Kaal Sarp Yoga- Meaning and ill effects

Indian Astrology | 21-Sep-2021

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Kaal Sarp Yoga is a term often used by the astrologers when you go to them to consult about your horoscope or kundli. This is a common astrological yoga found in the natal charts of many people. It is a negative yoga often called dosha formed in a birth chart. This is an astrological combination which is known to bring several adverse effects in one’s life. Kaal Sarp yoga or dosha can turn the overall life of a person upside down making him face struggles and failures at every aspect in life. 

When all the planets are between Rahu and Ketu, it is called as Kala Sarpa. Therefore, if the planets are going towards Ketu, it is Kala Sarpa Yoga. And if the planets are going towards Rahu, it is Kala Sarpa dosha. To gain an in depth understanding of this dosha one must talk to astrologer and take necessary measures as suggested by them.

According to astrology, Kaal Sarp Yoga is nothing but the results of the bad deeds or sins committed during past lives. After all, we all have to reap what we have sown. It may occur if a person has tortured a living being/snake either in the present or in the previous life. There are varied types of Kaal Sarp Yogas known by different names each being formed due to the special placement of planets in the chart. Each yoga or dosha has its own unique effects.

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How is Kaal Sarp Dosha formed in a Kundli

We all are aware that in astrology there are nine planets. These vlanets can either be malefic or benefic in the chart depending upon their lordships and placements. Just like other planets, Rahu and Ketu can also be either malefic or benefic in a horoscope. Though they may create endless difficulties when they are malefic in your horoscope, at the same time they can also bless the native with prosperity if they are benefic. When one or both of these nodes are malefic in a horoscope; they may form various types of doshas in a horoscope and trouble the native in different spheres of his life.

Here in this article, we will talk about the most fearsome defect made by Rahu and Ketu in a horoscope known as Kaal Sarp Yoga or Kaal Sarp Dosha. According to its common definition; if in a horoscope, all seven planets are placed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu; Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscope. For example, if Rahu is placed in second house of a horoscope, Ketu is placed in eighth house of the same horoscope and the remaining seven planets are positioned in the houses ranging from second to eighth then Kaal Sarp Yoga is formed in such horoscope. Alternatively, they may be placed in between eighth to second houses.

Rahu and Ketu are always at a distance of 180 degrees from each other and hence are placed opposite to each other. Once formed in a horoscope, Kaal Sarp Yog can trouble the native with challenges in almost every sphere of life; depending on the houses involved as per the placements of Rahu and Ketu in such horoscope.

Some also suggest that even if Moon lies outside the axis of Rahu and Ketu while the other six planets are inside this axis; Kaal Sarp Yoga is still formed but that will be of lesser quantum called partial Kaal Sarp Yog. The planets placed in the houses of placements of Rahu and Ketu are considered to be enclosed by them.

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How worse is Kaal Sarp Dosha

Kaal Sarp Dosha is a condition that may be formed in a horoscope of a beggar and at the same time even a rich person may have it in his kundli. Then how come people with such far apart status will be affected by this common kaal sarp dosha? This certainly means that in some cases, Kaal Sarp yoga may bring impressive results to people. The aspects generally affected are personal relationships, marriage, childbirth, cut in longevity etc. Because of these negative effects, this combination is considered inauspicious whereas, on the other side, it also helps people enjoy success in their lives. 

Where such disparities come from?

The basic notion of astrology is that for any effect to be negative; the planet or planets involved in its formation must be malefic. It means when Rahu and Ketu are malefic in a birth chart and the basic condition for the formation of Kaal Sarp Yoga is fulfilled in such horoscope; Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in that horoscope. On the other hand, if Rahu and Ketu both are benefic or even one out of two is benefic in a horoscope; Kaal Sarp Yog doesn’t form in such horoscope.

Each and every planet changes its functional nature in quantum with every passing minute. As a result, a planet that was supposed to give extremely benefic results may give average results within a matter of an hour; and in fact may give malefic results within a few hours. Same process is followed in the case of a malefic planet where after reaching its peak from being extremely malefic, it may reduce its intensity and finally may start giving benefic results within a couple of hours.

This phenomenon keeps repeating itself in a cycle, for each and every planet. That is why so many different types of planetary arrangements become possible in various horoscopes. The constant change in the sky bringing changes in the intensities of all planets among navagraha are responsible for giving birth to  billions of people with varied temperament in the world; by means of billions of different planetary energies as well as their placements.

Hence even within a specific period; Kaal Sarp Yog may not form in the horoscope of every native born during such period. This is because the required criterion for the formation of Kaal Sarp Yoga may keep changing with every passing minute and hour. It means that for all people born on a particular day when all seven planets are enclosed between Rahu and Ketu; some of them may have Kaal Sarp Yog whereas some others may not have; depending on the auspicious or inauspicious  placement of Rahu and Ketu in their horoscopes. 

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Actual and refined definition of Kaal Sarp Yoga

If in a horoscope, all seven planets are enclosed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu; Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in such horoscope; provided both nodes i.e. Rahu and Ketu are functionally malefic in that birth chart. It means that even if one of them is benefic in such horoscope, Kaal Sarp Yog may not form in that horoscope. In some extreme cases; when in fact any one among Moon, Sun,Venus or Mercury is positioned outside Rahu-Ketu axis; Kaal Sarp Yoga may still surface in that horoscope depending upon the malefic or benefic nature of Rahu and Ketu.

Types of Kaal Sarp Dosha

Once the formation of kaal sarp dosha is confirmed, the best astrologer has to find the areas of its negative impact in the life of the native. For this purpose, the prime criterion is the house of placement of Kaal Sarp Yoga. Based on this criterion; twelve different kinds of Kaal Sarp Yogas exist.

There are as many as twelve types of this dosha, and they are as follows Ananta, Kulika, Vasuki, Shankhapala, Padma, Mahapadma, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Shankhachur, Ghatak, Vishdhar and Shesh Naag. For example, if Kaal Sarp Yoga is formed when Rahu is placed in the first house and Ketu is placed in the seventh house of a horoscope; it is called Anant Kaal Sarp Yog. 

This type of Kaal Sarp Yog may primarily cause problems related to the significances of the first and seventh house; which are the houses of placements of Rahu and Ketu in this horoscope, respectively. It means the bodily health, longevity, profession and married life of that native may face the negative impact of this type of Kaal Sarp Yog. Kaal sarp dosh effects on marriage have to be cured with the help of the remedies as suggested by the best astrologer

The next step is to calculate the strength of this defect. The strength of Kaal Sarp Yog is checked through the placements of Rahu and Ketu in various signs, nakshatras and navamshas; as well as other benefic and malefic influences of other planets are on Rahu and Ketu are to be seen. The overall theme of horoscope and running dasha also influence the strength of Kaal Sarp Yoga.

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How long does Kaal Sarp Dosha last?

This Yoga is generally genetic, means that it will be gone from one generation to another through the DNA. Additional, there is a critical age associated with this yoga. I.e. 33 Years. At this age, an important reversal of energy occurs. For example, if up to the age of 33, a person has suffered then after this age. Also success will start to come often surprisingly and in major ways. So, the converse is also true. If a person in their younger years had important success, they may become introduced to issues and blockages, halting their successful progress after the age of 33.

How Do You Know If You Have Kaal Sarp Dosha

Some indications as mentioned below may give you a hint that you are suffering from Kaal Sarp yog in kundli:

  • You feel alone and have to struggle for basic things in  life
  • You dream of snakes and water bodies
  • You dream about your own house
  • You dream about your ancestors, dead people or corpse
  • You constantly feel a kind of unknown fear 
  • You are scared of reptiles especially snakes
  • You are scared of heights or lonely places

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Can Kaal Sarp Dosha be removed?

Some Kaal Sarp Dosh remedies have been discussed below which one can perform on his own at home without any professional assistance:

  • Worship Lord Shiv daily, just offering water on Shivling and lighting a diya before the idol can do wonders.
  • Make it a habit to make donations to needy once in a month especially on the day of your birth nakshatra.
  • Take meals in the kitchen as it helps to propitiate Rahu.
  • Try and visit famous Shiva temples like Trayambakeshwar in Nashik or Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain or Srikalahasti temple.

Effective Mantra for eradication of Kaal Sarp Dosh

  • Chant Om Namah Shivaya every day for 108 times
  • Chant Maha Mritunjay Mantra for 108 times every day
  • Chant Gayatri Mantra
  • Chant Beej Mantra of Rahu 108 times preferably during Rahu kaal

Perform a Puja on Nag Panchami to lessen the negative impact of the Kaal Sarp Yog?

Astrologers say that by keeping a fast on the day of Nag Panchami and worshipping the snake Gods, one can lessen the malefic effect of the Kaal Sarp Yoga. One should follow the following remedies to seek the blessings of Nag Devta.

  1. Keep a fast 
  2. Maintain celibacy
  3. Perform Rudrabhishek of the Shiva Linga
  4. Chant Maha Mrityyunjaya Mantra
  5. Worship God of snakes and offer milk to the snake idol
  6. Chant the Naag Gayatri Mantra - Om Naagkulaya Vidmahe Vishadantaya Dheemahi Tanno Sarpa Prachodayat