The Arrow Nakshatra
Bal Ganghadar Tilak (Orion or the Antiquity of the vedas), mentioned in previous post, assumed that the three aligned stars shown in Figure 1. from his book on the antiquity of the Vedas, had to be the stars of Orion’s belt. He interpreted statements in the Rg Veda mentioning an ‘arrow’ in the head of a nakshatra called mrigashiras, interpreted ‘antelope head’.
As discussed in a number of posts on this site, Mars’ (Indra) lithosphere rotated like a great wheel, when in its geostationary orbit with its north pole axis oriented toward the Earth. But because of the Tharsis Bulge on the equator, the rotation was wobbly. As a result, features on its equator were sometimes visible near it s limb. In the case at hand the three
aligned volcanoes of the Tharsis Bulge were seen as the arrow, which is pictured in Figure 2, taking artistic license to imagine the antelope head nakshatra being formed by three volcanoes still visible on Mars.