Moon dasa is the dasa period that comes after Sun dasa in one's life according to astrology .If Moon is placed in 6th,8th or 12th houses in one's chart or if it is debilitated or combined with malefic planets one has to plant pavala malli (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) according to virutcha shastra. It is called பவள மல்லி in tamil.
If Pavala malli is not available one can plant
- Parijatham (
- Vatha narayana plant (
- Arasu along with vembu planted together
One has to note that the alternative plant should be 6 times in number if it is planted.
The pavala malli plant or parijatham plant or arasu with vembu should be planted from 6 to 7 am in moon hora during starting period of chandra dasa. Before the day of the plant little bit of paddy is immersed in water.The next day after plantation the paddy water should be served to pavalamalli plant. The paddy should be given to birds.
One should note that one cannot destroy the tree he has planted and if it is naturally destroyed one should replace it with another plant during the particular dasa period. This rule is applicable to all dasa and bhukti and is said to be an important one according to virutcha shastra.