The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Kaal Sarp Yog (Revised Edition)’.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog
If in a horoscope, Rahu is placed in the ninth house, Ketu is placed in the third house and all other planets are placed within the axis of Rahu and Ketu, Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in that horoscope. To simplify, if all other planets are placed from house number three to nine or from house number nine to three in such horoscope, Shankhchood 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.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may trouble the native with problems related to father, siblings, courage, efforts, profession, religious growth, spiritual growth, luck factor, higher education and a number of other things.
Whenever Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is formed in a horoscope, Pitra Dosh is also formed. This is because malefic Rahu afflicts the ninth house and hence it forms Pitra Dosh. Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may adversely affect the luck factor. Since luck factor is important for each and every sphere of life; Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may create problems; almost in every sphere of native’s life, though the spheres represented by the third and the ninth house may be hit on primary basis.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is good at troubling the natives with problems related to accidents. Hence many natives under its influence may meet accidents of various types; from time to time in their lives. Some of these natives may be prone to road accidents, some others may suffer as they may get accidently injured in fights, crossfires and other likewise situations; whereas some of them may witness broken bones due to falling from higher places; or someone or something falling on them. Natives suffering from Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog are more prone to get their bones fractured or lose limbs through accidents; than the natives having many other types of Kaal Sarp Yog. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may lose his limbs or life in an accident.
Bad or difficult neighbours may often be witnessed by natives under the influence of Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog. Hence these natives may face a number of problems related to and/or due to their neighbours. Some of them may face disputes related to parking space, some others may face problems related to shared-resources or maintenance of boundaries of properties; and some may simply have troublesome neighbours who may not miss any chance to cause problems for these natives.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may also trouble the natives with sudden and unfortunate problems related to their professions as well as those related to their workplaces. Some of these natives may witness damage to office properties due to fire incidents, building-crashes, earthquakes or through some other sudden and unfortunate incidents. Some other natives may witness losses through burglaries, robberies or planned attacks. In an extreme case when this defect is strong and supported by other malefic planets; the native may lose his entire office due to some natural or unnatural incident. Looking at another extreme, the native may lose his life during an act of robbery, being carried out at his workplace. The robbers may only wish to rob; and the native may get killed accidently or unintentionally.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is good at creating problems between the natives and their siblings, colleagues and/or teammates. Some of these natives may face financial losses and/or bad reputation due to their siblings, some may have serious disputes with their siblings or colleagues and some may witness revolts by their teammates. It means if one such native is the leader of a team assigned for a project; the entire team may rebel against the native and they may refuse to follow his orders. In an extreme case when such Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is strong and supported by other malefic planets; a sibling or colleague of the native may kill him on account of various reasons.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may cause significant or serious damage to the professional sphere of natives under its influence. This defect may trouble the natives through delay in professional settlement, financial losses, bad reputation, job loss, discontinuation of profession and many other types of problems. In some cases; Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may turn the natives into criminals or these natives may engage in illegal or immoral activities; though their professions may be legal. Taking an example, a teacher giving unauthorized tuitions or a teacher giving undue favours to students in exchange for money or other favours; may have Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog.
Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may also create various types of problems related to father. Some of these natives may have fathers who may be criminals, drug addicts, drunkards or other likewise persons. Some other natives may have very bad equations with their fathers. In some cases; the fathers of these natives may exploit them in a number of ways. They may push them into immoral or illegal activities in order to gain profits through these natives. They may punish them or torture them a lot.
Some other natives may lose their fathers during childhood due to divorces between their parents or their fathers may die. Some of these natives may have step-fathers who may not treat them well. These natives may suffer from various types of punishments and hardships imposed on them by their step-fathers.
Once the formation of Shankhchood 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 Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog.
Let’s start with signs. Suppose malefic Rahu in the ninth house in Aquarius and malefic Ketu in the third house in Leo form Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Rahu is strong in Aquarius and Ketu is strong in Leo. Hence such Kaal Sarp Yog may be strong or very strong; depending on placements of Rahu and Ketu in various nakshatras and navamshas within their respective signs.
Such Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may create problems related to profession. The native may witness insufficient income, job loss; discontinuation of profession, financial losses, setbacks, bad reputation, betrayal by colleagues or teammates and a number of other problems. If this defect is supported by other malefic planets and the finer factors are also not favourable; the native may lose most of his team or staff/employees through an act of betrayal. Taking an example, the native may engage in a business or practice. Due to native’s own attitude or due to conspiracy plotted by one of his rivals; most of his staff or employees may leave the native.
Looking at another variation; the native may hold the post of chairperson, managing director or other likewise leading post of authority in an organization. Most other members may turn against him and they may overthrow the native, by means of a sudden and abrupt act.
Such Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may spoil or damage the relationship of native with his siblings; on account of various problems, depending on his overall horoscope. Taking an example, the native may have serious disagreements with his siblings on division of paternal property after the death of their father. Such disagreements may turn into disputes which may turn into court cases. Though the property may be divided by a court of law; the relationship may get permanently tainted or ruined. Looking at another probability; the native may run business in partnership with his brother; one of them may betray the other for money, and the relationship may get damaged.
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 Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog. Let’s take an example to understand this concept in a better manner.
Suppose malefic Rahu in the ninth house in Aquarius and malefic Ketu in the third house in Leo form Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose benefic Sun and Mercury are placed in the third house in Leo along with Ketu; and Jupiter is placed in the ninth house in Aquarius in Dhanishtha in Pisces navamsha. Suppose Moon is placed in the first house in Gemini, Venus is placed in the twelfth house in Taurus, Mars is placed in the eleventh house in Aries and Saturn is placed in the tenth house in Pisces in Uttarabhadrapada.
Looking at the third house; Sun and Mercury form Budhaditya Yoga and collectively; they are much stronger than Ketu in this sign. Hence the overall combination in the third house may turn benefic though it may also produce some malefic results. Looking at the ninth house; Jupiter does well in Dhanishtha and it is good in Pisces navamsha of this nakshatra. Apart from that, it receives positive energy from the combination in the third house. In addition to that, Moon adds more strength and positivity to the overall horoscope.
Hence Jupiter may turn highly benefic and it may overpower Rahu with the support of all these factors. Hence the combination in the ninth house may turn benefic and Rahu may produce more benefic results than malefic results. Mars is strong but it may not cause damage to any planet through conjunction or through direct aspect. Venus is strong in Taurus and it may produce more benefic results than malefic results.
As a result; Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may lose most of its strength. Hence the native may not suffer much from it and on the contrary; he may witness good or very good results related to most spheres hit by this defect.
Looking at the running times; suppose within Gemini, Moon is placed in Sagittarius navamsha of Ardra. The native is born under Rahu Mahadasha with about 16 years left. This Mahadasha is followed by 16 year Jupiter Mahadasha, 19 year Saturn Mahadasha and 17 year Mercury Mahadasha. These four planets may rule the timelines from the time of native’s birth till his age of 68. The native may witness good as well as bad results during Rahu Mahadasha and Saturn Mahadasha; though benefic results may be more than malefic results. The native may witness very good results during Mahadashas of Jupiter and Mercury.
Let’s change the entire equation and see what may happen when such Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog is influenced by malefic planets. Suppose malefic Rahu in the ninth house in Aquarius and malefic Ketu in the third house in Leo form Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog in a horoscope. Suppose malefic Mars and Venus are placed in the third house and Saturn is placed in the ninth house. Suppose a benefic combination of Sun and Mercury is placed in the second house in Cancer.
Looking at the third house, Mars and Ketu are strong in Leo and they may almost destroy Venus. Hence Venus may turn malefic in this case and the overall combination in the third house may become highly malefic. Looking at the ninth house; Saturn and Rahu are both strong in Aquarius. Saturn is afflicted by Rahu as well as by the strong combination in the third house. Hence Saturn may turn significantly malefic and the overall combination in the ninth house may turn highly malefic.
Mercury and Sun are not strong in Cancer and they may not send positive energy to any of these 5 malefic planets through this placement. Hence they may not be able to offer much help; despite being benefic. As a result, such Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog may cause serious damage to all spheres hit by it. The spheres of profession, spiritual growth and siblings may suffer the most whereas the problems related to father and marriage (for males) may be relatively less in quantum. If Jupiter and Moon save some grace; the horoscope may perform better. For example; if a benefic combination of Moon and Jupiter forms Gaj Kesari Yog in the tenth house in Pisces; the sphere of marriage as well as profession may see improvement.
On the other hand, if Jupiter and Moon are weak or troubled; the quantum of problems may increase. Taking an example, suppose Moon is placed in the third house in Leo in Aries navamsha of Magha; and Jupiter is placed in the twelfth house in Taurus. In this case; the horoscope is almost doomed. Moon forms Gandmool Dosh in Aries navamsha of Magha and it is stuck with a highly malefic combination of Mars, Venus, Rahu, Ketu and Saturn. Hence Moon may turn malefic in this case.
As a result, the native may witness very serious problems related to siblings, profession, marriage, children and spiritual growth whereas he may face serious problems related to father, mother, health and lifespan.
The native is born under Ketu Mahadasha with about 6 years left. This Mahadasha is followed by 20 year Venus Mahadasha, 6 year Sun Mahadasha, 10 year Moon Mahadasha, 7 year Mars Mahadasha, 18 year Rahu Mahadasha, 16 year Jupiter Mahadasha and then by 19 year Saturn Mahadasha. Among these Mahadashas; the native may witness some relief during Sun Mahadasha and Jupiter Mahadasha thought it may not be much. The native may suffer during all other Mahadashas; and those of Mars, Ketu and Rahu may be the worst ones.
Malefic effects of Shankhchood 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 Shankhchood Kaal Sarp Yog. Gemstones may be more useful in counteracting the malefic effects produced by 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.