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Nakshatras are also known as a lunar constellation in Hindu mythology. The ancient Hindu sages have divided the zodiac into 27 Nakshatras. Each of these nakshatras occupies a magnitude of thirteen degrees and twenty minutes. Nakshatras are useful in determining our birth and birth stars to govern an individual. People can find Nakshatras through various Nakshatra finder tools available online. Wish to know more about it? Keep reading to find out!

What is Nakshatra?

First of all, let’s understand what a Nakshatra is. The term Nakshatra stands for the Map of the Sky. If we break down the term Nakshatra, it is made up of two words - Naks (Sky) and Kshetra (region). So, you can see why Nakshatra is used to tell your life’s predictions using the map of the sky. 

A 120-year planetary cycle is based upon Nakshatra. The 27 Nakshatra defines all about the characteristics of planets placed in each of them. Each of these star constellations is divided into four sections called Padas. All the astrological calculations are entirely affected and based upon these 27 Nakshatras. The starting point of each Nakshatra is Krittika but it is often controversial. Most recent studies claim Ashwini might be the starting point of these Nakshatras. Also,  the start of the nakshatras list is the point on the ecliptic directly opposite the star Spica called Chitrā in Sanskrit, which would be Ashvinī. 

What is the Importance of 27 Nakshatras?

Initially, there were just 12 Raashis to understand the grouping of Zodiac signs, which was further subdivided into 27 Nakshatras. The role of Nakshatra and their respective categories are to determine the auspicious dates and muhurta in Indian astrology. The Nakshatra named Abhijeet plays the most important role in this. It is also used to predict the future and the position of a particular planet in a particular Rashi. The 27 Nakshatras are broadly classified under the three heads of Deva (divine), Nara (human), and Rakshasa (Demonic). Also, they are further categorized by gender, caste, color, merits, the presiding deity, etc. 

How to find Your Nakshatra?

No need to rush for a nearby Pandit if you still don’t know your Nakshatra yet. You can easily find your Nakshatra through a Nakshatra calculator device or Nakshatra finder available online. All you have to do is, fill in your birth date, time, place of birth, and language. The Nakshatra calculator tool will immediately display information about your Nakshatra in no time. However, do not forget to enter exact details for correct results. A nakshatra calculator can also help you find the following things;

  • Birth star
  • Rashi or moon sign
  • Zodiac sign
  • Birthstone
  • Chinese birth date
  • Ruling animal

What is the Difference Between Zodiac Sign and Nakshatra?

The difference between a zodiac sign and Nakshatra is quite simple. When the sky is divided into 12 equal parts, those parts are termed zodiac signs. Likewise, when it is divided into 27 equal parts, each part is termed as Nakshatra. Ancient scholars used zodiac signs for better clarity and easy understanding of astrology. 

Now, we all know that anything which is circular has 360 degrees. So, the sky will have the same value, and the 12 zodiac signs when divided by 360 will come to 30 degrees for each zodiac sign. Similarly, each Nakshatra will come to 13.33° approximately. In a zodiac sign, there are approximately 2.25 nakshatras. 

Have a look at the List of 27 Nakshatras!

The number of Nakshatra is still controversial. Some scholars believe 27 is the right number because of the variations in the number of days in a month in the Indian calendar. Initially, the 28 Nakshatra were decided as per the 30 days in a month, which is not static for all the months in a year. So, later it was agreed that 27 Nakshatras could be taken into account for all practical purposes. Below is the list of all 27 Nakshatras. Keep reading to know!

Ashwini

Ashwini Nakshatra ranges from 0 to 13.2 degrees in the Aries zodiac sign and is characterized by a couple of shining stars. The people born in Ashwini Nakshatra are appealing and attractive. They usually get married by the age of 23-26 years old. These people are pure-hearted and love creative and artistic activities. Also, they love their family wholeheartedly and would go to any extent to protect them. However, they are good at everything but the best at nothing. 

Rohini

The usual attributes of Rohini Nakshatra are growth and development. Taureans usually fall under this category and these people reflect everything energetic, fruitful, and productive. The people in this Nakshatra are hardworking and well-mannered in nature. However, they are loving and caring in general but don’t give a shit if you mess with them. 

Punarvasu

They are a blend of goodness and positivity in this world. Their ancestors are the protectors of mankind. They can't be tempted by anything and are satisfied with whatever less or more they have.

Magha

Mostly Leo and Virgo fall under this constellation. The Sanskrit meaning of Magha is huge or grand. The people born under this Nakshatra are usually dominating, authoritative, and born leaders.

Hasta

Hasta consists of five stars named Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Epsilon-Corvi. They derive everything good from both worlds. Hasta Nakshatra is an embodiment of beauty, intelligence, strength, and knowledge. 

Vishakha

Jupiter is the ruling planet of Vishaka and that says it all about their characteristics. These people are extremely charming and known to be flexible in adopting new ways.

Moola

Moola Nakshatra is largely associated with future predictions. They signify root and determine a lot about your life and death.

Shravana

It is the 22nd in the list of 27 Nakshatras. The symbol of this Nakshatra is the ear and is related to listening and learning. These people have impeccable focus and an impressive attention span. 

Purva Bhadrapada

The native of Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra are simple and peace-loving people and speak impartially toward everyone. They are usually socially and financially independent.

Abhijit

Abhijit is the 28th Nakshatra and lies from 6°40′ to 10°53′ in Capricorn. They are usually soft-spoken and affectionate people with an optimistic mindset. 

Bharani

Bharani ranks 2nd in the list of 27 Nakshatras. This Nakshatra is usually full of fear, jealousy, desire, and sacrifice. They are also known as bearing stars as they exhibit vulnerability and desire. 

Mrigashira

Mrigashira is the 5th of 27 Nakshatras. They usually signify the spiritual warrior's perseverance, strength, and courage. However, they are fluctuating in nature but have intelligence and sincerity.

Pushya

Pushya is the 8th constellation star of the 27 Nakshatras. Their attributes include nurturing, yielding, caring, etc. Pushya denotes power and energy for those around them.

Purva Phalguni

The Purva Phalguni Nakshatra is present from 13.20 degrees to 26.40 degrees in Leo Zodiac signs. People who fall under this Nakshatra love freedom and fame. They usually have a happy married life and a loving life partner. 

Chitra

It’s the 14th nakshatra in the 27 Nakshatra list. They are creatives and love art and architecture. People in this Nakshatra are also called architects of heaven.

Anuradha

The people in this Nakshatra are blessed with an impressive skill to read between the lines. This Nakshatra is more likely to succeed and get fame in whatever field they choose. 

Purvashadha

Purvashadha is the 20th nakshatra out of the 27 nakshatras. They are usually attractive and blessed with both good looks and intelligence. The people in this nakshatra are usually ruled by Venus. 

Dhanishtha

The ruling deity of Dhanishta is the eight elements of God. Their governing deity provides them with an abundance of fame and resources. Also, they are one of the most intelligent creatures. 

Uttarabhadrapada

Uttarabhadrapada is the 26th of 27 nakshatras. These people are blessed with good hearts and sympathetic nature. However, they are a little short-tempered, and it's not a great idea to mess with them. 

Krittika

The people in Krittika Nakshatra are similar to coconut, with rough and harsh exteriors with tender hearts. They have an exceptional ability to make fortune but don’t work so much for progress.

Ardra

People born in the Nakshatra are truthful, compassionate, and have strong communication. These people are usually cool-headed with good retention abilities. However, they are vulnerable to sickness, fear, and anger.

Ashlesha

As the name suggests, this Nakshatra is mysterious and clingy. They are kind of deceptive and cunning with everyone. Even their parents cannot expect their complete loyalty.

Uttaraphalguni

The sun is the governing planet of Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra. Natives in this Nakshatra live a life of comfort and luxury because they work hard for that. Also, they are pure-hearted and kind. Their anger issues are the only problem with them.

Swati

This Nakshatra signifies purity. Their ability to communicate and express themselves with anyone and everyone makes them stand out amidst the crowd. However, they are always eager to fit in with society.

Jyeshta

Jyeshtha is the seventeenth Nakshatra in Vedic astrology. Jyeshta is also known as the eldest one. They are governed by the planet Mercury. The people in this Nakshatra are pure-minded and sober but too bad at keeping secrets. 

Uttarashadha

Uttara Ashadha is the twenty-first Nakshatra in Vedic astrology ranging from 26°40' Dhanu to 10° Makara. They are governed by the planet Sun and are most attractive and charming in looks. But they might face difficulty in maintaining a relationship or marriage as they cannot compromise their independence.

Shatabhisha

Shatabhisha is the twenty-fourth Nakshatra in Vedic astrology ranging from 6°40' to 20° Kumbha. The natives under this Nakshatra are harsh with their speech but softer and tender otherwise. These people love traveling and adventure. 

Revati

Fish is the symbol of this Nakshatra. Revati is the twenty-seventh Nakshatra in Vedic astrology ranging from 16°40' to 30° Meena. They are usually soft in nature and admire physical beauty like music and outer looks. 

So, this is all about the 27 Nakshatras and their significance in Vedic astrology. You can also find your Nakshatra with any Nakshatra calculating tool available online.