The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Kaal Sarp Yog (Revised Edition)’.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog
If in a horoscope, Rahu is placed in the sixth house, Ketu is placed in the twelfth house and all other planets are placed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu, Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in that horoscope. To simplify, if all other planets are placed from house number six to twelve or from house number twelve to six in such horoscope, Mahapadam 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.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with problems related to disputes, disagreements, court cases, finances, debts, enemies, diseases, profession, marriage, spiritual growth, black magic, delays, losses, unfortunate events, addictions, vices and a number of other problems.
Since the sixth house deals with disputes, disagreements and court cases among other things; and the twelfth house deals with losses, perversions and fantasies among other things; Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may affect the marriage of a native under its influence. Marriage is one of the biggest agreements between two people and the elements like disputes, disagreements, perversions and fantasies may create a number of problems in this relationship. Some natives suffering from Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may face delay in their marriages whereas majority of them may witness problems after marriage. It means this defect may not delay marriage in majority of cases and it may rather take pleasure in damaging the marriage.
In most cases, strong Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is capable of breaking one or two marriages of the native on its own. If it receives support from other malefic planets; it may break two, three or more marriages of the native; on account of serious problems. Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is very good at creating misunderstandings between the native and his partner. Such misunderstandings may turn into disagreements and disputes; which may ultimately break the marriage.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog can make the native engage in extramarital affairs and the native may also seek company of professional sex workers. Such practices may not only create problems related to finances, health and reputation; they may break native’s marriage or marriages.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may render significant or strong tendencies to engage in illegal and/or immoral activities; to the natives under its influence. As a result, many natives suffering from this defect may become criminals or they may engage in immoral and/or illegal activities.
For example, a doctor under strong influence of this defect may charge a lot of money from his patients through unnecessary tests, medicines and procedures. If such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is strong and supported by other malefic planets; such doctor may engage in a number of illegal activities. He may carry out abortions when they may be illegal, he may issue fake medical certificates to criminals and/or he may engage in trafficking of human organs. Likewise, if a policeman is under strong influence of Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog, he may engage in acts of corruption and he may also break law, every now and then.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may also trouble the native with a number of problems related to health. Depending on its strength and the overall horoscope of a native under consideration, it may trouble him with diabetes, heart problems; neurological disorders, diseases related to liver, stomach diseases, psychological problems and many other types of health issues. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; it may cause death of native due to liver failure, various types of cancers, fatal bacterial or viral infections; or some other fatal disease or infection.
Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may create a wide variety of problems related to native’s profession. This defect may trouble the professional sphere of native through disputes, disagreements, immoral or illegal activities, enemies, financial losses and a number of other things. In an extreme case when such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may serve prison sentence of more than 10 years or death penalty may be awarded to him.
Once the formation of Mahapadam 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 Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog.
Let’s start with signs. Suppose malefic Rahu in the sixth house in Cancer and malefic Ketu in the twelfth house in Capricorn form Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Rahu does well in Cancer and Ketu does well in Capricorn; through none of them is strong in their respective signs. Hence such Mahapadam 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 Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with problems related to various types of diseases. The native may develop affinity for smoking, alcohol and/or drugs and he may consume them on regular basis. Prolonged use of such substances may cause various types of health problems. The native may lose money and reputation due to such habits; along with losing health. The health problems may reduce his lifespan and they may prove difficult to handle with time. The native may witness mild, significant or serious reduction in lifespan due to consumption of such substances; depending on his overall horoscope. In an extreme case of this type; the native may die anytime between the age of 20 and 40 due to drug overdose or due to serious health issues created by drug abuse; depending on his overall horoscope.
This type of Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may also create problems related to marriage. The native may have differences of opinion with his wife and with time, these differences may turn into serious conflicts which may ultimately break his marriage. In case this defect is strong, it can break one or two marriages of the native on its own. If this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; it may break two, three or more marriages.
This type of Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog may also make the native engage in various types of criminal and/or immoral activities. The native may earn money through prostitution if she’s female whereas the native may spend a lot of money towards sexual pleasures through the company of sex workers, if he’s male. In case such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may become a criminal and he may deal in drugs, prostitution, woman trafficking and/or financial crimes.
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 Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog. Let’s take an example to understand this concept in a better manner.
Suppose malefic Rahu in the sixth house in Cancer and malefic Ketu in the twelfth house in Capricorn form Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. This is a special case and no benefic planet may be able to reduce the strength of this defect by virtue of conjunction with Rahu or Ketu; without causing problems. This is because the sixth and twelfth house feature hostile environment. Hence any planet placed in one of these houses along with malefic Rahu or Ketu may come under the combined attack of that house as well as Rahu or Ketu.
Therefore, different method is required to balance this defect. In this case, benefic planets should protect the spheres affected by such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog. For example, this defect may cause problems related to health and some of these problems may come through addictions.
Hence Saturn being the lord of the ascendant should be strong and clean so that the native may be able to have good health. Jupiter and Saturn should be healthy so that the native may stay away from addictions. Looking at marriage; Sun and Venus (for male) or Jupiter (for female) should be healthy so that the native may not face many problems in marriage. Looking at profession and finances; Saturn, Jupiter and Mars should be strong so that these spheres may also not face many problems.
Taking an example, suppose a benefic combination of Saturn (in Rohini), Venus and Mars is placed in the fourth house of this horoscope in Taurus, a benefic combination of exalted Sun and Mercury is placed in the third house in Aries, benefic Jupiter is placed in the second house in Pisces and malefic Moon is placed in the fifth house in Gemini in Punarvasu nakshatra. The overall horoscope becomes strong and benefic in this case.
All these planets may protect the native from problems related to health, profession, finances, addictions, marriage and other problems posed by such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog. The native may do very well in the sphere of profession as well as finances and he may do well in case of health, marriage and other spheres hit by such Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog.
Looking at the running times; suppose Moon is placed in Gemini navamsha of Punarvasu. It means the native is born under Jupiter Mahadasha, with about 6 years left. This Mahadasha is followed by 19 year Saturn Mahadasha, 17 year Mercury Mahadasha, 7 year Ketu Mahadasha, 20 year Venus Mahadasha and 6 year Sun Mahadasha. It means the Sun Mahadasha may end at native’s age of 75 years.
The native may not witness 18 year Rahu Mahadasha throughout his life since it is supposed to hit him at the age of 92 years in this case. The native may witness very good results during Jupiter Mahadasha, good results mixed with some bad results during Saturn Mahadasha as well as Mercury Mahadasha; difficult times during Ketu Mahadasha and very good results during Venus and Sun Mahadasha. The native may experience overall best results between his age of 49 and 75 years; during Venus and Sun Mahadashas.
Let’s change the entire equation and see what may happen when Rahu and Ketu are joined by malefic planets. Suppose malefic Rahu in the sixth house in Cancer and malefic Ketu in the twelfth house in Capricorn form Mahapadam Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose Moon, Mercury and Sun are placed in the sixth house with Rahu; and debilitated Jupiter is placed in the twelfth house with Ketu.
Moon is malefic and its placement in the sixth house may make it even more malefic. Mercury is partly malefic but it is weak in Cancer. Hence the strong collective influence of Moon and Rahu may turn it highly malefic in this case. Sun is weak in Cancer, it is troubled by the sixth house and it is afflicted by three malefic planets. Hence Sun may turn significantly malefic in the horoscope. Jupiter is debilitated and the twelfth house presents hostile environment. Jupiter is afflicted by Ketu and it receives a lot of negative energy from the malefic combination in the sixth house. As a result, it may also turn significantly or highly malefic in the horoscope. It means that each one among the six planets involved in this combination may be significantly or highly malefic.
The concept of benefic planets turning malefic due to strong influences of malefic planets; and malefic planets turning benefic due to strong influences of benefic planets has been explained in the revised edition of the book ‘Pitra Dosh – Ancestors are Calling’.
Since 6 out of 9 planets are malefic as well as troubled due to their placements as well as due to afflictions from other planets; and 7 out of 12 houses are afflicted or troubled; the horoscope may turn highly malefic. Unless strong benefic planets make some repairs in this horoscope, it is almost doomed. Hence the native may witness serious or very serious problems related to health, lifespan, profession, marriage, finances, children, mother, father and a number of other spheres.
In case Venus, Mars and Saturn are also troubled in the horoscope; the native may face even more serious problems related to most spheres of his life. Taking an example, suppose debilitated Venus is placed in the eighth house in Virgo and a combination of Mars and retrograde Saturn is placed in the seventh house in Leo in Magha in Aries navamsha.
Venus is very weak and it is placed in a troublesome house. Saturn is weak in Leo and its placement in Aries navamsha of Magha may further aggravate the situation. On account of being retrograde, it may become more sensitive in this case, which means it may become more vulnerable. The placement of Mars may not help Saturn in this case and on the contrary, it may create more problems for Saturn; by adding extra energy when Saturn may not be able to deal with such excess of energy. Hence the horoscope may collapse.
As a result, the native may witness serious or very serious problems related to almost each and every sphere of his life. The number, type and quantum of problems faced by the native in this case is beyond the scope of description. Overall health, lifespan, profession, marriage, finances, reputation, children, mother, father and most other spheres of life; are all damaged in the horoscope. Very likely, the native may die before the age of 15 years due to some type of Cancer or another fatal disease; unless the finer factors or running times change the results. Suppose within the sign of Cancer, Moon is placed in Sagittarius navamsha of Ashlesha. The native is born under Mercury Mahadasha with about 15 years left and the native may not survive this period.
Malefic effects of Mahapadam 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 Mahapadam 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.