Tale of two Nakshatras – Abhijit & Heather

“Tis true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below.” – Isaac Newton

“Celestial = Terrestrial”

(prerequisite: deep understanding of allegories & analogies)

Terrestrial nakshatra, Heather Dorniden, fell down during the race, recovered quickly and won the race!

Here is her story:

Celestial nakshatra, Abhijit, while competing with nakshatra Dhanishtha, in a celestial race, fell down and never recovered!  Dhanishtha went on to win the race.

But we are going too ahead of ourselves!   Let’s go to the beginning of the race.

A long time ago….

It was 22530 BCE and nakshatra Rohini had won the previous race and was awarded the title of ‘First Nakshatra’!

Winning Criteria: 

Whoever reached the point of summer solstice, first, won the race.

The distance is measured in ‘arc-sec’ of Right ascension (Don’t forget this was a celestial race)

Nakshatra Dhanishtha desired to attain the same coveted status of ‘First Nakshatra’ as her elder sister (nakshatra) Rohini.

However, she was aware of her competition- Abhijit.

Dhanistha was given a little bit of head start.

Abhijit and Dhanishtha

This was because Abhijit was stronger and Dhanishtha was weaker (n0t obvious in the photo, above)

Positions of Abhijit and Dhanishtha, at the start of a race (22530 BCE), can be described pictorially:

Abhijit -Dhanistha race

The race began in 22530 BCE and ended in 14602 BCE.  Dhanishtha won the race.

( Interestingly,  both of them had much to celebrate and  were smiling at the end of the race. We will find out the reason for their individual celebrations at the end of our story.)

Dhanistha won the race

And if we look at their speed records through the entire race, the outcome is indeed obvious.

Who ran faster

But something else was also happening. To understand it, let’s briefly look at the types of air resistance experienced by runners, both terrestrial and celestial:

A runner on a terrestrial track would face two kinds of air resistance

(1) head wind

(2) cross wind

A runner on celestial track would face two kinds of ‘celestial air’ resistance

(1) Right Ascension wind (head wind)

(2) Declination wind (cross wind)

Both, Abhijit and Dhanishtha experienced significant cross wind.  Dhanishtha recovered from the northward fall (not unlike Heather Dorniden).  Abhijit continued to drift northward.

Abhijit falls Dhanistha recovers

And for speed enthusiasts, their speed of fall, but even more critical, their speed of recovery will tell the dramatic story of Dhanishtha’s win (not unlike the story of Heather Dorniden).

Negative speed represents correction in the other direction (i.e. recovery).

Dhanistha fall and recovery

Dhanishtha was given the status of ‘First Nakshatra’!

Abhijit’s fall was not that unfortunate after all.  It was given the status of ‘North Pole Star’.  All the stars of northern hemisphere danced in circle around Abhijit.


(Photo courtesy: Shri Prabhakar Phadnis)

Abhijit enjoyed the status of being a  ‘North Pole Star’ for next 4000+ years, until about 10,000 BCE.

In fact, Abhijit was the ‘North pole star’ during the time of Ramayana, but that is another story, for another day…

Good night.  Sweet celestial dreams.




































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