The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology (Revised Edition 2020).
According to its prevalent definition, the debilitation status of a planet in debilitation is cancelled and Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed if any one of these conditions is met in a horoscope:
If a debilitated planet is placed with an exalted planet in a horoscope, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, if Venus and Mercury are placed in Pisces where Mercury is debilitated and Venus is exalted; Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed.
If the lord of the sign of debilitation of a planet is placed with the debilitated planet or it aspects the debilitated planet in a horoscope, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, if Jupiter being the lord of Pisces is placed in Pisces along with debilitated Mercury or Jupiter aspects Mercury from Virgo; Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed.
If two debilitated planets are placed in the seventh signs with respect to each other and they aspect each other, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, Mercury in Pisces and Venus in Virgo form such Neechbhang Rajyoga.
If the lord of the sign of debilitation of a debilitated planet is either exalted or it is placed in a Kendra (central) house in a horoscope, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, if debilitated Mercury is placed in Pisces and Jupiter is placed in Cancer or in any one of the central houses of a horoscope; Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope.
If the lord of the sign of exaltation of a debilitated planet is exalted or placed in a central house of a horoscope, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, if debilitated Jupiter is placed 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 central houses of a horoscope; Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope.
If a debilitated planet becomes Vargottama in a horoscope which means it occupies the same sign in birth chart as well as in navamsha chart, Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope. For example, if debilitated Mercury is placed in the fourth part of Revati nakshatra, Mercury becomes Vargottama in the horoscope since it is placed in Pisces in the birth chart as well as in navamsha chart. Hence Neechbhang Rajyoga is formed in the horoscope.
The formation of Neechbhang Rajyoga may bless the native with name, fame, success, authority, wealth and many other good results.
Starting the discussion, there are so many probabilities which form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope according to its prevalent definition; that it is not even worth considering the statistics. Hence, let’s skip that part and let’s look at the conclusion. The resultant of all these conditions indicates that almost every horoscope which has a debilitated planet in it may feature Neechbhang Rajyoga in it. On average, one or more debilitated planets may be found in every second horoscope. It means every second horoscope features Neechbhang Rajyoga.
Like the definitions for a number of other yogas in Vedic astrology, this definition also doesn’t hold good in reality. It means this definition lacks something. Let’s try to find a relevant definition for Neechbhang Rajyoga. Let’s start by looking at the conditions mentioned in the prevalent definition of Neechbhang Rajyoga. The placement of a debilitated planet with an exalted planet may form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope, under specific conditions. The placement of a debilitated planet with the lord of its sign of debilitation may form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope, under specific conditions.
An aspect from the lord of the sign of debilitation to a debilitated planet may not form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope. The placement of two debilitated planets in the seventh signs with respect to each other may not form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope. Likewise, none of the other conditions mentioned in the prevalent definition of Neechbhang Rajyoga may result in the formation of Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope.
This leaves us with two conditions; the placement of a debilitated planet with an exalted planet and the placement of a debilitated planet with the lord of its sign of debilitation. These two conjunctions may form Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope, if both the planets involved in such conjunctions are benefic in the horoscope in question. If one or both the planets are malefic; Neechbhang Rajyoga may not be formed in the horoscope.
Once we are sure about the formation of Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. The strength of Neechbhang Rajyoga is checked through the placement of the planets forming this yoga in different houses, signs, nakshatras and navamshas; as well as through the influences of other benefic or malefic planets on these planets in a horoscope.
Let’s start with signs. Though a debilitated planet may form Neechbhang Rajyoga with an exalted planet or with the lord of its sign of debilitation; the results may vary for different planets. For example, Neechbhang Rajyoga formed by a benefic combination of debilitated Sun and Venus in Libra may produce better results than the one formed by a benefic combination of debilitated Sun and exalted Saturn in the same sign, in most cases.
Moving on to the next factor, influences of other benefic or malefic planets on the planets forming Neechbhang Rajyoga in a horoscope should be checked carefully. This is a major factor and it can change the results; significantly or completely. Let’s take an example to understand this concept in a better manner. Suppose a benefic combination of debilitated Mercury and Jupiter form Neechbhang Rajyoga in the seventh house of a horoscope in Pisces. Looking at some facts, Mercury rules the first and tenth house, Jupiter rules the fourth and seventh house; and this yoga is placed in the seventh house. It means the formation of this yoga in the seventh house may produce benefic results related to health, lifespan, personality, mother, education, properties, vehicles, marriage, profession and reputation. Benefic Jupiter may also form Hamsa Yoga in the seventh house, since it is placed in Pisces.
Suppose malefic Mars forms Manglik Dosh in the seventh house of this horoscope in Pisces. In this case, the results of this yoga may get diluted. Malefic Mars may not cause much damage to Jupiter since it is strong in Pisces. However, it may cause significant damage to Mercury since it is debilitated in Pisces. It means such malefic Mars may create issues related to marriage, mother and education of the native; but these issues should be manageable; if the rest of the horoscope is supportive. On the other hand, the effect of malefic Mars on health, lifespan and profession of this native may be stronger. Hence the native may face more problems related to these spheres of his life.
Suppose malefic exalted Ketu is also placed in the seventh house of this horoscope in Pisces along with Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. The problem may intensify in this case since Ketu may form Guru Chandal Yoga by afflicting Jupiter. Since Ketu is exalted in Pisces, the damage may be serious. As a result, Jupiter may lose significant amount of strength due to affliction from Ketu and such Neechbhang Rajyoga may become weak or very weak; depending on the finer factors. It should be noted that the formation of Neechbhanga Rajyoga is based on the strength of the stronger planet since the other one is always debilitated. Hence when Jupiter loses strength, Neechbhang Rajyoga also loses strength. In this case, the overall nature of this combination may become malefic; though it may not be highly malefic. Hence the native may not witness much benefit due to Neechbhang Rajyoga and he may instead face problems from time to time.
The next factor to check is the field of impact of Neechbhanga Rajyoga. To calculate field of impact, the house of placement of this yoga, the houses represented by the planets involved in the formation of this yoga and the influences of other benefic and malefic planets on this yoga should be checked. As we have already seen; the formation of Neechbhang Rajyoga by debilitated Mercury and Jupiter in Pisces in the seventh house may produce good results related to the health, lifespan, mother, education, marriage and profession; among other good results.
The next factor to check is the time of activation of Neechbhanga Rajyoga. Even when actually formed in a horoscope, any good or bad Yoga may not be activated from the time of birth of the native and the activation may vary from person to person. It means that Neechbhanga Rajyoga present in different horoscopes may have different times of activation. Accordingly, different natives may start benefitting from it during different ages. This is why you may see some people benefitting from Neechbhanga Rajyoga at early ages, some during middle ages and some of them during their ages above 50 or even 60.
Above all, the overall theme of the horoscope having Neechbhanga Rajyoga should be analyzed carefully as this is what matters the most. The overall theme of a horoscope is the most important aspect in it and it can change everything. For example, the presence of Neechbhanga Rajyoga in the tenth house of a horoscope can bless the native with top class authority in government, if the overall theme of his horoscope is authoritative. On the other hand, the placement of Neechbhanga Rajyoga in the same house of a horoscope can bless the native with success as a creative professional; if the overall theme of the horoscope is creative.
Similarly, Neechbhanga Rajyoga placed in the tenth house of a horoscope can bless the native with good results through businesses, defence services, spiritualism, astrology, various types of practices and many other spheres; depending on the overall theme of his horoscope. Therefore, if you want to calculate the types of benefits that Neechbhanga Rajyoga may pass on to a native, all these factors should be checked properly. Avoiding some of these factors may result in partly correct calculations or predictions. This is because you know Neechbhanga Rajyoga is present in the horoscope but you don’t know what it is going to do to the native.
After this, the impact of running times should also be checked. The term ‘running times’ in this context means planetary periods, commonly known as Mahadashas. Running times are most important when it comes to check; when may the native receive maximum benefit from Neechbhanga Rajyoga. Any type of good or bad yoga becomes duly effective, if one of the planets involved in its formation rules the running time. Therefore, the native may witness strongest benefits offered by Neechbhanga Rajyoga when he is hit by the planetary periods of the planets involved in the formation of this yoga; during relevant years of his age. This simple looking fact may significantly change the quantum of success achieved by a native under strong influence of Neechbhanga Rajyoga.
Taking an example, suppose Neechbhanga Rajyoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope by benefic debilitated Mars and exalted Jupiter in Cancer. If the overall theme of the horoscope supports success through politics, the native may become a politician. Though the native may achieve success if his overall horoscope is strong and benefic, such success may reach higher levels; as and when the planetary period of Mars or Jupiter hits this native. This is because during these periods, Neechbhanga Rajyoga may gain additional strength and hence it may bless the native with even better results. This native may achieve success through politics; even when the planetary periods are not ruled by Mars or Jupiter. However, if the planetary period of Mars or Jupiter hits this native at relevant times, the native benefitting from the same Neechbhanga Rajyoga may achieve much more success through politics. Hence the native may achieve a post of high authority through politics during the planetary period of Mars or Jupiter; provided his overall horoscope features such potential. The term ‘relevant times’ in this context means when opportunities have appeared.
The process of calculating the results indicated by Neechbhanga Rajyoga in a horoscope is complex. Therefore, each and every aspect in a horoscope should be checked properly; before concluding the formation of Neechbhanga Rajyoga in that horoscope or before predicting the type and quantum of results indicated by it.
Billions of combinations are possible in a horoscope. That is why the overall theme of a horoscope is what matters the most. There are no doubts that if Neechbhanga Rajyoga of good strength is formed in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the exact type of good results achieved by such native as well as the timing and the quantum of such good results are indicted by the overall theme of his horoscope.