Know about Nakshatras
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.
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 the 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.
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 the Moon at that moment, the birth star of an individual is determined.