GandMool Dosh

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According to the definition of Gandmool Dosh, if Moon is placed in any of the 6 constellations or nakshatras named Revati, Ashwini, Ashlesha, Magha, Jyeshtha or Moola in a horoscope, the native is said to be born under GandMool Dosh. The formation of Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope is associated with very bad results including the death of native’s mother or father, in a short period of time after his birth. In this chapter, we will look into the formation as well as the results associated with Gandmool Dosh in a scientific way.

Starting the discussion, there are 27 nakshatras in Vedic astrology where the first nakshatra is called Ashwini and the 27th nakshatra is called Revati. Every nakshatra further has four parts in it, which are called its quarters or padas. There are 12 signs in Vedic astrology where the first sign is called Aries and the 12th sign is called Pisces. These 27 nakshatras fall within these 12 signs and they are arranged in such a way that the first nakshatra starts with the starting of Aries and the last nakshatra ends with the end of Pisces.

Since each nakshatra has 4 padas, the total number of padas for 27 nakshatras is 108. As we have twelve signs in Vedic astrology, dividing 108 by 12, we get 9. Therefore, 9 padas of different nakshatras lie in each one of the 12 signs, and it is done in a cyclic way. It means that the sign of Aries starts with the nakshatra of Ashwini, containing all 4 quarter of this nakshatra. All 4 quarters of the next nakshatra called Bharani are also contained by Aries, as this sign can contain 9 quarters of different nakshatras, as already mentioned.

Moving on, the first quarter of the third nakshatra called Krittika lies in the sign of Aries and this is where this sign reaches its capacity as it is only allowed to contain 9 quarters of different nakshatras. Looking at this equation from another angel, 12 signs contain a collective angle of 360 degrees, which means they follow each other in a cyclic movement. It should be noted that the angel of 360 degrees means that things have come to the same place from where they started. Therefore if you start walking and you walk with an angel of 360 degrees, you will reach the same point sooner or later. Hence the movement of any body at an angel of 360 degrees means a cyclic movement, repeating on the same path again and again.

If you look at a horoscope, you’ll find that the energy moves from the first house to the twelfth house through second and third house. Once it reaches the twelfth house, the energy once again moves to the first house, second house and so on. Hence this cyclic movement keeps happening. These 12 signs are further divided equally within an overall angel of 360 degrees. It means that each sign or so to say, each house of a horoscope encloses 30 degrees in it.

Therefore in a horoscope with Aries as its ascendant, the sign of Aries encloses the first 30 degrees, the sign of Taurus encloses the next 30 degrees which means 30 to 60 degrees, and this process goes on till we reach the last sign Pisces which encloses the last 30 degrees which means 330 to 360 degrees. After reaching 360th degree, the energy once again enters the first degree in a cyclic movement, which means that any planet transiting through the sign of Pisces enters the sign of Aries once it reaches the end of Pisces or so to say; as it passes through the 360th degree of this equation.

Hence each sign has an angel of 30 degrees in it. Moving on, each quarter of every nakshatra encloses within it, an angel of 3 degrees and 20 minutes. It should be noted that each degree has 60 minutes. Therefore, it will take 3 quarters of the same or different nakshatras to cover an angel of 10 degrees and it will take 9 quarters of different nakshatras to cover an angel of 30 degrees. As a sign can only contain an angel of 30 degrees, it can only contain nine quarters of different nakshatras.

As a result, the sign of Aries can contain all four quarters of Ashwini nakshatra, all four quarters of Bharani nakshatra and the first quarter of Krittika nakshatra. Since the signs and nakshatras appear in a cyclic way one after the other, the next sign Taurus contains the remaining three quarters of Krittika nakshatra, as it has four quarters. The sign of Taurus then contains all four parts of the fourth nakshatra called Rohini and this way, it is left with space to adjust two more quarters of the next nakshatra as it already has seven quarters of Krittika and Rohini in it.

Therefore, the first two quarters of the next nakshatra called Mrigashira lie in the sign of Taurus and the remaining two quarters of this nakshatra lie in the next sign called Gemini, based on the explanation already mentioned. The sign of Gemini then contains all four quarters of the next nakshatra called Ardra and it also contains the first three quarters of the seventh nakshatra called Punarvasu, the nakshatra which comes after Ardra. This way, the sign of Gemini is full as it now has two quarters of Mrigashira, four quarters of Ardra and three quarters of Punarvasu nakshatra.

The fourth quarter of Punarvasu lies in the next sign called Cancer which also contains all four quarters of the eighth nakshatra called Pushya and all four quarters of the ninth nakshatra called Ashlesha. The sign of Cancer is now full as it has the last quarter of Punarvasu, four quarters of Pushya and four quarters of Ashlesha. It is important to note that the end of the fourth sign marks an important point as this is the point where the completion of the fourth sign called Cancer is coinciding with the completion of ninth nakshatra called Ashlesha.

It means that the nakshatra of Ashlesha also ends at the same point where the sign of Cancer ends. In other words, the angel or distance of 120th degree marks the end of the sign of Cancer as well as that of the nakshatra called Ashlesha; since Cancer contains degrees ranging from 90 to 120. This is where we reach the end of a sub-cycle within this bigger cycle of 360 degrees. Hence the next nine nakshatras ranging from Magha to Jyeshtha fit into the next four signs ranging from Leo to Scorpio, in the same way. Similarly, the last nine nakshatras ranging from Moola to Revati fit into the last four signs ranging from Sagittarius to Pisces. This way, all 27 nakshatras fit into 12 signs and they complete one cycle at the same point which is the completion of 360th degree. The process repeats itself after that, with the appearance of Ashwini nakshatra and Aries sign.

Like most other types of motions, the motion of each planet among navagraha, called the transitory motion or simply the transit of that planet in different signs is also progressive. Just as a very slow moving object or even a very fast moving object like a bullet covers its path progressively before hitting the target, the planetary motion also follows the same pattern. It means that each planet reaches the 360th degree lying in the sign of Pisces, starting from the first degree lying in the sign of Aries; and moving on to the next degrees and minutes, in a progressive manner.

For example, Moon completes its motion through one nakshatra in about a day’s time. It means Moon travels a distance of about 13 degrees in one day, thereby taking somewhat more than 28 days to complete its motion of 360 degrees. Since this motion is progressive, a point comes during this motion when Moon reaches 13 degrees and 20 minutes; and it is about to enter into the next minute which is 13 degrees and 21st minute. Since these co-ordinates mark the end of Ashwini nakshatra and they mark the beginning of Bharani nakshatra within the sign of Aries, an important point is reached.

During this transition of Moon from Ashwini to Bharani, a point comes where Moon is partly in Ashwini and partly in Bharani, as this motion is progressive and continuous. Imagine you’re moving from one room to the other. Before you leave one room and you enter the other room, a point comes when you have one step in the first room and the other step in the next room. In simple language, this is the time which if paused and viewed, gives an impression that you may be partly present in both the rooms and you may not be fully present in any one of the rooms. This is because your body partly lies in the first room and it partly lies in the second room.

The motion of humans is much faster compared to the motion of planets, but both of them follow the same pattern. It means Moon as well as other eighth planets also reach such points during their journey through 27 nakshatras, when they are about to leave one nakshatra and they are about to enter the next nakshatra. Though in theory, these planets are shown present in any one of these nakshatras like in Ashwini or in Bharani, this doesn’t happen in actual practice. Hence these planets may reach 27 such points during their journeys where they are in between two nakshatras, partly in one and partly in the next nakshatra.

It should be noted that among all nine planets called navagraha in Vedic astrology, Moon is the fastest moving, the most impressionable as well as the most fragile type of planet. It means though most other planets may not take much unwanted impression during those 27 points of confusion, Moon may take these impressions and as a result, it may feel some disturbances. In practical language, such disturbances reflect through the general as well as the specific significances of Moon in a horoscope. As a result, the native may face problems related to peace of mind, his relationship with his mother or the overall well being of his mother and other such things. However, these incidences alone are not capable of causing significant problems related to the significances of Moon; and hence they may be ignored.

Moving along the same lines, a point comes at the completion of 30 degrees when Moon is about to leave the sign of Aries and it is about to enter the sign of Taurus. The same problem appears once again as Moon may get stuck between Aries and Taurus for some time and it may take unwanted impression of this transition. However, even these transitions may not cause significant problems and hence they may also be ignored. Moon goes through 12 such transition points during each cycle, as there are 12 signs.

As we know this much now, let’s look at the formation of Gandmool Dosh on the basis of this theory. During its transit through 12 signs and 27 nakshatras, each planet reaches 3 such points where it faces double impact of transition. It means when Moon is about to leave the sign of Cancer and it is about to enter the sign of Leo, another transition is happening at the same time. Moon is also leaving the nakshatra of Ashlesha and it is entering the nakshatra of Magha. This is because the ending point of Ashlesha coincides with the ending point of Cancer and the starting point of Magha coincides with the starting point of Leo. This is where Moon is stuck between two transitions at the same time; which means Moon is stuck between two nakshatras as well as between two signs for some time.

Though this happens to each planet among navagraha, all other planets may not be significantly affected by this situation as they are capable of handling such situations in a better way. However, Moon being the most impressionable and fragile planet may not be able to deal with this situation in a good way; and it may get hurt. As a result, the general as well as the specific significances of Moon may suffer in the horoscope having Moon in such double transitory position. Therefore the native may suffer from many types of problems related to the significances of Moon. This is when Moon is said to form Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope.

Moving on, the same double impact is reached at the end of the sign of Scorpio where the nakshatra of Jyeshtha also ends. The starting point of the next sign Sagittarius coincides with the starting point of the next nakshatra Moola. Once again Moon comes under the double impact whenever it enters this zone during its transit; and hence Gandmool Dosh is formed. Similarly, Moon experiences this double impact when it is at the end of the sign of Pisces and it is about to enter the sign of Aries once again. The ending point of Pisces coincides with the ending point of the last nakshatra Revati and the starting point of Aries coincides with the starting point of first nakshatra Ashwini. Once again, Gandmool Dosh is formed due to Moon being under the double impact of such transitions.

Therefore, during its journey of 360 degrees, Moon reaches three such points where it comes under such double impact and these are the points or phases where Moon is said to form GandMool Dosh. As these points are enclosed between the nakshatras of Revati-Ashwini, Ashlesha-Magha and Jyeshtha-Moola; these 6 nakshatras are called Gandmool nakshatras. Hence the presence of Moon in any one of these six Gandmool nakshatras is said to form Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope.

However, it should be noted that the presence of Moon in one of these six Gandmool nakshatras is the primary condition for the formation of Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope, and it is not the only condition. As I have explained the whole process of transitory motion of Moon in a scientific and detailed way; it should be easy to understand that Moon comes under such double impact only when it reaches such double transitory phases or points.

It means that the first 3 quarters of the last nakshatra Revati may not cause this double impact since Moon is very much within the sign of Pisces and it is not about to leave this sign, as well as the nakshatra of Revati. The problem however starts, when Moon enters the fourth quarter of Revati nakshatra as this is the point when Moon is going to enter the phase of double impact any time. Hence, only the fourth quarter of Revati nakshatra is worthy of being considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh and the first three quarters should be ignored.

Similarly, the first quarter of the next nakshatra Ashwini should be considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh and the last three quarters of this nakshatra should be ignored. This is because, once Moon travels through the first quarter of Ashwini, it recovers from the double impact and by the time it enters the second quarter of Ashwini, it fully recovers from the double impact. It should be noted that in this case, Moon comes under such double impact during the last 3 degrees of Pisces or Revati and the first 3 degrees of Aries or Ashwini. This certainly looks logical as these are the border points of these signs as well as these nakshatras, coinciding with each other.

On the other hand, while present in the first quarter of Revati nakshatra, Moon is almost in the middle of Pisces and it is at the beginning of Revati. Hence there is no way Moon can come under the double impact as it is far away from such border points of double impact. Similarly, Moon almost reaches the middle of Aries and the end of Ashwini nakshatra when it is present in the fourth quarter of Ashwini. Hence this point also doesn’t make any sense for being considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh because there are no border points of double impact closer to Moon.

Hence the presence of Moon in the fourth quarter of Revati and in the first quarter of Ashwini should only be considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh in case of Moon’s presence in any one of these nakshatras. The first three quarters of Revati nakshatra and the last three quarters of Ashwini nakshatra should be ignored for the purpose of Gandmool Dosh as they are not capable of causing this effect. Similarly, only the fourth quarters of Ashlesha and Jyeshtha should be considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh; and only the first quarters of Magha and Moola should be considered for the formation of Gandmool Dosh. The remaining quarters of these nakshatras should be ignored on the basis of the same explanation.

Hence Gandmool Dosh is formed in a horoscope, if Moon is placed in any one of the following:

4th Pada or Quarter of Revati nakshatra.

1st Pada or Quarter of Ashwini nakshatra.

4th Pada or Quarter of Ashlesha nakshatra.

1st Pada or Quarter of Magha nakshatra.

4th Pada or Quarter of Jyeshtha nakshatra.

1st Pada or Quarter of Moola nakshatra.

Even when we know GandMool Dosh has formed in a horoscope due to the presence of Moon in one of the above mentioned quarters of six Gandmool nakshatras, the job is not done. Like in case of all other good or bad Yogas, the strength of Gandmool Dosh, the damage caused by it and its field of impact needs to be checked first, in order to reach a proper conclusion.

The strength of Gandmool Dosh is checked through some important factors. As a rule, the closer is the Moon to the transit points, the more may be the strength of Gandmool Dosh. It means that though the presence of Moon in the last 3 degrees of the nakshatra of Revati forms Gandmool Dosh, it becomes stronger as it reaches from 28th to 30th degree; being strongest at 30th degree since it has come closest to the double impact. Similarly, such Gandmool Dosh is stronger during the presence of Moon in the first degree of Ashwini and it progressively becomes weaker as it travels to the 3rd degree of Ashwini; because it moves away from the point of double impact.

Similar explanations can be used in case of formation of Gandmool Dosh due to presence of Moon in the nakshatras of Ashlesha and Jyeshtha where the 30th degrees may prove the most troublesome; and in case of presence of Moon in nakshatras of Magha and Moola where the first degrees may prove the most troublesome.

After this, the overall strength of Moon in a horoscope is checked as this factor alone can change the results of Gandmool Dosh. For example, the formation of Gandmool Dosh in the nakshatra of Ashlesha may prove less troublesome compared to the formation of this defect in the nakshatra of Jyeshtha. This is because Moon is present in the sign of Cancer when it transits through Ashlesha. Since Cancer is the sign ruled by Moon, it is strong in this sign and hence it is in a better position to handle such double impact or so to say, Gandmool Dosh.

On the other hand, Moon is present in the sign of Scorpio when it transits through the nakshatra of Jyeshtha. Since Moon is debilitated in the sign of Scorpio, it may not be capable of handling such Gandmool Dosh in a good way and hence it may receive much more damage. Similarly, the placement of Moon in certain specific houses of a horoscope may increase or decrease the capacity of Moon to deal with Gandmool Dosh, thereby changing the net strength of such Gandmool Dosh.

Another factor which carries great importance in case of Gandmool Dosh is the working nature of Moon. It should be noted that Gandmool Dosh is different from most other defects formed in a horoscope, in this regard. This means that whereas it is essential for the planets involved in the formation of negative Yogas in most cases to be negative, it is not so in case of Gandmool Dosh and things are different in this case. Gandmool Dosh is one of the rarest Yogas in Vedic astrology, where the working nature of the planet involved is not an essential factor.

It means that in case of Kaal Sarp Yog, Rahu and Ketu should be negative; Mars should be negative in case of Manglik Dosh; and similarly, one or more than planet should be negative in order to form a defect or negative Yog in a horoscope. However, Gandmool Dosh is an exception to this rule and even the positively working Moon can form Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope. This is because unlike most other defects which are formed by one or more than one planet, Gandmool Dosh is not formed by Moon or any other planet but it is formed due to the troublesome influence of certain specific signs and nakshatras on Moon.

Hence there is no planet actually involved in the formation of Gandmool Dosh and Moon suffers from negative energy in this case where it may or may not contribute to such negative energy. Therefore, Gandmool Dosh may form in a horoscope whether Moon is positive or negative. However, it should be noted that Gandmool Dosh formed in a horoscope when Moon is positive is far less destructive than Gandmool Dosh formed when Moon is negative in a horoscope. This is because negative Moon may add even more negative energy to the negative energy generated by Gandmool Dosh whereas positive Moon may counteract or cancel a part of the negative energy generated by Gandmool Dosh, thereby reducing the damage caused by it. Hence the working nature of Moon should be checked in order to assess the strength of Gandmool Dosh in a horoscope.

The impact of other good or bad planets on Moon should also be checked properly as this factor can also make considerable changes to the net results of Gandmool Dosh. For example, if Gandmool Dosh is formed due to the presence of benefic Moon in the fourth quarter of Revati nakshatra, the presence of positive Jupiter in the sign of Pisces along with Moon may provide extra strength to Moon and it may also form Gaj Kesari Yoga in the horoscope. As a result, the damage caused by Gandmool Dosh may reduce and the native may not suffer much due to this defect.

On the other hand, if Gandmool Dosh is formed due to the presence of Moon in the fourth quarter of Revati nakshatra, the presence of negative Jupiter in the sign of Pisces may intensify the problems of the native. This is because Moon may be under the negative impact of Gandmool Dosh as well as the affliction of negative Jupiter at the same time; which may cause more damages to the significances of Moon; thereby resulting in increased quantum of problems suffered by the native. Hence the positive or negative impact of other planets on Moon should also be checked properly, before predicting the results of Gandmool Dosh.

Coming to the next factor, the overall tone of the horoscope having Gandmool Dosh should also be studied carefully, as this factor alone can change each and everything. For example, if Gandmool Dosh is formed in a horoscope due to the presence of positive Moon in one of the Gandmool nakshatras and the overall tone of the horoscope is strong and positive, the native may not face problems of high intensity. This is because the overall strong and positive horoscope of the native may provide him with sufficient strength to deal with the negative energy generated by Gandmool Dosh.

On the other hand, an overall negative or a weak horoscope may become a cause of concern for the native having Gandmool Dosh in his horoscope as he may receive no support from his horoscope and hence the negative energy generated by Gandmool Dosh may trouble him a lot. Therefore, the overall tone of the horoscope should also be checked properly.

The field of impact of Gandmool Dosh should also be checked as this factor also carries great importance. Though the general significances of Moon remain the same in every horoscope, the specific significances change and this fact may change the results of Gandmool Dosh in case of different natives. For example, if Moon represents the seventh house in a horoscope, the formation of Gandmool Dosh may affect the marriage of the native. If Moon represents the fifth house of a horoscope, the formation of Gandmool Dosh may trouble the native with problems related to children. Similarly the formation of Gandmool Dosh may trouble the native on account of professional problems, if Moon represents the tenth house in his horoscope.

Then there are other factors which may influence the results of Gandmool Dosh, like the house and sign of placement of Moon; and the impact of running time. These factors may also make significant changes to the net results indicated by Gandmool Dosh and hence they should also be studied carefully. It is wise for an astrologer to predict the possible outcomes of Gandmool Dosh, only after analyzing these factors carefully.

Looking at the remedies for Gandmool Dosh, the best remedy for this defect is Gandmool Dosh nivaran Pooja. This is the process through which the negative impact of Gandmool Dosh on Moon is reduced with the help of certain specific Mantras. Every nakshatra has its own mantra and hence all six Gandmool nakshatras have their mantras. In order to perform pooja for rectification of Gandmool Dosh, the nakshatra forming this defect is found first. For example, if Gandmool Dosh is formed in a horoscope due to the presence of Moon in the first quarter of Moola nakshatra, this pooja will be performed with the Ved mantra for Moola nakshatra.

It should be noted that Gandmool Dosh nivaran pooja must be performed in such a way that the day of completion for this pooja is the day when Moon is present in the birth nakshatra of the native for whom this pooja is being performed. For example, if a native is suffering from Moola nakshatra Gandmool Dosh and a pooja is performed for him, this is how it is done. The chant of 125,000 Ved mantras of Moola nakshatra is performed for him, in order to pacify the malefic impact of such Gandmool Dosh. This chant is planned in such a way that it completes on the day when Moon is present in Moola nakshatra, just as it was present at the time of this native’s birth.

Since Moon revisits every nakshatra almost once every month, Gandmool Dosh nivaran pooja can only be performed once during a month. For example, if in a given month, Moon is scheduled to transit Moola nakshatra on 18th of that month, the pooja is generally started on 11th of that month and it is completed a week later, on the 18th of that month, with Moon being in Moola once again. The detailed procedure for Gandmool Dosh nivaran Pooja is given in the pooja section of my website and interested readers can access it from there.

Coming to the end, all important factors related to the formation and results of Gandmool Dosh should be checked carefully before reaching any conclusions about this defect. Similarly, all important aspects should be kept in mind, while getting a pooja performed for the rectification of Gandmool Dosh present in a horoscope.

Himanshu Shangari