VEDIC STORY ABOUT MOON
The birth of Chandra is related to the story of creation in Puranas. He was born of the tears of Sage Atri, who completed an extended meditation to facilitate creation. Upon the completion of the tapa, the tears that rolled down his cheek illuminated the world and filled it with pleasant qualities. The directions wished to bear those teardrops as a male child, but so potent was it that they could not bear it. Brahma finally took those teardrops and molded them into a beautiful man, who was then named Chandra. Moon or Chandra, in Vedic belief and rituals, is represented as a man with many wives. He is said to have 27 wives and spends each night in one of the wives’ palaces. These 27 wives are the 27 nakshatras, and Chandra takes 27 nights to complete one lunar cycle. Of all the wives, Rohini is his favorite, and Moon is said to be exalted in Rohini Nakshatra in Taurus. Moon is also represented as a hare or rabbit for the same reason- he moves from one nakshatra to the other too quickly. The transit period of the Moon in astrology is the shortest. In the Vedas, there are 28 nakshatras, and the 28th nakshatra is known as Abhijeet. It is a male nakshatra, and the other nakshatras are females. Abhijeet is known as the brother of the female nakshatras and, in modern days, it is known as a fallen pole star. Moon is also believed to contain the Amrut Kalash, and when pleased with his devotees, he bestows upon them the nectar of immortality. Moon is also worshipped as the Soma Dev, who contains unique nectar. Soma is to be used on special occasions during Vedic sacrifices and helps people rise to a higher state of understanding and knowledge. In some other beliefs, Moon is maternal and fondly regarded as Chandrama. She is pleasant and soothing, and with her serenity and love, she dispels the fear of darkness from among the minds of the devotees. She also gives relief from sadness and sorrow, calms the senses of people, and helps cure people of mental illnesses. Chandra also has a very close relationship with Shiva, who is said to have rescued Moon from the curse of waning. Shiva bestowed upon Chandra the power to wane and wax alternately, and to this day, Moon, as a gesture of gratitude, adorns the head of Shiva as the celestial jewel. The 27 nakshatras are the daughters of Daksha and, during the marriage, he made a demand that the Moon should not be partial with any of the wives. The Moon could not keep his word and was partial to Rohini, so the other wives complained to the father, and the father cursed the Moon that he would lose his charm. The Moon got scared, and he approached Siva to remove this curse and Siva said he could not entirely remove the curse, but he can reverse it in a way that ensures that the Moon gains its charm for two weeks and the rest two weeks the Moon will lose the charm. Since the planet Sun was ever-present and constant, it signified permanence and immortality, while the Moon in astrology, with its waxing and waning cycle, became symbolic of mortality, change, birth and rebirth, and repetition.
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