon in about one day.

Each nakshatra is further subdivided into four quarters (or padas). These play a role in popular Hindu astrology, where each pada is associated with a syllable, conventionally chosen as the first syllable of the given name of a child born when the Moon was in the corresponding pada.

The starting point for the nakshatras according to Vedas is "Krittika", but, in more recent compilations, the start of the nakshatras list is the point on the ecliptic directly opposite to the star Spica called Chitrā in Sanskrit, which would be Ashvinī, an asterism that is part of the modern constellation Aries, and these compilations therefore may have been compiled during the centuries when the sun was passing through the area of the constellation Aries at the time of the vernal equinox.

Each of the nakshatras is governed as 'lord' by one of the nine graha in the following sequence: Ketu (South Lunar Node), Shukra (Venus), Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Rahu (North Lunar Node), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Shani (Saturn) and Budha (Mercury). This cycle repeats itself three times to cover all 27 nakshatras. The lord of each nakshatra determines the planetary period known as the dasha, which is considered of major importance in forecasting the life path of the individual in Hindu astrology.

Nakshatra In Hindi Meaning Description Starting Syllable
Ashvini  (Boy Names)

Ashvini  (Girl Names)
अश्विनि "Wife of the Ashvins" Lord: Ketu (South lunar node)
Symbol : Horse's head
Deity : Ashvins, the horse-headed twins who are physicians to the gods
Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Mesha
Western zodiac 26° Aries - 9°20' Taurus

(Boy Name)

Chu,  Che,  Cho, La

(Girl Name)

Chu,  Che,  Cho, La
Bharani  (Boy Names)

Bharani  (Girl Names)
भरणी "The bearer" Lord: Shukra (Venus)
Symbol: Yoni, the female organ of reproduction
Deity: Yama, god of death or Dharma
Indian zodiac: 13° 20' - 26°40' Mesha
Western zodiac 9° 20' - 22° 40' Taurus

(Boy Name)

Li,  Lu,  Le, Lo

(Girl Name)

Li,  Lu,  Le, Lo
Krittika  (Boy Names)

Krittika  (Girl Names)
कृत्तिका An old name of the Pleiades; personified as the nurses of Kārttikeya, a son of Shiva. Lord: Surya (Sun)
Symbol: Knife or spear
Deity : Agni, god of fire
Indian zodiac: 26°40' Mesha - 10° Vrishabha
Western zodiac 22° 40' Taurus - 6° Gemini

(Boy Name)

A,  I,  U, E

(Girl Name)

A,  I,  U, E
Rohini  (Boy Names)

Rohini  (Girl Names)
रोहिणी "The red one", a name of Aldebaran. Also known as brāhmī Lord: Chandra (Moon)
Symbol: Cart or chariot, temple, banyan tree
Deity : Brahma or Prajapati, the Creator
Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Vrishabha
Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Gemini

(Boy Name)

O,  Va, Ba, Vi, Bi, Vu, Bu

(Girl Name)

O,  Va, Ba, Vi, Bi, Vu, Bu
Mrigashirsha  (Boy Names)

Mrigashirsha  (Girl Names)
म्रृगशीर्षा "The deer's head". Also known as āgrahāyaṇī Lord: Mangala (Mars)
Symbol: Deer's head
Deity: Soma, Chandra, the Moon god
Indian zodiac: 23° 20' Vrishabha - 6° 40' Mithuna
Western zodiac: 19°20' Gemini - 2°40' Cancer

(Boy Name)

Ve, Be, Vo, Bo, Ka, Ke

(Girl Name)

Ve, Be, Vo, Bo, Ka, Ke
Ardra  (Boy Names)

Ardra  (Girl Names)
आर्द्रा "The moist one" Lord: Rahu (North lunar node)
Symbol: Teardrop, diamond, a human head
Deity : Rudra, the storm god
Indian zodiac: 6° 40' - 20° Mithuna
Western zodiac: 2° 40' - 16° Cancer

(Boy Name)

Ku,  Gha,  Ng, Na, Ch, ha

(Girl Name)

Ku,  Gha,  Ng, Na, Ch, ha
Punarvasu  (Boy Names)

Punarvasu  (Girl Names)
पुनर्वसु "The two restorers of goods", also known as yamakau "the two chariots" Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
Symbol : Bow and quiver
Deity : Aditi, mother of the gods
Indian zodiac: 20° Mithuna - 3°20' Karka
Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Cancer

(Boy Name)

Ke,  Ko,  Ha,  Hi

(Girl Name)

Ke,  Ko,  Ha,  Hi
Pushya  (Boy Names)

Pushya  (Girl Names)
पुष्य "The nourisher", also known as sidhya or tiṣya Lord: Shani (Saturn)
Symbol : Cow's udder, lotus, arrow and circle
Deity : Bṛhaspati, priest of the gods
Indian zodiac: 3°20' -16°40' Karka
Western zodiac 29°20' Cancer - 12°40' Leo

(Boy Name)

Hu,  He,  Ho,  Da

(Girl Name)

Hu,  He,  Ho,  Da
Ashlesha  (Boy Names)

Ashlesha  (Girl Names)
आश्लेषा "The embrace" Lord: Budh (Mercury)
Symbol: Serpent
Deity : Sarpas or Nagas, deified snakes
Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Karka
Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Leo

(Boy Name)

Di,  Du,  De,  Do

(Girl Name)

Di,  Du,  De,  Do
Magha  (Boy Names)

Magha  (Girl Names)
मघा "The bountiful" Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
Symbol : Royal Throne
Deity : Pitrs, 'The Fathers', family ancestors
Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Simha
Western zodiac 26° Leo - 9°20' Virgo

(Boy Name)

Ma,  Mi,  Mu,  Me

(Girl Name)

Ma,  Mi,  Mu,  Me
Purva Phalguni  (Boy Names)

Purva Phalguni  (Girl Names)
पूर्व फाल्गुनी "First reddish one" Lord: Shukra (Venus)
Symbol : Front legs of bed, hammock, fig tree
Deity : Bhaga, god of marital bliss and prosperity
Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Simha
Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Virgo

(Boy Name)

Mo,  Ta,  Ti,  Tu

(Girl Name)

Mo,  Ta,  Ti,  Tu
Uttara Phalguni  (Boy Names)

Uttara Phalguni  (Girl Names)
उत्तर फाल्गुनी "Second reddish one" Lord: Surya (Sun)
Symbol: Four legs of bed, hammock
Deity : Aryaman, god of patronage and favours
Indian zodiac: 26°40' Simha- 10° Kanya
Western zodiac 22°40' Virgo - 6° Libra

(Boy Name)

Te,  To,  Pa,  Pi

(Girl Name)

Te,  To,  Pa,  Pi
Hasta  (Boy Names)

Hasta  (Girl Names)
हस्त "The hand" Lord: Chandra (Moon)
Symbol: Hand or fist
Deity : Saviti or Surya, the Sun god
Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Kanya
Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Libra

(Boy Name)

Pu,  Sha,  Na,  Tha

(Girl Name)

Pu,  Sha,  Na,  Tha
Chitra  (Boy Names)

Chitra  (Girl Names)
चित्रा "The bright one", a name of Spica Lord: Mangala (Mars)
Symbol: Bright jewel or pearl
Deity : Tvastar or Vishvakarman, the celestial architect
Indian zodiac: 23°20' Kanya - 6°40' Tula
Western zodiac: 19°20' Libra - 2°40' Scorpio

(Boy Name)

Pe,  Po,  Ra,  Ri

(Girl Name)

Pe,  Po,  Ra,  Ri
Swati  (Boy Names)

Swati  (Girl Names)
स्वाति "Su-Ati (sanskrit) Very good" name of Arcturus Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
Symbol: Shoot of plant, coral
Deity : Vayu, the Wind god
Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Tula
Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Scorpio

(Boy Name)

Ru,  Re,  Ro,  Tha

(Girl Name)

Ru,  Re,  Ro,  Tha
Vishakha  (Boy Names)

Vishakha  (Girl Names)
विशाखा "Forked, having branches"; also known as rādhā "the gift" Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
Symbol : Triumphal arch, potter's wheel
Deity : Indra, chief of the gods; Agni, god of Fire
Indian zodiac: 20° Tula - 3°20' Vrishchika
Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Scorpio

(Boy Name)

Ti,  Tu,  Te,  To

(Girl Name)

Ti,  Tu,  Te,  To
Anuradha  (Boy Names)

Anuradha  (Girl Names)
अनुराधा "Following rādhā" Lord: Shani (Saturn)
Symbol : Triumphal archway, lotus
Deity : Mitra, one of Adityas of friendship and partnership
Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Vrishchika
Western zodiac 29°20' Scorpio - 12°40' Sagittarius

(Boy Name)

Na,  Ni,  Nu,  Ne

(Girl Name)

Na,  Ni,  Nu,  Ne
Jyeshtha  (Boy Names)

Jyeshtha  (Girl Names)
ज्येष्ठा "The eldest, most excellent" Lord: Budh (Mercury)
Symbol : circular amulet, umbrella, earring
Deity : Indra, chief of the gods
Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Vrishchika
Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Sagittarius

(Boy Name)

No,  Ya,  Yi,  Yu

(Girl Name)

No,  Ya,  Yi,  Yu
Mula  (Boy Names)

Mula  (Girl Names)
मूल "The root" Lord: Ketu (south lunar node)
Symbol : Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad
Deity : Nirrti, goddess of dissolution and destruction
Indian zodiac: 0° - 13°20' Dhanus
Western zodiac 26° Sagittarius - 9°20' Capricorn

(Boy Name)

Ye,  Yo,  Bha,  Bhi

(Girl Name)

Ye,  Yo,  Bha,  Bhi
Purva Ashadha  (Boy Names)

Purva Ashadha  (Girl Names)
पूर्वाषाढ़ा "First of the aṣāḍhā", aṣāḍhā "the invincible one" being the name of a constellation Lord: Shukra (Venus)
Symbol: Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket
Deity : Apah, god of Water
Indian zodiac: 13°20' - 26°40' Dhanus
Western zodiac 9°20' - 22°40' Capricorn

(Boy Name)

Bhu,  Dha,  Bha, Pha, Dha

(Girl Name)

Bhu,  Dha,  Bha, Pha, Dha
Uttara Ashadha  (Boy Names)

Uttara Ashadha  (Girl Names)
उत्तराषाढ़ा "Second of the aṣāḍhā" Lord: Surya (Sun)
Symbol : Elephant tusk, small bed
Deity : Visvedevas, universal gods
Indian zodiac: 26°40' Dhanus - 10° Makara
Western zodiac 22°40' Capricorn - 6° Aquarius

(Boy Name)

Bhe,  Bho,  Ja,  Ji

(Girl Name)

Bhe,  Bho,  Ja,  Ji
Sravana  (Boy Names)

Sravana  (Girl Names)
श्र‌ावण Lord: Chandra (Moon)
Symbol : Ear or Three Footprints
Deity : Vishnu, preserver of universe
Indian zodiac: 10° - 23°20' Makara
Western zodiac 6° - 19°20' Aquarius

(Boy Name)

Ju, Khi, Je, Khu, Jo, Khe, Gha, Kho

(Girl Name)

Ju, Khi, Je, Khu, Jo, Khe, Gha, Kho
Dhanishta  (Boy Names)

Dhanishta  (Girl Names)
श्रविष्ठा "Most famous", also Shravishthā "swiftest" Lord: Mangala (Mars)
Symbol : Drum or flute
Deity : Eight vasus, deities of earthly abundance
Indian zodiac: 23°20' Makara - 6°40' Kumbha
Western zodiac 19°20' Aquarius - 2°40' Pisces

(Boy Name)

Ga,  Gi,  Gu,  Ge

(Girl Name)

Ga,  Gi,  Gu,  Ge
Shatabhisha  (Boy Names)

Shatabhisha  (Girl Names)
शतभिषा "Requiring a hundred physicians" Lord: Rahu (north lunar node)
Symbol : Empty circle, 1,000 flowers or stars
Deity : Varuna, god of cosmic waters, sky and earth
Indian zodiac: 6°40' - 20° Kumbha ; Western zodiac 2°40' - 16° Pisces

(Boy Name)

Go,  Sa,  Si,  Su

(Girl Name)

Go,  Sa,  Si,  Su
Purva Bhadrapada  (Boy Names)

Purva Bhadrapada  (Girl Names)
पूर्वभाद्रपदा "The first of the blessed feet" Lord: Guru (Jupiter)
Symbol : Swords or two front legs of funeral cot, man with two faces
Deity : Ajikapada, an ancient fire dragon
Indian zodiac: 20° Kumbha - 3°20' Meena ; Western zodiac 16° - 29°20' Pisces

(Boy Name)

Se,  So,  Da,  Di

(Girl Name)

Se,  So,  Da,  Di
Uttara Bhadrapada  (Boy Names)

Uttara Bhadrapada  (Girl Names)
उत्तरभाद्रपदा "The second of the blessed feet" Lord: Shani (Saturn)
Symbol : Twins, back legs of funeral cot, snake in the water
Deity : Ahir Budhyana, serpent or dragon of the deep
Indian zodiac: 3°20' - 16°40' Meena ; Western zodiac 29°20' Pisces - 12°40' Aries

(Boy Name)

Du, Tha, Jha, Da, Tra

(Girl Name)

Du, Tha, Jha, Da, Tra
Revati  (Boy Names)

Revati  (Girl Names)
रेवती "Prosperous" Lord: Budh (Mercury)
Symbol : Fish or a pair of fish, drum
Deity : Pushan, nourisher, the protective deity
Indian zodiac: 16°40' - 30° Meena
Western zodiac 12°40' - 26° Aries

(Boy Name)

De,  Do,  Cha,  Chi

(Girl Name)

De,  Do,  Cha,  Chi

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