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Ardra is the name of a nákṣatra 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). The Ardra nakshatra extends from 06 degrees 40 minutes to 20 degrees 00 minutes of Mithun (Gemini).
The presiding deity is Rudra, its symbol is a teardrop, the ruling planet is Rahu. In Tamil and Malayalam, Ardra is referred to as Tiruvātirai and Tiruvātira respectively.
Ardra :- It lies completely in Gemini and the ruling planet is Rahu, 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. Thunder power can make a person violent by nature. Native of ‘Ardra’ can be complaining and ungrateful. The animal symbol is female dog (bitch) again confirming violence. This is a ‘teekshna Sangyak’ Nakshatra, leading to destructive acts.
It is also a week in which according to the Hindu custom, ladies in certain religious North Indian households prepare lavish food which has dal-bhari-poori (chana dal, a pulse, stuffed chapati), kheer (i.e. of rice), and a sabzi (a gravy dish) to its menu along with mangoes, a seasonal fruit to enjoy it completely.
- Motz, Lloyd; Nathanson, Carol (1991). The Constellations: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Night Sky. London, United Kingdom: Aurum Press. p. 85. ISBN 1-85410-088-2.
- 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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