What Is Nakshatra ?

Indian history states that the process of choosing baby name by Hindu Nakshatra has been followed since centuries. It is followed even today.

In Hinduism, generally parents choose baby names by Hindu Nakshatra. According to the Hindu mythology, it is considered to be one of the most auspicious ways. The term “Nakshatra” means “skymap” due to “naks” meaning “sky” and “shetra” meaning “region”. Another translation is done by using a different analysis. It says “Naksha” is a “map” and “tara” is a “star” and so “Nakshatra” means “Start Map”. Both these meanings clearly bring out the significance of the 27 Nakshatras and constellations. Since ancient times the Moon was looked for calculating time and connected to stars. It is a very complex method. So often, parents seek for the Hindu astrologers who have deep knowledge about these methods.

Hindu astrologers have suggested that the birth of every child is governed by a particular Nakshartra, which should be used in deciding the first letter of the name of the child. The Nakshatra present in the moon at the time of child’s birth offers four possible sounds. It is advised to choose one sound out of the given four that correspond to the division or pada of the Nakshatra. So every parent then uses the selected sound to look for various names available.

Following is a list of all Nakshatras and their pada.

No. Name Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
1 Ashwini (अश्विनि)

चु Chu

चे Che

चो Cho

ला La

3 Bharani (भरणी)

ली Li

लू Lu

ले Le

लो Lo

2 Kritika (कृत्तिका)

A

I

U

E

4

Rohini (रोहिणी)

O

वा Va/Ba

वी Vi/Bi

वु Vu/Bu

5 Mrigashīrsha (म्रृगशीर्षा)

वे Ve/Be

वो Vo/Bo

का Ka

की Ke

6 Ārdrā (आर्द्रा)

कु Ku

Gha

Ng/Na

Chha

7 Punarvasu (पुनर्वसु)

के Ke

को Ko

हा Ha

ही Hi

8 Pushya (पुष्य)

हु Hu

हे He

हो Ho

Da

9 Āshleshā (आश्लेषा)

डी Di

डू Du

डे De

डो Do

10 Maghā (मघा)

मा Ma

मी Mi

मू Mu

मे Me

11 Pūrva Phalgunī (पूर्व फाल्गुनी)

नो Mo

टा Ta

टी Ti

टू Tu

12 Uttara Phalgunī (उत्तर फाल्गुनी)

टे Te

टो To

पा Pa

पी Pi

13 Hasta (हस्त)

पू Pu

Sha

Na

Tha

14 Chitra (चित्रा)

पे Pe

पो Po

रा Ra

री Ri

15 Svātī (स्वाति)

रू Ru

रे Re

रो Ro

ता Ta

16 Viśākhā (विशाखा)

ती Ti

तू Tu

ते Te

तो To

17

Anurādhā (अनुराधा)

ना Na

नी Ni

नू Nu

ने Ne

18 Jyeshtha (ज्येष्ठा)

नो No

या Ya

यी Yi

यू Yu

19 Mula (मूल)

ये Ye

यो Yo

भा Bha

भी Bhi

20 Pūrva Ashādhā (पूर्वाषाढ़ा)

भू Bhu

धा Dha

फा Bha/Pha

ढा Dha

21 Uttara Aṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढ़ा)

भे Bhe

भो Bho

जा Ja

जी Ji

22 Śrāvaṇa (श्रावण)

खी Ju/Khi

खू Je/Khu

खे Jo/Khe

खो Gha/Kho

23 Śrāviṣṭha (श्रविष्ठा ) or Dhanishta

गा Ga

गी Gi

गु Gu

गे Ge

24 Shatabhisha (शतभिषा) or Śatataraka

गो Go

सा Sa

सी Si

सू Su

25 Pūrva Bhādrapadā (पूर्वभाद्रपदा)

से Se

सो So

दा Da

दी Di

26 Uttara Bhādrapadā (उत्तरभाद्रपदा)

दू Du

Tha

Jha

Da/Tra

27 Revati (रेवती)

दे De

दो Do

Cha

ची Chi

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