kala sarp dosha

Kala Sarpa Dosha: The Carrier of Past Life Karmas

The Kala Sarpa Yoga, or Kala Sarpa Dosha, is one of the most feared planetary combinations in Vedic Astrology. It is commonly called a Dosha because it mostly causes inauspicious results. The term ‘Kal’ means time and ‘Sarpa’ means serpent. In Vedic Astrology, the shadowy planets Rahu and Ketu represent the mouth and the body of a serpent.

The Kala Sarpa Dosha is formed when all the planets Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are placed between the malefic Rahu and Ketu.

When all these planets, including the Lagna (Ascendant), align within the Rahu-Ketu axis, they become ineffective, and will not produce results on the basis of their full potential. People born with this Yoga in their horoscopes will certainly go through a lot of ups and downs. 

Kala Sarpa Dosha has its mentioned in the Nadi branch of astrology. The planets Rahu and Ketu are related to our past life deeds and unfulfilled desires. When all the planets and Lagna are within their clutch, our life is mostly driven by past life Karmafal. The Kala Sarpa Dosha is supposed to bring huge negative effects on the lives of individuals.

The malefic combinations of planets causing this dosha make individuals’ lives largely problematic, unhappy, and unstable. It is generally considered a fatal dosha and people would go to any extreme to prevent its consequences. But this does not mean that everyone having this Dosha will suffer. We can see this Yoga in the horoscope of highly successful people too. Like Yogas, there are Yoga Bhangas, which is why, even with many Doshas, some people reach great heights in their life, and with many good Yogas, some people fail to achieve anything big.

The Impacts of Kala Sarpa Dosha 

The Kala Sarpa Yoga is mostly inauspicious and is believed to harm people gravely. The outcomes of this Dosha, though malefic, will not be the same for every individual. The magnitude or scale of damage it can cause varies, depending on the position and condition of the planets.

A few issues people could face under the influence of this Dosha include:

  • Delays at the workplace, with various projects or undertakings
  • Losses in business, with obstacles blocking the growth
  • A diminished mental state
  • Issues with health and anxiety
  • Great unrest and misunderstanding among family and friends 
  • An unhappy marital life

Some Kala Sarpa Combinations and the Resulting Impacts

The ideal formation of Kala Sarpa Yoga is that all the signs between Rahu and Ketu must occupy planets continuously and no sign should remain vacant. The Kala Sarpa Yoga will not be experienced if the Lagna, or any of those planets, is out of this Rahu-Ketu axis.

In a chart with Kala Sarpa Yoga, if Rahu or Ketu joins with any planet placed in Lagna or the 7th house, then the inauspicious results reduce to a great extent. Also, if other good Yogas are present along with Kala Sarpa Dosha, then good results will be experienced after some initial hurdles. 

When Rahu is placed 6 Rasis ahead of all the planets, and Ketu is placed behind all the planets, Kala Sarpa Yoga will not create much trouble. The inauspicious effects of this Yoga reduce if the planet associated with Rahu or Ketu is in its own sign or exaltation sign.

The beneficial effects of this Yoga will increase when Rahu or Ketu is placed in Trikon, or when Rahu is strong and all the planets are moving towards it. 

The malefic effects will increase when Rahu or Ketu occupies Kendra, or when Rahu becomes debilitated and all planets move towards it.

The Conditions that nullify Kala Sarpa Dosha Effects

There are a few instances in which Kala Sarpa Yoga fails to harm the natives. Some horoscope conditions that nullify the Kala Sarpa Dosha include.

  • The presence of a strong Rajayoga, or some other powerful Yoga.
  • Two or more Rajayogas in the birth chart 
  • Malefic planets expecting Rahu and Ketu
  • Two or three planets in their sign, or exalted condition
  • Exaltation of the Lagna lord, and the 9th and 10th lords 

What are the Remedies for Kala Sarpa Dosha?

One of the most effective remedies to reduce the effects of the Kala Sarpa Dosha is visiting shrines of higher spiritual beings. The popular places to visit include Srikalahasti temple, Trimbakeshwar temple, Rameswaram, and Thirunageswaram. The Kalasarpa Dosha Nivaran Puja at Sri Kalahasti mandir, Rameswaram, and Thirunageswaram, considers the best remedy for Kala Sarpa Dosha.

Rudra Abhishek of Shiva, in any Shiva Temple, and chanting of powerful mantras like the Maha Mrityunjay Mantra, Vishnu Panchakshari Mantra, and Sarp Mantra are the other popular remedies for this Dosha. But, according to some, the best remedy is to let good deeds outweigh the negative ones.

The Bright Side of Kala Sarpa Dosha

Kala Sarpa Dosha has some positive aspects as well. It can make a person hardworking and practical. People with this Yoga will show interest in spirituality and philanthropy. If supported by other horoscope factors, this Yoga may help individuals to reach great heights. So, before concluding the effects of Kala Sarpa Dosha, a thorough examination of the horoscope is important.

Kala Sarpa Dosha – Frequently Asked Questions

How many years does Kaal Sarpa yoga last?

The duration of Kaal Sarpa Yoga lasts depending on the position of Rahu in the following houses. If Rahu position in:

  • 1st House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 27 years of age.
  • 2nd House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 33 years of age.
  • 3rd House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 36 years of age.
  • 4th House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 42 years of age.
  • 5th House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 48 years of age.
  • 6th House, then Kaal Sarpa dosha effects last up to 54 years of age.

What happens if one has Kaal Sarpa dosha?

If you have a Kaal Sarpa dosha in your natal chart, then you may suffer from mental distress, hurdles in life, loss of peace, lack of self-confidence, suffer from health issues, life-longevity issues, loss of job, loss in business, anxiety, may face betrayals from friends, conflicts in the family and lack of support from friends and relatives.

They may also have difficulty having children and may face marital problems. They may also have a tendency to see dreams of haunted dead ancestors or recently departed family members.

Likewise, they may dream of their house or water bodies and feel as if they strangle by someone. Furthermore, they may experience a delay in success and may not receive full credit for their achievements and talents.

Which stone is ideal for Kaal Sarp Dosha

According to astrology, the most sought-after remedy is wearing a gemstone to reduce the malefic effects of Kaal Sarpa dosha. Hence, Gomed (garnet) or Vaidoorya (cat’s eye) fitted in a silver ring to be worn on the middle finger is the ideal recommendation to reduce the malefic effects of Kaal Sarpa dosha.

How many types of Sarpa Dosha are there?

There are 12 types of Kaal Sarpa Dosha

  1. Ananta Kaal Sarp Dosh
  2. Kulika Kaal Sarp Dosh
  3. Vasuki Kaal Sarp Dosh
  4. Shankpal Kaal Sarp Dosh
  5. Padma Kaal Sarp Dosh
  6. MahapadmaKaal Sarp Dosh
  7. Takshak Kaal Sarp Dosh
  8. Karkotak Kaal Sarp Dosh
  9. Shankhnaad/Shankachood Kaal Sarp Dosh
  10. Ghatak Kaal Sarp Dosh
  11. Vishdhar Kaal Sarp Dosh
  12. Sheshnaag Kaal Sarp Dosh