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Astrological Tip : For different dasas, bhuktis and sukshma dasas


Reference : gantala panchangamu : relangi tangirala : 1998 – 1999 : pg 117

  1. ravi – rudrabhishekam
  2. chandra – durgapuja
  3. kuja – subrahmanyeswara
  4. guru – namakam
  5. sani – sivapooja
  6. budha – vishnupuja
  7. ketu – suryaradhana
  8. sukra – laksmipuja

For those undergoing any period, named after sani, I suggest try saying and feeling : “Om Namah Sivaya.”  One observed effect of this period is external obstacles through no present fault of one’s own.  It is a time to settle old karmic debts. The person is not under illusion or chasing mirages as during rahu periods.

Caution :

  • I have not prescribed this before and have no data whatsover. If it works for you, please do let me know. Others can benefit.
  • It is my personal belief that there is truth in the vimsottara dasa system. I have only subjective and anecdotal data for this, not exhaustive data. I have not conducted any large scale controlled experiments nor used any scientific method. the information is being shared for those who want to know.

See Also :

External Useful Links :

Do your own test: Free Vedic Charts

Basic concepts and mechanics of Vedic Astrology

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February 20, 2010 at 10:19 am

Astrological Tip : Maximum Duration of any bad or good bhuktis.


This is based on my understanding of the Vimsottara Dasa System as explained by Sri B.V. Raman in his books.

A lifespan of 120 luni-solar years (of 360 days each), is divided into phases or dasas, named after the navagrahas. After 120 years, the dasas repeat. The dasas are of different durations. The Longest Dasa (State) is the Sukra (Venus) Dasa which lasts for 20 years.

Each dasa is divided again into 9 bhukthis named after each of the grahas.

To get the duration of a bhukthi, take the dasa duration of that graha, divide it by 120 and multiply it by the duration of the given dasa.

For eg to get the duration of the sukra bhukthi of the sukra dasa.,

20/120 * 20  = 20/6 = 10/3 = 3.333 years.

This is the longest bhukthi duration.

The shortest bukthi is Ravi Bhukthi of Ravi dasa.

6/120 * 6 = 6/20 = 3/10 = 0.3 years.

So the minimum duration of a bhukthi is 3.6 months and the max duration is 3.33 years.

That bhukthi may have good, bad, or mixed results for one, but it will change after the given duration.

If you are in a great bhukthi enjoy yourself but know that it will last for not more than 3.33 years.

If you are in a miserable bhukti take heart that it will not last for more than 3.33 years.

Duration in years and Sequence of Dasas :

  • Ravi 6 years
  • Chandra 10 years
  • Kuja 7 years
  • Rahu 18 years
  • Guru 16 years
  • Sani 19 years
  • Budha 17 years
  • Ketu 7 years
  • Sukra 20 years

Caution : It is my personal belief that there is truth in the vimsottara dasa system. I have only subjective and anecdotal data for this, not exhaustive data. I have not conducted any large scale controlled experiments nor used any scientific method. the information is being shared for those who want to know.

See Also : Hindu Predictive Astrology

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Astrological Tips : Daana, Puja, Manidharana, Adhyayana


Puja :

  • With a pure and concentrated mind think of your Ishta Daivam, tell Him/Her/That your fears and wishes and ask for their help.
  • Rituals are optional and are beneficial to the extent of attaining that pure concentrated mind.
  • For those suffering from the illusory effects of Rahu : Devi Puja has worked the best in what I have seen.
  • This has no known side-effects. (Exception : a poor lady spent a lot of money on an expensive ritual that she could not afford and ended up cursing the astrologer.)

Daana :

With a pure heart

  • To some worthy person or children or orphans or elders or strangers, based on your ability, please donate,
    • drinking water, food, clothes, medicine, useful articles, toys…
    • some knowledge, books, education..
    • some service : give up your seat in a bus, help someone pickup a load, clean some area, throw trash in a dustbin, .. all the way to Baba Amte levels of service
    • take care of a garden, roadside plant..
  • All these are essentially generate “punyam”
  • See also : http://gyansarovar.com/charity-muhurat.aspx

Mani Dharana :

  • Different gems are prescribed for different situations.
  • As an individual, I feel the effects of different gems. But there is no uniform experience. In some cases it is a waste of money and contra-indicative.
  • People are also not clear whether to please the malefics or to strengthen the benefics.
  • Some people have benefited from wearing navaratnas and some are strongly against it.
  • Quality, size, timing etc are also issues.
  • Proceed with caution.

TirthaYatra, Tirtha Snana :

  • I have been enormously benefited by this and so have many others.
  • I have not heard of any negative side-effects.
  • Many people are also thrilled with the sight-seeing benefit.
  • I have not heard of any failed cases.
  • This requires expense and physical effort as well as time.
  • All these earn punyam as well as destroy papam.

Adhyayana :

  • You may study the Gita, Ramayana etc.

Benefits of Reading the Gita

The benefits of reading the Gita, according to the Gita itself, are:

  1. Freedom from fear and sorrow
  2. Attaining Visnu Padam (the state of Vishnu, the omnipresent preserver.)
  3. When done together with Pranayama (breath-control exercises), sins of even past births are cleared.
  4. It destroys Samsaramala, the dirt/waste that sticks to one by living in the world.
  5. There is no re-birth for the reader.

There is a book called Prarthana Tarangini, which gives the benefits of reading the different chapters of the Gita. I tried it. It works but in a different way from what you might expect.

The benefits of reading different chapters, according to the Prarthana Tharingini (prayer book) are as follows:

  • Chapter 2: Karya Siddhi: Success in work
  • Chapter 3: Easy Delivery of a baby
  • Chapter 4: Good Children
  • Chapter 5: Success of good deeds
  • Chapter 6: All good things
  • Chapter 7: Good marriage of child
  • Chapter 8: Removal of sorrow
  • Chapter 9: Removal of disease
  • Chapter 10: Removal of poverty
  • Chapter 11: Driving away ghosts
  • Chapter 12: Increasing devotion
  • Chapter 13: Self Realisation
  • Chapter 14: Removal of family conflicts
  • Chapter 16: Removal of ill-fame, insults and suspicion
  • Chapter 17: Eliminating problems brought on by planetary problems
  • Chapter 18: Removal of mental problems and sadness.

Bhagavad Nama Smarana :

  • Saying Rama, Rama or Harih Om or Jai Bajrang Bali, or Siva, Siva,  or Hare Krishna etc, is easy and recommended highly by Hindu Religious Organisations.
  • No known side effects.
  • Personally tried, tested and rely on Rama, Rama, Rama. (3 times)

Prayaschittam :

  • Introspect honestly and look for what you did that may have earned this karma. The moment you understand your error, that problem will go away.
  • Introspect and see if there is a special lesson or skill that the Paramatma wants you to get and that you are not sensing. The moment you understand the lesson, that problem will go away.
  • After that forgive yourself and with a clean consciousness (chitta), move forward.
  • Rituals are optional, but they may aid the process.

Sri Krishnarpanam!

Disclaimer :

  • This is not based on logic or on detailed experimentation. It does not claim to be science or scientific. It contains personal, subjective, truths.
  • It is based on the subjective personal experiences of people known to me, including myself.
  • It is influenced by my reading and understanding of the sastras.
  • You may try it if you want or not try it if you don’t want.
  • I will/can neither explain nor defend it.
  • The intention is to help someone who wants such help.

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Written by Satya Sarada Kandula

January 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

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Vimsottara Dasas for Sri Rama


Jai Sri Ram!

Vimsottara Dasa System is one of the systems mentioned in Brihat Parasara Hora Sasatra for timing the events in a person’s life.

We start with the elapsed and remaining part of the Janmanakshatra. In the case of Sri Rama, the moon was in the last pada of Punarvasu. See : Date of Sri Rama’s birth as per Balakanda.

This means that 0 to 25% of the Guru Dasa was remaining, ie 0 to 4 years.

First Iteration : Let us initially assume that 4 years were remaining.

Also let us calculate for 120 years .. instead of for 100s of thousands of years as described by Valmiki.

Guru Dasa Sesham : 4 years

Sani Dasa Duration : 19 years. Age at exit : 23 years. (Exile During this period, when Rama was 16 years old (as per balakanda)

Budha Dasa Duration ; 17 years.  Age at exit : 40 years. (Return and Coronation during this period, when Rama was 30 years old: 16 + 14 = 30)

Kethu Dasa Duration : 7 years : Age at exit : 47 years. (Sita’s )

Sukra Dasa Duration : 20 years : Age at exit : 67 years.

Ravi Dasa Duration ; 6 years : : Age at exit : 73 years.

Chandra Dasa Duration ; 10 years : : Age at exit : 83 years.

Kuja Dasa Duration ; 7 years : : Age at exit : 90 years.

Rahu Dasa Duration ; 18 years : : Age at exit : 108 years.

Guru Dasa Duration ; 12 years : : Age at exit : 120 years.

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Written by Satya Sarada Kandula

September 8, 2009 at 10:58 am

Nakshatradhipatis from Vedic deities to Grahas, after Valmiki’s Ramayana


In the Valmiki Ramayanam, we find many references to Nakshatras. The adhipatyam of the nakshatras is ascribed to Vedic deities.

  • Raja Janaka said that the second of the two days of  PoorvaPhalguni and Uttara Phalguni where the Bhaga (deity) was Prajapathi, was recommended by the wise for marriage. (See : Sita Devi सीता देवी)
  • ब्रह्मन्  O brahmin! फल्गुनीभ्याम् उत्तरे दिवसे on the latter day of the two Phalgunis,  यत्र in which day, प्रजापति: Prajapati, भग: Bhaga, वैवाहिकम् to perform marriage, मनीषिण: wise people, प्रशंसन्ति are praising.
  • Similarly Raja Dasaratha selected the Pushya Nakshatram of Chaitra Masam for Rama’s coronation. (See : Arrangements were made for Sri Rama’s coronation as a crown prince and Dasaratha sent for Rama to tell him about his coronation.)
  • There are references to rasis  in the balakanda : तत: then, यज्ञे when sacrifice, समाप्ते was completed, ऋतूनाम् of seasons, षट् six, समत्ययु: were spent, तत: then, द्वादशे मासे in twelfth month, चैत्रे in Chaitra month, नावमिके तिथौ on the nineth day of the rising Moon, अदितिदैवत्ये presided by Aditi as devata, नक्षत्रे when the star (Punarvasu) , पञ्चसु ग्रहेषु and the five grahas, स्वोच्चसंस्थेषु in their own exalted places (houses), कर्कटे लग्ने in Karkata Lagna, वाक्पतौ when Brihaspati, इन्दुना सह along with Moon, प्रोद्यमाने was rising, कौसल्या Kausalya, जगन्नाथम् lord of the entire universe, सर्वलोकनमस्कृतम् bowed to by all the worlds, सर्वलक्षणसंयुतम् adorned with all the characteristics, विष्णो: Vishnu’s, अर्धम् facet, महाभागम् highly fortunate, ऐक्ष्वाकुवर्धनम् perpetuating the Ikshvaku race, रामम् Rama, पुत्रम् as his son, अजनयत् gave birth . ” Source
  • Note that there is a mention of grahas (पञ्चसु ग्रहेषु) and of rasis (कर्कटे लग्ने) but the naksharadhipati was Aditi : “अदितिदैवत्ये  नक्षत्रे when the nakshatra presided by Aditi as devata”
  • Dasaratha, Kausalya and their sons were always compared to Vedic Deities such as Indra, Aditi, Yama, Varuna etc.

Contemporary Hindu Astrology : This ascribes the adhipatyam (lordship) of the Nakshatras to Grahas. The vimsottari dasa calculations are based on this. This probably happened when the brihat parasara hora sastra became popular. This sastra was taught by Veda Vyasa’s father, Parasara to Maitreya. By Valmiki’s time, it may have been just beginning to gain acceptance. Valmiki and Vyasa were contemporaries, with Valmiki somewhat older to Vyasa. See (Generations between Rama and Krishna.)

Note: The muhurta selection, in the Ramayana was done by the kings themselves and not their priests and the muhurtam was sun-rise in both cases. Nowadays, the muhurta is selected any time of the day or night. It may also be noted that then a muhurta was a time unit of 48 min duration, but many modern Hindu weddings have to be performed at an exact instant, which is labelled the muhurtam.

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Astrological Tip : Rahu


Rahu, is a shadowy graha or the moon’s node. Those born under a nakshatra for which Rahu is the Adhipati or those who are running Rahu Dasa or Rahu Bhukthi, tend to chase illusory goals (fame, money, glamour, position) etc as opposed to God and Salvation. They are generally not peaceful and have some troubles.

A prayer to Devi helps them a lot.

I usually advise them to say the following prayer :

“yA dEvI sarva bhUtEshu sarva lOkEshu samsthitA,

namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai namO namah.” I bow to that Devi (divine feminine) which is there in all things and all worlds.”

It restores the faith and focus of the individual. They have confirmed that it has helped them.

Disclaimer : Since it has to do with faith, I can offer no proof or logic. If you wish, you may try it. If it helps you, you may continue. Some people also find relief wearing a gomedhika stone in a silver ring. I just wanted to share it. I hope it helps someone.

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Written by Satya Sarada Kandula

September 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Nakshatram of the Day!


The Vedic people used the moon as a pointer to the skies.

There are 27 Nakshatrams that cover 360 degrees of the zodiac, so each nakshatram ‘covers’ 13.33 degrees. The moon (Chandra) moves through each of these nakshatrams, once every month. Moving through means moving close to.  The Yuga (Union) of Chandra and any Nakshtra roughly lasts for a solar day.

The Nakshatra Yuga at SunRise determines the Nakshatra of the day.

So at the time the sun is rising, the moon is within the 13 degrees of the Nakshatra of the Day!

Pushya means prosperity. The deity is Brhaspati.

With Reference to Valimiki Ramayanam :

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Written by Satya Sarada Kandula

August 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

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