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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Bharani, BharaNi, Bharani

Bharaṇi literally means ‘that which bears’.

Bharaṇī is the second of the 27 nakṣatras depicted in the calendar. It is sometimes also called as “Apabharaṇī”. Stars 35, 39 and 41 in the Mesa or Aries group comprise this nakṣatra. In the astrological treatises, its effect is considered as malefic.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore