There is a wide-spread lack of knowledge, misinformation or a mystery among common people about “Mahadasha”. When an Astrologer says “You are under Chandra Mahadasha” – The response is – “Oh, Am I under some kind of Mahadasha? What is the effect of Mahadasha – when it will be over?”

That is, the word “Mahadasha” is taken with a negative connotation. This article gives you basic information about Mahadasha – Antardasha and their sequence and how a person starts his life with a specific mahadasha.

Mahadasha and Antardasha:

- Some or other Mahadasha is always ON for every person at a given point in time.
- Each Mahadasha has multiple Antardasha in it of all the planets.
- Sequence of Mahadasha for everybody is the same. Just the starting point is different.
- There are various types of Mahadasha systems such as
- “Winshottari Mahadasha” (The period of 120 years)
- “Ashtottari Mahadasha” (Period of 108 years),
- “Yogini Mahadasha” etc
- Winshottari Mahadasha system is the most commonly used and the most reliable one. Winshottari Mahadasha will be the topic of this article.
- By simple calculations it is quite obvious that almost 1/6th people on the face of the Earth are running Shani Mahadasha (19 out of 120 years of Wimshottari Mahadasha are under this one) and a little less than 1/6th are under Raahu (18 years) and Budh (17 years) Mahadasha.
- Exactly 1/6th folks are under SHUKRA Mahadasha (20 out of 120).
- Winshottari Mahadasha shows a period of 9 Mahadashas which add to 120 years as follows:
- Ketu Mahadasha 7 years
- Shukra Mahadasha: 20 years
- Surya Mahadasha: 6 years
- Chandra Mahadasha: 10 years
- Mangal Mahadasha: 7 years
- Raahu Mahadasha: 18 years
- Guru Mahadasha: 16 years
- Shani Mahadasha: 19 years
- Budh Mahadasha: 17 years
- Every Mahadasha has 9 Antardashas
- Ketu Mahadasha starts with Ketu Antardasha and the sequence of Antardasha is exactly mentioned as above bulleted list.
- Each Antardasha is exactly proportional to its length in 120 years i.e. Shukra Mahadasha is 120:20 i.e. 1/6th. So in Ketu Mahadasha of 7 years, the Shukra Mahadasha would be of 14 months.
- Ketu Mahadasha will end with Budh Antardasha
- Shukra Mahadasha will start with Shukra Antardasha followed by Surya Antardasha, Chandra Antardasha etc in the SAME sequence as mentioned above, ending with Ketu Mahadasha. Surya Mahadasha is 120:6 i.e. 1/20th. So in Shukra Mahadasha Surya Antardasha would be of 1 year.
- And So onThere is a wide-spread lack of knowledge, misinformation or a mystery among common people about “Mahadasha”. When an Astrologer says “You are under Chandra Mahadasha” – The response is – “Oh, Am I under some kind of Mahadasha? What is the effect of Mahadasha – when it will be over?”
That is, the word “Mahadasha” is taken with a negative connotation. This article gives you basic information about Mahadasha – Antardasha and their sequence and how a person starts his life with a specific mahadasha.

Mahadasha and Antardasha:

- Some or other Mahadasha is always ON for every person at a given point in time.
- Each Mahadasha has multiple Antardasha in it of all the planets.
- Sequence of Mahadasha for everybody is the same. Just the starting point is different.
- There are various types of Mahadasha systems such as
- “Winshottari Mahadasha” (The period of 120 years)
- “Ashtottari Mahadasha” (Period of 108 years),
- “Yogini Mahadasha” etc
- Winshottari Mahadasha system is the most commonly used and the most reliable one. Winshottari Mahadasha will be the topic of this article.
- By simple calculations it is quite obvious that almost 1/6th people on the face of the Earth are running Shani Mahadasha (19 out of 120 years of Wimshottari Mahadasha are under this one) and a little less than 1/6th are under Raahu (18 years) and Budh (17 years) Mahadasha.
- Exactly 1/6th folks are under SHUKRA Mahadasha (20 out of 120).
- Winshottari Mahadasha shows a period of 9 Mahadashas which add to 120 years as follows:
- Ketu Mahadasha 7 years
- Shukra Mahadasha: 20 years
- Surya Mahadasha: 6 years
- Chandra Mahadasha: 10 years
- Mangal Mahadasha: 7 years
- Raahu Mahadasha: 18 years
- Guru Mahadasha: 16 years
- Shani Mahadasha: 19 years
- Budh Mahadasha: 17 years
- Every Mahadasha has 9 Antardashas
- Ketu Mahadasha starts with Ketu Antardasha and the sequence of Antardasha is exactly mentioned as above bulleted list.
- Each Antardasha is exactly proportional to its length in 120 years i.e. Shukra Mahadasha is 120:20 i.e. 1/6th. So in Ketu Mahadasha of 7 years, the Shukra Mahadasha would be of 14 months.
- Ketu Mahadasha will end with Budh Antardasha
- Shukra Mahadasha will start with Shukra Antardasha followed by Surya Antardasha, Chandra Antardasha etc in the SAME sequence as mentioned above, ending with Ketu Mahadasha. Surya Mahadasha is 120:6 i.e. 1/20th. So in Shukra Mahadasha Surya Antardasha would be of 1 year.
- And So on…