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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Understanding Kala Sarpa Dosha

As mentioned, Kala Sarpa Dosha will be present in the birth chart if the person has bad Karmas 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 his/her lifetime. This Dosha is well-discussed by famous saints of Vedic astrology.
Rahu and Ketu play main role in Kala Sarpa Dosha. According to Vedic Astrology, these two are shadow planets and are two parts of a snake. Rahu is the head, and Ketu is the tail of the snake. Often Rahu is also known as dragon’s head and Ketu as dragon’s tail in The West. Rahu and Ketu are the only planets that always move retrograde. So, when the planets are hemmed between them, it reduces all the planets' positivity and strength and their auspicious nature. They are debilitated, aspected and afflicted by malefic shadow planets.

Effects of Kala Sarpa Dosha

These inauspicious planetary conditions make life troubled, stigmatic, unhappy, unstable and impoverished. A person who has Kala Sarpa Dosha all through his life feels entangled in certain life situations despite their best efforts, and they will not overcome the challenges. 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. This dosha is most dreaded and creates miserable situations for the native.

Neutralize the negative effect of the Kala Sarpa Dosha

Some powerful Raj Yogas can neutralize the negative effect of the Kala Sarpa Dosha.

  • 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 in 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 Yoga 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 yoga, 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 yoga is that they will get fame post their death.

Duration of Kala Sarpa Dosha

  • 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.

Remedies of Kala Sarpa Dosha

1) 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

2) Worship Lord Ganesha by reciting his mantra or meditating on his seed sound.

3) 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).

4) Perform Rahu Ketu Pooja. Some famous Temples to perform remedies for the Rahu Ketu pooja are Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple, Thrimbakeshwaram Temple in Maharashtra, 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. Particularly, performing milk Abishekam in Rahukalam at Thirunageshwaram is considered more auspicious.

5) 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.

6) Worship and Visit the temple of Lord Subramanya Swamy every day. Performing the Shanthi pooja on Shahsti Thithi will also give relief.

7) 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.

8) You should never hurt or kill any snakes, other reptiles. Try to be of help to every living creature you meet.

9) Many mantras are suggested to remove the negativity of this dosha. Shree Sarp Sukt, Sarp Mantra, Vishnu Panchakshari Mantra and Maha Mrityunjay Mantra.

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