Manglik Dosh is one of the most feared concepts in Vedic astrology. Most people believing in Vedic astrology fear it and they are concerned whether Manglik Dosh is formed in their horoscopes or not. Manglik Dosh is associated with some of the worst types of results related to the marriages of the natives suffering from this defect and there are many beliefs as well as misconceptions associated with this defect.
Through this chapter, we will discuss the formation of Manglik Dosh in a horoscope, misconceptions related to this Dosh; and the actual effect of this defect in our marriages as well as in other spheres of our lives. In Vedic astrology, it is believed that if Mars is placed in any one of the houses numbered 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 12 in a horoscope, where the rising sign or the ascendant is taken as the first house, Manglik Dosh is formed in that horoscope. For example, if a native is born with Aries as his ascendant and Mars is placed in the eighth house of his horoscope in the sign of Scorpio, this native is said to have Manglik Dosh according to the definition of this defect.
The formation of Manglik Dosh in a horoscope is said to delay the marriage of the affected native and it is also said to create disturbances after his marriage. These disturbances may be of many types depending on the house of placement of Mars as well as depending on some other factors. In worst cases of Manglik Dosh, it is believed to break more than one marriage of the native under its impact or it is said to make him suffer from the loss of more than one wife through death. Whereas there is no doubt that Manglik Dosh of very good strength supported by other malefic planets in a horoscope can create all these negative effects, these results are not seen as frequently as they are told to be. Like all other good and bad yogas in Vedic astrology, Manglik Dosh is also a rare concept and it doesn’t form as frequently in a horoscope, as it is believed to be.
Looking at the definition of this Dosh, it can be seen that Manglik Dosh is formed in a horoscope by virtue of placement of Mars in 6 out of 12 houses of a horoscope. Since the chances of Mars being placed in any sign or any house of a horoscope are the same, it means that half the population of the world is suffering from Manglik Dosh, as half the people will have Mars placed in one of these six houses in their birth charts. Accordingly, these people should suffer from delay in their marriages, disturbances, divorces and even from the deaths of their partners.
It should be noted that Manglik Dosh is only one defect in Vedic astrology, which can affect the marriages of the natives under its impact in a negative way, and there are many other defects like Kaal Sarp Yog, Pitra Dosh, Nadi Dosh and Bhakut Dosh, which are also said to be capable of causing equally serious problems in the marriages of the natives suffering from them. Taking all these facts into account, it can be concluded that almost all the marriages in this world should be delayed, seriously disturbed, broken or end up in the deaths of one or both the partners. As this is not happening in reality, it means that the prevalent definition of Manglik Dosh is not valid or sufficient; and more conditions need to be met in order for this defect to be formed in a horoscope. These additional conditions should make this defect a logical defect and they should also make Manglik Dosh a rare to form defect; and not something that can be found in every second horoscope. We shall now discuss these conditions, as well as the real scope and quantum of damage caused by Manglik Dosh, when actually formed in a horoscope.
To start with, it should be noted that Mangal means Mars in English, Manglik means something that is related to or that is created by Mars; and Dosh means defect. Hence Manglik Dosh translates into a defect formed by Mars, in simple language. As it is easy to understand that a defect is a negative word, the logically necessary condition for any defect or Dosh to form in a horoscope should be that the planet involved in the formation of such defect should be malefic in that horoscope. Can you imagine a positive planet forming a defect? No, I can’t and neither should you.
Hence if Mars placed in any one of these six houses is working positively in a horoscope, the possibility of formation of Manglik Dosh is ruled out and in fact, such positive Mars may form many types of good yogas in such horoscope, including Manglik Yog. Therefore, the first additional and compulsory condition for Manglik Dosh to form in a horoscope is that Mars should be working negatively in that horoscope, apart from being placed in one of the specific six houses already mentioned. In case Mars placed in any one of these six houses is not negative in nature and it is positive, it can’t form Manglik Dosh in the horoscope as it can only form positive yogas in this case, like it can form Manglik Yog in that horoscope.
It is the time to introduce this term called Manglik Yog. If Mars is placed in any one of the houses 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 12 in a horoscope and it is positive in nature, Manglik Yog may form in the horoscope. The formation of Manglik Yog in a horoscope can bless the native under its impact with very good results related to marriage, profession, health and many other spheres of his life, depending on the house of placement of such positive Mars, its sign of placement, its strength, its interaction with other positive or negative planets in his horoscope; and depending on some other important factors. In simple words, Manglik Yog is quite the opposite of Manglik Dosh and though both of them can significantly impact the marriage of a native under their influence, the former can bless him with very good results whereas the latter can trouble him with serious problems related to his marriage.
Coming back to the formation of Manglik Dosh, the first additional condition for this Dosh to form in a horoscope is that Mars should work negatively in the horoscope under consideration. Moving on, even if Mars is placed in one of these six houses and it is working negatively in a horoscope, it doesn’t mean that it will necessarily form Manglik Dosh in such horoscope. This is the time to introduce the second additional condition for the formation of this Dosh and this condition is called level of activity of a planet.
The readers should come across this fact now, that all planets among navagraha possess three essential characteristics among many other ones. These three characteristics are their physical strength, their working nature and their level of activity in a horoscope. For example, the presence of Mars in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Aries tells us that Mars is physically strong in that horoscope. This is because Mars is placed in its own sign and it is placed in the first house; and both these factors give it additional strength. Hence Mars is strong in this horoscope; and the first essential characteristic has been established.
Moving on, the entire horoscope is then analyzed carefully and it is observed whether such strong Mars is working positively or negatively in the horoscope under consideration. Vedic astrology lays many guidelines for deciding the working nature of a planet in a horoscope, and a good astrologer should use these guidelines to calculate the working nature of every planet in a horoscope. After making all these calculations, let’s assume that the working nature of Mars is negative in such horoscope. It means that Mars is strong and it is negative in the horoscope. Hence two essential characteristics have been established. Since malefic Mars is placed in the first house of this horoscope, it can now result in the formation of Manglik Dosh; if the third and the final condition called level of activity is met in this horoscope.
Just as a planet has physical strength and it has positive or negative nature like we humans do; it also possesses another essential quality called level of activity, once again like us. Level of activity is the characteristics of planets as well as of humans, that tells us how active or passive a planet or human is. For example, a person can be physically strong and he may be bad in nature. However, he may not be very active and in fact he may be passive or lazy. It means that though this person has the strength and capacity to cause harm to the others, he may not actually cause much harm to the others as he is lazy and he doesn’t believe in engaging in actions, whether they are positive or negative.
Similarly, if a planet is lazy or passive in a horoscope, it may not do much good or bad to the native as it is not willing to do much work. Hence such planet whether positive or negative, strong or weak is not worth much in a horoscope, just like a lazy person is not worth much. Here again, Vedic astrology lays guidelines to decide the level of activity of a planet in a horoscope and these guidelines should be used properly, to decide the level of activity of Mars in a horoscope under consideration for the analysis of Manglik Dosh. If during this calculation, it is found that the level of activity of Mars is 30% or more in the horoscope, Manglik Dosh is formed in the first house of this horoscope.
Just like humans, planets can have their level of activity ranging from 0 to 100 percent, though the figures closer to 0 or 100 are very hard to find in actual practice. Returning to the topic, if level of activity of such strong and negative Mars placed in the first house of this horoscope is more than 30%, Manglik Dosh is formed in the horoscope. As the percentage level of activity of Mars keeps increasing in this horoscope, the strength of such Manglik Dosh also keeps increasing, resulting in more and more damage to the native, in the areas it affects.
However, if Mars has a percentage level of activity less than 30, Manglik Dosh is not formed in the horoscope under consideration as Mars is not active enough in this horoscope to cause significant problems, though it may be strong and negative. Reaching to the conclusion for the formation of Manglik Dosh in a horoscope, three essential conditions should be met in a horoscope, in order for this defect to form in such horoscope. Looking at these conditions, Mars should be placed in any one of the houses numbered 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 12 in a horoscope, it should be negative in the horoscope and it should have a percentage level of activity more than 30. If all these conditions are met in a horoscope, only then Manglik Dosh is formed in such horoscope.
On the other hand, if any one of these three essential conditions is not met in a horoscope, Manglik Dosh is not formed in the horoscope. For example, if Mars is placed in the first house of a horoscope and it is negative, but it has a level of activity closer to 20%, Manglik Dosh is not formed in the horoscope. However, if the same Mars has a level of activity closer to 60%, Manglik Dosh is formed in the first house of this horoscope.
Knowing how Manglik Dosh forms in a horoscope certainly helps, but this is not the end of the discussion and there is much more to it. Even if Manglik Dosh is formed in a horoscope, there is much more to do, before reaching any conclusions about the type of damage as well as the quantum of damage it can afflict on the native. Vedic astrology is full of combinations and accordingly, it includes high probability for different types and different quantum of things happening to different natives, even though they may seem to be under the impact of a similar looking defect or a good Yog.
The next step is to assess the areas of the life of the native under consideration, which can be affected by such Manglik Dosh. It should be noted that though all six types of Manglik Doshas can cause problems related to the marriage of the natives affected by them, these problems may be different in nature as well as in quantum. In addition to causing problems in the marriages of the natives under their impact, different types of Manglik Doshas can also affect many other spheres of the lives of such natives, like their professions, health and lifespan. Hence the area of impact of Manglik Dosh should be calculated, after this defect is found present in a horoscope.
For example, if Manglik Dosh is formed due to the presence of Mars in the first house of a horoscope, the focus of the damage caused by it may be more on the profession and health of the native; and less on the marriage of the native. However, if Manglik Dosh is formed due to the presence of Mars in the seventh house of a horoscope, the focus of the damage caused by it may be more on the marriage of the native and less on his health, though it may still affect his profession in a significant manner.
After the areas of impact of Manglik Dosh have been assessed, the next step is to check for the quantum of damage caused by this defect. This factor is a very important factor and it can change the net results given by Manglik Dosh in a horoscope a lot; and hence it should be studied carefully. For example, if Manglik Dosh is formed in a horoscope due to the presence of malefic Mars in seventh house in the sign of Cancer, which is its sign of debilitation, it may not cause much damage, as Mars doesn’t have much strength. However, if Manglik Dosh is formed due to the presence of malefic Mars in the seventh house of a horoscope in the sign of Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn, such damage may be high in quantum as Mars is very strong in these signs.
Similarly, the level of activity of such Manglik Dosh should also be checked as this factor is also very important in deciding the strength of this defect in a horoscope. For example, if malefic Mars forms Manglik Dosh in the seventh house of a horoscope in the sign of Capricorn with a level of activity around 50 %, it may delay the marriage of the native till his age of 35 or it may break his first marriage, depending on the rest of the horoscope. However, if malefic Mars forms Manglik Dosh in the seventh house of a horoscope in the sign of Capricorn with a level of activity above 80%, it may deny the possibility of marriage to such native or it may break two or three of his marriages, depending on his overall horoscope. Hence the level of activity of Mars should also be checked properly before predicting the damage caused by Manglik Dosh in a horoscope.
There are many other factors like the running time, the interaction of Mars with other planets in a horoscope and the presence of other good or bad yogas in a horoscope, which affect the net results given by Manglik Dosh present in a horoscope. Hence all these factors should be studies carefully and only then the damages indicated by Manglik Dosh in a horoscope should be predicted.
For an average person who doesn’t understand much of this technical stuff; let me mention it in simple words. Let’s assume that 100 people are told to have Manglik Dosh in their horoscopes merely on the basis of presence of Mars in one of the six houses under consideration. Though all these 100 people may think they have Manglik Dosh, here is what is likely to happen in reality. About 50% of these people on average are likely to have Mars working positively in their horoscopes, which means they can’t suffer from this defect, as already explained. This leaves us with 50 people who have malefic Mars placed in one of the six houses in question.
Moving on, about 20 of these people on average are likely to have the level of activity of such malefic Mars in their horoscopes below 30%. Hence these 20 people don’t pass the third condition and so they can’t have Manglik Dosh. Of the remaining 30 people who pass all the conditions and who now have Manglik Dosh in their horoscopes, about 10 to 15 of them on average are likely to have the strength of this defect less than 35%. This may happen due to Mars not having much strength in their horoscopes due to being placed in the signs which may make it weak or due to some other reasons also, depending on their overall horoscopes.
For example, the effect of Manglik Dosh of about 50% strength, formed in seventh house of a horoscope in the sign of Sagittarius may be reduced to less than 20%, if benefic Jupiter is also placed in the seventh house of this horoscope in the sign of Sagittarius. Such strong positive Jupiter placed in its own sign will have an upper hand in this combination and it will reduce the damage indicated by malefic Mars, to a great extent. Similarly, there may be some other factors or combinations which may reduce the damage caused by Manglik Dosh to a significant extent. It should be noted that any defect or positive Yog formed in a horoscope may not show significant negative or positive results, if it doesn’t possess strength in excess of 35%.
Coming back to the main topic, this leaves us with 15 to 20 people, who may actually have Manglik Dosh of 35% or more strength in their horoscopes. These are the natives who are likely to suffer from the malefic influence of Manglik Dosh in various spheres of their lives, depending on many factors; some of which have already been mentioned. The quantum of problems suffered by these natives is once again dependant on the strength of such Manglik Dosh, its house of placement, its sign of placement and on the overall tone of the horoscope in question.
To conclude, it can be established that only 15 to 20% of the natives who are told to have Manglik Dosh in their horoscopes, actually have this defect in their horoscopes. It means that the rest 80 to 85% natives don’t have it and they are getting scared from this defect, for no valid reason. Hence don’t bother too much on account of the placement of Mars in houses numbered 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 12 of your horoscopes as such Mars is very likely not forming Manglik Dosh in these houses.
On the contrary, in about 15 to 20% of these horoscopes, such Mars may be positive and it may form Manglik Yog in these houses, which may bless the natives under its impact with very good results through their marriages. It should be noted that for Manglik Yog to form in a horoscope, all the conditions observed for the formation of Manglik Dosh need to meet with the only change that Mars should be positive in such horoscope. It means that malefic and active Mars in any one of these six houses will form Manglik Dosh whereas positive and active Mars in any one of these six houses will form Manglik Yog. Therefore, you have equal chances of having Manglik Dosh as well as Manglik Yog.
Coming to the end, even if Manglik Dosh is actually formed in a horoscope, Vedic astrology mentions many remedies which can reduce the damage indicated by it to great extents. Hence don’t bother much about the placement of Mars in one of these six houses in your horoscope and get your horoscope checked properly, as you may not have Manglik Dosh at all.