Pt.Sanjay Rath - Vimshottari Dasha #1
composed of four parts called Pada. Each Pada, being one-fourth of a constellation is 3°20'(or 200’). The first Nakshatra is Aswini which is reckoned from zero degree Aries and spansthe range 0°–13°20’ Aries. The second Nakshatra starts from 13°20’ Aries and extends till26°40’ Aries. In this manner nine Nakshatra cover the span of 120° from 0° Aries to 30°Cancer. Similarly two other sets of nine-Nakshatra span the space from 0° Leo to 30°Scorpio and 0° Sagittarius to 30° Pisces respectively (Fig1-1). The Navagraha in the order ofKetu, Venus, Sun, Moon, Mars, Rähu, Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury are the lords of the nineconstellation as reckoned from Aswini. This order of planets also determines the lordship forthe other two complimentary sets of nine constellation (Table 1-1).Dasä PeriodDasä periods have been spelt out by Paräsara for the planets as Sun – 6 years, Moon –10 years, Mars – 7 years, Rähu – 18 years, Jupiter – 16 years, Saturn – 19 years, Mercury –17 years, Ketu – 7 years and Venus – 20 years. These have also been indicated in theTable 1-1.
Order of Dasä
The dasä follows a definite sequence in the regular order of the constellations. The Dasä arefurnished by the planets owning the constellations. For example, if the first dasä is reckonedfrom Bharani (2), then the first dasä shall be initiated from Venus, the lord of Bharani. Theorder of the constellations areBharani(2)-Krittika(3)-Rohini(4)-Mrigasira(5)-Ardra(6)-Punarvasu(7)-Pusya(8)-Aslesha(9)-Makha(10) etc. Thus, the order of the Dasä shall be Venus (Bharani), Sun (Krittika), Moon(Rohini), Mars (Mrigasira), Rähu (Ardra), Jupiter (Punarvasu), Saturn (Pusya), Mercury(Aslesha) and Ketu (Makha).
Paräsara has advised the use of this Vimsottari dasä for all purposes as it is the best Ududasä. Whereas he has given a very specific rule (Criteria-1) for the use of Ashtottari Dasä(108 years) by stating4 that Rähu in a quadrant or trine from the Lord of Lagnadetermines the applicability of Ashtottari dasä, subsequently he gives the following advise(Criteria-2):“If birth is at day in Krishna Paksha or at night in Sukla Paksha, the use of Ashtottaridasä is advised.” If this advise is to be taken at face value, then by implication the Vimsottaridasä would apply only if birth is at night in Krishna Paksha or at day in Sukla Paksha.Considering Criteria-1 & 2 together, Ashtottari dasä will be applicable in about 25% charts.Thus, Vimsottari dasä is applicable in about 75% birth charts. Summing up, check thefollowing:-1) Whether Rähu is placed in a Kendra or Trikona from Paka Lagna (i.e. the sign occupiedby the Lord of Lagna).2) Whether birth at day time is in Krishna Paksha, OR Whether birth at night time is in Sukla
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