Nakshatram of the Day!
The Vedic people used the moon as a pointer to the skies.
There are 27 Nakshatrams that cover 360 degrees of the zodiac, so each nakshatram ‘covers’ 13.33 degrees. The moon (Chandra) moves through each of these nakshatrams, once every month. Moving through means moving close to. The Yuga (Union) of Chandra and any Nakshtra roughly lasts for a solar day.
The Nakshatra Yuga at SunRise determines the Nakshatra of the day.
So at the time the sun is rising, the moon is within the 13 degrees of the Nakshatra of the Day!
Pushya means prosperity. The deity is Brhaspati.
With Reference to Valimiki Ramayanam :
- Please note the absence of elaborate consultations of the horoscope, either for the wedding, or for the pattabhishekam (coronation.)
- The auspicious day for the Sita’s wedding was selected by Janaka and for the Rama’s coronation was selected by Dasaratha.
- Though brahmin rishis such as Vasishtha, Viswamitra and Satananda (the son of Gautama) were present, they were not consulted.
- Chandra is a male, the 27 nakshatras that he joins in turn are considered female in one story.
- The 28th nakshatra who is counted as Abhijit was also called Daksha at one time and was considered the father if these other 27 Nakshatras and was dropped later. This may also have a reference to the removal of Daksha’s head and replacement with a goat’s head (Mesha -Aries).
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