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Chara Dashaa 
Chara / Naaraayan Dashaa See also Chara Kaarak I won't work with Chara or Naaraayan Dashaa any more and I cannot recommend it, but everybody has the liberty to draw his own and perhaps different conclusions. Chara or Naaraayan Dashaa
[Note by Revati: Parashara states that all the 'other kind of Dashaa' (almost all Raashi Dashaa!)  except Chakra and Varnad Dashaa  are not 'appropriate' in his view. Nevertheless he explains them in chapter 46.]
[Jaimini Sutras, Adhyaaya 1, Pad 1] SU. 26. In even signs the counting must be in the reverse order. SU. 27. In some places or signs this does not apply. SU. 28. Many of the writers are of opinion, that the Raashi Dashaa (period of the sign) extends over such number of years which are counted from the Raashi to the place where its Lord is located. SU. 34. Divide Raashi Dashaas by 12 and distribute the same to the 12 Raashi in proportion to the Raashi Dashaa periods to get its subperiods. The counting should be from right to left if Lagna is odd sign and vice versa if even.
Calculation of Raashi Dashaa/ 9th from Lagna: commencing from odd or from even signs
Dwaar Raashi (Paka Raashi): Raashi, which commences Dashaa
SU. 2. The Raashi which
commences the Dashaa or period is called the Dwaar Raashi or the door for
the subsequent Raashi Dashaa.
Bhog Raashi: Counting signs from Lagna to Dwaar Raashi
Results of Dashaa to be told, dependant on planetary strength
Predicting of the Stronger of Lagna or the 7th, males and females
Dashaa commences with movable sign: regular order
Dashaa commences with fixed sign: successive order
Dashaa commences with common (dual) sign: order is KendraPanapharAapoklim
Planets in Kendra, Panaphar and Aapoklim become Lords of Navaansh Dashaa
Raashi in Kendra from Lagna furnish first Dashaa
Kaarak will be moving between Lagna and the 7th
Results depending on strengths and weaknesses of Dashaa Planets
Results from Kaarak and from 1st/3rd/7th and 9th Raashi
Kaarak occupies odd sign: regular Dashaa; occupies even sign: backwards
Kaarak occupies even sign: backwards
Same Results for AntarDashaa, forward or backwards counting
Raashi, Yuti with or aspected by Benefics, or its Lord with strength
Chara Dashaa [BPHS, CH. 46, Sl. 158  167] The Raashi, which has a Graha, placed in it, is considered more powerful than the Raashi without a Graha in it. If both are with Grahas in them, the one with more Graha would be considered more powerful. If both Raashi are occupied by an equal number of Grahas, the strength of the Raashi itself should be taken into account. The principle for considering the Bal (strength) of the Raashi is, that the Fixed Raashi is considered stronger than the Movable one and the Dual Raashi is considered more powerful than the Fixed Raashi. If there is equality in the strength of the Raashi, then to determine the number of years of Dasha counting should be done up to the Raashi with bigger number. If one Raashi is occupied by a Graha in exaltation, the counting should be done up to that Raashi only. In addition 1 should be added in the number of years in the case of a Raashi with an exalted Graha and 1 should be deducted from the number of years in the case of a Raashi with a Graha in debilitation. The prediction should be made after calculating the Dashaa in this manner. 167. If the Raashi in Dharma Bhaav is in an odd Pada, the counting should be from the Raashi in the Lagna onwards. The counting would be in the reverse order, if the Pad is even. The Dashaas of Raashi have to be fixed, keeping this in view. For Example. In the above Tulaa is the Raashi in Dharm Bhaav in an odd Pad. Amongst the Lords of Lagna, Shani and Raahu, Raahu is associated with a Graha. Therefore Raahu is more powerful than Shani. Therefore counting should be done up to Raahu. Kumbh is in even Pada, therefore counting has to be done from Kumbh up to Raahu in the reverse order, by which the Chara Dashaa for Kumbh would come to 8 years. Mesh is in odd Pad. Therefore the Chara Dashaa for Mesh will be one year. The Dashaa of other Raashi should be calculated in the same manner. Chara / Naaraayan Dashaa
Chara  or nowadays Naaraayan Dashaa  belongs to the most used Dashaa systems after Vinshottaree Dashaa. It is a Raashi Dashaa, therefore Raashi, their Ansh and planets in them are of utmost importance. There are a multitude of calculation possibilities for calculating correct Chara Dashaa sequence, the two most appreciated methods are 'Paraashar method' (as described in BPHS) and 'Naaraayan' Dashaa (based on Jaimini Sutras), which is elaboration of Sanjay Rath, SJC astrologer. It is interesting to note that obviously Paraashar himself did not have a good opinion with regard to almost all Raashi Dashaas (except Chakra and Varnada Dashaa), he taught that they all are 'not appropriate' in his view. Nevertheless, the logics behind Chara Dashaa construction  see next paragraph  seems to be convincing and deserves closer studies. In my view Naaraayan Dashaa can be neglected and Chakra and Varnada Dashaa (together with Mool Dashaa and Nakshatra Dashaas) use is highly preferable. Another important point is that Antardashaas and Pratyantardashaas of Naaraayan/ Chara Dashaa are not in accordance with the calculation rules given in BPHS. *The true Chara Dashaa is: Chakra Dashaa.* MahaaDashaa Sequence: The calculation of Mahaadashaa years for a particular planet depends on the "distance of a Raashi/ Bhaav Lord to his own Bhaav": If this distance, for example, is 4 Raashi/Bhaav (eg Saturn in Taurus, four Raashi / Bhaav away from his own Raashi/Bhaav Aquarius) then the Mahaa Dashaa (of Saturn) period would extend over 4 years. Same procedure for all other planets also  this idea is the fundamental of Chara and Naaraayan Dashaa, and there are some exceptions to it which I won't describe here. As said, correct calculation of Chara Dashaa is subject of vivid discussions among astrologers. First Maha Dashaa starts from the 1st or 7th Bhaav, whichever is stronger. Odd signs are counted regularly, even signs are counted backwards. For movable signs, the Dashaa sequence goes in normal direction from 1st or 7th Bhaav (1st MD period) to 2nd or 8th Bhava (2nd MD period) to 3rd or 9th Bhava (3rd MD period) and so on. For dual signs the direction is backwards: first MD 1st Bhava, second MD is 12th Bhaav, third MD is 11th Bhaav and so on. For fixed signs, every 6th Raashi  counted backwards from Lagna or 7th Bhaav  leads to a new Mahaa Dashaa period (or  seen from normal direction  every 8th Bhaav). Rule for fixed signs given in Jaimini Sutras (every 6th Raashi) does not apply for Chara Dashaa as described by Paraashar (and rejected by him). AntarDashaa Sequence: Interpretation: Naaraayan Dashaa can be seen as a progression of your Lagna. It shows changes in your environment, your surroundings and your outer world. It is a Dashaa of material manifestation  of all kinds  as well. Parashara was looking at the reality, the 'Satya' of ourselves and the world, Jaimini strongly emphasized Arudhaa and Chara Kaarak. Arudhaa do not indicate the reality but the illusion, the 'Maayaa' in our world and of ourselves  they are like a 'fata morgana' in a desert, a mirror with an illusory view. They show when and how we are perceived by other people and the results thereof  therefore Arudhaa are closely connected with material manifestations as well. Arudhaa Lagna is one of the most important horoscope factors. Chara Kaarak Aatm Kaarak, Amaatya Kaarak, Bhraatri Kaarak, Maatri Kaarak, Putra Kaarak, Gnati Kaarak and Dara Kaarak  indicate wishes and desires of the eternal Soul which are to be fulfilled in our life/present incarnation. Aatm Kaarak  denotes the main wish of our eternal Soul to be reached, Amaatya Kaarak  how we can reach this, the other Chara Kaarak are related to the Bhaav 3  7. As Chara Kaaraks are related to goals and aims they are deeply connected to our Dharma, indicating it in our natal chart. The best way of using Chara/ Naaraayan Dashaa, is analyzing current period from Arudhaa Lagna and Chara Kaarak. After this normal style of interpretation  as explained in Mool Dashaa article  can be done, but this is only of secondarily importance and can be neglected in my view. Entry Charts of MahaaDashaa, AntarDashaa and Pratyantar Dashaa periods are significant as always and normally reliable because Chara or Naaraayan Dashaa  as a Raashi Dashaa  is not that timesensitive as Nakshatra Dashaa.
We can take the five fundamental planetary connections as explained in Phala Deepika: and apply them on positions Most important:
 MD Raashi as Lagna for this period, AD Raashi counted there from (same
for AD  PD sequence), If Lagna or Sun are endowed with more strength, they can become more significant than Moon (according to Moola Dashaa construction rule). Finetuning with placements counted from other Chara Kaarak, Lagna Lord or Kaarak, Special Lagna (especially Hora and Ghatee Lagna), Bhaav and Graha Arudhaa. Remember: Final Note:

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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on
03/20/2013