Dhanishta – The Flute
Dhanishta (23.20 Capricorn-6.40 Aquarius) is governed by Vasus, the God of the Flute. This star is known to bring symphony in the lives of others, being placed under the custody of Mars.
The Dhanishta constellation is also known to be drum-shaped or dolphin-shaped. The term Dhanishta translates into ‘the most benevolent’ or ‘the wealthiest’. It is also known as the Shravishta, which is Sanskrit for ‘the famous’ or ‘someone who is the most heard of’.
The inherent nature of this nakshatra is said to be derived from the influence of its eight presiding deities: Apah (musical ability, confidence, and vanity), Druva (fixedness, hard work, dependability, and obstinacy), Dhara (wisdom, charity, conversation, and talkativeness), Anila (commercial skills, resource, motivation, and worry), Anala (energy, sharpness, and bad temper), Pratyusha (radiance, joy, hope, and music), Prabhasa (good nature, purity, aspirations), and Soma (sensitivity, gentility, indulgence, deception).
It is evident from the above that Dhanishta is a connoisseur of the good life and that it has a wide spectrum to its personality. As one of the most expressive nakshatras, Dhanishta is adaptable and flexible. Dhanishta rising on the charts can mean that the native will be radiant, confident and possess a disarming smile. The ability to strike conversations easily makes them adept at ensuring the comfort zone of the other person. It is generally true of natives born under Aquarius.
As a social nakshatra, Dhanishta loves group activities, being aware of its ‘dharma’ or ‘aim’. They also choose partners who have a personality that is different from theirs. This may lead to conflict in marital life. Dhanishta, in its ability to tune itself to its surroundings, may become susceptible to the falling standards of the media and hence act in a degenerative manner.
In the cosmic cycle of constellations, Dhanishta is represented by ‘khyapayitri shakti’ which refers to the power to bestow fame and abundance. Twin influences of birth and prosperity makes Dhanishta attain the pinnacle of success, something that can directly be related to Capricorn. When their achievements are made in relation to the cosmic intent, Dhanishta takes on an enduring significance.
Quarters or Padas
Pada 1 : Leo Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by ambition, aggression, and accomplishment
Pada 2 : Virgo Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, adaptability, musical and athletic skills
Pada 3 : Libra Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by wit, optimism, sociability, marital bliss
Pada 4 : Scorpio Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by creativity, sports prowess, and athletic skills
Gana: Dhanishta is a ‘rakshasa’/demonic nakshatra, since it is lcosely related to Mars and Saturn, with the aim of bringing a change in the present.
Religion, ceremonies, group work, music, dance, concerts, pomp, moveable and immoveable property, travel, proactive approaches, clothes, money lending, finance, jewelry, healing, education, fame, high tech equipments
Marriage, sexuality, giving up old habits, partnerships, household work, tact, gentleness
Dhanishta natives should worship Goddess Durga, who rides the lion or the half-Vishnu/half-Shiva Hari Hara, and chant the root mantra “Om Yam” and “Om Ram” 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing red, gold and blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Dhanishta a liberal, wealthy and rich appearance. AR Rahman is a typical Dhanishta native.