Rohiṇi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Rohini, RohiNi, Rohini


Rohiṇi, wife of Vasudeva

Rohiṇi was the first wife of Vasudeva and the mother of Balarāma, elder brother of Kṛṣṇa. In their earlier life, they were Surasā and Kaśyapa. They were reborn due to a curse of the god Varuṇa.

Rohiṇi, a Cow

Rohiṇi was also the name of a cow, daughter of Kāmadhenu, the celestial cow who gave birth to all the cows of the world.

Rohiṇi, daughter of Dakṣa

One of the twenty-seven daughters of Dakṣa married to Candra,[1] Rohiṇī was his dearest wife.

Rohiṇi, a Nakṣatra

As a nakṣatra or star-constellation (the 4th in the list of 27) Rohiṇī comprises the stars alpha, theta, gamma, delta and epsilon Tauri.

Rohiṇi as per Astrology

In astrology, it is an auspicious star suitable for the performance of caula,[2] upanayana,[3] vivāha[4] and so on.


References

  1. Candra means Moon.
  2. Caula means first haircut for a male child.
  3. Upanayana means investiture with the sacred thread.
  4. Vivāha means marriage.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore