A Nakshatra Goddess
The Personification of Aldebaran
Chandra and Rohini
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Rohini (रोहिणी) is a goddess in Hinduism[1] and the favorite consort of Chandra, the moon god. She is one of the 27 daughters of the prajapati Daksha and his wife Asikni. As "the red goddess" (also known as Rohini Devi), she is the personification of the orange-red star Aldebaran, the brightest star in the Taurus constellation.[2]

In Hindu mythology

In Hindu mythology, 27 daughters of Daksha and Asikni were married to Chandra.

Chandra spent most of his time with Rohini, which enraged his other wives, who subsequently complained about this to their father. Seeing his daughters unhappy, Daksha cursed Chandra with leprosy and proclaimed that the Moon would wax and wane each month.[3]

Rohini, along with her sisters Kṛttikā and Revati, are often described as deified beings and "mothers".[4]

In Indian astronomy

In Indian astronomy, the 27 lunar stations or Nakshatras are named for the daughters of Daksha and Asikni. The lunar station Rohini spans from 10° 0' to 23° 20' in Vṛṣabha constellation (Taurus).[citation needed]

In Indian astrology

In Indian astrology, also known as Jyotisha, Rohini is the fourth lunar station or nakshatra of the zodiac, ruled by the Moon. Lord Krishna's birth star is Rohini and it is believed there exists a significance in his choice to be born under the influence of this star.[citation needed]


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