NeechBhang RajYog

Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology
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Vedic astrology is full of good and bad Yogas which are formed in a horoscope and Neechbhang Raj Yog is one of these surprising Yogas mentioned in Vedic astrology. Many Vedic astrologers believe that the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope can bless the native with results equal to or similar to the results of a proper Raj Yog. Some of these astrologers believe that Neechbhang Raj Yog can bless the native with good results which are stronger than even a proper Raj Yog and such Neechbhang Raj Yog formed in a horoscope can bless the native with the status of a king or emperor, which in today’s world translates into the head of state of a country or the head of state of a very powerful and influential country.

Due to conflicting opinions of different astrologers about this Yoga, a lot of confusion has covered this Yoga called Neechbhang Raj Yog, due to which most people interested in Vedic astrology as well as many astrologers are confused about the formation of this Yoga in a horoscope and about the actual possible results given by such Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope. In this chapter, we will discuss various aspects related to this Yoga called Neechbhang Raj Yog and we will also try to find the relevance of this Yoga on practical basis.

Neechbhang Raj Yog : According to the prevalent definition of Neechbhang Raj Yog, the Neech status or debilitation status of a planet in debilitation is cancelled and Neechbhang Raj Yog is formed if any one of the following conditions is met in a horoscope :

If a debilitated planet is placed with an exalted planet in a horoscope, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, Venus and Mercury placed in Pisces where Mercury is debilitated and Venus is exalted.

If the lord of sign of debilitation of a debilitated planet is placed with the debilitated planet or it is aspecting the debilitated planet in a horoscope, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, if Jupiter being the lord of Pisces is placed in Pisces along with debilitated Mercury or Jupiter is aspecting Mercury from Virgo.

If a planet is debilitated in Lagna or birth horoscope but it is exalted in navamsha chart, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, debilitated Mercury placed in 2nd pada of Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra, which means that Mercury is placed in Pisces in birth chart and it is placed in Virgo in Navamsha chart.

If two debilitated planets are placed in 7th house with respect to each other and they are aspecting each other, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope; for example, Mercury in 4th house in Pisces and Venus in 10th house in Virgo.

If the lord of sign of debilitation of a debilitated planet is either exalted or it is placed in a Kendra house in a horoscope, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, if debilitated Mercury is placed in Pisces and Jupiter is placed in Cancer or in any one of Kendra houses of the horoscope.

If the lord of sign of exaltation of a debilitated planet is exalted or placed in a Kendra house of the horoscope, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, debilitated Jupiter in Capricorn and Moon being the lord of Cancer which is the sign of exaltation of Jupiter is placed in Taurus or in any one of Kendra houses of a horoscope.

If a debilitated planet becomes Vargottama in a horoscope which means it occupies the same sign in birth horoscope as well as in navamsha chart, Neechbhang Raj Yog is said to be formed in the horoscope. For example, debilitated Mercury placed in 4th pada of Revati nakshatra will make Mercury Vargottama in the horoscope as it is placed in Pisces in the birth chart as well as in navamsha chart.

As already stated, if any one of the above mentioned conditions is met in a horoscope, debilitation of a planet is cancelled in the horoscope and such debilitated planet forms Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope, which can bless the native with results similar to or even stronger than the results given by a usual type of Raj Yog. It is also believed that if two or more than two debilitated planets form Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope at the same time, they can make the native a very powerful king or emperor which in today’s world will be equivalent to the prime minister or president of a very powerful country.

Let’s now analyze the conditions mentioned in the definition of Neechbhang Raj Yog and let’s try to find out as in how many cases of debilitation, Neechbhang Raj Yog may be formed in a horoscope. Let’s assume that a native is born with Virgo ascendant and Jupiter is debilitated due to its placement in the sign of Capricorn in the fifth house of this horoscope. Let’s now try to find out the possibilities of cancellation of debilitation of Jupiter and the possibilities of formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope, according to the prevalent definition.

Starting with Saturn which is the Lord of sign of debilitation of Jupiter, if Saturn is placed in any one of Kendra houses of this horoscope which means the houses numbered 1, 4, 7 and 10 of the horoscope, or if Saturn in placed in 2nd house of the horoscope where the sign of Libra is placed, which is the sign of exaltation of Saturn, debilitation status of Jupiter is cancelled and Neechbhang Raj Yog is formed in the horoscope. Similarly, if Saturn is placed in the 5th house of the horoscope along with Jupiter as well as in its own sign of Capricorn or if Saturn is placed in the 3rd house, 8th house or 11th house of the horoscope from where Saturn may cast an aspect on Jupiter, according to the aspects assigned to Saturn by Vedic astrology, the debilitation status of Jupiter will be cancelled in the horoscope; merely on the basis of placement of Saturn in certain specific houses of the horoscope as Saturn is the lord of sign of debilitation of Jupiter.

If we count these incidences, it can be found that in the above mentioned example, the placement of Saturn in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th or 11th house of the horoscope will cancel the debilitation status of Jupiter and it will lead to the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope.

It means that the placement of Saturn in 8 out of 12 houses of the horoscope will cancel the debilitation status of Jupiter and it will form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope. Taking other conditions for the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog into consideration, the placement of Mars in the 5th house of the horoscope (Mars is exalted in Capricorn in 5th house in this case), the placement of Moon which is the lord of sign of exaltation of Jupiter in house number 1, 4, 7, 9, 10 or 11 of the horoscope and some other combinations will also cancel the debilitation status of Jupiter in the horoscope and they will form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope, according to the prevalent definition of this Yog.

Taking all these possibilities into consideration, it can be easily found out that such debilitation status of Jupiter will be cancelled almost in every horoscope having such debilitated Jupiter and almost all of these horoscopes will have Neechbhang Raj Yog in them. Further considering that Sun is placed in 2nd house of this horoscope in the sign of Libra which means that the Sun is also debilitated in this horoscope, the placement of Venus which is the lord of sign of debilitation of Sun, in any one of the houses, 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 or 10 will form another Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope and the combined effect of these two Neechbhang Raj Yogas can make the native an emperor.

Similarly, these statistics can be calculated for all other planets and it can be said that almost all the natives having a debilitated planet in their horoscopes will have Neechbhang Raj Yog in their horoscopes and about 50% of the natives having two or more debilitated planets in their horoscopes are having two or more Neechbhang Raja Yogas in their horoscopes. It means that each and every person having one or more debilitated planets in his horoscope should either become a King or an emperor or he should at least become a high class government official or minister.

The study of debilitated planets shows that one or more than one debilitated planet is found in almost every 2nd horoscope which means that almost every 2nd horoscope will feature Neechbhang Raj Yog and accordingly; every 2nd person in this world should become a King or an Emperor or at least a high class government official or minister with the government.

This is a foolish assumption as this is worlds away from the truth and hence the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope according to the conditions mentioned in its prevalent definition can be easily ruled out. It leaves us with the question whether there is any such concept called Neechbhang Raj Yog in Vedic astrology or is it just a myth which has been created by some astrologers?

I have analyzed thousands of horoscopes having this alleged Neechbhang Raj Yog in them and most natives having these combinations were not able to witness anything significantly good in their lives, by virtue of this Yog. Only a few of these horoscopes actually gave good or very good results to the natives and these were the horoscopes which had more refined conditions in them than the ones mentioned in the prevalent definition of this Yoga.

Looking at these conditions, first of all, the presence of the lord of the sign of debilitation of a planet in Kendra houses of a horoscope or in its sign of exaltation doesn’t really do much to form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope. Such placements of the lord of the sign of debilitation of a planet may certainly provide some extra strength to such debilitated planet, but it may not be sufficient to form Neechbhang Raj Yog. However, the placement of the lord of the sign of debilitation of a planet with the debilitated planet can actually make a difference which will again be dependent on the working nature of the debilitated planet as well as that of the lord of the sign of debilitation of such debilitated planet.

For example, if Mars and Moon are both benefic in a horoscope and both of them are placed in the sign of Cancer in the horoscope, which means that Mars is debilitated in the horoscope and Moon being the lord of sign of debilitation of Mars is in its own sign, such a benefic combination of Mars and Moon can certainly form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope. Neechbhang Raj Yog so formed may bless the native with wealth, power, authority, fame and many other types of good results, depending on the house of placement of this Yog as well as depending on the overall tone of the horoscope of the native.

However in case, Moon placed with Mars is malefic or very malefic, it may not provide extra strength to Mars and on the contrary, such malefic Moon may seriously afflict Mars and it may cause even more weakness and vulnerability to Mars. Hence in this case, Neechbhang Raj Yog may not be formed and instead, Mars may get into even more trouble and as a result, the native may suffer from serious problems in many spheres of his life, depending on the house of placement of this combination of malefic Moon and benefic debilitated Mars; as well as on the overall tone of the horoscope.

Taking another consideration, if both Mars and Moon placed in Cancer are malefic, such a malefic combination may once again not form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope and on the contrary, it may lead to the formation of a very harmful Yog in the horoscope, which may lead to disasters in many spheres of native’s life, depending on the house of placement of this combination, as well as depending on the overall horoscope of the native.

Hence the nature of both the planets involved in such combination is very important and out of the four possible combinations of two planets placed in the same house, only one combination may lead to the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope. For instance, a combination of Moon and debilitated Mars in the sign of Cancer may have four arrangements which are, positive Moon and positive Mars; positive Moon and negative Mars; negative Moon and positive Mars; and negative Moon with negative Mars.

Out of these four combinations, only the first combination which is positive Moon with positive debilitated Mars may form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope; second and third combination may cause problems of mild to medium intensity whereas the fourth combination can prove disastrous for the native. Hence the debilitated planet as well as the lord of the sign of debilitation of such planet should both be positive in the horoscope, in order for their combination to result in the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog.

In case of the aspect of Moon to Mars from some other houses of the horoscope in the above mentioned example, similar possibilities will exists but the results whether good or bad may be less or much less in quantum. For example, a strong aspect of benefic Moon placed in the sign of Capricorn can provide good strength to positive debilitated Mars placed in the sign of Cancer and Neechbhang Raj Yog may form in the horoscope, but it is likely to give good results with mild to medium strength only. In practical terms, the native benefitting from such Neechbhang Raj Yog may become rich, famous or powerful; but these results may be limited to an extent and he may not become very rich, very famous or very powerful, merely on the basis of this combination of positive debilitated Mars and positive Moon.

Looking at the one more condition, if a debilitated planet is placed with an exalted planet, this combination may certainly result in the formation of a proper Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope. However in this case also, all depends on the working nature of these two planets and in fact, much depends on the working nature of the planet which is exalted and placed with a debilitated planet. This is due to the reason that a debilitated planet is very weak whereas an exalted planet is very strong. Hence when a combination of a debilitated planet and an exalted planet is formed in the same sign in a horoscope, the net results are controlled by the exalted planet as it is much stronger compared to the debilitated planet and accordingly, it is fully capable of controlling the net results.

Therefore, if a debilitated planet is placed in conjunction with a benefic exalted planet in a horoscope, Neechbhang Raj Yog may form in the horoscope and the good results will depend on the nature of debilitated planet, the placement of such combination in the horoscope, the significances of both these planets in the horoscope and on the overall tone of the horoscope. On the other hand, if a debilitated planet is placed in conjunction with a malefic exalted planet in a horoscope, such combination may cause even more damage to the already weak debilitated planet and it can cause disastrous results in some cases when even the debilitated planet is negative.

Moving on to another condition, the lord of the sign of exaltation of a debilitated planet has got almost nothing to do with the cancellation of debilitation of a debilitated planet and hence this condition can be safely ignored. Going to one more condition, if two debilitated planets are placed in the houses lying opposite to each other, the resultant will again be dependent on the nature of both these planets and such results can be good, bad or very bad depending on the kind of combination that such debilitated planets make with each other, based on their benefic or malefic nature.

However, the results given by Neechbhang Raj Yog if formed in such case will be less or much less in quantum, compared to the one formed due to the presence of a positive debilitated planet along with its positive lord of sign of debilitation in the same sign or along with a positive exalted planet in the same sign. Hence this combination may produce better results, but not the type of very good results which are typically associated with Neechbhang Raj Yog. In easy language, Neechbhang Raj Yog of weak strength may be formed in this case and hence this condition can also be ignored as a weak Yog whether good or bad is not worthy of being considered in most cases.

Taking a look at one more condition, the placement of a debilitated planet in its sign of exaltation in navamsha chart certainly helps provide some strength to such debilitated planet whereas the placement of a debilitated planet in its sign of debilitation in navamsha chart doesn’t do much to provide extra strength to such debilitated planet and hence such Vargottama placement of a debilitated planet is not useful in most cases. However, it should be noted that even in the first case, the placement of a debilitated planet in its sign of exaltation in navamsha chart may only provide extra strength to such planet and it may not form Neechbhang Raj Yog in the horoscope. It means that the native may certainly witness better results if such debilitated planet is positive in nature, but he may not have Neechbhang Raj Yog in his horoscope.

Summarizing all these facts, it can be concluded that the debilitation status of a debilitated planet is not cancelled in every horoscope and it is cancelled only in a few horoscopes, when a couple of relevant conditions are satisfied in such horoscopes. Out of all these conditions, proper Neechbhang Raj Yog featuring full range of benefits will only form in two cases; if a positive debilitated planet is placed with a positive exalted planet or if a positive debilitated planet is placed along with the positive lord of its sign of debilitation. The rest of the conditions may be safely ignored, in order to deal with Neechbhang Raj Yog in its proper sense. It means that even the aspect combination of a debilitated planet with its positive lord of sign of debilitation or with the planet which gets exalted in its sign of debilitation may be ignored, as they may provide good results; but not the kind of very good results which are typically associated with Neechbhang Raj Yog.

Once the debilitation of a planet is cancelled properly and Neechbhang Raj Yog is formed in the horoscope, the next step is to determine its field of impact as well as to determine the quantum of good results indicated by it. Neechbhang Raj Yog formed by the same planets in the same sign can give different or much different results to different natives, depending on the house of placement of such combination as well as depending on the overall tone of the horoscopes of these natives. For example, Neechbhang Raj Yog formed by positive debilitated Jupiter and positive Saturn in the first house of a horoscope in the sign of Capricorn can make the native a high authority minister in the government or he may become a high authority officer.

However, Neechbhang Raj Yog formed due to a combination of these two benefic planets in the sign of Capricorn in the twelfth house of a horoscope can bless the native with fame and authority as a spiritual guru. Similarly, the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog due to a combination of these two benefic planets in the ninth house of a horoscope in the sign of Capricorn can bless the native with name and fame through a creative field like acting, singing or writing.

Therefore the presence of a benefic exalted planet or the presence of the benefic lord of sign of debilitation of a debilitated planet with such debilitated planet are the only two conditions which need to be considered for effective formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope and all other conditions should be ignored. Once the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog is confirmed in a horoscope, its strength in the horoscope as well as its field of impact should be determined, so that the quantum of good results as well as the type of good results indicated by such Neechbhang Raj Yog may be found out.

It is also important to find out the timelines which correspond to the best results indicated by Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope. For example, Neechbhang Raj Yog formed due to a benefic combination of debilitated Jupiter and benefic Saturn in the sign of Capricorn in the first house of a horoscope may indicate a post of high authority in government and it may indicate this result after native’s age of 35. It means that the native may become a minister, a chief minister or even a prime minister and his political growth may start after the age of 35. This further means that such native may not witness much political growth before this age and he may even engage in a different profession before this age. Such native may enter politics soon after his age of 35 and in a matter of some years; he may achieve one post of high authority after the other.

Coming to the overall tone of the horoscope having Neechbhang Raj Yog in it, this is the most important aspect and this should be given utmost importance. Neechbhang Raj Yog present in a horoscope may not do much good to the native under its influence if the overall horoscope of the native is weak or negative whereas it may produce wonderful results if the overall horoscope of the native is strong and positive. For instance, Neechbhang Raj Yog formed in a horoscope due to a benefic combination of debilitated Jupiter and Saturn in the first house of such horoscope in the sign of Capricorn may not do much good for the native, if Venus, Mars, Mercury and Moon are all weak or negative in the horoscope.

Since these planets are very important planets in this horoscope, their weakness or negativity may spoil the results indicated by Neechbhang Raj Yog. As a result, the native may certainly come across good opportunities of achieving great things at times in his life, but he may not be able to achieve them, due to his overall weak or negative horoscope. However, if the planets already mentioned by me are strong and supportive; Neechbhang Raj Yog formed in the first house of this horoscope can give as good results as blessing the native with the post of the head of a country. It means that the native may become prime minister or president of a country, when the running time is supportive. Hence the overall tone of a horoscope having Neechbhang Raj Yog should be checked properly, before predicting the benefic results indicated by this Yog.

Looking at some other beliefs associated with Neechbhang Raj Yog, some astrologers believe that Neechbhang Raj Yog may only be formed in the central or Kendra houses of a horoscope and the combination of two specific benefic planets in the other eight houses of a horoscope can’t form Neechbhang Raj Yog. This is just a misconception and Neechbhang Raj Yog may form in any house of a horoscope, when the conditions mentioned by me are met properly. I have seen many such horoscopes where Neechbhang Raj Yog is forming in other houses like 5th house, 8th house, 11th house or 12th house and the natives are witnessing the exact results, as indicated by this Yog as well as by their overall horoscopes. Hence this belief doesn’t hold much ground that Neechbhang Raj Yog may only be formed in the central houses of a horoscope, and this Yog may form in any house of a horoscope.

Some astrologers believe that the formation of Neechbhang Raj Yog in a horoscope is always associated with a post of authority as it is a Raj Yog. This again is not true and Neechbhang Raj Yog can bless the native with a post of high authority, very good amount of wealth, fame or other good results depending on the overall tone of his horoscope. For example, a native benefitting from Neechbhang Raj Yog may achieve a post of high authority in government but he may not have great amounts of money or fame.

Another native benefitting from this Yog may become a very famous movie star and he may earn great amount of money along with fame, though he may not have a post of authority in the government. Yet another native under the impact of Neechbhang Raj Yog may witness its benefits through business and he may become a billionaire. Hence this assumption is also wrong and Neechbhang RajYog can bless the native under its impact with many types of good results, depending on the placement of this Yog as well as depending on the overall tone of his horoscope.

Himanshu Shangari