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“Shree Durgaparameshwari Prasanna”

The utility of UTTAMA DREKKANAS in prediction


Acharya V.KUMAR

The Utility of Drekkanas in prediction is multifarious. Although ,usually ,delineation

of the influence of ones co-borns on the native is done using the drekkana chart, it has also
been found very useful in medical astrology for predicting the diseases. The timing of death
through Khara drekkana (22nd Dk) and Mrutyu Drekkanas (the three drekkanas falling in
the sign of Khara drekkanas has been found very effective. In Prashna shasthra, Drekkana
Swaroopa is highly useful in knowing the physical features of the thief. Also, the placement
of moon in a chart in Rasi Thulya Drekkanas and Bhava Suchaka Drekkanas is said to
indicate the pattern of thinking as well as the nature of the native. These applications of
Drekkanas have been discussed elaborately by many writers and the readers are perhaps
well aware of them. This article of mine proceeds further to examine the utility of
Drekkanas in an over all assessment of the chart in terms of finance , name and fame ,
Status ,etc.,

Uttama Drekkanas

The first Drekkana of a Chara Rasi, the second Drekkana of a Sthira Rasi and the third
Drekkana of a Dwiswabhava Rasi are classified as Uttama Drekkanas. As the very name
suggests, the whole of 10 degrees of these Drekkanas exert a very special influence on the
The three nakshatra padas falling in each of these Uttama Drekkanas are exceptional
ones in the life of a native due to the following reason :

In Chara Rasis, Out of the three nakshatra padas falling within the Uttama
Drekkanas the 1st Nakshatra pada is a vargottama pada while the 2nd and 3rd are
parivarthana padas.

In Sthira Rasis, the 1st and 3rd nakshatra padas within the Uttama Drekkanas are
parivarthana padas while the 2nd Nakshatra pada is a Vargottama pada.
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In Dwiswabhava Rasis, the 1 and 2 nakshatra padas within the Uttama
Drekkanas are parivarthana padas while the third nakshatra pada is a vargottama pada.

As such, each of these Uttama Drekkanas contain one vargottama Pada and two
parivarthana padas and hence are capable of awarding exceptionally favourable results
to the native except under some special conditions which would be explained later.

The following table provides a ready reckoner for the Uttama Drekkanas showing
their Vargottama and Parivarthana nakshatra padas.
Rasi Uttama Vargottama Parivarthana Padas (Exchange Padas are shown within Bracket)
Drekkana Pada
Mesha 1st DK Ashwini 1 Ashwini 2 (with Rohini 1) & Ashwini 3 (with Punarvasu 1)
Vrishaba 2nd DK Rohini 2 Rohini 1 (with Ashwini 2) & Rohini 3 (with Punarvasu 2)
Mithuna 3rd D K Punarvasu 3 Punarvasu 1( with Ashwini 3) & Punarvasu 2 (with Rohini 3)
Karkaka 1st D K Punarvasu 4 Pushyami 1 (With Makha 4 ) & Pushyami 2 (with Hastha 4)
Simha 2nd DK Pubba 1 Makha 4 (with Pushyami 1) & Pubba 2 (with Chitta 1)
Kanya 3rd D K Chitta 2 Hastha 4 (with Pushya 2) & Chitta 1 ( with Pubba 2)
Thula 1st D K Chitta 3 Chitta 4 ( with Anuradha 3) & Swathi 1 ( with Purvashada 3 )
Vrischika 2nd DK Anuradha 4 Anuradha 3 ( with Chitta 4 ) & Jyeshta 1 (with Purvashada 4)
Dhanus 3rd D K Uttarashada 1 Poorvashada 3 ( with Swathi 1) & Purvashada 4 ( with Jyeshta 1)
Makara 1st D K Uttarashada 2 Uttarashada 3 ( with satabisha 2 ) & Uttarashada 4 (with Revathi 2)
Kumbha 2nd DK Satabhisha 3 Satabhisha 2 ( with Uttarashada 3) & Satabhisha 4 (with Revathi 3)
Meena 3rd D K Revathi 4 Revathi 2 ( with Uttarashada 4 ) & Revathi 3 ( with Satabhisha 4)

The Swaroopa of Uttama Drekkanas :

In order to understand the utilitarian aspects of these drekkanas , let us first have a
look at their ‘Swaroopas’(shapes and characteristics) as defined in Chapter 27 of Brihat
Jataka by Varahamihira ( Translation by late Prof. B.Suryanarain Rao, founder of the
Astrological Magazine) .

1. Mesha 1st DK : A man with a white cloth round his waist, dark complexion, pretending to
protect, of fearful red eyes and a lifted axe .

2. Vrishaba 2nd DK : A Man possessing knowledge of lands, grains, houses, cows, arts, ploughing
and carts, hungry ,sheep faced , dirty clothes and shoulders like the hump of an ox

3. Mithuna 3rd DK : A Man adorned and decked with gems, armoured with quiver and bow, skilled in
dancing, drumming and arts, and poet.

4. Karkataka 1st DK : A Man holding fruits, roots and leaves, elephant bodied, residing on sandal
trees in the forest ,legs like that of Sarabha (Camel) and horse-necked.
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5. Simha 2 DK : A Man resembling a horse’s body with white garlands on the head, wearing
Krishnajina and kambalam, fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand and bent nose.

6. Kanya 3rd DK: A female ,yellowish, covered by a white silk cloth, tall, holding a pot and a
spoon, going to temple with great sanctity.

7. Thula 1st DK: A Man seated in a shop in the middle of the road, holding balances, clever in
weighing and measuring with a small scale for gold, diamonds, and thinking of his capital , and the
prices of articles in the shop.

8. Vrischika 2nd DK : A Woman fond of home and happiness for her husband’s sakeand covered by
serpents with a body resembling a tortoise and a pot.

9. Dhanus 3rd DK: A Man with along beard, complexion like that of Champaka or gold, holding a
stick, sitting in a splendid posture and keeping silks and deer skins.

10. Makara 1st DK: A Man covered with much hair ,teeth like those of a crocodile , body like that
of a pig , keeping yokes, nets and bandages and with a cruel face.

11. Kumbha 2nd DK : A woman covered with a dirty cloth in a forest, bearing pots on head and
dragging metals in a burnt cart loaded with cotton trees in it.

12. Meena 3rd DK : A Man crying in a pit in a forest , naked and covered over his body by serpents
and with a mind distracted by thieves and fire.

Guidelines for utility

The following points may be used as guidelines for applying and delineating the influence
of Uttama Drekkanas in a horoscope :

1. If the Drekkana swaroopa be of agreeable appearance ( eg . carrying fruits, flowers,

Gems, Pots, etc) and aspected by natural benefics, then the natives born in such
Drekkanas generally lead a prominent life in the society. They get name, fame and status
apart from an affluent way of living. They may be highly educated with sharp intellect
and refined culture.

2. In the analysis of Bhava results, the swaroopa of the drekkana in which the cuspal point
or bhava Madhya falls has a very significant role in making the bhava flourish.
Generally, the significations of the bhavas are boosted if the bhava Madhya falls in any
of the uttama drekkanas .and rendered positive in influencing the native , unless
otherwise marred by any simultaneous negative influence of all the three basic deciding
factors viz., Bhava, Bhava lord and Bhava Karaka.

3. Birth in uttama drekakanas exerts an overall positive influence on the native which has
its impact at all times through out his life . It works as a ‘pattern-maker’ or a ‘trend-
setter’ in shaping the destiny of the native from the very beginning , unlike the
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occasional boosting effect of the Yogas in the chart which operate primarily during the
Dasa/Bhukti/Antara periods of the yoga forming planets.

The nature and results of yogas vary from person to person depending upon age,
living environment, etc. But, the influence of a uttama drekkana on either the Janma
Rasi or the Janma lagna or the cusp of a Bhava exerts a special superlative influence
due to which the results experienced by the native are bound to be quite favourable.

4. a. If the lagna lord or the lord of the star in which lagna cusp falls is posited in a uttama
drekkana then such natives become popular in the society gaining name, fame and
status. They are likely to become powerful , educated and wealthy as well .

b. Similarly, if a bhava lord or the lord of the star in which bhava Madhya falls is
posited in a uttama drekkana , then the significations of the bhava flourish well .
Even if the bhava is otherwise spoiled in the conventional sense by the afflictions on
the Bhava and its karaka , the native finds a ‘saving grace’ in the bhava lord or the
bhava star lord as the case may be by virtue of its placement in Uttama Drekkanas.

5. If the navamsa dispositor of a Bhavalord is posited in the uttama drekkana , the

dispositor also has a strong influence on the respective bhava karakatwa.

6. Out of the above vargottama padas, if a planet attains debilitation in Navamsa ,it does
not offer good results inspite of its placement in a vargottama pada. For example, if
Shani gets posited in Ashwini 1 pada , Kuja gets posited in Punarvasu 4 pada, Sukra
gets posited in Chitta 2 pada, Sun gets posited in Chitta 3 pada, Moon gets posited in
Anuradha 4 pada, Guru gets posited in Uttarashada 2pada and Budha gets posited in
Revathi 4 pada they attain neecha vargottama which is considered to be bad for the
native for such planets do not offer good results during their periods and sub periods.

7. Out of the parivarthana padas also if a planet attains debilitation in navamsa it may
offer only ordinary results. In this case, the magnitude of results depends on the
dignities of the planet such as its position in a Kendra/ trikona, Exaltation/own/ Friend/
enemy’s house, etc.,. For example, if Kuja is in Rohini 1 pada and Sukra is in Aswini 2
pada it is certainly favourable because both planets will be occupying their own houses
in navamsa whereas if Kuja gets posited in Aswini 2 pada and Sukra gets posited in
Rohini 1 pada it will be detrimental to both the planets despite their placements in own
houses in Rasi chart because of their placement in enemy’s house in navamsa. The
results should be gauged only by assessing all attendant conditions.

Before taking up a few example charts for discussion, one important point is
to be noted . That is, this concept of Uttama drekkanas is only an additional tool for higher
accuracy of prediction. It should be judiciously used in unison with all other standard
principles of astrology. Before taking a final decision, all types of influences such as
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dignities of planets , modification of influences due to dual lordship, Position, aspect,
conjunction, combustion, retrogression , etc,. must be carefully considered. Although it can
be proved beyond doubt that all those born in uttama drekkanas have certainly achieved
name, fame , status, wealth, etc., in their lives, it surely cannot be claimed that all those
who were/are learned, rich and popular forming the higher strata of society were/are born
in uttama drekkanas only. In almost all the charts of the rich and famous personalities the
influence of many powerful yogas are certainly evident. But, in some charts , even in the
absence of such powerful yogas the natives enjoy excellent honours for which one of the
reasons is the superlative influence of uttama drekkanas in such charts. The concept of
uttama drekkanas comes in handy in providing a clear clue in such charts.
Let us study some examples.
Ex. H.1: Horoscope of LATHA MANGESHKAR , the renowned singer.

Birth Details: D.O.B. 28-09-1929 , T.O.B : 09.51 PM (IST), P.O.B : INDORE

Ayanamsa : KP ( 22 Deg. 46 min.)

XI 3-47 XII 10-47 I 16-48 II 11-47

Rah 20-56 Guru 23-22

X 2-47 III 5-47

RASI 18-15

Balance of Budha Dasa at birth

IX 5-47 IV 2-47 Surya Lagna
16y 3m 2d
Suk 10-58
VIII VII 16-18 VI 10-47 V 3-47 NAVAMSA
11-47 Kuj 1-57 Surya
San 1-53 Ket 20-56 12-16
Budha (R)
29-40 Chan Kuja Budha

Ex. H.1 : Analysis :

Lagna of the native falls in Rohini 2nd Pada which is a vargottama pada of the
uttama drekkana of Vrishaba Rasi.. Lagna lord sukra is posited in 2 nd Drekkana of simha
(makha 4 pada) which is a uttama Drekkana. Sukra is also the karaka for music and other
performing arts and is strongly placed in a Kendra with Digbala i.e, in 4th house.
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2nd and 5th lord Budha is posited in own house in Kanya in Chitta 2nd Pada which is a
Vargottama pada of the Uttama Drekkana in Kanya Rasi.. Budha , as lord of 2nd house
signifies Speech/ Vak sthana of the native and as 5th lord signifies art and entertainment

Also , the swaroopa of the lagna drekkana of the native ( Vrishabha 2nd Drekkana)
described above indicates skills in Music, Dance, etc. and the swaroopa of the third
Drekkana of Kanya (in which Budha is posited ) indicates a pure lady proceeding to a
temple . These descriptions are pleasant and agreeable ones thus indicating a favourable
influence up the native.

Thus , the influence of uttama drekkanas on the lagna , lord of Lagna and lords of
2 and 5th houses including the karakas for music i.e, budha and sukra have bestowed the

native a matchless career in music field being the only singer in the world to have achieved
more than 60,000 recordings in vocal music.

Ex. H.2: Horoscope of P.V.Narasimha Rao , Former Prime Minister of India.

Birth Details: D.O.B. 28-06-1921 , T.O.B : 01.02 PM (IST), P.O.B : Warangal ( A.P)
Lat : 17-58 N Long : 79-40 E

Chandra Ketu Sun 13-17 Ketu Mercury

10-33 01-34 Mars 13-33
Venus Merc 27-40

RASI Guru 20-06 Surya NAVAMSA Lagna

Sani 26-26 Kuja

Rahu Lagna 24-47 Sukrra Sani Rahu

01-34 Chandra

Ex. H.2 : Analysis :

Lagna falls in the third Drekkana of Kanya which is a uttama drekkana. Lord of
lagna (Budha , who is also the 10th lord) is posited in own house (Mithuna) in Punarvasu 3
pada which is a vargottama pada falling within the uttama drekkana of Mithuna Rasi. These
superlative influences have conferred a long and illustrious political career to the native
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despite the adverse influences of a strong (with digbala) 3 and 8 lord Kuja and 12th lord
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Sun besides the placement of Bhagyadhipathi sukra in 8th house indicating loss of luck .
The natural malefics – Rahu ( in 2nd house signifying family, finance, etc,) and Ketu
( in 8th house signifying longevity, etc ) – have not adversely affected the native because of
their placement in Uttama drekkanas.

The swaroopa of the uttama drekkana in Mithuna described above indicated a man
wearing ornaments , possessing many gems, wearing a mail coat and target, learned in all
arts and a literary writer. What a close description of the Polyglot prime minister who was
nicknamed as the ‘modern chanakya’ by the then political observers.

Ex. H.3: Horoscope of BILL BATES , the Computer Wizard.

Birth Details: D.O.B. 29-10-1955 , T.O.B : 10.00 PM (PST), P.O.B : Seattle (USA)
Lat : 47-31 N Long : 120 –00 W

X 12-52 XI 20-59 Ketu 24-46 XII 01-42


IX 13-58 I 04-40

RASI II 22-19
Chan Guru Kuja
VIII III 13-58 Suk
22-19 Guru 04-47
Rahu Lag
VII 04-40
VI 01-42 Rahu 24-46 V 20-59 IV 12-52 Sun Ket
Sun 12-53 Kuja 17-37
Sukra 28-20 Budha24-29
Sani 28-35

Ex. H.3 : Analysis :

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Lagna falls in the first Drekkana of Karkataka which is a uttama Drekkana . Lagna
lord Moon is posited in Meena in Revathi 4 pada which is a vargottama pada falling within
the uttama drekkana of Meena Rasi.

4th lord Budha is posited in a uttama drekkana in own house and 9th cusp falls in a
uttama Drekkana .As a result of these influences by the uttama drekkanas, despite being a
school dropout, luck has favoured him and made him one of the richest men in the world.

The swaroopa of the third drekkana of Meena indicates a suffering from thieves, etc.,
Who else other than Bill Gates faces the greatest challenge posed by piracy of computer
software ?

Ex. H.4: Horoscope of AMITAB BACHHAN , the renowned Actor.

Birth Details: D.O.B. 11-10-1942 , T.O.B : 04.00 PM (IST), P.O.B : Allahabad

Lat : 25-57 N Long : 81–50 E

II 11-36 III 15-22 IV 12-32 V 06-35

Sani 19-13

I 01-44 VI 01-26
Ketu Guru 00-32
10-22 Sukra Sani

XII 01-26 RASI VII 01-44

Rahu 10-22 Guru
XI 06-35 X 12-32 IX 15-22 VIII 11-36 Rahu
Chandra Sukra 15-11 Chan NAVAMSA Sun
10-18 Kuja 22-36 Ketu Budh
Sun 24-22

Ex. H.4 : Analysis :

The above horoscope is an excellent example for the superlative influence of Uttama
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Out of the 12 Bhava madhyas, four are falling in Uttama Drekkanas. 4th Bhava
falling in Vrishaba, 6th Bhava falling in Karkataka, 10th Bhava Falling in Vrischika and 12th
Bhava falling in Makara are all falling in Uttama drekkanas.

Out of the nine planets , other than Chandra and Sukra, remaining seven planets are
occupying uttama drekkanas.

The negative influence of Badhak Sukra is well under the control of three planets
posited in the uttama drekkana of Kanya Rasi with whom the former is conjoined.

Although the position of 6th lord Chandra in 9th house has created some problems in
finance for him, the placement of Guru in its Kendra in a uttama drekkana has brought him
back on track.
The four planets in 8th house ( five in Bhava , because chandra also moves to 8th in
Bhava chart) have not caused any major adverse effect on the native despite their
placement in a Dussthana because three out of these four planets are posited in a Uttama

Despite having five planets in 8th house in the Bhava chart , the native is enjoying a
place of pride in the Indian Cinema even to day at the age of 64 years solely due to the
superlative influence of Uttama Drekkanas in his horoscope.

These examples have been chosen arbitrarily. Readers are requested to examine the
horoscopes of other rich and famous personalities on the above lines and see for themselves
the utility of uttama drekkanas in arriving at a clear picture on the general financial status
and the popularity levels of the concerned natives.



Written by :
Acharya V.KUMAR
Address : No. 315/1 , “Shree Meru “ , 4th Main Road, 3 rd Phase,
Manjunatha Nagar, WCR Ist Stage, BANGALORE- 560 010
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