All you need to know about the 27 nakshatras in astrology
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Bearing in mind the 360 degrees of the elliptically structured zodiac, it can be divided into twelve houses with each house being equal to thirty degrees. With further subdivision of the same into twenty seven nakshatras or star constellation, each of the constellations occupies a magnitude of thirteen degrees and twenty minutes.
Just as an individual takes birth under different rasis or zodiac signs governing the twelve houses, similarly the celestial presence of the twenty seven 'nakshatras' or birth star governs our birth. Lunar placement in natal or birth chart determines the birth star governing an individual.
If you don't know your birth star, use the nakshatra finder to find out.
Nakshatra Names and Their Meanings
The name of nakshatras in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi along with their meanings is given below.
Horse like woman
Red faced One
the deer's head
The wealthy one
Earlier reddish one
|പൂരം||பூரம்||పూర్వ ఫల్గుని||पूर्व फाल्गुनी|
Latter reddish one
|ഉത്രം||உத்திரம்||ఉత్తర ఫల్గుని||उत्तर फाल्गुनी|
The bright one
Sword or Independence
Forked (having branches)
Disciple of divine spark
Previous invincible one
Latter invincible one
The richest one
Former blessed feet
Latter blessed feet
Importance of Nakshatra in Astrology
Since the constellation or nakshatra where moon finds its presence is known as the Janma Nakshatra and as moon influences the mental aspects of the native, nakshatra of the moon thus casts its indelible influence on moon. If one is born under Mars's nakshatra, it is likely to influence the aspects governed by Mars such as marriage and younger siblings.
With each nakshatra having a planetary lord, the placement of the same (planetary lord) determines the initial dasa or 'phase' in the horoscope of a native. Nakshatra lords also play an important role in determining the essential quality of a person besides helping to assess the focal points of his energy and ambition.
With Vedic astrology giving much insistence on compatibility factors of bride & bridegroom, thorough matching of the horoscope prior to marital settlement is generally called for. Apart from taking into consideration the sun sign, rasi or moon sign, and the point of ascendance; nakshatra based compatibility is also emphasized.
Nakshatra centric matching also known as 'koota- guna matching' helps to pin point the relative merit and demerits of the concerned pair in respect of one another. In the realm of nakshatra matching at least eighteen positive points are necessitated for a union to be termed as compatible. As far as the similar matching is concerned, usually the cross checking follows from the girl's to that of the boy's with vertical calculation along the same row.
Nakshatra and Rasi
With both nakshatra and rasi being an intrinsic part of the same elliptical zodiac, both are fundamentally related to one another. Logically speaking twelve segments of rasi or moon signs correspond to the twenty seven nakshatras or constellations present in the similar ellipse. Other way round one can say that with twelve rasis being equal to twenty seven nakshatras, each rasi is equal to two and quarter of nakshatra.