Ardra (nakshatra)

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Orion map showing Ardra

Ardra is the name of a nakṣatra in Hindu astrology, the sixth depending on numbering scheme used. The Sanskrit name Ārdrā translates to "green" or "the moist one". It is associated with the star Betelgeuse (α Ori).[1] The Ardra nakshatra extends from 06 degrees 40 minutes to 20 degrees 00 minutes of Mithun (Gemini).[2]

The Hinduism myth associated to Ardra is that of Tārakā. Tārakā is an asura who is granted invulnerability by Brahma.[3][4]

The presiding deity is Rudra, its symbol is a teardrop, [4]the ruling planet is Rahu.[5] In Tamil and Malayalam, Ardra is referred to as Tiruvātirai and Tiruvātira respectively.[2]

Ardra :- It lies completely in Gemini and the ruling planet is Rahu, which is the North lunar node;[4] hence it is a Mercury+Rahu combination. It can be considered as the combination of intellectual feeling with passionate thinking. The deity is ‘Rudra’, the God of destruction and it renders this quality in the native. ‘Ardra’ means moist or wet. It is symbolized as a teardrop. As Rahu is the ruling planet the darker side of keen desire of materialism, causing troubles for others.[4] Thunder power can make a person violent by nature.

Naming principle: Names of children born with Ascendant/Lagna nakshatra should start with syllables Ku, Kham, Ja, Chha,[6] Gha, Da, Na, Jha

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  3. ^ Harness, Dennis M. (1999). The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology. Wisconsin: Lotus Press. p. 23. ISBN 0-914955-83-7.[unreliable source?]
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  5. ^ "You are being redirected..." Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Adra Nakshatra | Adra Nakshatra Male & Female Characteristics". GaneshaSpeaks. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2020.