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Nakshatras (constellations)

In Vedic astrology, the zodiac is divided into 27 nakshatras. Each nakshatra has a length of 360º/27 = 13º 20'. The first nakshatra, for example, stretches from the beginning of Aries to 13º 20' in Aries. The second nakshatra stretches from there to 26º 40' in Aries. The third nakshatra stretches from there to 10º in Taurus. The list of nakshatras with the respective starting and ending points is given in Table 2. The table also gives the “Vimsottari lords” of all nakshatras. This will be used later.

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

Table 2: Nakshatras

Name of Nakshatra Starts at Ends at Vimsottari Lord Ruling 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 Bramha
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 Rahu
Makha 00 Le 00 13 Le 20 Ketu Sun
Poorva Phalguni 13 Le 20 26 Le 40 Venus Aryaman
Uttara Phalguni 26 Le 40 10 Vi 00 Sun Sun
Hasta 10 Vi 00 23 Vi 20 Moon Viswakarma
Chitra 23 Vi 20 6 Li 40 Mars Vaayu
Swaati 6 Li 40 20 Li 00 Rahu Indra
Visaakha 20 Li 00 03 Sc 20 Jupiter Mitra
Anooraadha 03 Sc 20 16 Sc 40 Saturn Indra
Jyeshtha 16 Sc 40 30 Sc 00 Mercury Nirriti
Moola 00 Sg 00 13 Sg 20 Ketu Varuna
Poorvaashaadha 13 Sg 20 26 Sg 40 Venus Viswadeva
Uttaraashaadha 26 Sg 40 10 Cp 00 Sun Brahma
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 Ajacharana
Uttaraabhaadra 03 Pi 20 16 Pi 40 Saturn Ahirbudhanya
Revati 16 Pi 40 30 Pi 00 Mercury Pooshan
For the purpose of some special charts like Kota Chakra and Sarvatobhadra Chakra, we consider 28 nakshatras. The last quarter of Uttarashadha is known as “Abhijit”. However, we consider 27 nakshatras for all other purposes.

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