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Kaal Sarp Dosha or Kaal Sarp Yoga

There is a well-known principle of astrology that whenever a planet or a house is hemmed in-between the malefic planets, the significations of the planet or the house suffers. Naturally, when all the planets are hemmed in-between Rahu and Ketu, malefics by nature, the signification of the nativity suffers.

Much has been said and written in favour or against Kaal Sarp Yoga. Maharishi Parashar, Jaimini, Mantreshawara, Kalyan Verma, Vyankatesh Sharma, Varahamihir and other classic writers have not mentioned about it. But the concept of Kaal Sarp Yoga (KSY) exists in the society as frightening as the Manglika dosha.

Vedic Beliefs

Great importance has been given to snakes in Vedic period. Not only in India, but also the ancient cultures of America, Australia, Africa, Egypt, etc have worshipped serpents. Snakes symbolised fertility (due to their similar appearance as umbilical cord), birth, regeneration, immortality, eternity, healing, Gods, wisdom and knowledge. It is believed that snake coils the earth. The biting of his tails by his mouth symbolises ocean. Indian mythology is full of such myths. In Indian mythology, the sustainer Lord Vishnu is taking rest on the coil of Shesh nag,
kaal sarpa yogaLord Shiva has worn serpents as ornaments around his neck and arms. Serpent symbolises Karma. Lord Shiva indicates the cure of Kaal Sarp Yoga. Kaal is time, moving like a snake, up and down. Kaal Sarp Yoga indicates that the native has to suffer like a snake due to his past Karma in his present life. Kaal Sarp Yoga is found, sometimes, in all the members of a family. It is Karmic representation. These natives have come to fulfill some specific work in their life. They have to struggle hard to achieve their aim in their life.

Kaal Sarpa yoga (KSY) and Kaal Amrita Yoga (KAY).

It is to be remembered that Rahu and Ketu are always in retrograde motion. When all the planets are hemmed in-between Rahu and Ketu counted in clockwise motion in the North Indian type of chart, it is Kaal Sarp Yoga. When all the planets are hemmed in between Ketu and Rahu counted in clockwise direction in the North Indian type of chart, it is called Kaal Amrita yoga. The Kaal Sarp Yoga enhances materialism and comfort in the life of the individual and Kaal Sarp Yoga enhances spiritualism and renunciation in the life of the individual. The Kaal Sarp Yoga raises the individual from rags to riches and then to rags again (snake and ladder game). The Kaal Sarp Yoga keeps the individual contented in rags. So the end results of both the yogas is the same. The life is full of struggles. We will not be able to appreciate the yoga, till we understand the principle working behind the same. There is a well-known principle of astrology that whenever a planet or a house is hemmed in-between the malefic planets, the significations of the planet or the house suffers. Naturally, when all the planets are hemmed in-between Rahu and Ketu, malefics by nature, the significations of the nativity suffers. The most powerful planet Sun also suffers, when Rahu eclipses the same. According to our mythology, Rahu signifies our Karma. Therefore Kaal Sarp Yoga or Kaal Amrita Yoga signifies our Karma, good or bad.

Classical References

Laghu Parasari says that if Rahu and Ketu occupy the Kendra and Kona and even if they are not related to kendra or trikona lords, still in their own sub-periods, they will give results similar to Raja Yogas (chapter 4, sloka 8).

While discussing about Rahu bhukti under Rahu dasa, Maharishi Parashar says that it is always auspicious to have Rahu in Cancer,

  • The effects of Kaal Sarp Yoga should be judged from the position of Rahu in the chart.
  • One should see that whether Rahu is posited in Udita part (visible, risen part) of the chart or Anudita part (invisible, not risen part) of the chart. Rahu is more powerful in Udita part of the chart.
  • Analyse whether the planets are posited in clockwise direction in the North Indian chart from Rahu or Ketu. If the planets are posited in clockwise direction from Rahu it is Kaal Sarp Yoga. If the planets are posited in clockwise direction from Ketu, it is Kaal Amrita Yoga. The Kaal Sarp Yoga is more powerful.
  • Rahu in female signs is weak; in male signs it is more powerful
  • Rahu in Kendra or trine acts benefic.
  • Rahu posited in own nakshtra does not harm the native.
  • If the dispositor of Rahu is posited in Kendra, own or exalted sign, Rahu is not harmful.
  • The Navamsa-lord of Rahu also plays an important part to give results, malefic or auspicious


Sagittarius, virgo,or Tauras(chapter 41 sloka 1). He adds that Rahu Bhukti in Sani Dasa is auspicious, when Rahu is in Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius, or Pisces. (chapter 43 sloka 67). Sarvarth Chintamani says that the dasa results of Rahu will be good, if Rahu is posted in Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces. (chapter 16, sloka 21 & 22). Moreover, according to Maharishi Parashara, one should predict about one’s wealth from the position of Rahu (chapter 14 sloka 19). It is expected from a learner of Jyotish to know that a well-placed Rahu in its dasa gives wealth. Therefore Rahu does not give only malefic results. How can its yoga give only malefic results? It gives benefic results also.

An ounce of experience is worth tonnes of theory. No detailed study has been undertaken to search the life patter of such natives, who suffer from Kaal Sarp Yoga. I have taken up the study of such persons and have found that the Kaal Sarp Yoga definitely has its effects. So I have classified it under Nabhas yoga. According to Sage Parashar, the Nabhas yogas are those yogas which are formed due to the position of planets or appearance of planet from each others in the chart. If the appearance of a planet is like a Snake, the name Sarpa yoga has been given. If it appears like a Musala (like crow-bar), the name Musala yoga has been given and so on. On the basis of the appearance of the planet, name of the Yoga has been given as Kaal Sarp Yoga.

Kaal Sarp Yoga is also a type of yoga. Effect of yoga depends of the strength of the planets, which form it. The strength of the planet depends on bhava, sign they occupy and conjunction with or aspected by other planet(s). Similar to the cancellation of Raja Yogas like Neech Bhanga Raja yoga, Kaal Sarp Yoga can also get cancelled. Late Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian Independence chart, Morarji Desai, Osho Rajneesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Dhirubhai Ambani, Kuldip Singh Jain, Margaret Thatcher, Sachin Tendulkar, Atal Behari Vajpai and many other prominent personalities have Kaal Sarp Yoga. They have touched unreachable heights in their life. But they have Kaal Sarp Yoga in their birth charts. If we study the life-pattern of these eminent personalities, we find that they had life full of struggles to achieve the goal of their life. They have risen to heights through ups and downs in life. So Kaal Sarp Yoga indicates struggles in life and ups and downs in life as in the game of snake and ladder. It is not only a malefic yoga, but a benefic yoga also. It just indicates that the whole life is full of struggles. Those natives who have the yoga involving auspicious houses, signs, and planets are strong and they are raised to the heights. Those who have the yoga involving malefic houses, signs, and planets are weak and they suffer throughout their life. Moreover, effects are also dependent on the dasa pattern of the native. If the dasas of the yoga-forming planets do not take place during his life time, the native will not experience the results of the yoga.

According to the available literature on Kaal Sarp Yoga, Kaal Sarp Yoga is of main twelve types with Rahu posited in Lagna to the 12th house, (1) Anant,

(2) Kulik Kaal Sarp Yoga, (3) Vasuki Kaal Sarp Yoga (4) Shankpal Kaal Sarp Yoga (5) Padma Kaal Sarp Yoga (6) Mahapadma Kaal Sarp Yoga (7) Takshat Kaal Sarp Yoga (8) Karkotak Kaal Sarp Yoga (9) Shankhanaad Kaal Sarp Yoga (10) Pataki Kaal Sarp Yoga (11) Vishakta Kaal Sarp Yoga (12) Sheshnaga Kaal Sarp Yoga respectively. It can be extended to many more types related to the conjunction and aspects of different planets.

There is cancellation of Kaal Sarp Yoga,

  • If Lagna, lagna lord, Sun and Moon are strong.
  • If there are benefic planets in Kendras or trines.
  • If there are malefic planets in Upachaya houses.
  • If there is Panch Mahapurush yoga in the chart.
  • If Venus is posited in the 2hd or 12th,      without any
  • conjunction or aspect.
  • If Jupiter is posited in the lagna, 4th or 10th without any conjunction or aspect.
  • If there is Budha-Aditya yoga in Kendra or trine, without conjunction or aspect.
  • If a planet has Dik phala and not conjunct or aspected by any planet.
  • If lagna does not fall in-between the Nodes.
  • If a planet is out of the Kaal Sarp Yoga ring, except Moon when, Moon is not afflicted. The planet outside the ring is not in the nakshtra of Rahu or aspected by Rahu.

Remedial measures for Kaal Sarp Yoga.

It is a karmic yoga and so it can be cancelled only by Karmas. The past Karma cannot be altered. We have to endure the results of the

past Karma. But by doing auspicious Karmas, we can make the past karmas diminish.

  • Lead a simple and ethical life, with compassion and love for others.
  • Pay respect to elders.
  • Control your Kaama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, and Ahankaara.
  • Help the needy and the suffering person with love and compassion.
  • Chant “Om namaha shivaya” daily to purify yourself and get control over your instincts. Lord Shiva is the symbol of control on senses, basic instincts and renunciation. Lord Shiva is the controller of all the planets and will bless you. He will help you to improve your behaviour.


Astrologer Vinayak Bhatt

Astrologer Vinayak Bhatt is one of best and famous indian astrologer with two decades of Vedic Astrology practice, holds masters in Computer Applications. He is also Cosmic Meditation and Yoga Teacher. He is also author of several books, Articles on Vedic Astrology and has received several awards and titles. Works in the Software Industry as Software Developer and Digital Marketing expert. His research on Astrology and Vedic Science is boon to human mankind. Vinayak Bhatt is also famous astrologer in India for his accurate predictions for Kedarnath crises and IPL Predictions .


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