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Nakshatras

27 Wife's of the Moon in Vedic Astrology.

The 27 Wife’s of the Moon – Nakshatras / Lunar Mansions

Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions are regions and energy fields through which the Moon travels in a month. Moon takes on an average about 27-28 days to orbit the earth, 27.32 days to be precise.

Broadly representing specific designated areas with respect to a fixed axis and carrying a certain type of energy in its area.

In Vedic Astrology Nakshatras are lorded by a specific Deity and thus the energies represented by the Deity takes prominence in the region of that particular Nakshatra.

Some theories propagate 28 Nakshatra’s in the Zodiac. But for all calculation purposes the zodiac of 360 degrees is divided in 27 planes or “Kshetras”/Locations which are represented by these Nakshatras mentioned and lorded by their deities.

Each nakshatra has a length of 360º/27 = 13º 20′. The first nakshatra Ashwini ranges from the beginning of Aries (0 Degree) to 13º 20′ in Aries. The second stretches from there to 26º 40′ in Aries. The third stretches from there to 10º in Taurus.

 The list of nakshatras with the respective starting and ending points is as mentioned. The table also   gives the “Vimsottari lords” of all Nakshatras and their Deities..

Each nakshatra is again divided into 4 quarters. They are called padas (legs/feet). The length of a pada is 3º 20′.

Nakshatra     Degree     End   Vimsottari Lord     Deity  
Aswini   00 Ar 00   13 Ar 20   Ketu   Aswini Kumara  
Bharani   13 Ar 20   26 Ar 40   Venus   Yama  
Krittika   26 Ar 40   10 Ta 00   Sun   Agni  
Rohini   10 Ta 00   23 Ta 20   Moon   Brahma  
Mrigasira   23 Ta 20   6 Ge 40   Mars   Moon  
Aardra   6 Ge 40   20 Ge 00   Rahu   Shiva  
Punarvasu   20 Ge 00   03 Cn 20   Jupiter   Aditi  
Pushyami   03 Cn 20   16 Cn 40   Saturn   Jupiter  
Aasresha   16 Cn 40   30 Cn 00   Mercury   Sarpa  
Makha   00 Le 00   13 Le 20   Ketu   Pitrus  
Poorva Phalguni   13 Le 20   26 Le 40   Venus   Bhaaga  
Uttara Phalguni   26 Le 40   10 Vi 00   Sun   Aryaman  
Hasta   10 Vi 00   23 Vi 20   Moon   Moon  
Chitra   23 Vi 20   6 Li 40   Mars   Vishwakarma  
Swaati   6 Li 40   20 Li 00   Rahu   Vayu  
Visaakha   20 Li 00   03 Sc 20   Jupiter   Indra  
Anuraadha   03 Sc 20   16 Sc 40   Saturn   Mitra  
Jyeshtha   16 Sc 40   30 Sc 00   Mercury   Indra Agni  
Moola   00 Sg 00   13 Sg 20   Ketu   Nirriti  
Poorvaashaadha   13 Sg 20   26 Sg 40   Venus   Viswadeva  
Uttaraashaadha   26 Sg 40   10 Cp 00   Sun   Ganesh  
Sravanam   10 Cp 00   23 Cp 20   Moon   Vishnu  
Dhanishtha   23 Cp 20   6 Aq 40   Mars   Vasu  
Satabhishak   6 Aq 40   20 Aq 00   Rahu   Varuna  
Poorvaabhaadra   20 Aq 00   03 Pi 20   Jupiter   Ajai Akapada  
Uttaraabhaadra   03 Pi 20   16 Pi 40   Saturn   Ahirbudhanya  
Revati   16 Pi 40   30 Pi 00   Mercury   Pooshan  

The last quarter of Uttarashadha is known as “Abhijit” Nakshatra. However, we consider 27 nakshatras for all other purposes.

Each Nakshatra has 4 padas and hence there are 27*4 = 108 Nakshatra Paadas. 108 is a divine number as per shastras and each Paada is assigned a Shlokha from the Vishnu Sahasranamam.

It is auspicious to chant respective Shlokhas for each Nakshatras.