Drig dasa article by Sri Narasimha

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Om Namah Sivaya

Namaste Sri Narasimha and others,

I am really surprised by the fact that Narasimha could arrive to the true meaning of Trikuta padakrama regarding Drig dasa by referring to Parasara Hora. Most of the students are confused by the word Trikuta Padakrama vide the sutra “ Kujaadi Trikuta Pada kramena Drig dasa”, since trikuta padakrama is also used in Manduka dasa. So, some scholars interpreted trikuta padakrama in Drig dasa as 1,5,9 houses from 9th house. In my humble view, Narsimha correctly interpreted the correct meaning of this peculiar padakrama. I would like to explain this padakrama referring to only Jaimini Sutras in line with Jaimini methods.

In Jaimini methods, we have a number of ways of reckoning the dasa sequences advocated by Vriddha Karikas. I am giving some of them below.

  1. Prakriti Chakra padakrama  à where in reckoning will be done zodiacal for odd signs and anti-zodiacal for even sign. Please remember here that the nature is odd or even not the Vishama pada or Sama pada.
  2. Vikriti Chakra Pada karma à where in reckoning will be done anti – zodiacal for odd signs and zodiacal for even sign. Please remember here that the nature is odd or even not the Vishama pada or Sama pada.
  3. Udaya charka padakrama  à always zodiacal for both natures of signs.

Readers can now understand the very purpose of Jaimini mentioning the sutra “Na Kwachit” after mentioning the sutras “Prachee vrittir Vishameshu”, “Para Vrittyottareshu”. I don’t really understand why Vishama pada and Samapada reckoning is used in only Chara dasa by Neelakantha.

Now I am giving below the ensuing sutras after the “Kujaadi Trikuta ….”. Though sage names it as Trikuta Padakrama, for the sake of clarity, temporarily I call it  Drig dasa padakrama. Since it is drig dasa the dasa signs will be the signs aspected by 9th, 10th and 11th house from Lagna. This padakrama is explained below.

Sutra:  Matri Dharmayoh Saamanyam Vipareetam OjaKutayoh

Sutra:  Yadhah Samanyam Yugme.

Sri Iranganti Rangacharya interprets the above sutras with different purpose. But, I am now venturing to reconcile with Parasara slokas given by Narasimha.

Using Katapayadi varga, Matri à Sign Leo,     Dharma à Sign Aquarius.

Sage Jaimini States that for the above two signs the drig padakrama is Samanyam i.e according to Prakriti charka. Since, these two signs are odd signs, the reckoning will be zodiacal. That’s the precise reason why Jaimini instructs “Saamanyam”.

For Ojapada signs excepting dual signs, the reckoning will be according to Vikriti charka.

For Dual signs, the reckoning will be according to Prakriti charka vide sutra “Yadhah Saamanyam Yugme”.

Now I am tabulating the reckoning for each sign below.

Aries, Odd and Ojapada sign, vikriti charka padakrama. Since it is odd sign vikriti chakra pada krama means reckoning Anti Zodiacally.

Taurus, Even and Ojapada sign,    Vikriti charka padakrama, since it is even sign vikriti chakra pada krama means reckoning zodiacally.

Gemini, Odd and Ojapada sign, Prakriti charka padakrama means count zodiacally

Cancer, Even and Samapada sign, Prakriti chakra, counting Anti Zodiacal

Leo, odd, samapada sign, Udaya chakra, counting zodiacally

Virgo, Even , Samapada, Prakriti chakra, counting anti-zodiacally

Libra, odd, Ojapada, Vikriti chakra, counting anti zodiacally

Scorpio, even, Ojapada, Vikriti chakra, counting zodiacally

Sagittarius, odd, Ojapada, Prakriti chakra, counting zodiacally

Capricorn, Even, Samapada, Vikriti chakra, counting anti zodiacally

Aquarius, Odd, Samapada, Udaya chakra, counting zodiacally

Pisces, Even, Samapada , Prakriti chakra, counting Anti Zodiacally

Hence, it can be deduced that Sage Jaimini also endorsed the way Sri Narasimha interpreted the reckoning of dasa signs in Drig dasa using this peculiar Drig dasa Trikuta pada krama. In fact, there will be only three signs aspected by any rasi and since Drig dasa name itself shows that it is based on aspects. Hence name Trikuta padakrama is also justified.

Narasimha used antara dasa reckoning with a different type of padakrama, which shall be used with chara paryaya dasa. It was clearly explained by Nrisimha Suri and Raghava Bhatta. It was also endorsed by vriddha karika and again the slokas given by Narasimha are found in Vriddha karika.

In the previous mail, I was stressing the importance of vriddha karika and I forgot to mention one very importanat issue. That is no ancient Jaimini Commentator ever take reference to Parasara. That is the reason why I take Vriddha karikas are the final authority on Jaimini.

Though, I am not very sure as to where it was mentioned how to calculate the antara dasas, but as I remember it was mentioned in Phalaratnamala. Krishna Mishra is very clear that antara dasa calculation will be of many types and he takes the names like Navamsa order, Drekkana order etc. Because I am not very versed with Sanskrit and I can’t interpret them right now. This is my humble beginning in Jaimini and look forward. But I can say that taking the house occupied by lord of the dasa sign and using prakriti chakra reckoning in regular order seems logical. And late Sri D.K.Sen, a great Jaimini scholar, also used the same.

Well, interpretation of Drig dasa can be learnt from Narsimha’s article and also may be Sign arudha and Aspect Arudha can effectively used to delineate this Drig dasa. Sri Iranganti Rangacharya also endorse the view that Sign arudha and aspect arudha are important vide his article published in Saptharshi Astrology Magazine Vol 3.

I must admit that the Pada krama order idea was learnt from the Telugu commentary of Jaimini Sutras b Sri Kambhampati Rama Gopala Murthy.

Let the knowledge come from everywhere

Warm regards,


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