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Short description: 2nd lunar mansion of Hindu astrology
Aries (constellation) map showing Bharani

Bharani (Devanagari: भरणी) is the second nakshatra in Hindu astronomy, corresponding to 35, 39, and 41 Arietis all together. In Jyotiṣa, Bharani is ruled by Shukra (the planet Venus). Also, it is classified as a Cruel or Active nakshatra, meaning that, under electional astrological beliefs, works of a harmful or deceptive nature are best conducted while the moon is Bharani.[1]

Bharani is seen as being under the domain of Yama, the god of death or Kālī. [2][3]

Traditional Hindu given names are determined by which pada (quarter) of a nakshatra the Ascendant/Lagna was in at the time of birth. The given name would begin with the following syllables:

  • A (pronounced as in "agglutination")
  • Ee (pronounced as in "Eel")
  • Li (pronounced as in "little")
  • Lu (pronounced as in "look")
  • Le (pronounced as in "levity")
  • Lo (pronounced as in "local")

See also


  1. Hart De Fouw, Robert Svoboda. ‘’Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India.’’ 2003: pg. 204. ISBN:0-940985-69-1
  2. Amaresh Datta. ‘’Encyclopaedia of Indian literature vol. 1.’’ 1987: pg. 447
  3. Dennis M. Harness. ‘’ The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology’.’ Lotus Press, 1999. ISBN:0-914955-83-7. pg. 7