To start with, Hamsa Yoga is also known as one of the Panchmahapurush Yoga. As the name suggests – “Panch” means “Five”, “maha” means “great” and “purush” means “man”. Hence, Panchmahapurush Yoga is five of the greatest Vedic combinations, which when present in your horoscope can make you a great man. Other than the Hamsa Yoga, the other yogas that form the Panchmahapurush Yoga are Ruchaka Yoga, Bhadra Yoga, Sasa Yoga, and Malavya Yoga.
The position of the planet Jupiter, one of the biggest beneficial planets in astrology, is what forms the Hamsa Yoga. The Hamsa Yoga is formed when the planet Jupiter is in one of the Kendra houses, i.e., the 1st, 4th, 7th, and the 10th house. Along with the house position, it needs to be in a sign that is identical to its own sign – Cancer, Sagittarius, and Pisces. In other words, for Hamsa Yoga to be formed, below are the possible combinations –
- Jupiter in one of the Kendra Houses (1st, 4th, 7th, and the 10th) and Cancer; or
- Jupiter in one of the Kendra Houses (1st, 4th, 7th, and the 10th) and Sagittarius; or
- Jupiter in one of the Kendra Houses (1st, 4th, 7th, and the 10th) and Pisces
The combination of this happening is very rare and comes after gaps of few years, which in turn, makes this yoga rare in occurrence; and history has always proved that rare things are known for their greatness. Hence the people born with Hamsa Yoga in their horoscope are known to be people respected by others, like kings, or people in high political statuses or dignitaries of the government. They are known to acquire all the great qualities of the planet Jupiter and through their advice, others are known to prosper. The Hamsa Yoga is known to combine the great qualities of Jupiter with the positive benefits of the other signs of the formation i.e., Cancer, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Hamsa Yoga formation is seen in the horoscope of Harivansh Rai Bachchan. In this horoscope, the Hamsa Yoga was formed with Jupiter being in the Kendra House (i.e., the 10th House) along with its ascendant as Libra. Ideally, with the Libra ascendant, the role of Jupiter is not very supportive. However, in this case, the placement was very strong and there was an involvement in the Gajakesari Yoga. Due to this, he has received worldwide recognition for being a great poet and a writer.