The root word ‘Naksh’ means to worship or approach, and ‘tra’ is a suffix. The word ‘Nakshatra’ also is believed to mean ‘not destructible.’ Certain Nakshatras such as Tishya (Pushya), Ashwini, and Revati have been mentioned in the oldest of the Vedas – Rig Veda and the entire list of Nakshatras finds its place in Yajur and Atharva Vedas. According to Vedic Astrology, Nakshatra refers to the stars/constellations. The 360 zodiac system is divided into 12 zodiac signs. There is a total of 27 Nakshatras in astrology. In ancient times, Nakshatras are considered as a means of worshipping the divine. These 27 constellations are based on the movement of the Moon, which travels approximately 27.3 days around its orbit. Hence, the birth star of an individual is calculated based on the position of the Moon in any of these stars. The 27 Nakshatras are spread across the 12 zodiac signs in three cusps at Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Some Nakshatras lie entirely within a sign, whereas certain stars overlap in two zodiac signs. Each Nakshatra has its own ruling deity and powers, which play a major role in deciding the characteristics of an individual. Everyone born on this earth has their birth star, which depends on the placement of Moon in one of the 27 stars. Each Nakshatra is further divided into 4 Padas (quarters) which represent the quality of each star.