nakṣatra नक्षत्र

Definition: n. an asterism or constellation through which the moon passes, a lunar mansion etc. etc. (27, later 28, viz. śraviṣṭhā- or dhaniṣṭhā-, śata-bhiṣaj-, pūrva-bhadrapadā-, uttara-- bhadrapadā-, revatī-, aśvinī-, bharaṇī-, kṛttikā-, rohiṇī- or brāhmī-, mṛga-śiras- or āgrahāyaṇī-, ārdrā-, punarvasū- or yāmakau-, puṣya- or sidhya-, āśleṣā-, maghā-, pūrva-phalgunī-, uttara-- phalgunī-, hasta-, citrā-, svātī-, viśākhā- or rādhā-, anurādhā-, jyeṣṭha-, mūla-, pūrvāṣāḍhā-, uttarāṣāḍhā-, abhijit-, śravaṇa-;according to revatī-, uttara-phalgunī-, uttara-bhādrapadā- and uttarāṣāḍhā- are called dhruvāṇi-,fixed;in the veda-p the nakṣatra-s are considered as abodes of the gods or of pious persons after death on ;later as wives of the moon and daughters of dakṣa- etc.;according to jaina-s the sun, moon, graha-s, nakṣatra-s and tārā-s form the jyotiṣka-s)


Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: AV., VarBr2S., Sa1y., RV. i , 50 , 2, MBh., Hariv.
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