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Abhijit (अभिजीत) is the 28th nakshatra or asterism in the Indian astrology system. Abhijit is the Sanskrit name for Vega, the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. Abhijit means "Victorious" or "the One who cannot be defeated". In Mahabharata (Harivamsa), Krishna was born under this nakshatra.



In Bhagavad Geeta, Krishna tells Arjun, that among Nakshtras he is Abhijit, which remarks the auspiciousness of the Nakshatra.[1]

In Srimad Bhagavatam, Krishna tells Arujun, that among Nakshatras he is Abhijit, which remarks the auspiciousness of the Nakshatra.[2] Actually in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 21, it is mentioned as Sasi (Moon) rather than Abhijit.

Its longitude starts from 06° 40' to 10° 53' 20 in sidereal Capricorn i.e. from the last quarter of nakshatra Uttara Ashādhā to first 1/15 th part of Shravana.[3] Hence, Abhijit nakshatra is not a regular nakshatra with four padas or quarters, it serves as an intercalary asterism most of the times. It is not mentioned as frequently as other asterisms in mythology. Moon or Chandra is said to have 27 (not 28) wives with whom he stays for one day in a sidereal lunar month. Each of the 27 asterisms is feminine, only Abhijit is masculine. Abhijit Nakshatra is an auspicious time in the Hindu Calendar.

In Astrology[edit]

In predictive astrology, those born at the moment when moon was in Abhijit nakshatra they will be highly learned and famous. They are respected by the society and live like Kings. They generally acquire top most position no matter where they works or they will have independent profession and will be among leaders. They'll be inclined towards occult. Their health may not be good especially during childhood and parents may have to suffer on some account. Marital life is ordinary and those with Chandra in Abhijit Nakshatra generally marry in between 23 and 25 years. Due to smaller size of the Nakshatra, people born under Abhijit are lesser in number.


  1. ^ Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10
  2. ^ Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11, Chapter 16, Text/Verse 27
  3. ^ The Dhaarmik Traditions, by Kosla Vepa