Padanadhamsa Dasa – A Forgotten Dasa System By Late Yelluripati Krishna Rao

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Shri Y. Krishna. Rao was born on 21st March 1943. He died at the age of 65 on 14th Jan 2008 with nearly 43 years of rich experience in astrology. He worked as a school teacher all his life & never married dedicating his entire life for astrology researchers. He was a student of ‘Sri Vemuri Rama Murthy’ since 1975 who was a great Jaimini Siddhanti in India. Sri Krishna Rao practiced parasaryam (Nirayana System), Western Astrology (Sayana-System), numerology & palmistry.  He was also selected as a Lecturer to teach Astrology to M.A (Astrology) students in Telugu University, Hyderabad. He will always remain special to the ‘Saptarishis Astrology’ as he had just finished checking the draft of his article published in SA Vol 1 and after which he expired in an hour.

Earlier printed Raman Saheb’s ‘The Astrological Magazine, Vol 78, No.9

[Saptarishis Astrology: Beloved Y Krishna Rao was one of our first writers and he wrote his last article for Saptarishis Astrology and died within 2 hours is what was informed to us. A promise we had given him and mentioned in the first editorial was that we would bring out his old researches and articles and re-publish it for the younger generation plus at the same time keeping it digital would make its longevity immortal. For 2 years we could not fulfill it since due to some reason or the other his brother Shri E Raja Rao could not send us the articles of his brother. Mr Raja Rao suffered health issues, then shifting to new residence, not having young hands to remove these old articles, and photocopy them. Now finally after consistently following up with Mr Rao for 2 years he has very kindly done the astrological fraternity a favor and finally sent us around 100 pages of Late Y Krishna Rao’s articles and another 25 articles or so is remaining to be sent by him. Our deepest love has been Shri Y Krishna Rao and in these two years many a times we went into depression if we would be able to keep our word to our late author or not. But by Gods grace through Shri E Raja Rao this has started now. Then it took us one year to get these articles typed by the volunteer team of SA, with able co-ordination of Yenbeeyes. Still due to some reason or other there has been delay of another one year. ]

Various predictive Dasa systems have been advocated by the sage Jaimini for the purpose of prognosticating future events. Mandooka Dasa, Labhadhipastha Dasa, Yogardha Dasa, Lagnamsaka Dasa, Chandramsaka Dasa and Padanadhamsa Dasa are some of the important predictive Dasa systems generally employed by the followers of the Jaimini system. In this article I shall confine myself with the most important Navamsa Dasa, viz., Padanadhamsa Dasa which was extensively used by my mentor the late Sri Vemuri Rama Murthy Sastry, a renowned authority on Jaimini Astrology. It will not be out of place to mention that the Andhra Government honored him by conferring the title ‘Kala Saraswati’ in recognition of his erudition in Jaimini astrology just a year before he passed away in April 1985.

With my humble experience in Hindu Astrology I would like to point out that no single predictive Dasa system is foolproof to make cent percent accurate predictions and Jaimini dasa systems are no exception. Since the Jaimini System has its own distinctive features the learned readers will do well to combine the Parasari System of Astrology with the Jaimini Dasa Systems and draw their conclusions. Choosing the appropriate Dasa System among the various dasas advocated by Jaimini appears to be a difficult task even for experienced astrologers. ‘No definite clue is given by the sage as to the specific conditions under which the different dasas should be applied for purposes of prediction’ observes Dr B V Raman in his books Studies in Jaimini Astrology. It is difficult to contradict this statement made by Dr. Raman. Sri. V. Rama Murthy Sastry often used to tell me that Padanadhamsa Dasa should be used for all ordinary horoscopes and Rasi Dasa should be used only for royal horoscopes (of those who wield political power). My own observation is that Rasi Dasas should be used not necessarily for royal horoscopes, but when certain Rajayogic combinations are present in the Rasi Chart involving the Ascendant and the seventh house as in the case of Sri Rajiv Gandhi (Leo Ascendant with 5 planets), Dr. B.V.Raman (3 planets in the 7th house in Leo), Mahatma Gandhi (3 planets in Lagna and one planet in the 7th house) and N.T.Rama Rao (2 benefics in Lagna and one benefic in the 7th house).

The most important Navamsa dasa, viz., Padanadhamsa Dasa is to be found in Jyotisha Phala Ratnamala[1] written by Sri Krishna Misra, a great astrologer of yore in the court of King Vikramarka.

Padanadhamsa Dasa:

Find out in which Navamsa the lord of Aroodha Lagna is situated and that Navamsa Rasi will be the opening dasa for the purpose of reckoning the Dasas. The order of Dasas in this scheme is of six kinds as explained below.

Aries and Libra: These two are odd and moveable signs (Oja Rasis and Chara Rasis). The order of Dasas for these two signs is as follows

  • Aries – Taurus – Gemini – Cancer – Leo – Virgo and so on.
  • Libra – Scorpio – Sagittarius – Capricorn – Aquarius – Pisces and so on

If the lord of Aroodha Lagna is situated either in Aries or in Libra in the Navamsa chart, then the order of Dasas is in clockwise direction as explained above.

Cancer and Capricorn: These two are even and moveable signs (Chara Rasis and Yugma Rasis). For these two signs the order of Dasas is in the anti-clockwise direction.

  • Cancer-Gemini-Taurus-Aries-Pisces-Aquarius-Capricorn and so on
  • Capricorn-Sagittarius-Scorpio-Libra-Virgo-Leo and so on.

Taurus and Scorpio: These two are even and fixed signs and the order of Dasas is as follows (every 6th sign in anti-clockwise direction)

  • Taurus – Sagittarius – Cancer – Aquarius – Virgo – Aries – Scorpio and so on
  • Scorpio – Gemini – Capricorn – Leo – Pisces – Libra – Taurus and so on

Leo and Aquarius: These two are fixed and odd signs and the counting is done by taking every 6th sign in clockwise direction

  • Leo – Capricorn – Gemini – Scorpio – Aries – Virgo – Aquarius and so on
  • Aquarius – Cancer – Sagittarius – Taurus – Libra – Pisces – Leo and so on

Gemini and Sagittarius: These two are odd signs and Dwiswabhava Rasis. The order of dasas for these two signs is 1 – 5 – 9 in clock wise direction.

  • Gemini – Libra – Aquarius – Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces – Leo – Sagittarius – Aries and so on
  • Sagittarius – Aries – Leo – Capricorn – Taurus – Virgo – Aquarius – Gemini – Libra and so on

Pisces and Virgo: These two are even signs and also Dwiswabhava Rasis. The order of these two signs is  1 -5 -9 in anti clock wise direction.

  • Pisces – Scorpio – Cancer – Aquarius – Libra – Gemini – Capricorn – Virgo – Taurus and so on.
  • Virgo – Taurus – Capricorn – Leo – Aries – Sagittarius – Cancer – Pisces – Scorpio and so on.

A few charts have been discussed below elucidating the practical application of Padanadhamsa Dasa.

Chart 1:

Born on 22nd Dec 1945 at 2.08 am at 17 N 15, 81 E 38 (Ay: 23-06) Rasi: Libra Asc 6.10 and Jupiter 0.22; Sc- Mer 15.24 and Venus 26.20; Sagi – the Sun 6.32 and Ketu and Aroodha Lagna; Capricorn – Upapadam; Aries – 7th house 6.10; Gemini Rahu 6.57 and Saturn 29.55 and Cancer – Mars 8.10 and the Moon 13.15. Navamsa: Sc – Asc and Mercury; Sagi-Rahu; Aq-Venu; Ta-the Sun; Gemini- Saturn and Ketu; Virgo-Mars and Libra- the moon and Jupiter (SA: pls note that in Kala software Moon is shown in Sc Navamsa)

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1945 -12-12

     5- 0–0  Libra Dasa



     3-0-0    Scorpio Dasa


1953 -12-22

    11-0-0    Sagittarius dasa


1964 -12 -22

     8-  0- 0  Capricorn Dasa


1972 -12- 22

     5- 0 -0   Aquarius Dasa


1977 – 12-22

     6 – 0 – 0 Pisces Dasa


1983 -12 -22

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The first chart is that of an engineer in the Railways. Sagittarius is Aroodha Lagna. The lord of Aroodha Lagna (Jupiter) is in Libra Navamsa. Events: He was selected as an Engineer in the Railways in the second half of 1965. He got married in June 1974. He was blessed with a daughter in August 1975.

Judgment: The 10th lord from Navamsa lagna is the Sun (nonagesimal point falls in Cancer 6° 10′) who is in Taurus Navamsa. Capricorn and Virgo are its trinal houses. He was selected as an engineer as soon as Capricorn Dasa started operating. Usually the advent of Capricorn Dasa will bring about major changes in life, either for good or for bad. The first part and the last part of Capricorn Dasa is usually troublesome according to Vanchanadheeyam.

No planet is posited in the 7th house from Janma Lagna whereas the Moon and Mars are posited in the 7th house from Upapadam (aroodham of the 12th house). Of these two planets the Moon is in his own house having gained more number of degrees than Mars. The Moon is in Libra Navamsa. Aquarius and Gemini are its trinal houses. His marriage took place in June 1974 in the major period of Aquarius when Jupiter was transiting Aquarius. During the same period (Aquarius dasa) he was blessed with a daughter. It will be observed that Venus as lord of the 5th house from Upapadam is in Aquarius Navamsa.

Chart 2:

Born on 1st Jan 1931 at 1.15 pm at 17 N 15, 81 E 38 (Ay: 22:54) Rasi – Aries Asc 12°; Taurus – the Moon 5-25; Gemini – Jupiter 23-10; Cancer – Mars 22-35; Virgo – Ketu 26-37; Libra – Aroodha lagna, Sc-Venus 5-40; Sagi-the sun 17, Saturn 20-50 and Mercury 26-15 and Pisces-Rahu 26-37

Navamsa: Cancer-Asc; Leo-Venus and Ketu; Virgo-Sun; Libra-Saturn; Scorpio-Mercury; Capricorn – Mars; Aquarius – Rahu and the Moon; and Aries-Jupiter

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    2-0-2         Leo dasa



    4-0-0        Capricorn dasa



   6-0-0         Gemini dasa



   11-0-0         Scorpio dasa



  10-0-0         Aries dasa



   11-0-0         Virgo dasa




The second chart is that of a teacher who died of blood cancer in January 1970. Aroodha lagna falls in Libra.

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