Ārdrā is the sixth nakṣatra or constel-lation of stars (of the twentyseven listed by the Hindu astronomy). It is the star Alpha Orionis or Betelgeuse. In Hindu astrology it is considered malefic. Persons born under its influence will become vain, foolish and tend towards a sinful life. The day associated with this nakṣatra is considered inauspicious for starting any new good venture.
See also NAKṢATRA.