Chapter 2 – Nakshatras

27 stars and zodiac signs



There are 27 nakshatras in total. Their names are

  1. Ashwini
  2. Bharani
  3. Krittika/Karthigai
  4. Rohini
  5. Mrigashirsha
  6. Ardra/Thiruvathirai
  7. Punarvasu/Purnarpusam
  8. Pushya/pusam
  9. Ashlesha/Ayilyam
  10. Magha
  11. Purva Phalguni/Pooram
  12. Uttara Phalguni/Uthram
  13. Hasta
  14. Chitra
  15. Swati
  16. Vishaka
  17. Anuradha/Anusham
  18. Jyeshta/Kettai
  19. Moola
  20. Purva Ashadha/Pooradam
  21. Uttara Ashada/Uththiradam
  22. Shravana/Thiruvonam
  23. Dhanistha/Avittam
  24. Shatabhisaa/Sathayam
  25. Purva Bhadrapada/Poorattathi
  26. Uttara Bhadrapada/Uththirattathhi
  27. Revati



These 27 nakshatras are spread across the zodiac signs evenly. Hold on.. We have 12 zodiac signs but 27 nakshatras. How to distribute them in 12 signs?

Answer is using nakshatra paadhas. Each nakshatra is divided in to 4 quarters. Each quarter is known as ‘PAADHA’. For 27 nakshatras we have 27 X 4 = 108
nakshatra paadhas we have. These 108 star quarters will be distributed into 12 signs. Each sign gets 9 nakshatra paadhas. So the actual distribution of nakshatras
in the zodiac sign is as follows.

Aries
All 4 paadhas of Ashwini, All 4 paadhas of Bharani and first paadha of Krittika/Karthigai
Taurus
2,3,4th paadhas of kritika/karthigai, Rohini and 1,2nd quarter of Mrigashirsha
Gemini
3,4th paadhas of Mrigashirsha, Ardra/Thiruvathirai, 1,2,3 paadhas of punarvasu/punarpoosam
Cancer
4th paadha of punarvasu/punarpoosam, pushya/poosam,Ashlesha/Ayilyam
Leo
Magha,Purva Phalguni/Pooram and 1st paadha of UttaPhalguni/Uthram
Virgo
2,3,4th paadhas of UttaPhalguni/Uthram, Hastha and 1,2nd quarter of Chitra
Libra
3,4th paadhas of Chitra, Swathi, 1,2,3 paadhas of Vishaka
Scorpio
4th paadha of Vishaka, Anuradha/Anusham,Jyeshta/Kettai
Sagittarius
Moola, Purva Ashadha/Pooradam, 1at paadha of Uttara Ashada/Uththiradam
Capricorn
2,3,4th paadhas of  Uttara Ashada/Uththiradam, Shravana/Thiruvonam and 1,2nd quarter of Dhanistha/Avittam
Aquarius
3,4th paadhas of Dhanistha/Avittam, Shatabhisaa/Sathayam, 1,2,3 paadhas of Purva Bhadrapada/Poorattathi
Pisces
4th paadha of Purva Bhadrapada/Poorattathi, Uttara Bhadrapada/Uththirattathhi,Revati
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