Kala Sarpa Dosha

Vedic astrology has classified various planetary positions in one's birth chart as Yogas and Doshas. While Yogas are beneficial and usually appear in one's birth chart due to their Good Karma, Doshas are malefic, and people who must clear their bad karmic baggage have Doshas in their birth chart. Kala Sarpa Dosha is one such inauspicious Dosha.

When Planets Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn are placed between Rahu and Ketu at the time of birth. Even the degree of these planets should be hemmed between the nodes; it forms Kala Sarpa Dosha in their birth chart. These seven planets, when between Rahu-Ketu, lose their strength, and the beneficial attributes of these plates might not find expression.

Kala Sarpa Dosha

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What causes Kala Sarpa Dosha?

As mentioned, Kala Sarpa Dosha will be present in the birth chart if the person has bad Karma from their previous incarnations. It is also believed that this Dosha will form if a person has killed a snake or in any way caused the death of an innocent animal or a snake during their lifetime. This Dosha is well-discussed by famous saints of Vedic astrology.

According to Vedic Astrology, when the planets are hemmed between them, it reduces all the planets' positivity and strength and their auspicious nature. As a result, they are debilitated, aspected, and afflicted by malefic shadow planets.

Symptoms of Kaal Sarp Dosha

When a native has Kaal Sarpa dosha in their natal chart, there might be some vivid symptoms in life.

  • There could be constant mental distress and unforeseen obstacles that stop you from achieving your dreams in life.
  • Lack of proper restful sleep. In their dreams, they may see deceased family members and snakes, be lost in the dark, or be hurt or bitten by a snake.
  • Experience inferiority complex, lower self-esteem, and poor social communication skills.
  • One may face painful betrayals from friends or acquaintances.
  • Sudden loss of job, constant change of profession. Loss in business despite well-thought-out plans.
  • They may fall sick for unknown reasons, in addition to frequent health issues pertaining to the skin or urinary tract.
  • Relationship struggles and parenting issues with children. Trouble trusting others or building faith in relationships with their partners.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Effects in Kundali

  • These inauspicious planetary conditions make life troubled, stigmatic, unhappy, unstable, and impoverished.
  • Some natives will face insomnia. They will be of deprived sleep, or traumatic sleep patterns with bad dreams or nightmares.
  • One unique feature of Kal Sarpa dosha is nightmares or dreams about serpents and snakes, causing fear and an extreme sense of trepidation.
  • Marriage will be delayed or end up marrying an absolutely mismatched personality.
  • Eligible couples can go through undiagnosed challenges in conceiving; there may be unusually prolonged delays in conception.
  • A person who has Kala Sarpa Dosha all through his life feels entangled in certain situations despite their best efforts, and they will not overcome the challenges.
  • Life itself might turn into a burden or cause a sense of distraught for some people. They may turn irrational or highly temperamental with no control over emotions.
  • Some natives can be involved in frequent accidents, resulting in severe injuries that can incapacitate them or make them bedridden for short or long periods.
  • There will be a stagnated state with no prosperity, productivity, well-being, or progress.
  • Unexpected defamation or loss of reputation at work or in society.
  • There may be health issues particularly related to skin, diseases causing acute discomfort, scaly patches, and other conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  • Just like the planets hemmed between Rahu and Ketu, a person with dosha will also find himself hemmed between unwanted situations and unable to move out.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Effects Marriage

Kala Sarpa Dosha has a major effect on marital/love life. Especially When Ketu is present in the 1st House or the Lagna, it is known as Mangalya Sarpa Dosha, causing marriage delays. Natives who are eligible singles waiting for marriage go through several consequences and delays.

  • There will be unnecessary delays in marriage or acceptance of marriage proposals.
  • Kal sarpa dosha can cause unsettling effects on love life. There could be breakups, cheating, or betrayals from their love partners.
  • It also poses a sense of disbelief in physical and emotional dependence.
  • The person they fall head over heels for can leave them midway, making them feel emotionally handicapped.
  • Sense of deep inability and incapability to find a potential love match.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Effects On Marital Life 

Kaal Sarp dosh can have terrible effects on one’s marital life. Married life may become unstable and weak. Anant Kaal Sarp dosh, commonly referred to as Kaal Sarp dosham for marriage, poses mishaps in marital life. Love life will go for a toss and face perils of separation.

  • Natives may feel a sense of loneliness, and victimization in marital life. 
  • There could be incompatibility, misunderstandings, doubts, fights, and overwhelming emotional stress on the spouse.
  • Delays in the consummation of marriage, numerous miscarriages, difficulty in conceiving, and troubles in delivery.
  • Effects of Kaalsarp dosh on marriage also affects the physical relationship. Either there are extreme desires for physical relationship or a lack of interest.
  • At its worse state, Kal Sarp dosha holds the potential to destroy one’s conjugal life leading to divorce or couples parting ways in non-legal ways.
  • Kala sarpa dosha causes problems in relation with children resulting in disrespect from children, poor sanskar in them.

Kala Sarpa Dosha in females

Kal Sarpa Dosha in females tends to have varied effects on themselves and their families. They could go through a tough childhood and face challenges in friendships, sibling rivalry.

  • They see dead ancestors or recently deceased family members in their dreams often.
  • Encountering unnecessary challenges in career, other business professions, or the organisation itself.
  • Delays in marriage proposals and denials in spite of being an eligible, good match.
  • Constant health problems related to reproductive organs, mental health and skin.
  • Gregarious, selfless, and utterly devoted to their family and extended family. No will or sense of joy in conjugal life.
  • Low confidence, poor relationship decisions, and sense of loneliness.
  • They suffer from ‘Aero acrophobia’ fear of dark places and heights.
  • Miscarriages, abortions, difficulty in conceiving, and health troubles during delivery.
  • Pregnancy might not be a smooth period, they tend to spend the gestation in fear or alone without partner’s support.

Conditions that nullify Kala Sarpa Dosha

Some powerful Raj Yogas and planetary positions can neutralize the negative effect of the Kal Sarpa Dosha in the natal chart. Here is the list of planetary positions that cancel out kalsarpa dosh,

  • If a person has two or more powerful Rajayogas in their birth chart, Kala Sarpa Dosha’s negative impacts will be highly reduced.
  • If Rahu and Ketu are aspected by the beneficial planets, the dosha’s effects will be reduced.
  • If more than 2 or 3 beneficial planets exalted in their own sign.
  • If Lagna lord, 9th and 10th lord are exalted in their own signs/houses.

Types of Kala Sarpa Dosha

There are 12 types of Kala Sarpa Dosha depending on the position of Rahu and Ketu in one’s birth chart. These are:


This Dosha is formed when Rahu is in the 1st house/ascendant, and Ketu is in the 7th house. It is also known Vipreet Kalasarpa Dosha. This is not a favorable position for marital life. The person who is influenced by this dosha will have physical and mental problems. They might face legal and federal consequences. On the positive side, this planetary position makes its natives brave, courageous, confident and broad-minded.


When Rahu is in the 2nd house and Ketu is in the 8th bhava this dosha is formed. This is the worst position for the health of the native. The native might die early or face multiple life-threatening accidents in life. They may face a loss of social reputation and prosperity.


This dosha happens when Rahu is in 3rd and Ketu is in 9th houses. The native may suffer due to high blood pressure, losses due to close people. They struggle a lot in their life as well as face problems in professional life. Their luck may be weak, and they remain discontented.


This dosha is created in the birth chart when Rahu is placed in the 4th house and Ketu is in the 10th house. They might face difficulties in matters related to his mother, relatives and property. The native suffers from anxiety, trauma, struggles in life. The individual is deprived of fatherly affection, leads a laborious life, can face job-related problems, can suffer from death in a worse condition in a foreign location.


When Rahu and Ketu are placed in the 5th and 11th house, it is called Padma Kala Sarpa Dosha. Individual faces hindrances in education, their life partner might have a serious illness, delay in childbearing and loss from friends. They may also face difficulties in parenthood due to some diseases. Problems may occur in higher education and in making economic progress as well as create a tendency for the homeless state in the old age.


The person who has Rahu in the 6th house and Ketu in the 12th house in their birth chart will have Mahapadma Kalasarpa Dosha. They face disappointments in their life. They may face physical problems for a long time and remain unfortunate in matters of love. Individuals suffer from lower back pain, headache, skin diseases, decrease in monetary possession.


This Dosha is reverse of Anant Kala Sarpa Dosha. In this dosh, Ketu is in the Ascendant, and Rahu is in the 7th house. Natives may face conflicts in married life. In business matters, the partnership will not be beneficial, gives mental stress, might cause an accident, job-related problems, anxiety.


When Rahu and Ketu are placed in the 8th and 2nd positions in the birth chart, it is called Karkotak Kalasarpa Dosha. These natives suffer a loss of ancestor’s property, sexually transmitted diseases, strive all their life for family, might face danger poisonous creatures.


When Rahu is in the 9th house and Ketu is in the 3rd house, this dosha happens. The native suffers from anti-religious tendencies and disturbances in life. They might have harsh behavior, high blood pressure, constant anxiety and demurring behavior.


The person who has Rahu in the 10th house and Ketu in the 4th house in their birth chart will have this Ghatak Kalasarpa Dosha. This dosha may cause conflicts within the family, make a person stay in jail, punished by law, but this is a good dosha for people in politics.


Rahu in 11th and Ketu in 5th houses makes this dosha. The native travels too frequently. They don’t get much support from family and the second half of their life is good. They may go through problems related to children or may go through imprisonment. Also, lifelong strain or enmity between brothers is possible.


When Rahu and Ketu are placed in the 12th and 6th position, it forms Sheshnag dosha. This causes defeat and misfortune. Natives may suffer from eye-related diseases and encounter secret enmity and clash, conflicts. They may get involved in legal hassles and face defamation. But one of the good things about this dosham is that they will get fame post their death.

Kala Sarpa Dosha- Duration based on Kundli

The duration of Kaal Sarpa dosha depends on the position of Rahu in natal chart. If Rahu is positioned in

  • Rahu in 1st house: Dosha effect lasts up to 27 years of age.
  • Rahu in 2nd house: Negative impacts last up to 33 years of age.
  • Rahu in 3rd house: Negative effect lasts up to 36 years of age
  • Rahu in 4th house: impact lasts up to 42 years of age.
  • Rahu in 5th house: lasts up to 48 years of age.
  • Rahu in 6th house: lasts up to 54 years of age

Kala Sarpa Dosha Remedies (Nivarana)

  • Rahu- Ketu Sarpa Dosha Puja is performed to decrease the ill effects of Dosha at Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy at Sri Kalahasti Temple. Thousands of devotees perform this Puja in Srikalahasti and get their expected result
  • Worship Lord Ganesha by reciting his mantra or meditating on his seed sound.
  • The simplest remedy is to worship Lord Hanuman by reciting the Hanuman Chalisa every day or every Tuesday and Saturday to get relief from the dosha. Offer keen worship to please the Lord. Also, can offer him Vada Mala (Vada garland) or Betel leaves mala (Betel leaves garland).
  • Perform Kala Sarpa Shanti puja. Particularly, performing milk Abishekam in Rahukalam at Thirunageshwaram is considered more auspicious.
  • Visit any Naga temple near your place and worship for 18 weeks by offering a sesame oil lamp and normal pooja offering with Black gingelly seeds.
  • Worship and Visit the temple of Lord Subramanya Swamy every day. Performing the Shanthi pooja on Shahsti Thithi will also give relief.
  • Offer sincere prayers to Lord Narasimha and observe fast on Garuda Panchami. Following this fast regularly every year might provide good relief. Donate pulses to the poor on Wednesdays.
  • You should never hurt or kill any snakes, other reptiles. Try to be of help to every living creature you meet.
  • Many mantras are suggested to remove the negativity of this dosha. Shree Sarp Sukt, Sarp Mantra, Vishnu Panchakshari Mantra and Maha Mrityunjay Mantra.
  • Chant Gayatri Mantra 21 times or 108 times during Sunrise. This mantra should be recited facing the sun.
  • Worship Lord Nataraja, the dancing form of Lord Shiva; we can also perform Nataraja Puja on Sashti Tithi for instant benefits.
  • Recite Rahu’s Beej Mantra 108 times in a day, possibly using an Agate gemstone. This is also known to reduce the negative effects of Rahu in Kala Sarpa dosha.

Mantra to chant for Kala Sarpa Dosha

The following set of mantras must be chanted for 21 days regularly at home or meditative spaces.

" Om Aaathishesha naagaaya namaha

Om Avantha nagaaya namaha

Om Vaasugiye Namaha

Om Thatcha naagaaya namaha

Om Kaarkodaka naagaaya namaha

Om Padma naagaaya namaha

Om Mahaa Padma Naagaaaya Namaha

Om Sanka naagaya namaha

Om Kuliga nagaaya namaha "

Kala Sarpa Dosha Nivarana Remedies At Home

Most negative effects of Kaal Sarp Dosha can be greatly reduced from sincere worship and certain remedies that can be performed at home by oneself. These remedies can protect from the excessive challenges this dosha might pose.

  • Chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ 108 times everyday during Sunrise and Sunset.
  • Reciting Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra 11 times both morning and evening everyday.
  • Worshiping Lord Nataraj form of Shiva every Monday.
  • Observing fast for 11 continuous Mondays.
  • Performing Rudrabhishekam and offering milk & water to Shivling on Mondays
  • Chanting or Meditating on below mantra,
    ‘Om Naagkulaya Vidmahe          
     Vishadantaya Dheemahi
    Tanno Sarpa Prachodayat’.
  • Listening to Vishnu Sahasranama stotra on Thursdays.
  • Avoiding harming Snakes and other reptiles.
  • Float 11 full coconuts in running waterbodies like streams, river on Saturday or Panchami Tithis.
  • Planting and worshipping Holy Tulsi in the house premises.
  • Chanting Sarpa Sukta everyday with utmost devotion for forgiveness from the Nagas
  • Donating Radishes on the day of Shashti tithi and worshipping Lord Subramanya.
  • Observing fast on Nag Panchami and Nag Chaturthi can effectively negate the malicious effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh.

Kala Sarpa Dosha After 33 Years

Though this dosha creates listless challenges in all arenas of life, the effects start to recede mostly after 33 years of age. The magnitude of malicious effects of this dosha will start reducing and it can be greatly reduced by performing Kala Sarpa Shanti.

  • Strain in marital Relationships can smoothen over time.
  • Native will show interest in deep spirituality and philanthropic activities.
  • Relationships with children also improves.
  • Health status get better. There could be some potential recovery from chronic illness
  • Financial status gradually stabilize promoting a new sense of meaning to life.
  • Clarity in life and new grip on family life.
  • Some improvements are seen in coping with societal commitments and status.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Pooja Benefits

  • Kala Sarpa Shanti Puja is a remedial/ nivarana puja for Kal Sarpa Dosha.
  • Performing Kaal Sarp Shanti Puja facilitates in receiving grand blessings of the 9 species of the Nagas- snakes.
  • Performing Rahu Ketu Puja along with Kaal Sarp Dosh puja grants immense mental peace and finally smashes all the obstacles that have been hindering success.
  • Kala Sarpa Shanti puja also brings blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and material benefits.
  • It can effectively fasten matrimonial process and increase the self confidence in the native.
  • Couples at the brim of separation or broken marriage can patch up after the puja.
  • It reduces the ill effects of the planets and protects the native from any evil powers

Best Places For Kala Sarpa Dosha Pooja

Some popular temples to perform remedies for the Kala Sarpa Shanti puja are

  • Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple.
  • Thryambakeshwar Temple in Nashik, Maharashtra
  • Omkareshwar Temple, Indore
  • Sree Kalahasthi and Mopidevi Subrahmanya Temple in Andhra Pradesh
  • Kukke Subrahmanya Temple near Bengaluru
  • Ramanatha Swamy Temple Rameshwaram and Tirunageswram Temple (Rahu Temple) in Tamilnadu.

Bright side of Kala Sarpa Dosha

Kala Sarpa dosha has many bright shades associated with its presence. It can make a native very hardworking, be wary and clear of their abilities, weaknesses. This dosha can bring out the industrious nature in a native and cultivate their natural restlessness towards productive ways. Despite of mental restlessness, this dosha in certain ways raise the natives to top roles in their respective domains provided Raja Yogas are present in the chart. When Ketu holds the upper hand, the natives can reach heights of enlightenment. It can strengthen the mind and mellows life’s materialistic needs. In its own way, this kalsarpa dosha can be a blessing in disguise.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Famous Personalities

There is absolutely no need to be alarmed by this Sarpa dosha/yoga; there are many renowned politicians, athletes, movie stars who thrived to achieve grand success in their respective fields. some real-life examples include Abraham Lincoln, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dr. Radha Krishanan, Emperor Akbar, Ronald Reagan, Sachin Tendulkar, Dheeru Bhai Ambani and Smraat Harshwardhan.

Kalsarpa Yoga

When Kala Sarpa Dosha has the following planetary conditions, can form kala sarpa yogam bestowing productive effects on the native.

  • When all the 7 planets are posited within the orbit of nodes- Ketu and Rahu
  • Rahu must be at the upper end and Ketu must be at the lower fag end in an anti clock wise.
  • Kala Sarpa yoga is formed when there is no planet is placed outside the axis meaning all the planets are between the head node Rahu and tail node Ketu.
  • All the seven planets must be placed in clockwise fashion facing Rahu, who always moves in retrograde motion. Even when one planet is outside the Rahu – Ketu Axis, it cancels the Kala Sarpa Yoga.

Frequently Asked Questions on Kala Sarpa Dosha

What is Kalsarpa dosha?

Bad Karma from previous births can reflect as Kalsarpa dosha in kundli. It can be diagnosed based on Rahu, Ketu placements in Kundli.

How long does Kalsarpa dosha last?

It can lasts from 27 upto 54 years of age.

How can I know my Kaal Sarpa Dosha?

A person is said to under Kaal sarp dosh when all the 7 planets in the kundli are place between Rahu and Ketu.

What is the difference between kala sarpa dosha puja and rahu ketu puja?

Kala Sarpa Dosha puja is an extensive puja and worship ritual which is a powerful remedy for Kala sarpa dosha.
Rahu Ketu puja is a simple remedy to pacify malefic Rahu and Ketu, this is a suggested remedy for Naga Dosha.

What is the difference between kala sarpa dosha and naga dosha?

Kala Sarpa dosha involves all 7 planets hemmed between Rahu and Ketu whereas Naga Dosha primarly indicates ill placements of only Rahu and Ketu causing maleific benefits and does not include other 7 planets.

Which stone is ideal for Kaal Sarp Dosha?

Wearing silver or special alloy rings with Gomed (garnet) and Cat’s eye gemstones may help to mitigate Kaal Sarp dosha to a certain extent.

What is difference between kalsarpa dosha and kalsarp yoga?

Kala sarpa dosha often inflicts many maleific effects on all arenas of a native’s life but Kala sarpa Dosha when cancelled by a raja yoga or renders reversed effect it becomes Kala sarpa yoga. This is a powerful yoga with joy and recognition.