Rahu Mahadasha is eighteen years long in Vimshottari dasa system in Vedic Astrology. Rahu rules three nakshatras Aridra, Swati and Satabhisha and when Moon is any of these nakshatra at birth, Rahu is the starting mahadasa. Rahu Mahadasa can be very harmful to many depending on its location and the aspects that natal rahu receives. Here, we describe events which most people with rahu mahadasa experience, whether rahu is well-placed or badly placed in their horoscope.
Rahu Dasa always brings loss of domestic harmony, splits and separations in the family. It may be between the native and his father; the native and his wife (or husband), or the native and his brothers. The peaceful atmosphere of the family will be suddenly disturbed. Non-cooperation, quarrels and independent postures among the members will be the starting point. A person passing through Rahu period becomes bold in his thoughts and actions; stoops to unconventional degrading actions and commits sins secretly and thereby incurring the displeasure and annoyance of other members in the family. Members become antagonistic mutually and come to loggerheads usually, bringing disgrace to the family. The reputation of the family will decline. The native develops heterodox tendencies and inclinations.
In addition, the following adversities will haunt the family:
- Frequent thefts in the family and loss of property.
- Loss of cattle and other domestic animals like cows, buffaloes, bulls, horses, dogs, pet birds, poultry by diseases, or theft. Natives engaged in dairy farm and poultry-farm business have to wind up their business due to heavy and sudden losses.
- Loss of crops through natural calamities, fire, thefts, rodents, etc. The expected income will shrink. Agriculturists and cultivators will incur losses.
- Servants, maid-servants, cooks, or drivers of vehicles will indulge in thefts. If the theft is detected and questioned, they will stay away and refuse to turn up for duty. Thus there will be non-cooperation at, the lower levels.
- Delivery of domestic animals like cows, buffaloes or dogs usually occur during this period.
The dwelling house begins to show signs of wear and tear sooner than normal. There may be accidents of fire, electric shocks, short circuits, burning of electric bulbs, etc. The wiring system may demand repairs. It these are not attended to immediately dangers and losses will multiply.
The house becomes a favorite resort for bandicoots, rats, mosquitoes, bugs, cockroaches, lizards, ants, spiders, and other pests. Even those residing in new buildings cannot escape these pests during Rahu MahaDasa.
Generally, it is during the period of Rahu that serpents, scorpions, centipedes and other venomous creatures make their appearance in the premises where the native resides. There is danger of bites from these creatures.
Frequent visits by relations on some pretext or the other will be a common feature. This will be a source of nuisance to the family, especially as mutual co-operation among the members of the family is lost.
Interference of the relatives or other in the internal affairs of the family will be common. Well-wishers may turn into enemies.
The Dasa of Rahu may be marked by bereavements. Father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts or uncles and their family circles will be the source of such sorrowful news. Sickness, deaths and other untoward incidents will be the order of Rahu Dasa. If Rahu is associated or aspected by another malefic like Mars or Saturn, or both, the number of calamities will he high. If Venus is associated or aspected by Rahu, females will be very much in the news regarding deaths, divorces, elopement, immoral adventures, kidnapping, rape, abortion, unconventional marriage etc.
Change of residence or town for some reason or the other will be forced on the family.Families going on pilgrimages should be careful about their children and belongings. The children are likely to be lost. While taking baths in rivers or tanks, danger of drowning to native or dependents is likely.
Vehicles like cars, motor cycles, cycles and other means of conveyances and everything that contribute to happiness and the comforts of the family are apt to go out of order. They may necessitate constant repairs or get stolen. Expenditure will go up, while the comforts go down.
Members of the family will be victims of diseases like malaria, typhoid, fevers, dysentery, cholera, diarrhea, measles etc. Domestic animals also will fall prey to such diseases and perish. Children will become victims of diseases like colds, fevers, bronchitis, pox etc. The native may be depraved and tends to get involved with servants, cooks, drivers or near and close relatives. One may also develop hypocrisy.
Women running Rahu Dasa develop masculine traits. They become bold and shrewd. They create a hell of nuisance and problems for their husbands who feel that they are very unfortunate to have married such unworthy women. Such women seldom make good and faithful housewives. They are more fit for service as nurses or school mistresses or cooks who will enjoy freedom of movement without check. Quarrels in the family will be a regular and recurring feature due to their arrogant attitude. In the case of women, the wife also suffers hell on account of a non-co-operative and arrogant husband. The husband generally turns a gambler or a drunkard. The family suffers ruin.
There will be unusual and uncalled for hectic activity in the family for no reason.The native develops a dubious character. One will not hesitate to commit thefts if an opportunity arises. He sets his mind on committing several offences and earn a bad -name. He will become a spend thrift and also takes pride in squandering large amounts detrimental to the general interest of the family.
In extreme cases, one will stoop to committing incest also with near and dear relatives secretly. Even relations as close as sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles,- sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, daughters-in-law, or sons-in- law are not spared. This extreme tendency is noticed if Rahu is associated with the Moon, Venus and Mars in the 9th or the 3rd in a nativity. Rahu in the ascendant or in the 7th, or with the Moon or in the 7th to the Moon, in the 2nd or in the 8th is not favorable for a pure, peaceful and a happy family life. They suffer several setbacks in life. The husbands of such women also suffer severe misfortune, setbacks and remain insignificant in society.
In service, there may be unwelcome changes. One may incur the displeasure of wrath of superiors and be subjected to penal torture and humiliations. Death after prolonged diseases, accidents, suicides are a common occurrence. Rahu influenced by Mars, Saturn or both, will aggravate this tendency. A native will have to attend funeral ceremonies of relative or friends frequently.
Rahu is unconventional, encourages widow marriages. He is a social reformer. Intercaste marriages come under the purview of Rahu, who is antireligious. Rahu does not straight away confer benefits on a native without grabbing some of the valuable, genuine and legitimate possessions of a family. A family will be deprived of many of its benefits before actual enjoying new benefits. Acquisition of power, authority and fortune come about accompanied by upheavals.
Rahu in the signs owned by Venus gives more than two marriages (legal or illegal). Practical observations reveal that Rahu in the 2nd house particularly in the signs owned by Mars gives a long term of loneliness after the death of the spouse. Irrespective of the house tenanted by Rahu, the above mentioned results will manifest themselves during its tenure.