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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Jyestha, JyeSthA, Jyeshthaa

Jyeṣthā literally means ‘the elder one’.

In astrology, jyeṣthā is the 18th nakṣatra or constellation. The stars of this group are:

  1. Alpha
  2. Sigma
  3. Tau scorpi

It has a malefic influence. Persons born when the moon is in this nakṣatra are assigned to the rākṣasagaṇa. They are prone to violence and quarrels.


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