Constellation is a group of stars seen to represent a mythical figure or pattern in the sky. Eighty such groups are known. The Hindu literature describes 27 such stars combinations or “Nakshatras”. The Sanskrit word Nakshtra means “that which does not decay”.
Twenty seven nakshtras are distributed over 12 months. Every Nakshatra has a symbolic tree or plant that defines its connection with Eternal Nature. Each one of them has myriad of Medicinal, Asthetic and Economic value which can be explored for additional Health Benefits.
The trees are of course all indigenous and suit the local Environment. Due to number of developmental activities, the forests and thereby tree wealth is dwindling fast. Plantation of Nakshatra Vriksh by each of the individual would definitely assist in ''Biodiversity Conservation''.
Nakshatra Vriksh is an ancient Conservation practice when man was aware of scientific value of trees. Each plant has its own “micro-diversity” of microbes, butterflies, birds and humans too. Interestingly, there are five birds such as Vulture, Peacock, Owl, Cock and Crow associated with 27 Nakshatras.
Zodiac bed is a 360-degree circle. This circle is divided into 12signs (Rashi) and 27 sections (Nakshatra) , each section represents a sun or moon house. we can predict certain outcomes by understanding the good and bad effects of the heavenly bodies and their relation to the circle. If we imagine a point in the center of the circle, and the circle divided into 27 pieces, then we can use this center, and each division to calculate the value of each house at 13 degrees and 20 minutes. Added together, all 27 houses equal 360.
Zodiac Bed/circle = 360 degree
360 degree/ 12 (Zodiac signs) = 30 degree i.e., 1 Rashi
360 degree/ 27 (Nakshatra) = 13 degree 30 minutes i.e. 1 Nakshatra
1 Nakshatra = 4 Pada
1 Pada= 13 degree 30 minutes/4 = 3 degree 20 minutes
1 Rashi = 2.25 Nakshatra x 4 (Pada) = 9 Pada
12 Rashi = 12 x 9 Pada = 108 Pada
Every Nakshatra has a symbolic tree or plant that defines its connection with eternal nature. In our Indian culture there was a tradition that whenever a baby is born in someone's home, that person was supposed to plant a tree of the same Nakshatra on which the baby was born.
List of plants for Nakshatra Garden :