The outer planets in Vedic Astrology – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not mentioned in the Rig Vedas and are scarcely taken to be of prime importance in a person’s birth chart in Vedic astrology. Unlike Western astrology which uses these planets for making predictions, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not the driving forces in a birth chart in Vedic astrology. But that does not negate the importance of these 3 distant planets, whose influence is seen on a wider scale, even though it is not extremely pronounced in a native’s birth chart. Not much can be found about Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in Vedic astrology, but these planets are highly influential in making major shifts in one’s life and are behind the major events affecting the world at large. Many scholars even believe that these 3 planets in Vedic astrology are representatives of the forces of the Tri Dev in Hinduism. Though they do not directly exert their influence, they have a major impact on everything, however indirectly. It is often regarded that the 3 planets, though not much talked about in Vedic astrology, have their manifestations through the 2 Chhayagrahas of Rahu and Ketu. They have always worked their way through Rahu and Ketu, and we witness the effect of these 3 planets in Rahu’s materialistic search and Ketu’s quest for spirituality and moksha. These 2 form a part of the Nava Grahas that are considered for reading the birth chart of any individual and are thus used for making predictions. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in Vedic astrology are very different from the other planets that are used for making astrological predictions. Unlike the major planets, these 3 outer planets are neither the karaka nor any house, nor do they rule any Rashi or sign. They are not rulers, but are the extremely potent background forces that set the ground for everything, and thus have a key bearing on any major event on a large scale, or even worldwide. Though these are not the rulers of any house, they exercise considerable influence when they are in conjunction with other planets or when they aspect some other planet. While the major planets in astrology are understood to have certain flaws, these 3 outer planets are without flaws, as these are the manifestation of the supreme Tri Dev of Hinduism. They are considered to be perfect in themselves. Despite all our wishes, we cannot bring about any major change in our lives, or any change that will reshape our individuality, without the transit of at least any of these 3 planets. Being the planets that are capable of bringing about major changes, their importance cannot be underestimated even in Vedic astrology.