Rohiṇī

Rohini
Rohini

Etymology/Symbolism

Rohiṇī (रोहिणी) is also known by the names Asbrāhmī, Dhata, Vishata, Brahma, Vidhi, Druhina, Viranchi, and Prajapati.

Rohiṇī is often called “The Star of Ascent” because it gives rise to prominence and influence in society.

It’s also called “the red one,” a reference to its primary star, Aldebaran.

It’s symbolized by a cart, chariot, temple, and banyan tree.

The Chariot

Astronomy

Rohiṇī resides between 10° – 23° 20′ Vṛṣabha (Taurus). It consists primarily of the star Aldebaran (α Tauri), an orange giant star located about 65 light years away in the constellation of Taurus. With an average apparent magnitude of 0.87, it’s the brightest star in Taurus (Vṛṣabha) and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The name, Aldebaran, is Arabic (الدبران / al-dabarān), which means “the Follower,” presumably because it rises near and soon after the Pleiades of Kṛttikā.

Nature Puruṣārtha Varna Color Gana Guna/Tattva Dosha Gender Body Part Animal
 Fixed (Dhruva/Sthira)  Mokṣa  Shudra  white  Manushya (Human)  Rajas/Tamas/Rajas Kapha  forehead

Its primary motivation is mokṣa, or spiritual liberation. Rohiṇī is rajasic in nature and reflects the need for travel and movement.

The Rohiṇī dosha is Kapha, which signifies the water quality. Water is necessary for sustenance. These people are emotional and soft. They can become too attached to their emotions and this can create difficulties for them.1

Devata, Graha & Śakti

Graha

Rohiṇī is ruled by Candra, resides within the rāśi of Vṛṣabha (ruled by Śūkra), and its presiding deva is Brahma (or Prajapati, the Creator).

Śūkra’s rulership over Vṛṣabha and its artistic, creative potential can reflect tremendous creativity and gifts in the fine arts to planets positioned here. However, as Taurus is the bull, Vṛṣabha may introduce a bull-headed nature at times. Because Vṛṣabha is a fixed sign, stubbornness, a short temper, and a critical nature may also be seen.

The combination of influences by Candra and Śūkra can bestow those born under this asterism with beauty, sensuality, charisma, and charm. They also introduce a magical, creative chemistry.2

Prajapati

Rohiṇī is ruled by Prajapati, the Creator. Its power is growth (rohana shakti). Its basis above is the plants and below is the waters. The result of these three is creation. Rohiṇī Nakshatra allows for growth and creation on all levels, bestowing great fertility. However it also evokes some degree of jealousy because others may resent that a person gains such abundance. Moreover, it can increase desire. But these are only side effects to its great prosperity. Prajapati is the creator who can bestow everything so we should be careful what we want. ((David Frawley. Shaktis of the Nakshatras))

Prajapati created creatures but thus created they went way. Of them he thought about Rohini. He desired, “May she approach me. May we unite together.” One who makes the appropriate offering to Prajapati, to Rohini, his beloved approaches him and he unites with her.

Rohini is a Nakshatra of love, passion and sexuality that is generally fertile and creative, but not inclined to tolerate limits. Because of this it is very productive for almost everything but can draw jealously upon it. – David Frawley, Fruits of Worshipping Each Nakshatra

Brahma

Yamas & Niyamas

Āsanas, Mudras, Meditations & Bhandas

Tales & Mythologies

Rohini is the birth nakshatra of Krishna. Lord Vishnu manifested as Krishna on earth to deal with King Kansa, a cruel oppressor whose tyranny was out of control. The gods couldn’t tolerate Kansa’s atrocities against their devotees, so in a dream Kansa was told that his evil reign would be brought to an end by his sister Devaki’s eighth child, Krishna, who would kill him. Kansa’s solution was to imprison Devaki and her husband Vadudeva. Devaki bore seven sons, six of whom were promotly killed by Kansa. The seventh child was transferred to the womb of Rohiṇī, another wife of Vadudeva and was named Balarama. On the night that the eighth child, Krishna, was due to be born, the prison guards fell into a deep sleep and the doors magically unlocked. Vasudeva slipped out of the prison and whisked away the Vishnu Avatara, Krishna, to the safety of a neighboring kingdom called Gokul. The Yamuna river parted her waters making a channel for Vasudeva to pass. The Gokul King Nanda and his wife Yashoda then adopted Krishna.3

Annually, the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated on Ashtami tithi when the Sun is in Leo and Moon is in Rohiṇī nakshatra. Rohiṇī can deal with adoption and other issues too and the need to fight the wrong caused by others.4

Lord Krishna  is said to have been born with Taurus rising and the Moon in the first house in Rohiṇī.5

Padas

The padas in Rohiṇī are on the second cycle of the soul journey. They want freedom, youthfulness and no restrictions. This can lead to innovation and the opening of new horizons. The similar padas in Aśvinī had very little emotional baggage. As the padas are repeated in Rohiṇī, the soul memories and unresolved issues can weigh them down and the entanglement into materialism is slowly taking hold.

The Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Rahu are exhalted by pada. Saturn, Mars and Ketu are debilitated. Taurus pada is vargotamma and pushkara.6

Pada 1 Pada 2 Pada 3 Pada 4
Ruler Mangala (Aries) Śūkra (Vṛṣabha) Budha (Mithuna) Candra (Karka)
Position 10° – 13° 20′ Vṛṣabha 13° 20′ – 16° 40′ Vṛṣabha 16° 40′ – 20° Vṛṣabha 20° – 23° 20′ Vṛṣabha
Bija Mantra  ओ O/Au  वा Va/Ba  वी Vi/Bi/Vi  वु Vu/Bu/Vo

Mantras

Gemstones & Metals

Interests & Careers

politics, authority positions, music, art, acting, dancing, agriculture, real estate, restaurant and hotel business, fashion design, modeling

Auspiciousness/Engage In

  • Residing in a house, village, temple, or entering in new hose-city-temple (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Religious works, rites for getting peace, propitiation of portents, Vinayaka Shanti (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Coronation (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Sowing of seeds, planting of small garden (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Starting of vocal music (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Friendship, sexual works (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Making and wearing of ornaments and clothes may be auspiciously begun/effectively performed. (Dhruva/Sthira)
  • Works allocated to delicate & friendly (Mridu) asterisms may also be performed. (Dhruva/Sthira)

Inauspiciousness/Avoid

As with all Nakṣatras, there are both auspicious and inauspicious characteristics to be considered. A day in which Candra is in Rohiṇī…

Ayurveda & Health Issues

colds and cough, irregular menses, apoplexy (sunstroke), obesity, poor diet, sore throat, venereal disease.

The Rohiṇī dosha is Kapha, and gaining weight can be a problem.7


  1. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 62 

  2. Dennis Harness. The Nakshatras 

  3. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. pp. 60-61 

  4. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 61 

  5. deFouw & Svoboda. Light on Life. p. 220. 

  6. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 64. 

  7. Komilla Sutton. The Nakshatras. p. 62.