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For the Hindu astrology term, see Abhijit. Abhijit, also spelled Abhijeet, is a male name common in the Indian subcontinent. The meaning of Abhijit is "victorious" or "conqueror" in the Sanskrit language. Abhijit (or Abhijeet) is the Sanskrit name for Vega, the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. Lyra is named after the lyre, which is a musical instrument famously associated with Orpheus, the greatest of all musicians and poets. Vega/Abhijeet featured prominently in Carl Sagan's novel, Contact. In the novel, the protagonist (Ellie Arroway) receives an interstellar message which appeared to have been transmitted from somewhere in the vicinity of Vega, leading to speculation that a planet orbiting Vega may have intelligent life. In the Zoroastrian religion, Vega is a minor deity called Vanant (which means "conqueror" in the Avestan language). Vanant's great task is to guard the mythical mountain at the center of the earth through which the sun passes everyday. Abhijit is the name (in the Hindu measurement of time, Muhurat) of a period of of 48 minutes centered around solar noon which is considered a good time to start any task. Notable people with the name include: Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Indian playback singer best known by his first name, Abhijeet Kosambi (born 1982), classical singer and winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa -Maharashtra cha Maha Gayak, Abhijeet Sawant (born 1981), singer and winner of Indian Idol, Abhijeet Gupta (born 1989), chess grandmaster

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