A Highly Reliable Dasha of Jaimini
highly authentic and exalted system of Vedic astrology is the
Jaimini system. This system, which appears like an offshoot of
the Parashari system only, has several distinct features of its
own. While it deviates remarkably from the standard Parashari
system, it has no conflict with its parent. In fact, at several
places, the sage Jaimini, the propounder of this system, advises
the reader to accept the standard principles as laid down by the
sages anterior to him. The magnum opus of the sage Jaimini, known
as the Jaimini Sutram, is not completely available. Whatever is
available is also not easy to comprehend. Jaimini has not given
us easy-to-understand shlokas in any ordinary language. He has
given us potent Sanskrit aphorisms or capsules which are open
to varied, sometimes ridiculously absurd, interpretations. It
does not need only a knowledge of Sanskrit or astrology to unlock
their mysterious meanings; it requires an extremely high level
of pure intellect. Until now, we have refrained from publishing
articles on the Jaimini astrology in the VEDIC ASTROLOGY. This
is the first article on this system and we fervently hope the
readers enjoy this. For the uninitiated, it is relevant here for
the understanding of the present, simple and lucid, article to
point out that the dashas of Jaimini, and there are several of
them, are not the dashas of planets. It is the dashas of rashis
or signs. In each dasha system, there is a method to arrive at
the initial dasha. The subsequent dasha order is also important.
Also of significance is the method of arriving at the different
Antardashas. A special point of strategic importance is the Atma
Karaka, the key planet, which is that planet in the chart which
is the farthest advanced in any sign amongst all the remaining
planets. Since the present article is simple and elementary, several
other important features where Jaimini differs from Parashara
have not been touched here in this introductory paragraph. - Editor
In continuation of our previous observations on
the analysis of dashas, it is our aim to present here another
dasha technique for analysis of a natal chart. The technique we
intend to present here is little known but we have found it very
correct and accurate in our astrological practice. This technique
is applicable to every chart, without any conditions. The readers
are invited to try this new method and judge its validity themselves.
Like Parashara, sage Jaimini has also described
many dasha systems in his immortal classic, the Jaimini Sutram.
The dasha system being presented here is strictly a component
of Jaimini astrology. However, this method has also been included
by sage Parashara in his magnum opus, the Brihat Parashara Hora
Both Jaimini and Parashara are authorities on Vedic
astrology. The techniques of the two sages, however, differ at
several places. As regards the present subject, we have no means
to decide whether Jaimini borrowed this technique from Parashara,
or vice versa. It is the author's considered opinion that the
Jaimini school came into existence after Parashara. Having discussed
his several dasha systems, Jaimini says in the fourth quarter
of his second chapter: The rest may be accepted from other
This effectively means that what is not given in
the Jaimini Sutram must be taken from other authentic sources
available. Apart from the above Sutra or aphorism, there are several
other evidences scattered in the classic of Jaimini which point
to the successiveness of Jaimini. These comments in no way indicate
the superiority of one authority over the other. Both Parashara
and Jaimini were exalted rishis whose benevolence in the form
of their individual classics is there for all of us to benefit
Spotting the Tara Lagna
The word 'Tara' means a star or a constellation.
Here Tara means the constellation (nakshatra) of the natal Moon.
In order to work out the Tara Lagna dasha, one has to identify
the Tara Lagna in the chart. The dasha commences from the Tara
Lagna. The method to find out the Tara Lagna is as follows:
- Take note of the fact that a nakshatra has a span of
13º20'. Divide this by 12. This gives an arc of 1º6'40".
- From the longitude of the Moon, identify its nakshatra.
From the location of the Moon at the particular point in a nakshatra,
find out the extent of the nakshatra which has elapsed.
- Divide the elapsed nakshatra by 1º6'40" (i.e., one-twelfth
segment of a nakshatra) and note the quotient.
- Quotient-plus-one gives the house, counted from the
natal lagna, where the Tara Lagna (TL) falls.
- Order of the dasha: If the Tara Lagna happens to be
an odd sign, the order of subsequent dashas is direct, i.e., in the
natural order of the houses in a chart. If the Tara Lagna is even, the
order is reverse.
Let us consider here an example (Chart 1) for a
male child born on December 2, 1982, at 7:15 hours IST, at 28°N39',
77°E13'. The lagna is Vrishchika (7s18°56') while the
Moon is in Mithuna (2S0°38'). The Moon falls in the Mrigashira
nakshatra which extends in the zodiac from 1s23°20'
to 2s06º40'. The elapsed portion of the nakshatra is
Longitude of the Moon - commencement of its
nakshatra, i.e., 2s0°38' - 1s23°20' or 7°18'
Dividing 7°18' by 1°6'40" (i.e., one-twelfth of
the total arc of a nakshatra), we get a quotient of 6. The remainder
(of 0°38') is ignored. Adding one to the quotient, we get a value
of 7. The Tara Lagna falls in the seventh house as counted from
the natal lagna. In the present example, with Vrishchika (Scorpio)
lagna, the seventh house is Vrisha (Taurus). Thus, the Tara Lagna
(TL) is Vrisha.
Order of the Dasha: Since the TL is an even
sign, the order of dasha is reverse. The dashas would thus follow
the order: 1. Vrisha (Taurus), 2. Mesha (Aries), 3. Meena (Pisces),
4. Kumbha (Aquarius), 5. Makara (Capricorn), 6. Dhanu (Sagittarius),
7. Vrishchika (Scorpio), 8. Tula (Libra), 9. Kanya (Virgo), 10.
Simha (Leo), 11. Karka (Cancer) and 12. Mithuna (Gemini).
The Jaimini Sutra relevant to the calculation of
the Tara Lagna dasha is: Tara (the nakshatra at birth) is to
be divided into twelve parts. Count from the lagna and compute
the dasha from the house indicated by the corresponding location
of the natal Moon in its nakshatra.
Each dasha lasts for nine years, starting from the
Interpretation of the Tara
The following general indications are to be considered
from the Tara Lagna.
- The native will enjoy many worldly comforts, name, fame
and wealth if the Tara Lagna happens to fall in an auspicious house,
i.e., any of the houses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11. Being a maraka
house, the seventh house is exempted here by some authorities.
- All good results are ensured if the Tara Lagna is occupied
by an exalted or a debilitated planet, or by a planet whose own house
or Moolatrikona happens to coincide with the Tara Lagna.
- The Tara Lagna lord would disburse the same results if
that too happens to be placed in its exaltation, debilitation, own sign
- Mediocre results are produced by the occupant of the
Tara Lagna if the Tara Lagna happens to be its friendly sign.
- Tara Lagna lord ensures great success when it is associated
with the lagna nakshatra lord (LNL), with the Atma or the Amatya Karakas,
or with other Karaka planets. Says Jaimini: Tara Lagna is very auspicious
if occupied by an Uchcha (exalted) or a Neecha (debilitated) planet,
while it gives mediocre results when occupied by a planet in friendly
- The native will feel many obstacles when Tara Lagna falls
in houses 6, 8 or 12 from the lagna, or when it is occupied by a combust
planet or by Gulika or by any other inimical planet.
- The same line of interpretation needs to be adopted while
analysing the dasha effects. This means that any rashi occupied by its
own lord, by an exalted or a debilitated planet, by LNL, by the Atma
or the Amatya Karaka, or by other Karakas, will exhibit favourable results
during its dasha.
- A rashi falling in an auspicious house is also favourably
oriented as far as its results are concerned.
- Amazingly good results are produced during the dasha
of a rashi that harbours its own lord, a planet in Moolatrika, in exaltation,
debi-litation, the Atma Karaka, the Amatya Karaka, a yoga-karaka, or
the lords of 1, 4, 5, 9, 10 or 11.
- A rashi falling in a Trika house, or associated with
a Trika lord, or an inimical planet, or Rahu or Gulika or even dispositor
of Gulika causes troubles, ailments, downfall and several other problems
during its dasha.
Antardasha (AD) or Subperiods
Within each dasha period (Mahadasha or MD) of nine
years, subperiods of all the 12 signs will pass, each such AD
lasting for nine months. The order of the AD's in a given MD is
regulated by the location of the Atma Karaka (AK) in the natal
chart. The AK is the planet which is the farthest advanced (in
terms of its degrees, minutes, etc.) in any of the twelve signs.
As far as the order in which the AD's are to operate, Jaimini
states: When AK is in odd quarter and odd sign, the AD's are
direct in order; AK in odd quarter and even sign indicates reverse
order; in even quarter and even sign, the order indicated is direct;
and finally, AK in even quarter and odd sign indicates reverse
order of the AD's.
The Odd and Even Quarters
The zodiac of twelve signs is divided into four
quarters of three signs each. Signs 1, 2 and 3 form the first
quarter; signs 4, 5 and 6 constitute the second quarter; signs
7, 8 and 9 fall in the third quarter; finally, signs 10, 11 and
12 form the fourth quarter. The first and the third quarters are
odd while the second and the fourth quarters are even. From the
above, we can decide on the direct or reverse order of AD's as
(a) Direct order: Two conditions are given above: (i)
AK in odd quarter and odd sign (i.e., signs 1, 3, 7, 9). (ii)
AK in even quarter and even signs (i.e., signs 4, 6, 10, 12).
(b) Reverse order: Two conditions are given here again:
(i) AK in odd quarter and even signs (i.e., signs 2, 8). (ii)
AK in even quarter and odd signs (i.e., signs 5, 11).
It follows that when the AK is in signs 1, 3, 7,
9, 4, 6, 10 and 12, the AD's are to be direct in order, considered
from the MD. When AK falls in signs 2, 5, 8 and 11, the AD order
The rules of interpretation that apply to the MD
in general apply to the AD as well.
An application of the above rules needs to be briefly
We have earlier referred to the birth data of Chart
1 (a male native). The Tara Lagna dasha (TLD) commences from Vrisha
(Taurus). There is no planet in Vrisha. The TL falls in the seventh
house (from the natal lagna) which we have earlier hinted at to
be an auspicious house. Its lord Venus is located in the lagna
and associated with the LNL Mercury, the tenth lord Sun and the
fifth lord Jupiter. A good fortune for the native is thus indicated.
During Mesha (Aries) dasha, the child under went surgery, because
the rashi falls in the sixth house.
Chart 2 (born on October 13, 1961; at 20:18 hours
IST; at 29ºN28', 77ºE41') belongs to a wealthy person with Vrisha
(Taurus) lagna (12º55'). The Moon falls in Vrishchika (Scorpio)
at 11º51', in the seventh house. The nakshatra is Anuradha which
starts at Vrishchika 3°20'. Subtracting 7S3°20' (the commencement
of Anuradha) from the natal Moon (7s11°51') we get
8°31'. Dividing this by 1°6'40" (one-twelfth of a nakshatra) we
get a quotient of 7. Adding one to the quotient, we get eight.
Thus the TL falls in the eighth from the natal lagna, in Dhanu
(Sagittarius). The eighth lord Jupiter is posited with Saturn
in the ninth house. The TL lord is thus debilitated. In addition,
the lagna lord Venus and the LNL Moon are also debilitated.
The native has been enjoying a good financial status
since his twenties. During Meena (Pisces) dasha, while in his
thirties, he earned fabulous amounts of money. Presently, in Mesha
(Aries) dasha, he has been facing lots of problems and mental
tension. The reason is that Mesha falls in the twelfth while its
lord Mars falls in the adverse sixth from the lagna. As the Vrisha
(Taurus) dasha commences, he is likely to regain his position
since Vrisha falls in the lagna, its lord Venus is in a trine,
and above all Venus is in debilitation.
Magnifying Results through the Sub-period (AD)
To obtain more accurate results, one should take
into consideration the AD's. Let us consider here the example
of Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, born on August
20, 1944, at 8:11 hours wartime (one hour ahead of IST), at 18°N58',
72°E50' (Chart 3). The lagna is Simha 14°36'. The Moon, also in
Simha 17°09', is in the Purva Phalguni nakshatra. Mercury is the
AK and Venus the LNL. Since the AK falls in Simha, the AD's would
run in reverse order. The natal Moon falls in the fourth part
of the nakshatra (when the nakshatra is divided by 1°6'40"), hence
in the fourth from the lagna, in Vrishchika (Scorpio). Vrishchika
thus becomes the TL. Simha (Leo) dasha ends on August 20, 1980.
Karka (Cancer) dasha operated until August 20, 1989. He died in
Mithuna (Gemini) dasha, Mesha (Aries) antardasha.
Mithuna is occupied by the sixth and seventh lord
Saturn. Its lord Mercury is associated with the dispo-sitor of
the Gulika and the eighth lord Jupiter. Mithuna falls in the eighth
from the TL and seventh from the Gulika. Acutely adverse results
are thus expected during this dasha.
Mesha (AD) falls in the sixth from the TL. Its lord
Mars falls in an inimical sign. Its placement in a maraka house
is also adverse. Mithuna and Mesha do not enjoy any reciprocal
aspect. The native was assassinated during this period. The equivalent
Vimshottari dasha at that time was Rahu-Mercury.
It was during the MD-AD of Simha-Kanya (Leo-Virgo)
that the native's brother died. Why not the native himself? The
LNL and the AK are located in the rashi. However, the location
of Jupiter, the eighth lord and the dispositor of Gulika, there
did give agony to him and his family. His mother died in Karka-Kumbha
(Cancer-Aquarius) (May 20, 1984 to Feb. 20, 1985). Karka is occupied
by Rahu. The AD of Kumbha falls in the fourth from the TL and
in the eighth from the MD.
Tara Lagna vs Natal Lagna
It is interesting as well as important to know that
the TL is as good as the natal ascendant for chart analysis. The
reader may again refer to the TL in the above chart of Rajiv Gandhi.
It will be noted that the LNL, the AK, and the lords of houses
2, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are all located in the tenth house from
the TL. A potent Rajayoga is formed in the tenth house. However,
the eighth lord and the dispositor of Gulika are also included
amongst these various house lords, and the Rajayoga only ended
disasterously. He died during the MD of the eighth house and the
AD of the sixth house. His mother died in the MD of his ninth
house and AD of the fourth house. His brother died in the MD of
his tenth house and AD of his eleventh house; this opened up his
political career. During MD/AD of Karka-Kanya, he was suspected
to have taken bribes in the Bofors gun scandal and suffered disrepute
as both Karka and Kanya are occupied by malefics (Rahu and Mars
respectively). Mars is particularly uncomfortable in the sign