Mrigashirshanakshatra, aka: Mṛgaśirṣanakṣatra, Mrigashirsha-nakshatra; 2 Definition(s)


Mrigashirshanakshatra 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 Mṛgaśirṣanakṣatra can be transliterated into English as Mrgasirsanaksatra or Mrigashirshanakshatra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Mṛgaśirṣanakṣatra (मृगशिर्षनक्षत्र) is another name for Mṛgaśirṣa: 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. Mṛgaśirṣa means “the deer’s head” and is associated with the deity known as Soma (God of the immortal elixir). Also known as the Āgrahāyaṇīnakṣatra.

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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Mrigashirsha nakshatra which is the fifth nakshatra according to the Hindu astronomical beliefs is the same as the constellation "orion". This constellation is visible throughout the world and is one of the most conspicuous star formations in the night sky. The formation resembles that of a hunter. This nakshatra is formed by the combination of the Vrishaba-rashi, which forms the first two quarters and the Mithun-rashi which forms the latter half of this constellation.

Source: Prokerala: Mrigashirsha Nakshatra

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