Abhijit (Hindi: अभिजित) is the 22nd lunar mansion out of 28 in the Indian system of nakshatra. Abhijit is the Sanskrit name for Vega, the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. Abhijit means "the Victorious One" or "the One who cannot be defeated". In the Mahabharata (Harivamsa), Krishna was born under this nakshatra.
In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Krishna tells Arjuna, that among the Nakshatras he is Abhijit, which remark indicates the auspiciousness of this Nakshatra. In the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Verse 21, it is mentioned as Sasi (Moon) rather than as 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. Hence, Abhijit nakshatra is not a regular nakshatra with four padas or quarters and thus it serves as an intercalary asterism most of the time. It is not mentioned as frequently as the other asterisms in mythology. The 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 predictive astrology, those born at the moment when the moon was in Abhijit nakshatra will be highly learned and famous. They are respected by the society and live like kings. They will generally acquire the top-most position no matter where they work or they will have an independent profession and will be leaders. They will be inclined towards occult matters. Their health may not be good especially during childhood and their parents may have to suffer on some account. Their marital life is ordinary and those with Chandra in Abhijit Nakshatra generally marry between 23 and 25 years. Due to the small size of the Nakshatra, people born under Abhijit are fewer in number.
- Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 11, Chapter 16, Text/Verse 27
- The Dhaarmik Traditions, by Kosla Vepa