Dhanishthanakshatra, Dhaniṣṭhanakṣatra, Dhanishtha-nakshatra: 1 definition



Dhanishthanakshatra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Dhaniṣṭhanakṣatra can be transliterated into English as Dhanisthanaksatra or Dhanishthanakshatra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Dhaniṣṭhanakṣatra (धनिष्ठनक्षत्र) is another name for Dhaniṣṭha: a particular section of the ecliptic. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Dhaniṣṭha means “most famous” and is associated with the deity known as Vasu (Gods of elements).

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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