Ashlesha (nakshatra)

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Ashlesha (Sanskrit: आश्लेषा or Āśleṣā) (Tibetan: སྐར་མ་སྐག), also known as Ayilyam in Tamil and Malayalam (Tamil: ஆயில்யம், Malayalam: ആയില്യം, Āyilyaṃ), is the 9th of the 27 nakshatras in Hindu astrology. Ashlesha is also known as the Clinging Star or Nāga.[1] It is known as the Hydra. It extends from 16:40 to 30:00 Cancer .[2]

The planetary lord is Mercury or Budha. Its presiding deities are the Nāgas.[3] The nakshatra's symbol is a coiled serpent. It is a trikshna or sharp nakshatra. Its animal symbol is the male cat.[4] The Hindu gods Lakshmana and Shatrughna, brothers of Rama, were born under this Nakshatra

Like its symbol, the Nāga or coiled serpent, people of this nakshatra are said to have confused emotions and no matter how close you are to them, they will always protect you. On the other hand, Ashlesha natives are said to have very good leadership skills, to be apt at managing even a large army, and to be diplomatic and cordial by nature.

Mahatma Gandhi and Ayilyam Thirunal of Travancore had the moon in this nakshatra, while Jawaharlal Nehru had this rising on his ascendant.

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  3. ^ "Characteristics based on Nakshatras". Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ "ashlesha". Retrieved 6 November 2016.