What is a Nakshaktra?

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Literally meaning ‘distant star’. It’s part of the 27 constellations in the Jyotisa tradition. Although it was written 5 thousand years ago, those nakshaktras can be correlated with modern astronomy.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshatra)

The 27 nakshaktras covers the entire ecliptic, where each nakshaktra (13 deg 20′) is further divided into 4 quadrants (3 deg 20′). These quadrants and called as ‘pada’ or quarter.

Interestingly, 27 nakshaktra x 4 pada = 108. That’s the number of seeds on a japa mala.

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Om Tat Sat

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