Agni Mantra

Agni Mantra

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Nakhatra Veedhi

|| Om Gurave Namah ||

Namaste Guruji,

While trying to understand "nakshatras", I stumbled across the following information from Vishnu Purana., Part-II. It states that near Agasthya padam, there are 3 nakshatra sthanas called as Airavatha, Jaaradgava and Vaiswaanara. Their directions are respectively North, South and middle.I have given below a table of constellations contained within these sthanas. It is said that the names of veedhis are based upon the physical description of the nakshatras they contain.

Nakshatra

Veedhi (Street)

Sthana (station)

Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika

Naaga(snake)

Airavatha

Rohini, Mrigasira, Aardra

Gaja(elephant)

Airavatha

Punarvasu, Pushyami, Aslesha

Airaavatha

Airavatha

Makha, P.phalguni, U.phalguni

Vrishabha(Ox)

Jaaradgava

Hasta, Chitra, Swati

Go(Cow)

Jaaradgava

Visakha, Anuradha, Jyestha

Jaradgava(vulture)

Jaaradgava

Moola, P.ashadha, U.ashadha

Aja(goat/unborn)

Vaiswaanara

Sravana, Dhanishta, Satabhisham

Mriga(deer)

Vaiswaanara

P.bhadra, U.bhadra, Revathi

Vaiswaanara(Fire)

Vaiswaanara


While these names themselves carry a lot of amazing connotations, it is also interesting to see that the three gandanta points define the end of one nakshatra sthana and beginning of another. It is also seen that there is a change of direction as well occurring at these points. Could it be that this is the basis of concept of gandantas,
which, in fact represent that vacuum (nabhi) between one nakshatra sthana and the other? The directions also seem to indicate birth(north-Rahu), death(south-Ketu) and the Holy Fire which digests our karmas and throws up the resulting energies(papa/punya) to fuel next birth?

If imaginary lines are drawn connecting these three nakshatra sthanas, I have a feeling that a trikona/triangle is formed… Guruji, isn't this similar to the trikona of Sri charka and the nakshatra sthanas are the tri-kootas?

I am really confused and humbly request your corrections/guidance.

Regards,
Lakshmi

|om namo bhagavate vasudevaya|

Dear Lakshmi

Airavata is the vahana of Indra and rules over Bhu loka - Aries to Cancer

Jaaradgava the bird (vulture or bald eagle) is the ruler of Bhuva loka (Leo to Scorpio), and

Vaishwaanara (Agni) is the ruler of svarga loka

That should clear something about the larger divisions.

With best wishes and warm regards,

Sanjay Rath



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