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What is Nakshatra?

There are 27 stars or nakshatrams in the Zodiac. Each of these stars belong to a Rasi. Each of these nakshatrams have 4 pathams and 9 pathams form a rasi. Thus 2 nakshatrams and one quarter of a nakshatram form a Rasi.

Naksha indicates an approach and Tra refers to guarding. Each Nakshatram has a mythical god whose guards and guides the cosmos in its evolution. The location of the planets in specific nakshatrams alters their significance. The zodiac comprises of 360 degrees. The twelve zodiac signs rule 30 degrees each. There are 27 Nakshatrams, each Zodiac sign comprising 2 and 1/4 Nakshatrams. The Zodiac has been divided into 27 groups of Nakshtrams. These are only the principal members of several groups of fixed stars.

Beginning Mesham, each Nakshatram comprises part of the elliptic. The degrees covered by the Moon in a 24 hour Day. Each Nakshatra is further divided into four parts known as 'padam'. The 27 nakshatras are divided in to 3 groups, known as paryayam or cycle. The seven planets and the nodes of the moon have the rulership assigned to each Nakshatram. They repeat themselves in the same sequence.

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The character or the gunas of the nakshatrams also change according to their position. So, the first nakshatram Aswini is a rajas, rajas, rajas. Similarly, the last nakshatram which is Revati, is attributed the gunas of satva, satva, satva.

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Nakshatra Name
description
1.Aswini
Ruled by Kethu the South Node. 0'00" to 13'20" (0'00" to 13'20" Aries).
The four quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - A head of horse.
Rasi - Mesham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
2.Bharani
Ruled by Venus. 13'20" to 26'40"( 13'20" to 26'402 Aries).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - Yoni
Rasi - Mesham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
3.Krithigai
Ruled by Sun. 26'40" to 40'00 (26'40" Aries to 10'00" Taurus).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - Amrazor
Rasi - Mesham (Padams 1)
Rasi - Vrishabham (Padams 2, 3, 4)
4.Rohini
Ruled by Moon. 40'00" to 53'20"(10'00" to 23'20" Taurus).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon..
Symbol - A chariot
Rasi - Vrishabham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
5.Mrigasirasam
Ruled by Mars. 53'20" to 66'40" (23'20 Taurus to 6'40" Gemini).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - The head of a deer
Rasi - Vrishabham (Padams 1, 2)
Rasi - Mithunam (Padams 3, 4)
6.Tiruvadri
Ruled by Rahu the North Node. 66'40" to 80'00" (6'40" to 20'00" Gemini).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - Precious stone or a human headr
Rasi - Mithunam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
7.Punarpusam
Ruled by Jupiter. 80'00 to 93'20 (20'00" Gemini to 3'20" Cancer).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - A bow or a house
Rasi - Mithunam (Padams 1,2,3)
Rasi - Katakam (Padam 4)
8.Pusam
Ruled by Saturn. 93'20" to 106'40" (3'20" to16'20" Cancer)..
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - A flower, circle or an arrow
Rasi - Katakam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
9.Aailyam
Ruled by Mercury. 106'40" to 120'00" (16'40 Cancer to 0'00 Leo).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - A serpent
Rasi - Katakam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
10.Magham
Ruled by Ketu. 120'00" to 132'20" (0'00" to 13'20" Leo).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - House or a palaquin
Rasi - Simham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
11.Pooram
Ruled by Venus. 132'20 to 146'40" (13'20 to 26'40" Leo).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - A couch, platform or fireplace
Rasi - Simham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
12.Uttiram
Ruled by Sun. 146'40" to 160'00" (26'40 Leo to 10'00" Virgo).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - A small bed
Rasi - Simham (Padam 1)
Rasi - Kanyam (Padams 2, 3, 4)
13.Hastam
Ruled by Moon. 160'00" to 173'20" (10'00" to 23'20" Virgo).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - The palm
Rasi - Kanyam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
14.Chithirai
Ruled by Mars. 173'20" to 186'40" (23'20 Virgo to 6'40" Libra).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - The palm
Rasi - Kanyam (Padams 1, 2)
Rasi - Tulam (Padams 3, 4)
15.Swati
Ruled by Rahu.186'40" to 200'00" (6'40" to 20'00 Libra).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - Coralbr
Rasi - Tulam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
16.Vishakham
Ruled by Jupiter. 200'00" to 213'20"(20'00"Libra to 3'20" Scorpio).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - A potter's wheel or an archway
Rasi - Tulam (Padams 1, 2, 3) Rasi - virchaka (Padams 4)
17.Anusham
Ruled by Saturn.213'20" to 226'40" (3'20" to 16'40"Scorpio).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - A Lotus flower
Rasi - virchaka (Padams 1,2,3,4)
17.Katteai
Ruled by Mercury. 226'40" to 240'00" (16'40" Scorpio to 0'00"Sagittarius).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - An earring or an umbrella
Rasi - virchaka (Padams 1,2,3,4)
18.Moolam
Ruled by Ketu. 240'00" to 253'20" (0'00" to 13'20" Sagittarius).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - The tail of a lion or an elephant's goad
Rasi - Dhanum (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
19.Pooradam
Ruled by Venus. 253'20" to 266'40" (13'20" to 26'40").
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - Tust of an elephant
Rasi - Dhanum (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
20.Uttiradam
Ruled by Sun. 266'40" to 280'00" (26'40 Sag to 10'00" Capricorn).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - A small cot
Rasi - Dhanum (Padam 1)
Rasi - Makaram (Padams 2, 3, 4)
21.Tiruvonam
Ruled by Moon. 280'00" to 293'20" (10'00 to 23'20" Capricorn).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - An ear or an arrow
Rasi - Makaram (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
22.Avittam
Ruled by Mars. 293'20" to 306'40" (23'20" cap to 6'40" Aquarius).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - A musical drum or the flute
Rasi - Makaram (Padams 1, 2)
Rasi - Kumbham (Padams 3, 4)
23.Satayam
Ruled by Rahu. 306'40" to 320'00" (6'40" to 20'00" Aquarius).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - Hundred Flowers
Rasi - Kumbham (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
24.Pooratadhi
Ruled by Jupiter. 320'00" to 333'20 (20'00" Aquarius to 3'20" Pisces).
The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.
Symbol - A sword
Rasi - Kumbham (Padams 1, 2, 3)
Rasi - Meenam (Padam 4)
26.Uttaratadhi
Ruled by Saturn. 333'20" to 346'40" (3'20" to 16'40" Pisces).
The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Symbol - The number two or a twin
Rasi - Meenam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)
27.Revati
Ruled by Mercury. 346'40" to 360'00" (16'40" to 30'00" Pisces).
The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter.
Symbol - A fish
Rasi - Meenam (Padams 1, 2, 3, 4)

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