Nakshatra/Star:  Dhanishta (23°20’ Capricorn – 6°40’ Aquarius)


Dhanishta is the 23rd Nakshatra/Star of Zodiac ruled by planet Mars, often known as “The Star of Symphony” “The Most Famous” “The Most Heard-of” “The Wealthiest”. Dhanishta has two meanings –  one is Dhana (riches) and the other is Dhvani (sound). Dhan means “wealth”(not necessarily monetary, it can be high values/ virtues, inclination towards higher realm). A lot of top people in entertainment industry have a strong Dhanishta influence in their chart.  It’s main symbol is musical instrument which is generally made of wood and hollow from inside like Flute, Mridang, Tabla or Damru. The concept is same in all symbols indicating rhythm generation. High Liking for music and dance can easily be seen in Dhanishta natives. They have the ability to create something out of nothing. As they are able to keep a beat, with this notion these natives have keen sense of timing, this can refer to having a knack for being at the right place at the right time, in negative realms these natives keep waiting for right moment to take their revenge. Due to nakshatra lord Mars, there can be considerable ownership of property and real estate. Dhanishta is represented by ‘Khyapayitri Shakti’ which refers to the power to bestow Fame and Abundance.


Dhanishta natives are very energetic; they like to be involved and busy in some work. They achieve their goals in life with dedication and efficiency. Highly ambitious and strong decision-makers they are. They will try hard to accomplish something they are determined about. They are quite dominating and like to influence others. They remain alert and careful in their work-environment. They value their self-respect and like to stay away from conflicting situations. However, when situation gets worse they lose their temper and may become violent. 

People born in this Nakshatra have sharp intellect. They have the ability to take quick decisions. Due to their decision making ability they achieve great success in life. 

Those born in this Nakshatra give preference to job than business. They like doing a job. However, they occupy a high position in both job and business. Engineering and fields of hardware are favourable for them in terms of education. For those born in the Aquarius part of this nakshatra ; scientific inquiry is the way of life. For them, the profession is also mostly related with science. 

Dhanishta is one of the most expressive nakshatra. It has an ability to adapt itself to any situation in which it finds itself. Being good conversationalists, Dhanishta natives can always put other person at ease very quickly. It is a social nakshatra, which likes to be part of groups. It is not a loner and likes to mingle with people.

Due to the heavy influence of Mars, these natives generally do very well at sports.This holds especially true for track and field athletics, ball games and gymnastics.

Marriage often comes late in life of Dhanishta natives and quite challenging one because of the involvement of  Mars and Saturn. They choose partners who have a personality that is different from theirs. This may lead to conflict in marital life.


Symbol:  A musical drum, tabla or flute

Star Lord:  Mars ( Mangal )

Ruling Deity: Eight vasus, deities of earthly abundance

Eight vasu's

The Deity associated with Dhanishta Nakshatra is Eight Vasus. They are: Apah, Dhruva, Dhara, Anala, Anila, Pratyusha, Soma and Prabhasa. Vasu means dwelling. The eight Vasus represents the eight cosmic natural phenomenon. These Vasus gives different qualities to the native. Also it is to be noted here that these eight vasus are cursed from Sage Vashishta. There are both positive and negative traits in these people. These individuals will have lot of material desires and wants in life. Sometimes they take wrong routes to fulfill their desires. It all depends on the strength and position of Moon in this Nakshatra.

Ascendant in Dhanishta:  Those born with Dhanishta rising on Lagna usually carry a rich, liberal, radiant expression on their faces. They exude confidence and nobility. They have a peculiarly captivating smile.

Regal and heroic nature, humanitarian, idealistic, charitable,virtuous, ambitious, optimistic, wealthy, philosophical, rash, arrogant, inquisitive mind,liberal in thought.

Moon in Dhanishta: Wealthy, liberal in gift-giving, charitable, daring and rash in action, controversial, fond of music and poetry, mystical, difficult to convince of anything, troubles or delay in marriage, several mates, obstinate.

The moon in Dhanishtha indicates a person who possesses material wealth and property. They need fame and recognition and are good leaders, but they can be greedy and self absorbed. They are musical and good at dancing and like to travel. They can also experience marital difficulties. They are patient, suffering, royal life, enduring, revengeful, brave and social.


The Sun in Dhanishta: Courageous, strong, issues with anger, curious mind, research oriented, athletic, hard working, philosophical nature, social interests, wealthy, successful, cynical, stressful lifestyle, irrational at times.

Career interests: Musicians, poets, doctors, surgeons, real estate, property management, engineering, mining, scientists, research work, charitable organizations.


Shadowy side: Materialistic bent of mind to the extent of possessing everything for self, overly ambitious, stingy or covetous of others fortune, a tendency towards self absorption and narcissism ( Excessive love or admiration of oneself ), inconsiderate and ruthless, heartless and revengeful, trouble with marriage.

According to Varahamihira, Chandra in Dhanishta makes a person “ liberal, brave, rich and adept at music and other fine arts ”.

Remedy :  For those suffering from bad effects resulting from afflictions to this Nakshatra, best remedial measure is worship of Goddess Durga, or Hari Hara, a deity with a half-Vishnu, half-Shiva form. Alternatively, one can worship eight Vasus.






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