Aśvinī

(‘equestrian’)

It is the very first of the twentyseven nakṣatras or constellations of stars listed by the Hindu astronomy. It is said to be associated with the ‘Aśvins,’ the twin Vedic deities, the physicians of the gods in heaven. It is identified with the stars beta and gamma Arietis. In Hindu astrology its influence is considered beneficent.

See also NAKṢATRA.