The nakshatras are small constellations of stars that the moon travels through as it orbits Earth. In English, nakshatras are known as “lunar mansions.”

Dhanishta is the 23rd of 27 nakshatras. If you were born when the moon was between 23:20 degrees Capricorn-6:40 degrees Aquarius, then this guide is for you.

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Every nakshatra has its own set of fixed attributes. This includes planetary ruler, nakshatra group, zodiac sign, deity, symbol, and power. The features of Dhanishta are below:

Sanskrit Name: धनिष्ठा (Dhanishta) comes from the Sanskrit words धन (wealth) and तिष्ठति (reside). One meaning of Dhanishta is “the rich one,” indicating good fortune, resilience, and a strong character.

Planetary Ruler: Mars. The Romans worshiped Mars as the god of war, a tradition that had its roots in the scriptures of Vedic India. Mars is associated with masculinity, power, vitality, courage, and conflict.

Nakshatra Group: Monstrous. Nakshatras are divided into three classes — monsters, humans, and gods. Dhanishta is a monstrous nakshatra. People in this group are generally intuitive, strong-willed, and assertive. They may be prone to anger and violence.

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn (1st and 2nd Quarter) and Aquarius (3rd and 4th Quarter). Capricorns are peculiar and powerful. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and careful in making decisions. Aquarians are intelligent, idealistic, determined, and philosophically-inclined. They are often involved in charitable work or other spiritual or humanitarian endeavors.

Deity: The Eight Vasus. In Vedic theology, the Vasus preside over the elements. In the ancient history known as the Mahabharata, Grandfather Bhisma was an incarnation of the Vasu known as Dyu.

Symbol: A drum. This represents the rhythm, dance, music, divine timing, and great influence.

Power: To sanctify. Persons born under the star of Dhanishta are able to salvage and utilize things that others have discarded or perceived to be devoid of value.

Resonant Syllables: In India, the birth nakshatra is traditionally used as one means of choosing the name of a child. The corresponding syllables for the four quarters (padas) of Shatabhisha are Ga (गा), Ghee (गी), Goo (गु), and Gay (गे). The syllable of a person’s first name is sometimes used when calculating an astrological chart if the time of birth is unknown.


Dhanishta natives are honest and straightforward individuals. They exude confidence and are able to overcome any obstacles that come between them and their desired objectives. They are resourceful, capable, and highly intelligent. These qualities make them excellent problem-solvers — ideal people to have around no matter what the situation.

Those born under the star of Dhanishta enjoy adventure. The thrill of entering the unknown and meeting unexpected challenges head on is a joy for them. They are good-hearted souls who take pleasure in giving to others. They do not hesitate to go out of their way to help a friend in need, or even a stranger.

You are musically-inclined and multi-talented. You have many aspirations in life, and you will somehow find a way to fulfill many or even all of them, especially if you align yourself with the blessings of God.

Dhanishta Careers

Persons born in Dhanishta can do well in careers in the performance or entertainment fields, or which give them an opportunity to exercise their inborn helping nature.

Some ideal professions include:

  • Musician, dancer, performer, or entertainer
  • Doctor, nurse, herbalist, or healer
  • Non-profit worker or philanthropist
  • Real estate agent, salesperson, or investor


Dhanishtas’ fortunate, confidence, and outgoing nature can sometimes lead them to become egotistical. You should be careful to actively cultivate a humble and compassionate character. Otherwise you may become overly opinionated, argumentative, and boastful. These traits can alienate friends and community members who care about your well-being.

Dhanistha natives can be inconsiderate of others feelings and needs. They may even resort to violence if opposed by others. They can be quite ruthless if their patience is pushed to its breaking point. In addition, their fearlessness may cause them to behave recklessly, indulging in intoxicants, narcotics, and other dangerous substances. They may become addicted to any one of these substances if they do not practice temperance and self-control.

You value getting things done more than anything else, and as a result, you may resort to deceit or dishonesty. However, bear in mind that the end does not always justify the means. Actions have consequences, often far worse than we initially imagine. The satisfaction offered by a noble, moral life is far greater than anything fame or wealth can provide.

Recommended: Learn more about your moon sign. If you were born in the 1st-2nd quarters of Dhanishta, your moon sign is Capricorn. If you were born in the 3rd-4th quarters of Dhanishta, your moon sign is Aquarius.

Other Personality Traits

You are a talented musician and artist. You have a refined sense of aesthetics and a keen ear for music and rhythm. You can make a career in any one of these areas, provided you’re able to plan ahead and manage your finances responsibly.

You do well in the limelight. You are a natural entertainer. You enjoy making people happy and making them laugh, and you like being the center of attention.

You may make friends with the wrong people. You’re not always able to differentiate between true friends and false ones. You may make mistakes when choosing your companions, and you may even wind up in troublesome romantic affairs.

You may be self-serving. You genuinely enjoy helping others, but sometimes there is a hidden, selfish motive. You have a difficult time truly setting aside your selfish interests and sacrificing for the sake of another. Of course, this is something many people struggle with.

Dhanishta Compatibility

Dhanishtas’ sexuality is symbolized by a female lion. In terms of physical compatibility, this makes them an ideal match for persons born under Purva-bhadrapada nakshatra.

Based on holistic matching, Dhanishtas are most likely to find happiness in long-term partnerships with:

For Dhanishta natives in Capricorn (1st-2nd Quarters)

  • Krittika in Taurus
  • Rohini
  • Ashlesha (for male natives)
  • Uttara-phalguni in Virgo (for female natives)
  • Vishakha in Libra
  • Uttara-ashadha in Capricorn (for female natives)
  • Shravana (for female natives)
  • Purva-bhadrapada in Pisces (for male natives

For Dhanishta natives in Aquarius (3rd-4th Quarters)

  • Rohini
  • Ardra
  • Punarvasu in Gemini (for male natives)
  • Purva-phalguni (for female natives)
  • Swati (for female natives)
  • Vishakha in Libra

Note: Compatibility in relationships is a complex science that looks at many different factors. You should always consult with an experienced astrologer who can carefully analyze the charts of both you and your partner.

Dhanishta’s Four Quarters (Padas)

Each nakshatra is divided into four quarters, also known as padas, of 3:20 degrees each. These quarters are based on a 1/9th divisional chart, known in Sanskrit as navamsha.

The moon’s position at your time of birth determines the quarter in which you are born.

First Quarter (23:20-26:40 degrees Capricorn): Leo. You are highly ambitious and expert in material affairs. You are worldly-minded and sensual. You may have marital difficulties.

Second Quarter (26:40-30:00 degrees Capricorn): Virgo. You are talkative and sociable. You easily adapt to different circumstances, and you are naturally detached, aloof, and carefree. However, you may hold grudges against those who you believe have wronged you in the past.

Third Quarter (0:00-3:20 degrees Aquarius): Libra. You are creative and especially adept in music. You are righteous and dignified. However, you may act carelessly and without sufficient forethought.

Fourth Quarter (3:20-6:40 degrees Aquarius): Scorpio. You have great power and energy, and you can easily overcome your opponents. You have a sixth sense and a strong intuition. You are actively interested in mysticism and spirituality. However, you are prone to arrogance, and you may adopt unfair means to achieve your goals.

Dhanishta in Electional Astrology

In electional astrology, also known as muhurtha, nakshatras are used to determine favorable days and times for important ceremonies and events, such as weddings, buying a new house or vehicle, commencing a project, or conceiving a child.

The electional nature of Dhanishta is Chara, “mobile.” Dhanishta is an excellent nakshatra for:

  • Buying a vehicle
  • Changing residence, jobs, or other life changes
  • Beginning a pilgrimage
  • Planting vegetables or other crops, and general gardening work
  • Travel

A List of the 27 Nakshatras

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