Placement: 23°20’ of Capricorn to 06° 40’ of Aquarius
Element: Ether (Space/Akash)
The term Dhanishta is derived from two Sanskrit words: "Dhan" which means wealth, and "Ishta" which means desire or goal. Dhanishta nakshatra is believed to be associated with all three forms of wealth: financial prosperity, intellectual knowledge, and physical courage. This is why it is often referred to as the "nakshatra of wealth". People born under this nakshatra are said to achieve success, fame, and pride through these three forms of wealth. Dhanishta nakshatra is considered to be a bridge between the tenth house (representing career) and the eleventh house (representing the benefits or fruits of one's career). Thus, Dhanishta nakshatra brings success and prosperity through one's career, acting as a connecting link between these two houses.
Animal: People born under Dhanishta nakshatra are believed to possess a regal aura and are often compared to kings and queens. This can be attributed to the animal associated with this nakshatra, which is the "lioness". It is said that their presence in a room will always attract attention and light will seem to fall on their face, highlighting their charismatic nature.
Deity: The Ashta Vasus, or the eight directional deities, preside over Dhanishta nakshatra. The brothers' names are Apa, Dhara, Dhruva, Anila, Anala, Soma, Pratyusha, and Prabhasa. They act as guardian angels of eight directions and various arts (esp. music) that collectively contribute to the three types of wealth.
Apa rules confidence and invincibility (like Mars)
Dhara rules wisdom and conversational ability (like Jupiter)
Dhruva rules perseverance and organizational ability (like Earth)
Anila rules motivation and resourcefulness (like Venus)
Anala rules mental agility and discrimination (like Mercury)
Soma rules gentleness and sensitivity (like Moon)
Pratyusha rules radiance, joy and hope (like Sun)
Prabhasa rules purity and good nature (like Saturn)
Symbolism: The nakshatra symbol of Dhanishta is a "musical drum", specifically the damaru which is played by Lord Shiva during his dance, known as tandav. Lord Shiva's form as a dancer is known as Natraja. Additionally, another symbol associated with Dhanishta is a flute, which is carried by Lord Krishna, further emphasizing the strong connection between this nakshatra and music.
Ruler: Dhanishta is ruled by Mars (Mangal). The qualities of pride and bravery associated with this nakshatra come from the influence of Martian energy. Mars is not only a protector, but also a destroyer.
Guna: Diligence and determination are emphasized in this sattvic nakshatra. It is worth noting the story of Bhishma (Ganga Putra) from the Mahabharat.
Power: Dhanishta nakshatra represents the "Khyapayitri Shakti", which is the power to bestow fame and abundance upon individuals.
Story of Bhishma: Bhishma, the eldest brother (Prabhasa) of the Ashta Vasus, was born as the son of Goddess Ganga (river Ganges) in the epic Mahabharata. He was cursed by Sage Vashishta to take birth on earth and live a very long life. Bhishma was a great warrior and a dedicated son of King Shantanu. He even sacrificed his own marriage to fulfill his father's desire and remained celibate for life. Due to his oath, he was blessed by the devas. He witnessed the downfall of all his family members and died at the time of his own choosing. After his death, his curse was lifted, and he became Prabhasa once again.
Number association (Numerology): The number "eight" has a significant connection with this nakshatra as evidenced by the Ashta Vasus, the eight directional deities presiding over it, and it is associated with the eighth lunar day (Ashtami). The number eight is also associated with Saturn, which brings transformation on all levels.
General attributes: Individuals born under the strong influence of Dhanishta nakshatra are diligent, talented, protective, proud, disciplined, and devoted. This can be attributed to the influence of multiple planetary and deity energies on this nakshatra. Capricorn, the sign lord, brings in the energy of hard work, while Ashta Vasus bless the native with knowledge and diverse skills. Mars, the nakshatra lord, provides protection and pride, and Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, contributes to the discipline and work ethic of the native.
These individuals tend to be focused on their work and enjoy the benefits that come with it. They may become efficient machines, sometimes lacking emotions. Ashta Vasus are also individually associated with other nakshatras and zodiac signs, making natives of Dhanishta skilled in multiple areas. Additionally, they are often inclined towards music, and may find themselves connected to the music industry in some way. The key to success for individuals under this nakshatra lies in their discipline and hard work, which are the most important qualities associated with Mars and Saturn. It is important to note that these are general qualities and individual results may vary.