Shiva is the one who lives
in the heart of all beings.
On the night of Shivaratri he unifies with Shakti.
upon this night of great union between Shakti & Shiva,
Tantric practitioners gives honour
to the the innermost union
of Kundalini Shakti

The great night of Shiva is upon us. Maha Shivaratri literally means ‘the great night of Shiva’.

Shiva is the first and last and always Yogi. Adinath is his name that means ‘the endless origin of Yog’.

The annual night of Shiva presents the soul upon earth with a vortex of energies that open the Chakras to the magical and healing force of Kundalini Shakti.

Upon this night,
Shiva is absorbed into Shakti
Shivaratri brings the feminine & masculine forces

into equilibrium.

The Nakshatra (lunar mansion) upon the night of Shivaratri is Dhanishta.

Dhan means ‘wealth, abundance’, Nishta implies rhythmic constant flow.

This is the Nakshatra of continuous, musical flow of wealth. It is indeed a star of music and has as its symbols, musical instruments.

Dhanishta Nakshatra is a Mangala (Mars) ruled Nakshatra and potently brings us the lessons of wealth and fortune through the secret of rhythmic flow.

It is ruled by the Vasus, the 8 elemental deities who manifest material abundance and the ability in the arts involving tangible earthly rhythm – such as music or dance.

Dhanishta is a royal Nakshatra that brings abundance and fortune from the inner levels of being into manifestation.

The animals of this Nakshatra are the lion and the peacock and they reflect wealth and royalty very well.

The lion is famously called the Jungle ruler. The peacock is a bird that is wealthy amongst birds in its feathers of beauty, it can’t be denied.



The symbol of Dhanishta Nakshatra is the drum of Shiva and the flute. This is a Nakshatra that is heavily concerned with musicality and rhythm. The Dhumaru is the drum of Shiva and is the ever changing rhythmical heartbeat of creation.

The beat of Shiva’s drum
tells that the secret of wealth
on all levels of being
is rhythm

To know one’s own particular rhythm is to know how to apply ones life forces to the best function. When we don’t acknowledge our own particular rhythm then we deplete ourselves, and so, the secret of Dhanishta is to learn to honour one’s own rhythm. When we honour our own rhythm then we are able to observe the rhythms around us and learn about the keys to wealth and musical living.

Dhanishta brings divine music to us, but obviously we have to set up a receptive rhythm to catch it.

Where Shravan Nakshatra gives us listening and hearing, the following Nakshatra – Dhanishta… gives us something grand to listen to.

If we are out of tune with our own rhythm then our view of all rhythms is warped – and so the lesson that Dhanishta brings to us is to learn to pay attention to our own rhythm – so that it may become a receptive instrument to the sounds of infinity.

This is challenging because our personal rhythm is not a fixed thing and is subject to fluctuations and change, so we may not even be able to rely on our ‘own rhythm’ as a thing that is constant. This ever changing nature of rhythm relates profoundly to Shiva and his celestial dance.



The odyssey of our eternal dance of being is told through the stars in the story of Shiva and his union with Shakti. The dance of Shiva is the dance of destruction that is the secret dance of rhythm.

Shiva destroys all past instances and this gives the power to face the ever changing rhythms of the drumbeat of life.

Nataraja is the name of Shiva as the celestial dancer.

We see the Yogasan named Natarajasan presented in the above picture.

Shiva has the ability to match
each and every move of Shakti like no other can.
Shakti has an endless infinity of expressions
and the Shiva can follow them all.

There are many layers of meaning in this above statement that are a worthy subject of meditation.

Shiva’s dance is a dance that is so fluid and unfixed that it is ever ready and able to dance with the infinity of celestial tides in the infinite cosmology of being.

Nataraja the celestial dancer is the grand overseer of this Nakshatra. He is the lord of rhythm and dance, and is famously known for his dance of destruction.


The Stars of Dhanishta are clustered in the constellation Delphinus, this is the Dolphin constellation.

Dhanishta Nakshatra is a star of music and rhythm it is to be remembered. We can see that the dolphin is a creature of profound musicality. It is well known that the Dolphin communicates through incredibly subtle sound frequencies and rhythms.

Dhanishta has another name which is Shravishtha – that which is devoted to Shravan. Shravan is the previous Nakshatra to Dhanishta and rules subtle listening and hearing.

This following Nakshatra of Dhanishta implies that one learns the art of being devoted to listening – devoted to Shravan

May we gain the ear to dance with the rhythm of nature, and learn to move with the subtlest frequencies of life and love.

To join the ritual,
Touch and be touched by Shiva