Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vimshottari Dasha

Vimshottari Dasha System - According to this system all humans have a lifespan of 120 years. If only the above statement was true, well.. why don't we find out what is the explanation behind that statement. Read on to know more about Vimshottari Dasha system.

Indian astrology makes predictions mostly on the basis of dasha period. Among all the dasha periods such as- Soda Shuttari, Ashtottari, Vimshottari and Dwadash Attari, Vimshottari system is the most important. This system uses Moon as its base for making predictions. The life cycle of this dasha system is 120 years long.


Vimshottari Dasha is calculated on the basis of the position of Moon in the birth chart. Starting dasha period is calculated according to the Janma Nakshatra. According to Vimshottari Dasha System every astrological planet is assigned to Mahadasha or major period. Vimshottari dashas of the 7 planets and 2 nodes of Moon have different effects and influences on the human life.
Through Vimshottari dasha analysis one can know about the events of his/her life. He can also know which part of his life is favorable and which is full of difficulties.

Vimshottari Dasha System

According to the design of Vimshottari dasha system,

Left side has: (Saturn 19) + (Jupiter 16) + (Mars 7) = 42 years
Right side has: (Mercury 17) + (Venus 20) + (Sun 6) = 43 years

For all 9 planets there are 120 lunar years in the Vimshottari system. Both these halves have 60 years each. Left half has deficit of 18 years, which is possible to be given by Rahu only, and right half has deficit of 17 years which is possible to be given by combination of Ketu and Moon. Thus, the lower picture of the dasha system is considered. Rahu and Ketu should be placed opposite to each other, and Moon is placed along with Sun but not in between Sun or any planet (Venus). Rahu and Ketu are kept away from Sun and Moon. As distances from Sun is the basis of Vimshottari dasha system, it is believed to start with Sun. In the lower picture, the sequence is, Sun : Moon : Mars : Rahu : Jupiter : Saturn : Mercury : Ketu : Venus which is also the sequence found in ancient texts.

According to Vimshottari dasha system complete lifespan of an individual is equal to 120 lunar years and that is equal to 116.4 solar years which after rounded off, is same as mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad.

Obstacles Encountered

Two obstacles of this system which prevent accurate timing of events are:

1. Use of Drik-pakshiya mathematics or modern astronomy used for finding true longitudes of ascendant and planets etc.

2. Use of solar year for calculation, in spite of the fact that all ancient texts explicitly mention, the year of Vimshottari system consists of only 360 days.


Vimshottari Dasha System is the best system known to attain knowledge of the past and future. This system is very helpful in calculating the exact events on one’s life. All it takes is just a experience of its knowledge.

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