Nakshatra Quick Reference Guide for Astrologers

When You are studying Astrology, Nakshatra help you know the subtle differences. Studying nakshatra can narrow down the timeframe in which events will happen. 

There are 27 nakshatras. Each nakshatra has a nakshatra lord i.e. each planet is assigned the lordship of 3 nakshatras. Here is a table of elaborates which planet is the lord of which nakshatra: 
 
Nakshatra and their Lords: 

Nakshatra LordNakshatra 1Nakshatra 2Nakshatra 3
KetuAshwiniMaghaMool
Venus (Shukra)BharaniPoorva PhalguniPoorva Shadha
Sun (Ravi)KruttikaUttara PhalguniUttara Shadha
Moon (Chandra)RohiniHastaShravan
Mars (Mangal)MrugaChitraDhanishtha
RahuAdraSwatiShatataraka
Jupiter (Guru)PunarvasuVishakhaPoorva Bhadrapada
Saturn (Shani)PushyaAnuradhaUttara Bhadrapada
Mercury (Budha)AshleshaJyeshthaRevati

Note:
1. Shani, though is a malefic planet, is the lord of benefic/shubha nakshatras (pushya, anuradha, uttara bhadrapada)
2. Jupiter, though is a benefic planet, is the lord of malefic / ashubha nakshatras (Punarvasu, Vishakha) 
3. Mercury owns difficult nakshatras (Ashlesha, Jyeshtha, Revati) 
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Every Nakshatra is pade of 4 charan or pada. Each rashi has 21/4 nakshatras 1.e. 9 nakshatra padas. 
The table below shows which nakshatra and their charan fall in which rashi. 

Nakshatra and which Rashi they occupy: 


RashiNakshatra 1Nakshatra 2Nakshatra 3
1Mesh (Aries)Ashwini (1,2,3,4)0 degrees to 
13.20 degrees
Bharni (1,2,3,4)13:20 to 
26:40 in Mesha
Kruttika (1)26-40′ in Mesha  to 
10-00′ in Taurus
2Vrushabh (Taurus)Kruttika (2,3,4)26-40′ in Mesha  to 
10-00′ in Taurus
Rohini (1,2,3,4)10-00′ to 
23-20′ Taurus.
Mruga (1,2)23:20 in Vrishabha to 
6:40 in Mithuna
3Mithun (Gemini)Mruga (3,4)23:20 in Vrishabha to 
6:40 in Mithuna
Adra (1,2,3,4)6° 40′ Mithuna to 
20° Mithuna
Punarvasu (1,2,3)20.00 in Gemini to 
3.20 in Cancer
4Karka (Cancer)Punarvasu (4)20.00 in Gemini to 3.20 in Cancer 

Pushya (1,2,3,4)03.20 in Cancer to 
16.40 in Cancer
Ashlesha (1,2,3,4)16.40 in Cancer to 
30.00 in Cancer
5Sinha (Leo)Magha (1,2,3,4)0:0 in Leo to 
13.20 in Leo
Poorva Phalguni (1,2,3,4)13-20′ Leo to 
26-30′ Leo
Uttara Phalguni (1)26-40′ Leo to 
10-00′ Virgo
6Kanya (Virgo)Uttara Phalguni (2,3,4)26-40′ Leo to 
10-00′ Virgo
Hasta (1,2,3,4)10-00′ Virgo to 
23-20′ Virgo
Chitra (1,2) 
23:20’ Virgo to 
6:40’ Libra
7Tula (Libra)Chitra (3,4)23:20’ Virgo to 
6:40’ Libra
Swati (1,2,3,4)6-40 Libra to 
20-20′ Libra
Vishakha (1,2,3)20-00 Libra to 
3-20′ Scorpio
8Vruschik (Scorpio)Vishakha (1)20-00 Libra to 
3-20′ Scorpio
Anuradha  (1,2,3,4)3:20’ Scorpio  to 
16”40’  Scorpio
Jyeshtha (1,2,3,4)16:40’ Scorpio up to 
30: 00’Scorpio
9Sagittarius (Dhanu)Mool (1,2,3,4)0:00 Sagittarius to13:20’ Sagittarius
Poorva Shadha (1,2,3,4)13:20’ Sagittarius up to 26”40’ SagittariusUttara Shadha(1)26:40’ Sagittarius to 
10:00 Capricorn
10Makar (Capricorn)Uttara Shadha (2,3,4) 
26:40’ Sagittarius to 10:00 Capricorn
Shravan (1,2,3,4)10:00 Capricorn  degree to 23:20’ Capricorn 

Dhanishtha (1,2)23:20 Capricorn to 
6:40’ Aquarius
11Kumbha (Aquarius )Dhanishtha (3,4)23:20 Capricorn to 6:40’ Aquarius
Shatataraka (1,2,3,4)6:40 Aquarius to 20: in AquariusPoorva Bhadrapada (1,2,3)20:00 Aquarius to 
3:20’ Pisces
12(Meena) PiscesPoorva Bhadrapada (1)
20:00 Aquarius to 
3:20’ Pisces

Uttara Bhadrapada (1,2,3,4)3:20′ Pisces up to 
16:40 in Pisces  
Revati (1,2,3,4)16:40′ Pisces  to 
30 Pisces

Analysis of Nakshatra Placement for better Understanding 

 Graha / Planet
NakshatrasNotes
 Gandanta
 1 Shukra / Venus
 Ashwini
Poorva Phalguni
Poorva Bhadrapada 

– Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Agni rashis
 No
 2 KetuAshwini 
Magha
Mool

 – Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Agni rashis 
 Yes
Start of Gandanta

 3 Rahu Ardra
Swati
Shatataraka 

  – Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Vayu rashis
 No
4 Moon Rohini
Hasta
Shravan

    – Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Pruthvi rashis
 No
 5 Shani Pushya
Anuradha
Uttara Bhadrapada

   – Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Jal rashis
 No
 6 Budh Ashlesha
Jyeshtha
Revati

     – Line Completely in 1 Rashi 
– All Rashis are Jal rashis
 Yes
End of Gandanta
 7 Ravi Krutikka
Uttara Phalguni
Uttara Shadha

 Lie in 2 Rashis 
 No
 8 Mangal Mrug
Chitra
Dhanishtha 

  Lie in 2 Rashis No
 9 Guru Punarvasu
Vishakha 
Poorva Bhadrapada 

  Lie in 2 Rashis No

Note:
1. At the cancer-Leo cusp, the ashlesha nakshatra ends in cancer and a completely new nakshatra (Magha) starts in Leo. This is not a gradual transition from one rashi to another. The planets falling in this cusp give difficult results.
2. Similar cusps are observed at the junction of Scorpio-Sagittarius and Pisces-Mesha rashis
3.The orderof Nakshatras in Rashis is same as in Vimshottari Dasha – Ketu-shukra-ravi-Chandra ….