Astrology

Mandooka Dasa – A Proper Exposition By Iranganti Rangacharya, India.

Drig dasa and the Mandooka dasa are the two-phalitha dasas each covering a period of 96 years, which are therefore applicable in the horoscopes irrespective of the term of life whether short, medium or long. Sage Jaimini dealt Mandooka dasa in the fourth quarter of second chapter vide the following sutra.

Sutra:           sthoola darsa vaishamyasrayo mandooka stri kootaha

Translation: 

By Katapayadi [1]numerals, Sthoola gives value 1

(Tha = 7, La = 3, on reversal gives 37, divided by 12 yields the remainder 1)

Similarly, Adarsa gives the value 4

(Aa = 0, Da = 8, Sa = 5, on reversal gives 580, divided by 12 yields remainder 4).

By the word Sthoola, 7th house can be taken as Upalakshana for the Ascendant. And the Mandooka Dasa has a different recourse concerning its commencement, as we understand from the word Vaishamya in the aphorism. In summary, we can deduce the following from the above sutra.

In male horoscope, Mandooka Dasa opens from stronger of Ascendant and its 7th house. In female horoscope, Mandooka Dasa opens from 4th house of the stronger of Ascendant and its 7th house. A vriddha karika also endorses this interpretation vide the following verse.

The relevant karika is

“balinah sukra sasinoh jneya mandooka dasa

purashaschet tato neya stree chet darpanato nayet”.

Mandooka means frog and like the jump of frog, the padakrama of the dasa sign is Lagna Panchama Bhagyatah (1, 5, and 9 respectively). The same can be understood from the word Trikoota in the sutra.

Sage Jaimini taught four sources[2] of strength of sign in 3rd quarter of 2nd chapter. These sources of strength are comparative to each other and are used for different purposes. The first source of strength is exclusively used to select the stronger of Ascendant and 7th house. If a higher rule fails to identify the stronger, then only the next rule will be resorted.

General rules for selecting the stronger of two houses:

  1. The one, which is occupied by a planet, is stronger than the one, which is vacant.
  2. The one which is occupied by more number of planets is stronger than the one occupied by less.
  3. If both are occupied by equal number of planets, judge the strength by occupancy of exalted, own planets.
  4. If still strength is same, then decide by natural[3] strength of the signs. Dual sign is stronger than fixed and fixed sign is stronger than cardinal sign. Thus, Dual > Fixed > Cardinal.
  5. If the above rule can’t decide the strength then, judge by the strength of Ascendant lord and its 7th
  6. If still the strength is same, the lord attaining more degrees should be considered.
  7. If the degrees of both are same, judge by the Prativesika Strength. An odd sign is stronger if its lord is placed in even sign. An even sign is stronger if its lord is placed in odd sign. This is called Prativesika Strength.

Dasa Varsha (Years)

Trikoota means 1st, 5th, 9th houses and the tri koota also includes cardinal, fixed, dual signs each carrying 7, 8, and 9 years respectively.

Extremely Important

By the very name Mandooka (frog) the dasa signs run directly but not reversely as we know the frog never leaps back. This is very important rider for calculating the dasa sequence.

Calculation of Antardasas

Antardasas of Dasa sign are to be calculated in the similar padakrama of 1st, 5th, 9th signs from the Maha dasa sign in zodiacal forward direction. And each antardasa carries the duration equal to dasa years divided by 12. For example, for Aries Maha dasa, each antardasa carries duration of 7 months, since Aries is a cardinal sign carrying 7 years. Similarly, for fixed and dual signs may be understood. 

Judgment of Results

Mandooka is a phalita dasa applicable to all types of longevity, and all general rules to judge sign based dasas can be used. Readers will do well to calculate Dwara[4] and Bahya sign for the dasa sign with added advantage. A Vriddha karika explains the calculation of Bahya sign for Trikoota (Lagna Pabchama Bhagyatah) Padakrama. The 1st, 9th, 6th, 3rd, 11th, 8th, 1st, 9th, 6th, 3rd, 11th, 8th signs form the opening dasa sign will successively become the Bahya signs for dasa signs.

We provide the following table as a ready reckoner for the benefit of readers.

[1]  Refer to Jaimini Sutramritam by this author for details of Katapayadi numeric system.

[2] Refer to Jaimini Sutramritam or any translation of Jaimini Sutras for the Strength of signs

[3] In fact, the sign and its 7th are of same nature, so this rule is not applicable here.

[4] Dwara is the running dasa sign. It is also called Paka sign.

Start Sign

Dasa Sequence

(Dwara Signs)

Bahya Signs

Aries

Ar, Le, Sg, Ta, Vi, Cp, Ge, Li, Aq, Cn, Sc, Pi

Ar, Sg, Vi, Ge, Aq, Sc, Ar, Sg, Vi, Ge, Aq, Sc

Taurus

Ta, Vi, Cp, Ge, Li, Aq, Cn, Sc, Pi, Le, Sg, Ar

Ta, Cp, Li, Cn, Pi, Sg, Ta, Cp, Li, Cn, Pi, Sg

Gemini

Ge, Li, Aq, Cn, Sc, Pi, Le, Sg, Ar, Vi, Cp, Ta

Ge, Aq, Sc, Le, Ar, Cp, Ge, Aq, Sc, Le, Ar, Cp

Cancer

Cn, Sc, Pi, Le, Sg, Ar, Vi, Cp, Ta, Li, Aq, Ge

Cn, Pi, Sg, Vi, Ta, Aq, Cn, Pi, Sq, Vi, Ta, Aq

Leo

Le, Sg, Ar, Vi, Cp, Ta, Li, Aq, Ge, Sc, Pi, Cn

Le, Ar, Cp, Li, Ge, Pi, Le, Ar, Cp, Li, Ge, Pi

Virgo

Vi, Cp, Ta, Li, Aq, Ge, Sc, Pi, Cn, Sg, Ar, Le

Vi, Ta, Aq, Sc, Cn, Ar, Vi, Ta, Aq, Sc, Cn, Ar

Libra

Li, Aq, Ge, Sc, Pi, Cn, Sg, Ar, Le, Cp, Ta, Vi

Li, Ge, Pi, Sg, Le, Ta, Li, Ge,  Pi, Sg, Le, Ta

Scorpio

Sc, Pi, Cn, Sg, Ar, Le, Cp, Ta, Vi, Aq, Ge, Li

Sc, Cn Ar, Cp, Vi, Ge, Sc, Cn Ar, Cp, Vi, Ge

Sagittarius

Sg, Ar, Le, Cp, Ta, Vi, Aq, Ge, Li, Pi, Cn, Sc

Sg, Le, Ta, Aq, Li, Cn, Sg, Le, Ta, Aq, Li, Cn

Capricorn

Cp, Ta, Vi, Aq, Ge, Li, Pi, Cn, Sc, Ar, Le, Sg

Cp, Vi, Ge, Pi, Sc, Le, Cp, Vi, Ge, Pi, Sc, Le

Aquarius

Aq, Ge, Li, Pi, Cn, Sc, Ar, Le, Sg, Ta, Vi, Cp

Aq, Li, Cn, Ar, Sg, Vi, Aq, Li, Cn, Ar, Sg, Vi

Pisces

Pi, Cn, Sc, Ar, Le, Sg, Ta, Vi, Cp, Ge, Li, Aq

Pi, Sc, Le, Ta, Cp, Li, Pi, Sc,  Le, Ta, Cp, Li

 Pointers for Job:

  1. Benefics in 2nd and 5th of dasa sign.
  2. Malefics exalted in in the 2nd or in the 5th of dasa sign.
  3. Well placed benefics in the 10th of the dasa sign.
  4. Well placed benefics in the 4th
  5. The above pointers can be assessed from Bahya sign also.

Illustrated charts: —

Chart-1 = Lal Bahadur Sastri [1], Prime Minister 1964-1966

Born October 9, 1904 at 23h.14m l.m.t Varanasi. Ascendant=Sagittarius

[1] Note: The birth particulars provided by the author give Gemini ascendant, so birth time is adjusted to get Sagittarius ascendant as given by the author.

chart 182

Mandooka dasa begins from the Ascendant[1], Sagittarius. The dasa signs are

Sagittarius, Aries, Leo, Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo, Aquarius, Gemini, Libra, Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.

Sagittarius   =        9  Years

Aries           =        7

Leo              =        8

Capricorn    =        7

Taurus        =        8

Virgo          =        9

Aquarius     =        8

Gemini        =        9

Libra            =        7

9-10-1904     

+       

56 (Aries + Leo + Capricorn + Taurus + Virgo + Aquarius)

           ————– 

          9-10-1960         

9 (Gemini)

           ————–

          9-10-1969

           ————–

Lal Bahadur Sastri was the Prime Minister of India during 1964-1966 in the dasa of Gemini and antardasa of Sagittarius. The 5th house of Gemini is occupied by Venus and the 5th house of Sagittarius is occupied by Jupiter. The 4th house from Gemini is occupied by the exalted Mercury. The bahya sign of dasa sign Gemini is Leo. The 2nd house Virgo, from bahya sign Leo is occupied by exalted Mercury, Moon and Sun, 9th house Aries, is occupied by Jupiter and 6th house Aries, is occupied by well placed Saturn, indicate the overall beneficence of Gemini dasa.

Chart-2, Indira Gandhi DOB=19-11-1917 at 11-12 pm, Allahabad

[1] Mandooka dasa is Phalita dasa and 7th house is only secondary to Ascendant. Here, Ascendant is taken stronger since both are not occupied by any planet.

chart 183

Mandooka Dasa begins from the 4th house[1], Libra. The dasa signs are Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer, Sagittarius, Aries, Leo, Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

See the dwara and bahya dasa signs to the commencing dasa sign Libra.

Dwara                         Bahya

Libra            ————— Libra            (1) tanu

Aquarius     ————— Gemini        (9) dharma

Gemini        ————— Pisces          (6) ari

Scorpio        —————-Sagittarius  (3) sahaja

Pisces           —————-Leo              (11) upantya

Cancer         —————-Taurus        (8) randhrabhaha

Sagittarius   —————-Libra           (1) tanu

Libra            =        7 Years

Aquarius     =        8

Gemini        =        9

Scorpio        =        8

Pisces          =        9

Cancer         =        7

Capricorn    =        7

Taurus        =        8

Virgo          =        9

Indira Gandhi was married on 26-3-1942, which is in the period of Scorpio. Scorpio is occupied by the Dara karaka, Sun and the benefic, Mercury. Its 7th is occupied by the benefic Jupiter. The bahya sign of Scorpio is Sagittarius and is occupied by Venus, the karaka for marriage.

19-11-1917

+

24

—————–

19-11-1941

+

 8 months (Scorpio-Scorpio)

—————–

19-7-1942.

—————–

She became Prime Minister on 26-1-1966.

9-11-1917

+

48

—————-

19-11-1965

+

9yrs (Sagittarius)

—————-

19-11-1965

+9months (Sag-Sag)

—————-

11-8-1966

—————-

Sagittarius is occupied by Venus and Rahu and its 2nd is occupied by the Moon. The bahya sign is Libra. The 2nd is occupied by Mercury and the 4th is occupied by Moon.

Om Tat Sat

[1]Ascendant is taken stronger since both are occupied by equal number of planets. Hence, the dasa starts from 4th house from stronger, for female natives.