Astrology

Nakshatra refers to an area of the sky in the Vedas

The image below shows a Rg veda mantram of which Vasishtha is the Rshi.

It explains how the sun (Suryah) on rising at dawn illuminates the nakshatras. Since the sun illuminates the sky and not constellations, as it rises, I believe this mantra supports the definition of nakshatra, as a region of the sky as given below by Chatterjee and Chakravarthy.

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