Kuja Dosha

Kuja dosha is associated with Planet Mars. When planet Mars or Kuja is placed in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th houses from the ascendant /lagna or planets Moon or Venus, it forms Kuja Dosha. It is called Kuja Dosha (కుజ దోషం in telugu) or Bhaum dosha or Chevvai Dosha or Mangal dosha. Placement of planet Mars or Kuja in an inauspicious house or with malefic planets in a natal chart results in this afflicted condition. Dosha in Vedic astrology means an unfavorable effect from a planet or planetary combination, often this dosha could be a result of past like karma and Prarabdha Karma.

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Legend of Kuja

Brahma Vaivarta Purana quotes planet Kuja or Mars is the son of the earth. The word Kuja translates to ‘Ku’ meaning earth and ‘jha’ means birth, the one who is born from earth. He is born from the celestial togetherness of Lord Vishnu and Bhudevi. This is why he is also called Bhauma, the son of Bhudevi. There also shastras that say Kuja is born from a divine coral reef, left behind in the sagara - ocean.

Characteristics of Kuja or Planet Mars

Kuja is coral red in color. Lord Subramanya is the presiding deity of planet Kuja. Kuja or Planet Mars symbolizes valour, courage, warrior-like strength, will power, and immense Martian energy. Positively, Kuja denotes high levels of self esteem and self confidence. On the negative side, Kuja can cause extreme aggression, volatile temperament, argumentative and competitive behaviour. It can result in domination, thirst for violence and disaster. Kuja as a powerhouse of Martian energy, it has to be channelized positively to reap good benefits; otherwise it can lead to adverse effects.

How to find out Kuja Dosha in Kundli?

These are the steps to follow to determine if a person has Kuja dosha in their natal chart,

  • Detailed Study of natal chart or kundli to know the placement of Planet Mars and its aspect on important houses in the horoscope.
  • Another important fact is to analyse the planet Kuja’s effect on the 7th house of Marriage.
  • Based on the position of Kuja in the chart, it can be determined if a native suffers kuja yoga. 

Use our free online calculator below to check if you are afftected by Kuja Dosha or not

Kuja Dosha Effects

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1st house

Self and Soul

Aggressive and hostile behaviour

2nd house

Family and happiness

Harsh and rude speech tone, trivial misunderstandings among partners.

4th house

Childhood experiences

irrational temperament, traumatic domestic life, frequent conflicts.

7th house

Marriage Partner and Marital life

Multiple marriages, break ups, unnecessary differences with marital partner

8th house

Wellbeing and welfare of spouse

Accidents, health issues, sudden loss of spouse, problems with extended family.

12th house

Conjugal happiness between couples

Suspicious hidden behaviour and unfaithfulness or betrayals in marriage. Everyday routine life becomes challenging.

Kuja Dosha Effects on Marriage

Kuja Dosha is an important aspect in deciding marital match. It is one of the dosha taken into consideration during the ashtakoota match as well at the time of marriage.Firstly, compatibility of both boy and girl’s charts are studied. Then based on the position of Kuja in one’s chart, the impact on the marriage and marital life is analysed.

  • When Kuja affects the 7th house of marriage and 8th house of spousal health and longevity in a malefic manner, then couple may have serious issues with conjugal bliss, progeny, even health issues that can affect longevity.
  • There can be constant conflicts, discord,and physical abuse in family life.
  • Extreme Kuja dosha has most impact leading to abusive marriages, both verbal and physical, it can cause sudden loss of spouse or legal separation.
  • The native with Kuja dosha might feel victimized in the process of marriage. They might sustain emotional and physical hardships that can result in separation or divorce for no own fault of the native.

Kuja Dosha Nivarana, Parihara, Remedies

  • For a Native with Kuja dosha of any intensity, it is usually suggested to marry after the age of 28, since the intensity of dosha naturally comes down after 28 years.
  • In cases of extreme Kuja dosha, it is advisable to marry another native with same intensity of Kuja dosha. When both partners have Kuja Dosha, it negates and balances out the negative energy of Kuja
  • In Vedic astrology, it is said that people who hurt or inflicted pain in their partners in previous lifetimes could incur this dosha. Chanting Hanuman Chalisa on Thursdays is also a powerful remedy for Kuja dosha.
  • Observe sincere fasting on Tuesdays dedicated to Lord Kuja and Lord Subramanya. Chanting mantras and offering prayers to Planet Mars greatly help in mitigating the dosha.

Savitri Vrat Pooja for Kuja Dosha

Savitri vrat or vat Savitri vrat is a popular worship or pooja ritual followed by married women in Indian states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. This vrat is celebrated on Amavasya tithi (no moon day) of Jyeshta month. This vrat is observed in the name of Savitri devi who won over Yama, the God of death for her husband’s life. The legend of Satyavan and Savitri is the root of this vrat. Savitri devi was a devoted wife who according to the legend hoodwinked Yama, the God of death to save her husband Satyavan from an untimely death. In some parts of Indialike Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka, this vrat is observed on Vat Purnima, the full moon day of Jyesta month. Since Kuja Dosha in a woman’s kundli affects the longevity of the spouse/husband , this vrat is sincerely followed to nullify the impact.

Cancellations of Kuja Dosha

There are many planet combinations and yogas in the natal chart that can exempt a person from Kuja Dosha impact. Here are the natal chart conditions and yogas that can cancel the dosha,

  • If Kuja is located in any of its own house, then the dosha does not happen.
  • Kuja in moveable signs Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn
  • If Kuja is in the 4th house or 7th house that is signs Scorpio, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn. It is a favorable position for Kuja that exempts Kuja dosha.
  • When Kuja in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th houses is conjoined with planets Moon, Mercury or Jupiter it can cancel Kuja Dosha.
  • Kuja in Capricorn or Sagittarius Lagna or Aries or Pisces Lagna in any of the above houses.
  • When Kuja is in signs- Cancer or Leo despite the number/position of the house
  • When Kuja is in any of 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th houses and when planets Moon or Venus is in Aries or Scorpio (own signs of Mars), there is no dosha.
  • If Kuja is in a Venusian signs the dosha does not apply even when the houses are 4th or the 7th.
  • When Kuja in second house is the signs of Mercury -Virgo or Gemini.
  • Kuja will not cause any dosha when placed in houses owned by planets Sun- Leo, Moon- Cancer and Saturn-Capricorn.
  • When Kuja occupies Leo or Aquarius houses
  • When Kuja is in houses ruled by Jupiter and well aspected by benefic Jupiter, especially when the house is the 8th house in the chart.
  • When Kuja is in Cancer and Capricorn signs. When Kuja is naturally weak in the chart or when aspected or present in conjunction with a benefic planets
  • Kuja in these house and sign combinations
    Aries or Scorpio as the 2nd house,
    Aries or Scorpio as the 4th house,
    Taurus or Libra in the 7th,
    Virgo or Capricorn in the 8th.
    Gemini or Taurus or Libra as the 12th house
  • In constellations - Ashwini, Moola and Makha nakshatras, Kuja when placed in these houses does not cause dosha.
  • When Kuja is in the 2nd house that receives beneficial aspect from Mercury or is ruled by Mercury.
  • Kuja in the 4th house that happens to be his own houses Aries or Scorpio.
  • When Lagna is Aries and Kuja in Aquarius or Scorpio or Cancer the dosha will be cancelled.
  • Kuja in the 7th house for natives with planet Saturn as Ascendant or lagna lord.
  • Kuja in the 8th house for natives with planet Venus as ascendant or Lagna lord (particularly for Leo and Cancer Lagna).
  • Kuja in the 12th house aspected by Venus or signs ruled by Venus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the popular vrat to observe for Kuja dosha?

Savitri Vrat is a great vrat ritual for Kuja Dosha. It is celebrated on both Amavasya and Pournima of Jyesta masa.

How to check if a person has Kuja Dosha?

You can use the Kuja dosha calculator. When Kuja is placed in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th houses from the ascendant /lagna or planets Moon or Venus, it forms Kuja Dosha.

Are there remedies for Kuja Dosha?

Of course. Vedic texts offer many powerful remedies for Kuja dosha. Mars Homa, Kuja Shanti puja, worship of Hanuman are some of them.

Can Kuja dosha be nullified?

Yes. Some planetary combitions and conditions cancel Kuja dosha.