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Sri Lakshmi’s elder sister Jyeshta.. Nakshatram?


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Jyeshta means elder.. (The North Indian word Jettani is derived from jyESTa.)

In common tradition, Jyeshta Devi is considered the elder sister of Lakshmi Devi. She is also called alakshmI. She is considered more beautiful while leaving, while Lakshmi Devi is considered more beautiful while coming.

The nakshatram following Jyeshta Nakshatram is Moola Nakshatram. (This moola nakshatram points to the center of the milky way, our galaxy. In my article on Moola Nakshatram, we have explored the significance of the Dhanur masa early morning rituals. At sunrise in Dhanur masam, the sun is in line with Moola Nakshatram, which is in line with the galactic centre where Vishnu lies  in the khseera samudram. )

It is said that Jyeshta Devi rose out of the sea before Lakshmi Devi on the day of the ksheera sagara mathanam.

In this article Ksheera Sagara Mathanam (Location), I have presented the idea the sthala purana that gives Antarvedi in Andhra Coast as the location of the Ksheera Sagara Mathanam on earth. I have written that on the east coast of India, you do see the moon rising out of the ocean. This is not possible on the west coast. I have also written in one of my posts that the kalpavruksham etc that ‘came out of the ocean” on that daywere the various constellations that rose into the sky, one after another, through the night.

Now, both Jyeshta and Chandra (Moon), rose before Lakshmi (see Sri Suktham : Lakshmi as Light), out of the ocean and after the churning.

I think that first Jyeshta Nakshatram rose, and then Chandra making everything bright and thus Lakshmi came next. This would mean that the Nakshatram of the Day was either Jyeshta or Moola.


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