Krittikanakshatra, aka: Kṛttikānakṣatra, Krittika-nakshatra; 2 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Kṛttikānakṣatra (भरणीनक्षत्र) is another name for Kṛttikā: 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. Kṛttikā means “nurse of Kārttikeya, a son of Śiva” and is associated with the deity known as Agni (God of fire).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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About 5000 years ago, what we now consider the 3rd naksatra (Kṛttikā) was considered the 1st (in Ṛg and Atharva Veda, for example) because it aligned roughly with the beginning of the 1st division of the ecliptic, Aries. 

Source: Vic DiCara's Astrology: Current Positions of Nakṣatra in Tropical Space

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