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Shatabhisha Nakshatra – Importance – Information

Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam is the 24th of the 27 nakshatras in Hindu astrology and that reside in the lunar zodiac belt. The nakshatra is also known as Satabhishaj or Satatara and Sathayam. This star has a longitude of 306 degree 40 minutes to 320 degree, it appears to be elliptical in shape. All four quadrants of this star occupy the sign Aquarius.

The presiding deity of Shatabhisha is Varuna (son of Aditi), God of all waters and one of the eight guardians of the universe, looking after the west zone. The ruling planet of the star is Rahu.

It is an upward looking (urdhvamukha) star, and is good for planting and agricultural operations. It is also supposed to be good for auspicious functions like christening a baby, thread ceremony and business transactions. The constellation is however not chosen for performing marriages, nor is it regarded as suitable for beginning house construction.

According to Anusasana Parva fo the Mahabharata, if one gives a gift of fragrant materials (sandalwood) in the birth star, one will, after one’s death, live with nymphs and enjoy fragrance and comforts.

The cluster of five stars Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra and Revati is called Dhanishta Panchaka. If death occurs on a day ruled by any one of these stars, one is advised to desert the house in which the death occurred and re-occupy it only after six months (according to the advice given by the sage Garga).

One who is born under Satabhishaj is supposed to be noble-hearted, famous, helpful to relations, able to destroy enemies and is clever in argument.