Rohini (goddess)

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Rohini
A Nakshatra Goddess
The Personification of Aldebaran
ChandraRohini.jpg
Chandra and Rohini
AffiliationDevi
AbodeChandraloka
Personal information
Parents
ConsortChandra
ChildrenVarchas
Budha (adopted)

Rohini (रोहिणी) is a goddess in Hinduism[1] and the favorite consort of Chandra, the moon god. She is a daughter of Daksha and sister of the 26 other Nakshatras. Of the lunar mansions the asterism Kṛttikā, Revati and Rohini are often described as deified beings and “mothers”.[2]

Lady Rohiniʻs name means “the red one”. She, as “the red goddess” (Rohini Devi), is the personification of Aldebaran.[3]

Mythology[edit]

In Hindu mythology, Rohini is a daughter of King Daksha and Lady Panchajani. She was one of the twenty-seven daughters of Daksha who married Chandra, the moon god. She was the favourite and chief consort of Chandra.[4] Chandra spent most of his time with Rohini. This enraged his other wives and they complaint this to their father. Seeing his daughters unhappy, Daksha cursed Chandra to lose his glory. Chandra's glory was partially restored by Shiva.

This is the fourth nakshatra of the zodiac, ruled by Moon. It spreads from 10° 0' in Vrishabha to 23° 20' in Vrishabha. Eyes of the people born in this nakshatra are especially attractive.

Lord Krishna's birth star is Rohini and there is a significance to his choosing to be born in this star.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Agrawala, Prithvi Kumar (1983). Goddesses in Ancient India. Abhinav Publications. ISBN 978-81-7017-184-3.
  2. ^ Jessalyn, Blossom Meghan (2012). Rohini (Nakshatra). Sess Press. ISBN 978-613-8-62464-6.
  3. ^ Wife of Vasudeva is also known as Rohini Devi.
  4. ^ Sutton, Komilla (2007). Personal Panchanga. The Wessex Astrologer. ISBN 978-1-902405-85-8.