(Last Updated on : 17/09/2009)
Nakshatra-Yoginis is the chief stars of the lunar mansions, or asterisms in the moon's path. These stars are said to be the twenty-seven daughters of Daksha, who became the virtuous wives of the Moon.
It is believed that there are twenty-seven division of the lunar orbit. According to astronomy each orbit marks the motion of the moon in one lunar day.
The Hindu astrologers believe that Nakshatra-Yoginis make them of great practical consequence, from their assumed good or evil influence. In the books of old Astronomy these stars begin from the first degree of Aries.
The name and meaning of each star are as follows:
Asvini or the ram's head means good
Bharani signifies bad
Critica, Pleiades indicates very bad
Rohini, hyades is a sign of good
Mrigasiras, a triple star signifies good
Ardra, one star means bad
Punar vasu, four stars indicates good
Pushya, nebula in Cancer means good
Aslesha, five stars is a of bad
Magha, or leonis means good
Purvaphalguni, two stars is a sign of medium
Uttara Phalguni, two stars is also a sign of medium
Hasta, five stars means good
Chitra, one star is bad
Swati, one star is good
Visaka, four stars indicates bad
Anuradha, four stars means good
Jyeshta, three stars are sign of bad and something omen
Mula, eleven stars, or scorpions are very bad
Purvashadha,four stars have medium consequence
Uttara shadha, three stars indicates something good
Sravana, three stars signifies good
Dhanishta, four stars means bad
Satabhisha are hundred stars which means awful.
Purvabhadrapada, two stars are sign of medium.
26. Uttarabhadrapada, two starsare also sign of medium or normal consequence.
Revati, thirty-two stars means good.
All the influences of the above stars are related to the holy custom and rituals of marriage. The Nakshatras are classified as deva or divine, manushya or human; rakshasa or savage. If any of the two are to be married they should of the same class. Thus if one asterism is divine and the other is human, it may pass. But divine and savage is a cross that may not be permitted.