From (Dr. Jai Maharaj)
 alt.astrology, alt.jyotish, alt.astrology.asian,
 sci.astrology.hindu, sci.astrology.misc,, hawaii.nortle, soc.culture.indian,
 18 Oct 1996 18:51:35 UTC
 Mantra Corporation, USA

The Fall of Abhijit (the star Vega)
by Dr. P. V. Vartak
(The truth of 12,000 years BCE recorded in the Mahabharat.)
Maharshi Vyas has recorded in Mahabharat, Vana Parva (Chap.230, Verses 
8-11), a dialogue between Indra and Skanda where-in it is stated that,
"Contesting  against  Abhijit  (Vega),  the   constellation   Krittika
(Pleiades) went to "Vana" the Summer Solstice to heat the summer. Then
the  star  Abhijit slipped down in the sky.  At  that  time  Dhanishta
was given the  first place in the list of Nakshatras.  Rohini was also 
the first some time back. Now you decide what to do," said Indra.
This dialogue shows that when Indra  went  to  Summer  Solstice,  Vega
started  falling down.  Many scholars have ridiculed this idea of Star
Falling; but now it is proved by modern astronomy that it was  a  true
fact  that 12,000 years BCE,  Vega had really come down to the horizon
from the heights of the sky, to become a pole star.
Krittikas were at the Summer Solstice between 21,800 and 20,840  years
BCE.   At this time Dhansishta was at the vernal equinox and hence was
given the first place in the Nakshatras. From this period,  the  sages
noticed  the  gradual fall of Abhijit. Falling steadily, it is assumed
the position of the  Celestial Pole at  12,000  BCE,  when  Indra  met
Skanda to think on the problem of time-reckoning. The story shows that
the Indian sages were observing the stars and constellations at  least
from 23,000 years BCE.
Courtesy of Shri Prasad Gokhale
Jai Maharaj
Jyotishi, Vedic Astrologer
Om Shanti