Rohini is the consort of Chandra Deva. But either Chandra deva was hyper-active or there are some mythological explanations of him bagging another chief consort in Tara and a further 27 of Daksha’s daughters, is your truth finding. The 27 daughters that Daksha gave away in marriage are all nakshatras. Rohini is also step mother to Tara’s illegitimate son, Budha, (not Gautama Buddha) born out of wedlock when Chandra was given to intoxication.
The name Rohini is derived from Rohan which means ‘to rise or to bring into existence’. When Daksha gave away his 27 daughters, he got an undertaking that Chandra would not show favouritism towards any of his wives. This may not be a very practical promise to make, would it? Soon enough, Chandra is drawn to Rohini. Some lighter writings suggest Chandra Deva being horny and it was Rohini in dakini style that satiates this business. Daksha comes to know of Chandra Deva spending more time with Rohini. So he repeatedly warns and reminds him of the pre-nupital undertaking. Finally Chandra deva gets cursed by Daksha.
But Chandra was a Shiva bhakta. But he goes to Lord Brahma first and sought advice. Brahma told him that the only rescourse was to pray to Shiva. Chandra went to Prabhasa tirtha and made a linga on the banks of the river Sarasvati. He prayed to Shiva for six months. At the end of the tapasya Shiva appeared before Chandra and offered to grant him a boon. Chandra explained what the problem was. Lord Shiva tells that Daksha’s curse cannot be entirely ignored. So there was a compromise. During Krishnapaksha Chandra would wane. And during Shuklapaksha, the bright part of the lunar fortnight, Chandra would wax. TThis explains the waning and waxing moon. All thanks to Rohini.
Everyone would have some perception about polygamy. Some would have direct joyful or bitter experience. Decades ago, we used to mock about polygamy mitigation “My Lord, please have mercy on my client; he had to put up with two mother-in-laws!” If the judge was a polygamist then the client may not suffer being crushed by the wheels of judiciary. Anyway let us get back to Rohini’s story. There is some romance going on here despite Chandra favoring Rohini. Puranic legends have it that Rohini the favourite wife of Chandra. Of all the 27 Stars-all wives of Chandra-Rohini is said to have been fond of fine dress, cosmetics and decore and was the most beloved of Chandra. So there you have the Rohini group of stars, nakshatras considered to be the cause of a taste for fine dress, perfume, and other articles of toilet.
Anna yoga states that creation continues to exist mainly on the basis of annam or food. Now, Rohini is said to be the nakshtra that overseas the cause of food. But , the direct and immediate cause of food is Agni and Brahma the remote cause. From this we derive a few Jyotish principles. In view that the God who gives food, that is Agni, he is rightfully the spiritual principle of Rohini Group of Nakshatra. Now, Lord Brahma being the remote cause of food, thus logically is the Devata of Rohini. Agni and Brahma’s range of influences over the Rohini group of nakshatras runs over the whole gamut of the visible and invisible animal world. So it is no surprise that Chandra favored Rohini.
Rohini Nakshatra: These are compiled notes. Rohini nakshatra extends in the Vrishabha Rashi from 10 degree to 23:20. It is also belieed to be the birth nakshtra of Lord Krishna. The lord of Rohini is Sukra, the symbol a Cart drawn by Cows. The Devata is Brahma, the prime creator of all things living, from the meanest insect to Man, the beauty of the weird, the paragon of animals. Rohini- group therefore encompasses everything that comes within the range of creation–beasts, birds, animals etc. It would also connote the process of growing, begetting, birth, production etc, in brief production, birth and creation. Rising means process of ascending, that is to say the creative evolution, the cultivation and the improvement.
Those born in the star Rohini are agriculturists, experts, well behaved, handsome, good speakers and poets. They are stable minded, respected, enjoyers and interested in love making. They are of sweet-speech, intelligent, capable and bright. They are long-lived and perform accepted jobs, religious, truthful and help those who have helped them. They are respected by kings. They respect gods and brahmins and know the science of metres and metaphors. They are able servants of their lords and determined. They are endowed with good looking hands and wide forehead, handsome, independent, loved by their children, experts, wealthy with respect to corns and money, have desire to wear new clothes, suffer from eye diseases, little feared and play with women.
Chandra is said to be exceptionally and emotionally sensitive, intuitive, absorptive, reactive and pragmatic. They are affectionately attached to Mother. When Chandra is in Rohini nakshatra he is said to have a profound and self-defining core need for emotional security, which expresses via physical attractiveness and wanting to appear as an agent of wealth and sensual luxury - Shukra. This is a splendid placement for mothers who enjoy being the central figure in their family. Also, curators of values-collections such as natural resource managers, luxury providers, wealth-bankers, or asset managers.
Hara Hara Mahadeva
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Yogi Ananda Saraswati