Niryana Shoola Dasa


Niryaana means death and shoola is a weapon of Lord Shiva, who is the lord of destruction. Niryaana Shoola dasa is one of the most reliable dasa systems for the timing of death. Parasara simply called it “Shoola dasa”, but some scholarsuse the name Shoola dasa to denote a different dasa. We will learn it in another chapter. In order to avoid confusion, we will call the dasa to be learnt in this chapter as “Niryaana Shoola dasa”.


Dasa of strong maraka rasis and dasas of rasis containing strong maraka grahas can bring death. Usually death occurs in the dasa of a Trishoola rasi. There are three Trishoola rasis and we can identify the correct rasi based on the longevity category (short, middle or long life).

If Trishoolas don’t bring death, the rasi containing Rudra in the 12th house can bring death.

Antardasa at the time of death can be the 6th, 7th, 8th or 12th rasi from dasa rasi. It can also be a rasi that aspects the rasi that, in navamsa, contains the owner of the 8th house from dasa rasi. Suppose dasa rasi at death is Ta and Jupiter is in Le in navamsa. Then the antardasas of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 12th houses from Ta (i.e. Li, Sc, Sg and Ar) can bring death. Also the antardasas of Ar, Le, Li and Cp – rasis that aspect Le, which contains Jupiter in navamsa – can bring death. If there is a common rasi between these two principles, it can be a strong candidate.

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