Varna and Vashya are the koots or aspects which carry 1 and 2 points or Gunas respectively; according to the system of Gun Milan which is used by many astrologers practicing in Vedic astrology for the purpose of match making between two natives. The system of Gun Milan is the most popular system in India when it comes to do a match making for the purpose of marriage and compatibility. This system of Gun Milan has been in use since the Vedic ages and even today it is considered as the best possible solution for match making. Many astrologers and many people still believe that Gun Milan is a complete process of match making and nothing else needs to be carried out for the purpose of match making.
To refresh the memories, let me mention here that the system of Gun Milan is based on matching 8 aspects or koots from both the horoscopes. These koots are called Varna, Vashya, Tara, Yoni, Graha Maitri, Gana, Bhakoot and Nadi; and each one of these 8 koots is assigned 1 to 8 points or Gunas respectively. This makes a total of 36 Gunas or points and a final compatibility score is calculated for a particular pair of two natives, based on how good or bad is the matching of each one of these 8 koots. Varna lies at bottom position of this pyramid of koots and accordingly it carries 1 Guna whereas Vashya lies at number 2 from the bottom and accordingly it carries 2 Gunas. Different number of Gunas are assigned to a pair of two natives undergoing the process of match making; based on how the Varna and Vashya of boy and girl match with each other according to the rules of Gun Milan.
Hence before moving ahead, let’s first get to know what Varna and Vashya are in a horoscope and what the importance of Varna and Vashya is, in the process of match making carried out through Gun Milan. We know that all nine planets called navagraha in Vedic astrology are always on their journey from one sign to the other and from one nakshatra to the other. Accordingly, Moon also travels from Ashwini nakshatra to Revati nakshatra and from Aries to Pisces in a cyclic movement and at any given point of time and place; Moon is present in a particular nakshatra and in a particular sign.
For example, let’s assume that Moon is present in Rohini nakshatra and Taurus sign at this time and place. Accordingly, all the people born during this time and place will have Moon placed in Rohini nakshatra and in Taurus sign in their birth horoscopes. Hence the birth nakshatra of these natives is Rohini and the birth sign or Raashi as it is called in Vedic astrology, of these natives is Taurus. Moving on and looking at the Varna first, all the 12 zodiac signs have been assigned different Varnas or castes according to Vedic astrology which are given as under:
The signs called Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are classified as Brahmin Varna according to Vedic astrology.
The signs called Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are classified as Kshatriya Varna according to Vedic astrology.
The signs called Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are classified as Vaishya Varna according to Vedic astrology.
The signs called Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are classified as Shudra Varna according to Vedic astrology.
Brahmin Varna is considered as the most superior of all the Varnas followed by Kshatriya Varna, Vaishya Varna and Shudra Varna respectively. For the process of match making, the system of Gun Milan follows the rule that if the Varna of boy is superior or equal to the Varna of the girl under consideration for match making, 1 out of 1 point or Guna is assigned for Varna matching. However, if the Varna of boy is inferior to the Varna of girl, which means that Varna of girl is superior to Varna of boy, 0 out of 1 point or Guna is assigned for such Varna match and Varna Dosh is said to be formed in such a case of match making. The Moon signs or Rashis of both boy and girl under consideration for match making are taken into consideration for matching Varna.
The formation of Varna Dosh during the process of match making is said to disturb the married life of the couple and a couple suffering from Varna Dosh is said to be incompatible and unhappy with each other, according to the scriptures of Vedic astrology. The reason assigned to this explanation is the belief that in order for a marriage to be good and happy, the Varna of the boy should be superior to the Varna of the girl as a superior Varna husband will always be able to take care of his wife as well as control and guide his wife.
On the other hand, if the Varna of the girl is superior to that of the boy, he may not be able to control and guide his wife; and hence the couple may face problems in their marriage. Therefore a score of 0 out of 1 Guna is assigned in such cases. There are a total of 16 combinations which are possible for Varna match between a boy and a girl; and 6 out of these 16 combinations qualify for 0 point or Guna. Hence in these 6 cases, Varna Dosh is said to be formed in match making.
Moving on to Vashya, all the 12 zodiac signs have been assigned a Vashya according to Vedic astrology, where these Vashyas are called dwipada or two footed, quadruped or chatushpada, ant or keet, wild animal or Vanchar and watery animals or Jalchar. These Vashyas are again arranged in an order of superiority according to Vedic astrology like in case of Varna. In this way, the Vashya of a boy is the species assigned to the Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the Vashya of a girl is the species assigned to the Moon sign or Rashi of the girl. This is how the Vashya of both boy and girl under consideration for match making is calculated.
The system of Gun Milan believes that the Vashya of boy should be superior to the Vashya of girl under consideration for match making in order for the couple to lead a happy and compatible married life. Hence 2 out of 2 Gunas or points are assigned for Vashya match if the Vashya of boy is superior to the Vashya of girl. On the other hand, if the Vashya of girl is superior to the Vashya of the boy, the Gunas assigned to such Vashya match start decreasing in the order in which the Vashya of the girl is superior to that of the boy. In some of these cases where Vashya of the girl is far superior to the Vashya of the boy, 0.5 or 0 out of 2 Gunas are assigned for such Vashya match and Vashya dosh is said to be formed in such a case of match making.
The reason for this classification is again the same as for Varna and Vedic astrology believes that the Vashya of the husband should be superior to the Vashya of the wife so that the husband may guide and control the wife. On the other hand, if the Vashya of the wife becomes very superior to the Vashya of the husband, such a wife can’t be controlled by her husband. This is considered bad and hence a score of 0 is assigned for this Vashya match and Vashya Dosh is formed in such match making.
There are a total of 25 combinations which are possible for Vashya match between a boy and a girl; and 6 out of these 25 combinations qualify for 0 or 0.5 point or Guna. Hence in these 6 cases, Vashya Dosh is said to be formed in match making.
Looking at the data obtained from the results of Varna Dosh, which prohibits 6 out of 16 possible combinations for Varna match, it can be seen that about 35% of the marriages are prohibited merely on the basis of Varna Dosh. Making the same calculations in case of Vashya match, we can find that 25% of the marriages are prohibited merely on the basis of Vashya dosh. Combining these defects, it can be said that about 47% cases of match making are having Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh on average, according to the system of Gun Milan. Accordingly 47% of the marriages should be suffering from the problems associated with Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh.
It means that every second girl on average is prohibited for a boy and every second boy on average is prohibited for a girl; merely on the basis of Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh. It should also be noted that Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh are only two of the defects formed during match making; and there are many other defects like Nadi Dosh, Bhakut Dosh, Graha Maitri Dosh, Gan Dosh, Yoni Dosh and other defects of this kind which may come to the scene.
Each one of these defects is capable of causing much more serious problems in 35 to 50% marriages according to the prevalent definitions of these defects. Taking everything into consideration, it can be easily said that almost all the marriages in the world should face serious problems and many of them should end up in divorces or deaths of partners, as indicated by this system of Gun Milan. This is clearly not happening in real practice and therefore a different approach needs to be taken towards the bad results indicated by defects like Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh.
In my experience of horoscope matching which now goes over thousands of cases of match making, I have witnessed hundreds of successful marriages despite the presence of Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh in match making. This happened due to fact that the overall horoscopes of these couples were giving very good indications about the marriages of these couples as the positive factors present in these horoscopes reduced the malefic effects of Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh to great extent. Hence Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh could not cause any significant damage in these marriages.
Hence it should be kept in mind that the formation of Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh during horoscope matching can cause significant problems in the marriage of a couple under consideration, only if such Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh is supported by some other malefic defects present in one or both the horoscopes. Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh is not capable of causing serious damages in the marriage of a couple on its own, in most cases. It should also be noted that the presence of good yogas in one or both the horoscopes can reduce the bad effects of Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh to great extents and accordingly, these defects may not cause any significant damage in such a marriage.
Therefore the couples having Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh during match making should not lose heart and they should get their horoscopes matched properly in order to know whether such Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh is capable of causing any damage or not. It should also be noted that the malefic effects of Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh can be rectified with astrological remedies like Yantras, Mantras, donations and Poojas in most cases, which gives us another reason for not to be afraid of Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh.