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Pushya (Tamil: பூசம்) is a nakshatra in Indian astronomy. Some texts give its name as Tishya meaning to look. It corresponds to γ, δ and θ Cancri, in the Cancer (constellation). The Hindu god Bharata, brother of Rama was born under this Nakshatra. It is also mentioned in the story of the Birth of Buddha.
Pushya is known as Pooyam in Malayalam.
Under the traditional Hindu principle of naming individuals according to their birthstar (see Jyotisha), the following Sanskrit syllables correspond with this Nakshatra, and would belong at the beginning of a first name:
- Hu (pronounced as in "hurry")
- He (pronounced as in "heavenly")
- Ho (pronounced as it appears)
- Da (pronounced as in "Rhonda")
The birthstone associated with this nakshatra is blue sapphire or NEELAM, because it is ruled by the planet Saturn according to Vedic astrology. Also use PEARL because Pushya falls in the Cancer or KARKATAKA sign. Traditionally, many people buy gold on the day of this Nakshatra. In Maharashtra, India Gurupushya yoga ( the moon transiting pushya nakshtra on Thursday is considered very auspicious to buy gold. However the same day is considered inauspicious for marriages as it was the day when Lord Rama & Sita were married.( Marathi Book, Nakshtra Loka by Pt. Mahadevshatri Joshi). When Pushya fall on a Sunday it is called as Ravi Pushya Yoga or also known as Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga. This is very important for knowledge of Tantra and Mantra. Shopping for upcoming marriages, events and festivals as this time is considered auspicious to buy all sort of new items.
According to Indian medicines such as Ayurveda or siddha. This day is considered an auspicious to administrating drugs on this day seem very effective in terms of action as its related to gold and herbs. Recently, Swarna prashana, an Ayurvedic way to build immunity for kids, is promoting pushya as main day for its administration.
People flock to movie theaters and malls on this day to celebrate.
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