Timing of Events from Tara Dasha

(Parashari) *Tara Dasha is an useful time-direction system - which is very closely similar to the popularly used Vimshottari Dasha. Herein, the Dashas are not of planets like Sun, Moon, Mars, etc; rather, in the natural cycle of this system, the nomenclature of the individual Dashas are in terms of 'Nava-Tara' cycle - as Janma Dasha, Sampat Dasha, Vipat Dasha, etc respectively. … In the natural cycle of this Dasha-system, every one of the 9 successive Dashas are ruled by the corresponding 9 planets taken in Vimshottari order – but with the distinction that it begins from Sun (which corresponds to it's Janma Dasha).

[ *N.B.: It should be noted that the (Jaimini) *Tara Dasha – which is alternately termed as Nakshatra Dasha – is entirely different from this particular Dasha-system. In (Jaimini) *Tara Dasha, the commencing Dasha is of the sign where the "Tara Lagna" falls; it's 12 Dashas are of equal-duration of 9 years each and the full-cycle is 108 years . ]

Condition for Applicability of Tara Dasha:

Among the 9 planets (from Sun to Ketu), if at least one planet is situated in an angular house (kendra) – that is, in Ascendant and/ or in 4th and/ or in 7th and/ or in 10th – then Tara Dasha will be applicable in the chart .

Finding the Commencing Tara Dasha:

(1). If three or more planets are situated in the angular house/s, then the strongest planet among those will correspond to the commencing Dasha.

(2). Else, If two planets are situated in one or more angular houses, then the stronger between the two planets will correspond to the commencing Dasha;

(3). Else, If only a single planet is situated in an angular house, then that particular planet will correspond to the commencing Dasha.

If the Strongest/ Stronger/ Only Commencing Dasha Corresponding Duration:

Planet in Kendra is will be of in years
Sun Janma Dasha 6 years
Moon Sampat Dasha 10 years
Mars Vipat Dasha 7 years
Rahu Kshema Dasha 18 years
Jupiter Pratyari Dasha 16 years
Saturn Sadhaka Dasha 19 years
Mercury Naidhava Dasha 17 years
Ketu Mitra Dasha 7 years
Venus Param-Mitra Dasha 20 years
Full Cycle = 120 years

Finding the Balance of Tara Dasha at Birth:

Unlike Vimshottari Dasha-system, the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon is not invariably based upon in the Tara Dasha-system – unless Moon occupies an angular (kendra) position from the Ascendant, and in case if two or more planets are situated in one or more angular house/s, then if Moon is the stronger or the strongest among the planets. In most cases (8 in 9, or 88.89% cases), the nakshatra occupied by some other planet is taken (which varies from chart to chart; and the lord of that nakshatra is of no importance in this system. The nakshatra is considered only for finding it's portion yet to be traversed – for the purpose of finding the Balance of Tara Dasha at Birth.

The planet - which corresponds to the Commencing Tara Dasha – must be situated anywhere in any one of the 27 Nakshatras – in which the planet may have progressed to some extent, and the remaining part of the Nakshatra is lying yet to be traversed. So, the portion of the Nakshatra – which is yet to be traversed is to be found:

The Span of Nakshatra yet to be traversed by the planet = [ (Nakshata No. occupied by the Planet) * (40 / 3 ) – Longitude of the Planet ]

MF = The Proportion of Nakshatra yet to be traversed by the planet = (The Span of Nakshatra yet to be traversed by the planet) / ( 40 / 3 )

The Balance of Tara Dasha at Birth = MF * (Full duration of the corresponding Dasha period)

For making the comprehension clear, let us consider an example chart.

Example-1 : Male person; D.O.B. - 13/ 06/ 1954; T.O.B. : 10-13 a.m.; P.O.B. : Calcutta (West Bengal). Leo - Ascendant; Libra - Neptune (R), Saturn (R) & Moon; Sagittarius - Mars (R) & Rahu; Taurus - Sun; Gemini - Jupiter, Mercury, Ketu & Uranus; Cancer - Venus & Pluto; Capricorn - Chiron.

In this chart, only one planet Sun is situated in an angular house – the 10th. The longitude of Sun is 58*25'40".

The planet Sun corresponds to "Janma Dasha" – as per the Tara Dasha set-up. So, the commencing Dasha will be that of Janma Dasha – whose Balance of Dasha at Birth is to be found out.

Sun's longitude is 58*25'40". It is situated in Mrigashira (# 5) Nakshatra – but we have mentioned earlier that neither the particular nakshatra nor it's lord is of any importantance in this system. We have only to find out how much portion of the nakshatra is still lying to be traversed.

The ending point of the Nakshatra occupied by the 'planet' = 5 * ( 13*20' ) = 66*40'00".

The Span of Nakshatra yet to be traversed = 66*40'00" – 58*25'40" = 8*14'20".

MF = The Proportion of Nakshatra yet to be traversed by the planet = 8*14'20" / 13*20' = 0.6179166.

The Balance of Tara Dasha at Birth = 0.6179166 * 6 years = 3.7075 years = 3 y 8 m 15 d of Janma Dasha.

As such, the cycle of Tara Dasha for this particular person will be as under:

SL. List of Tara Dashas Duration From - To
1 Janma Dasha 3 y. 8 m. 15 d. / 06/ 1954 to 28/ 02/ 1958
2 Sampat Dasha 10 years 28/ 02/ 1958 to 28/ 02/ 1968
3 Vipat Dasha 7 years 28/ 02/ 1968 to 28/ 02/ 1975
4 Kshema Dasha 18 years 28/ 02/ 1975 to 28/ 02/ 1993
5 Pratyari Dasha 16 years 28/ 02/ 1993 to 28/ 02/ 2009
6 Sadhaka Dasha 19 years and so on....
7 Naidhava Dasha 17 years
8 Mitra Dasha 7 years
9 Param-Mitra Dasha 20 years
Full Cycle = 120 years

Finding the Divisions and Sub-divisions of Tara Dasha:

Tara Dasha is very closely similar to Vimshottari Dasha-system. Only the names of Dashas are different – whereas the duration of the individual Dashas and their sequence of succession are exactly the same as those of Vimshottari Dasha. As such, as per the natural cycle, the Bhuktis are to be found in the same proportion and order – the first Bhukti being the same as that of Dasha. The very same applies in case of Antara also; as per the natural cycle, the Antaras are to be found in the same manner – the first Antara being the same as that of Bhukti.

Some observations in respect of Tara Dasha:

In case of Tara Dasha, sometime around the ending of a Dasha/ onset of the next Dasha, some important events and happenings are likely to take place. In the Natural cycle of this Dasha-system, 3 Dashas – the Vipat Dasha, the Pratyari Dasha, and the Naidhava Dasha – are in general the unfavorable periods. … And, during the combined period when the Dasha is unfavorable and the Bhukti is also unfavorable, some quite unfavorable happenings are expected.

Similarly, in the Natural cycle of this Dasha-system, 3 Dashas – the Sampat Dasha, the Kshema Dasha, and the Sadhaka Dasha – are in general the favorable periods. … The onset of these Dashas bring in auspicious events/ happenings. And, during the combined period when the Dasha is favorable and the Bhukti is also favorable, some really favorable happenings are expected.

Sampat Dasha commenced on 28/ 02/ 1958 (when the native was aged less than 4). His parents (together with him) migrated to a different city – where his father started a new business (it was before "Vaishakhi" or mid-April, 1958), and had been doing quite well in that business for a number of years.

Kshema Dasha commenced on 28/ 02/ 1975 (when the native was aged less than 21). The native migrated to a different city; he secured a fairly lucrative employment in an internationally reputed big organization. It may not be construed as a mere coincidence that his joining in first service was on: 01/ 03/ 1975***.

The Bhuktis in the unfavorable Vipat Dasha – which ran for 7 years (from 28/ 02/ 1968 to 28/ 02/ 1975):

SL. Tara Dasha-Bhuktis Duration From - To
1 Vipat-Vipat 0 y. 4 m. 27 d. 28/ 02/ 1968 to 25/ 07/ 1968
2 Vipat-Kshema 1 y. 0 m. 18 d. 25/ 07/ 1968 to 13/ 08/ 1969
3 Vipat-Pratyari 0 y. 11 m. 6 d. 13/ 08/ 1969 to 19/ 07/ 1970
4 Vipat-Sadhaka 1 y. 1 m. 9 d. 19/ 07/ 1970 to 08/ 09/ 1971
5 Vipat-Naidhava 0 y. 11 m. 27 d. 08/ 09/ 1971 to 05/ 09/ 1972
6 Vipat-Mitra 0 y. 4 m. 27 d. and so on...
7 Vipat-ParamMitra 1 y. 2 m. 0 d.
8 Vipat-Janma 0 y. 4 m. 6 d.
9 Vipat-Sampat 0 y. 7 m. 0 d.
Duration of Vipat Dasha = 7 years

Now let us check the actual happenings – as some unfavorable results were quite expected during:

1. Vipat Bhukti in Vipat Dasha : from 28/ 02/ 1968 to 25/ 07/ 1968 . … The native could not remember if anything serious had happened during this period. But there had been a theft at residence sometime approximately around ending of 1967 or starting of 1968 . There had also been another unsuccessful attempt of theft only a few days after the incident.

2. Pratyari Bhukti in Vipat Dasha : from 13/ 08/ 1969 to 19/ 07/ 1970 . … The native had been bed-ridden at his residence, and was undergoing medical treatment for about 2 – 3 weeks. The treatment was proved to be "wrong", and he had to be rushed to an expensive nursing home – where he received treatment for about a month or so (in June, 1970 ).

3.Naidhava Bhukti in Vipat Dasha : 08/ 09/ 1971 to 05/ 09/ 1972. … The native's father faced a serious setback in profession in August, 1971 – from which he could never be able to recover. Besides, the native's younger co-born had been sick and was treated in hospitals for long from April, 1972 – signs of recovery were seen from September-October, 1972.

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