According to Vedic Astrology, the zodiac comprises of 360 degrees. Since there are 27 Nakshatras (constellations) in it, the value of each constellation is 13º and 20 minutes when measured from the fixed initial point. Further, each Nakshatra is also divided into padas or charan, and every Nakshatra has 4 padas.
As per the Hindu mythology, the twenty-seven Nakshatras are believed to be the daughter of King Daksha and Moon is married to all of them. This is why the lunar month is of approximately 27 days (equal to the number of Nakshatras) as the Moon spends approximately one day in each constellation.
The term "Nakshatra," translates into ‘Sky Map’: ‘Naks' meaning ‘sky’ and ‘Shetra' meaning ‘region’. Astrologers also deduce another translation: ‘Naksha’ meaning ‘map' and ‘Tara’ meaning ‘star’ and so Nakshatra means ‘Star Map’.
The Nakshatras have been classified in various ways; according to their basic attributes, their astronomical names and categories, the deity that rules them, their ruling planet and starting Dasha, their gender and cast. An important classification that many astrologers keep in mind while analyzing, is the primary motivation of the Nakshatra. This includes Kama; which represents sensual desires, Artha; which represents material desires, Dharma; which represents living one’s life based on spiritual principles, and lastly, Moksha; which represents liberation from birth and death.
The 27 Nakshatra names are-
Vedic astrologers also consider Nakshatras to be extremely significant during Kundli matching. Vedic astrologers prefer to analyse a person’s personality traits through the birth star (Nakshatra of the Moon) rather than by the Sun sign. The Sun changes signs approximately every month, while the Moon changes its sign every 2-3 days. This is why predictions based on Moon are more accurate and more reliable, since our moods and circumstances are also frequently changing.
Nakshatras are stellar constellations and the word translates to "sky map". Nakshatras can be found with the help of the moons degree in a particular sign at the time of birth of a person. Vedic astrology focuses more on the birth star (Nakshatra of the Moon) than on Sun signs to read the personality traits of a person. The planet’s Nakshatra positions are also studied in the natal chart thus making its use much more significant in Vedic astrology than in zodiac signs.Ashwini Bharani Krittika Rohini Mrigashira Ardra Purnavasu Pushya Ashlesha Magha Moola Purva Phalguni Uttara Phalguni Hasta Chitra Swati Vishakha Anuradha Jyeshtha Purva Ashada Uttra Ashada Revati Shravana Dhanishtha Shatbhisha Purva Bhadrapada Uttara Bhadrapada