Firstly, what is a Mahadasha? The word “Maha” means great. The word “Dasha” means a stage in life. So, the Rahu and Ketu Mahadashas refer to the stages in one’s life that will be dictated by the entities known as Rahu and Ketu.

Rahu and Ketu have no planetary bodies, so they are sometimes referred to as shadow planets. Rahu the north node and Ketu the south node are two entities that have great potential for causing large, unexpected disruptions in one’s life. Rahu is described as the head of the demon while Ketu is the tail. Their orbits are always 180 degrees apart from one another.

The Rahu Mahadasha lasts around 18 years, while Ketu lasts about 7 years. An unfavorably placed Rahu will bring depression, uncertainty, and spiritual inconsistencies. Similarly, an unfavorably placed Ketu will bring depression, anxiety, and lack of focus. While Rahu and Ketu are seen to be the most negative dashas in one’s life, they may actually deliver some helpful assets if placed favorably. A well placed Rahu will bring wealth and fame, while a well placed Ketu will bring luxury and intuition.

The Mahadasha you are currently in can be calculated by analyzing the positions of the stars and planets at various moments of your life. Knowing which stage you are in and if the respective astrological entity is positioned properly can be critical in ensuring a smooth life.