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What is Nakshatra? 27 Nakshatras List With Symbols, Rashi and their Lords

13 Jan, 2022 by Swati S. Kumar

What is Nakshatra? 27 Nakshatras List With Symbols, Rashi and their Lords

13 Jan, 2022 by Swati S. Kumar

Nakshatras play a significant role in Hinduism. Every auspicious work such as marriage, Mundan, Namkaran etc. are performed after checking the Nakshatra list and their positions. In Vedic astrology, Nakshatras are considered directing the energy flow of nature. It was used in the Calendar or date system and has been directly connected to the lunar movement or the movement of the Moon. 

Astrologers also used to relate Nakshatras to give an auspicious name to the newborns. They used to view the Rasi and Nakshatra list to determine which Nakshatra is placed at the time of a person’s birth. The Nakshatra that is identified at the birth time is referred to as Janma Nakshatra or BIrth Nakshatra of that person. As per Vedic astrology, the Moon traverses through this Janma Rasi and Nakshatra in a day. The Vimshottari Dasha, a 120 year long planetary cycle is also studied based on the Birth Nakshatra. The properties of planets situated in them are also determined according to the list of Nakshatras.

Do you want to know more about Nakshatra meaning and all 27 Nakshatras? Talk to an expert astrologer or read the post further to explore everything about all Nakshatras in the zodiac.

What is Nakshatra?

The term “Nakshatra” meaning in Sanskrit is sky and region. As per Vedic astrology, Nakshatras divide the sky into 27 regions. In the zodiac, the 360 degrees are segregated by the 27 Nakshatras or lunar constellations for 13 degrees and 20 minutes. There are 27 total Nakshatras in the list. The calculation of 27 Nakshatras begins with Ashwini at 0 degrees Aries while ends with Revati at 30 degrees Pisces. 

Each Nakshatra is subdivided into four Padas or charans or quarters. It includes 3 degrees and 20 minutes. The first Rashi or Moon sign, Mesha contains 4 Padas of Ashwini (1st constellation), the 4 Padas of Bharani (2nd constellation) and 1st Pada of the Krittika (3rd constellation). Likewise, each Rashi comprises 9 Padas or quarters in astrology. Moreover, Vedas classify the Nakshatras under three heads- Deva (Divine), Nara (Human) and Rakshasa (Demonic). These are further categorized based on Gender and Cast (Varna). 

In Nakshatra astrology, Nakshatras are ascribed with different attributes such as color, body parts, planets and so on. It is associated with Nakshatra symbols that depict a particular meaning. Astrologer also relates 27 Nakshatras and their lords to interpret the impact of Janam Rasi and Nakshatra. They study the position of the planets with respect to Nakshatra for determining Nakshatra matching and auspicious Muhurat dates.

List of 27 Nakshatras: Nakshatra Names

Here is the Nakshatra list with all the Nakshatras in order. Check out all the star names in Indian Astrology.

Ashwini

Bharani

Krittika

Rohini

Mrigashirsha

Ardra

Punarvasu

Pushya

Ashlesha

Magha

Purva Phalguni

Uttara Phalguni

Hasta

Chitra

Swati

Vishakha

Anuradha

Jyeshta

Moola

Purva Ashadha

Uttara Ashadha

Shravana

Dhanishta

Shatabhisha

Purva Bhadrapada

Uttara Bhadrapada

Revati

Some astrologers also consider the presence of one more Nakshatra in the Nakshatra list. This is called Abhijit Nakshatra or 28th Nakshatras of the Vedic astrology.

Nakshatras and Their Lord

As per Nakshatra astrology, all the Nakshatras are ruled by a Nakshatra Lord. Each planet is associated with three Nakshatras. Astrologers check Nakshatra lordship to understand the Vimshottari Dasha system. Below is the list of Nakshatras, planets and the Lords associated with them. 

No.

Nakshatra

Nakshatra Lord or Presiding Deity

Ruling Planet

1

Ashwini

Ashwin Kumara

Ketu

2

Bharani

Lord Yama

Venus

3

Krittika

Agni

Sun

4

Rohini

Brahma

Moon

5

Mrigashirsha

Soma

Mars

6

Ardra

Rudra

Rahu

7

Punarvasu

Aditi

Jupiter

8

Pushya

Brihaspati

Saturn

9

Ashlesha

Sarpas or Nagas

Mercury

10

Magha

Pitrs or forefathers

Ketu

11

Purva Phalguni

Aryaman

Venus

12

Uttara Phalguni

Bhaga

Sun

13

Hasta

Saviti or Surya

Moon

14

Chitra

Tvastar or Vishwakarma

Mars

15

Swati

Vayu

Rahu

16

Vishakha

Indra and Agni

Jupiter

17

Anuradha

Mitra

Saturn

18

Jyeshta

Indra

Mercury

19

Mula

Nirti

Ketu

20

Purvashadha

Apah

Venus

21

Uttarashadha

Visvedevas

Sun

22

Shravana

Vishnu

Moon

23

Dhanistha

Eight Vasus

Mars

24

Shatabhishak

Varuna

Rahu

25

Purvabhadrapada

Ajikapada

Jupiter

26

Uttarabhadrapada

Ahir Budhyana

Saturn

27

Revati

Pushan

Mercury

27 Nakshatras and Their Symbols

27 Nakshatras and Their Symbols

Each Nakshatra is assigned with a particular symbol. Here is the list of Nakshatra and the symbols associated with them. 

No.

Nakshatra

Symbols

1

Ashwini

Horse’s Head

2

Bharani

Yoni

3

Krittika

Knife

4

Rohini

Cart, temple, banyan tree

5

Mrigashirsha

Deer’s head

6

Ardra

Teardrop, diamond, a human head

7

Punarvasu

Bow and quiver

8

Pushya

Cow’s udder, lotus, arrow and circle

9

Ashlesha

Serpent

10

Magha

Royal throne

11

Purva Phalguni

Front legs of the bed, hammock, fig tree

12

Uttara Phalguni

Four legs of the bed, hammock

13

Hasta

Hand or fist

14

Chitra

Bright jewel or pearl

15

Swati

Shoot of plant, coral

16

Vishakha

Triumphal arch, potter’s wheel

17

Anuradha

Triumphal arch, lotus

18

Jyeshta

Circular amulet, umbrella, earring

19

Mula

Bunch of roots tied together, elephant goad

20

Purvashadha

Elephant tusk, fan, winnowing basket

21

Uttarashadha

Elephant tusk

22

Shravana

Ear or three footprints

23

Dhanistha

Drum or flute

24

Shatabhishak

Empty circle, flowers or stars

25

Purvabhadrapada

Swords or two front legs of cot, a man with two faces

26

Uttarabhadrapada

Twins, back legs of cot, snake in the water

27

Revati

Pair of fish, drum

As per Hindu mythology, stars and all the zodiac signs in order signifies life of the native. Thus, one should seek their Janam Nakshatra and Janam Rashi to bring good luck and prosperity in their life. Worshipping the presiding deity of Nakshatra is also said to be propitious for the person born in that Nakshatra.

Curious, what is your Janam Nakshatra and what does that mean? Chat with an astrologer online and get detailed insights into your Nakshatra, Rashi and life aspects. Also, get remedies and instant guidance related to your life problems.

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