The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Kaal Sarp Yog (Revised Edition)’.
Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog
If in a horoscope, Rahu is placed in the second house, Ketu is placed in the eighth house and all other planets are placed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu, Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in that horoscope. To simplify, if all other planets are placed from house number two to eight or from house number eight to two in such horoscope, Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in the horoscope. In some cases; when any one among Moon, Sun, Venus or Mercury is placed outside Rahu-Ketu axis; Kaal Sarp Yog may still form in the horoscope.
Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with problems related to family, speech, communication, wealth, money, health, marriage, in-laws, psychological problems, lifespan, diseases, surgeries, investigations, spiritual growth, black magic and a number of other problems.
Some natives suffering from Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may face problems related to early education due to various reasons; depending on their overall horoscopes. Some of these natives may simply not be interested in going to schools. Some other natives may not be able to go to educational institutes because of financial problems, family problems, health problems or some other types of problems. Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog generally affects the early education of the native; say up to the third or fourth standard.
Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may also trouble the native through accidents and unfortunate events; from early in his life. Hence a native under the influence of this defect may suffer from accidents and unfortunate events; throughout his life; unless this aspect is balanced by benefic planets in his horoscope. In an extreme case of this type, the native may die young in an accident or in an unfortunate event. Looking at unfortunate events; the native may get killed in a bomb blast, earthquake, flood, landslide, volcanic eruption or in some other likewise event. Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may reduce the lifespan of native, significantly or seriously; depending on his overall horoscope.
The sphere of marriage may also be troubled by Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog. This defect takes more pleasure in disturbing as well as breaking the marriage of the native, than in delaying his marriage. Hence a native under the influence of this defect may not witness much delay in marriage. However, he may face a number of problems in his marriage and these problems may become difficult to handle in some cases. In an extreme case of this type; the native may face two or three broken marriages; merely because of this defect.
Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may also have adverse effect on financial equation of the native. Hence the native may suffer from financial problems due to various reasons. For example, the native may spend a lot of money to pay for tobacco, alcohol and other intoxicant substances. The native may have to spend significant amounts of money from time to time; in order to take care of his family members. It means one of the parents may suffer from serious health issues and the native may have to spend money towards his or her treatment; time and again. Looking at another probability, the parents or siblings of the native may do poorly in terms of finances and the native may have to spend money in order to help them; on regular basis. Apart from these; Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog can trouble the financial wellbeing of the native in a number of other ways.
Once the formation of Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog is confirmed in a horoscope, the next factor to check is the strength of this defect. The strength of Kaal Sarp Yog is calculated through the placements of Rahu and Ketu in various signs, nakshatras and navamshas; as well as through the influences of other benefic and malefic planets on Rahu and Ketu. The overall theme of horoscope and running times (Mahadashas) also affect the strength of Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog.
Let’s start with signs. Suppose malefic Rahu in the second house in Aries and malefic Ketu in the eighth house in Libra form Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Rahu does well in Aries and Ketu does well in Libra; through none of them is strong in their respective signs. Hence such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may possess significant strength in most cases and it may be strong in some cases; depending on placements of Rahu and Ketu in various nakshatras and navamshas within their respective signs.
Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may adversely affect the financial situation of the native. He may develop habit of spending more than he earns. Hence he may often find himself short of money; unless this aspect is balanced by benefic planets in his horoscope. The native may also become fond of smoking, alcohol and/or various types of drugs. Hence he may smoke a lot, he may consume alcohol in heavy quantities and/or he may use harmful drugs. These practices may have adverse effect on native’s finances, along with causing problems related to health, family and reputation.
Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may also trouble the native with family problems. The native may witness difficult or bad family circumstances from early age. His parents may not have good equation and/or one of them may put too much pressure on the native. The native may find excuses to stay away from home and he may engage in bad company. He may pick up habits like smoking and drinking (alcohol consumption), from young age. The family issues as well as smoking and drinking may adversely affect the physical and mental health of the native. As a result, he may face significant or serious health issues, especially after the age of 35 years. Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may cause oral cancer or throat cancer; when supported by the overall horoscope.
Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may delay the marriage of the native, depending on the rest of his horoscope. In such case, the native may not get married till 35 or 40 years of his age; or he may not get married at all. Taking an example, if Venus is placed in the eighth house in Libra along with Ketu; and a malefic combination of Sun, Mercury and Saturn is placed in the sixth house in Leo; the native may not get married till the age of 40 or he may not get married throughout his life; depending on his overall horoscope.
Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may also affect health of marriage. As a result, the native may face a number of problems in his marriage; depending on his overall horoscope. The native may have serious differences of opinion with his wife and the couple may argue as well as fight a lot. The equation between native’s family members and his wife may be bad or very bad and the marriage may suffer because of that.
The native as well as his family members may trouble his wife for dowry or money and he may even beat his wife along with his family members. In an extreme case of this type when such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog is supported by other malefic planets; the native and his family members may kill his wife; on account of serious differences with her; or for money. Likewise, such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may cause a number of other problems related to the marriage of the native and it may break one or two marriages of the native on its own.
Moving on, let’s look at the influences of benefic and malefic planets as well as the impact of running times and the overall theme of horoscope on such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog. Let’s take an example to understand this concept in a better manner.
Suppose malefic Rahu in the second house in Aries and malefic Ketu in the eighth house in Libra form Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose a combination of benefic Moon and Jupiter is placed in the second house of this horoscope in Aries; along with malefic Rahu. Gaj Kesari Yoga is formed in the horoscope though Guru Chandal Yoga and Grahan Yoga are also formed. However, Jupiter and Moon are collectively much stronger than Rahu in this case. Hence they may reduce negativity of Rahu a lot. As a result, the benefic results indicated by Gaj Kesari Yoga may be prominent in this case whereas Guru Chandal Yoga and Grahan Yoga may be weak.
Jupiter and Moon cast direct aspects on Ketu in the eighth house and they may reduce its negativity; though not as much as that of Rahu. This is because the effect of conjunction is stronger than the effect of direct aspect (from seventh house). As a result of this combination, the overall strength of Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may reduce and the native may witness relief in all spheres hit by such Kaal Sarp Yog.
Due to the placement of malefic Ketu in a troublesome house (eighth), no benefic planet may be able to reduce its negativity through conjunction; without causing side effects or problems. This is because the eighth house features hostile environment and any benefic planet placed in it; along with malefic Ketu in this case, comes under double attack. Ketu as well as the eighth house may trouble such planet. Hence Ketu is better placed alone in this house, in this case. The concept of problems caused because of placements of benefic planets with malefic planets in the eighth or twelfth house of horoscope has been explained in the Manglik Dosh section of the book ‘Match Making & Manglik Dosh’.
Suppose benefic Mars is also placed in the second house of this horoscope in Aries along with Moon, Jupiter and Rahu. A combination of Mercury and Sun is placed in the third house in Taurus, Saturn is placed in the fourth house in Gemini and Venus is placed in the fifth house in Cancer. In this case, the overall horoscope becomes even more balanced. Moon and Mars form Chandra Mangal Yoga in the second house.
Since Mars is strong in Aries; the combined benefic influence of Mars, Jupiter and Moon may turn Rahu into a significantly or highly benefic planet; depending on the finer factors. Their combined influence may also turn Ketu into a partly malefic and partly benefic planet. Hence Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may lose most of its strength in this case since both Rahu and Ketu should be malefic in order to form this defect; and Rahu may turn highly benefic in this case. Hence the native may witness very good results related to profession, health and finances, he may witness good results related to family; and he may face some problems related to marriage.
Looking at the impact of running times; suppose within the sign of Aries, Moon is placed in the first quarter of Krittika nakshatra. It means the native is born under Sun Mahadasha with about 5 years left. Sun Mahadasha is followed by 10 year Moon Mahadasha, 7 year Mars Mahadasha, 18 year Rahu Mahadasha and 16 year Jupiter Mahadasha. All these planets except Sun are significantly or highly benefic in this horoscope. Hence the native may enjoy very good results in most spheres of his life; till the age of 56 (end of Jupiter Mahadasha).
After that, Saturn Mahadasha begins for 19 years. Since Saturn is malefic in the horoscope, this Mahadasha may create problems. However due to the overall strong horoscope of the native; such problems may not be very serious or destructive; and they may be significant or serious; depending on the finer factors in the horoscope.
Let’s change the entire equation and see what may happen when Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog is influenced by malefic planets. Suppose malefic Rahu in the second house in Aries and malefic Ketu in the eighth house in Libra form Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose malefic exalted Sun is placed in the second house along with Rahu; and malefic exalted Saturn is placed in the eighth house in Libra along with Ketu.
Since both Sun and Saturn are very strong as well as malefic; the overall combination of these four planets may become highly malefic. Hence Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog supported by Sun and Saturn may cause 2 to 5 times more damage in this case; depending on the overall horoscope. As a result, the native may witness very serious problems related to family, wealth, finances, addictions, health, marriage and other spheres. Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may also affect the profession of the native, since the second house as well as the lord of the eleventh house (Saturn) is afflicted.
Hence the native may witness delays and setbacks in profession and he may also face losses. In an extreme case of this type; the native may not be able to settle in profession, till his age of 40 years or throughout his life.
Such malefic combination may push the native towards the life of crime. Hence in many such cases, the native may become a criminal. The native may engage in various types of crimes and he may consume harmful drugs on regular basis. Depending on his overall horoscope; the native may spend more than 10 years in prison for his crimes, he may die young due to drug overdose or he may get killed in an encounter or by another criminal.
Such malefic combination can also cause serious or very serious problems related to marriage of the native. The native may get married after the age of 35 or he may not get married throughout his life; depending on the rest of his horoscope. Taking an example, if debilitated Mercury is placed in the first house in Pisces in Cancer navamsha of Poorvabhadrapada nakshatra and malefic Venus is placed in the twelfth house in Aquarius; the native may not get married throughout his life or he may get married after the age of 40; depending on the rest of his horoscope.
Such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog supported by Sun and Saturn may also create a number of problems after the marriage of the native. At times; it may not delay the marriage of the native but it may break more than one marriage of the native. Taking an example, suppose Mercury is placed in the second house in Aries along with Sun and Rahu; a malefic combination of exalted Venus and Mars is placed in the first house in Pisces, Jupiter is placed in the twelfth house in Aquarius and Moon is placed in the tenth house in Sagittarius.
Mars is generally highly benefic in horoscopes with Pisces ascendant. However, the situation is different in this case. Venus is highly malefic, it is exalted and it is much stronger than Mars in Pisces. Hence it may turn Mars into a partly malefic and partly benefic planet; though the benefic part may still be higher. Based on the overall setup of this horoscope; the marriage of the native may not get delayed. However, he may witness one, two or three broken marriages on account of serious problems in such marriages.
Apart from these, Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may create a number of other problems for the native; depending on his overall horoscope.
Looking at the running times, when the Mahadashas of benefic planets are in effect; the problems posed by such Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may reduce. On the other hand, the Mahadashas of malefic planets other than Rahu and Ketu may increase the quantum of problems. When the Mahadashas of Rahu and Ketu are in effect, Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog may cause maximum possible damage.
Malefic effects of Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog can be reduced with the help of remedies. The application of gemstones and Poojas in particular may prove useful in reducing the strength and/or malefic effects of Kaal Sarp Yog. Gemstones may be more useful in counteracting the malefic effects produced by Kulik Kaal Sarp Yog, and they may not be able to directly reduce the strength of this defect in many cases. Poojas may directly reduce the strength of this defect in most cases. As that happens; malefic effects produced by Kaal Sarp Yog may also reduce.