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The Different Types of Kala Sarpa Dosha – Effects and Remedies

Rahu and Ketu

There are many beneficial and malefic effects of planetary positions in astrology. When there is a major malefic influence, it is called a Dosha. One of the most feared Dosha is Kala Sarpa Dosha. Moreover, there are many different types of Kalasarpa Dosha. 

Kundli - can show Kala Saroa Dosha
Your Natal Chart may show Kala Sarpa Dosha

What is the Kalasarpa Dosha?

This Dosha occurs when all the planets are placed between Rahu and Ketu. Rahu and Ketu are always in the seventh house from each other. If all the other planets reside within these seven houses and the other houses in the natal chart are empty, the person has Kala Sarpa Dosha.

Kala Sarpa Dosha Meaning

Kala or Kaal means time. Sarpa means snake. Kala also indicates Yama, the Lord of Death. So, Kala symbolizes time and mortality and Sarpa symbolizes snake and poison. Kalasarpa Dosha thus indicates a period when the native suffers from the harmful effect of planetary positions in his natal chart.

The Kala Sarpa Dosha Types

Chiefly, there are two basic types of Kala sarpa dosha:

Rahu, one cause of Kala Saroa Dosha
Rahu Graha forms one end of the trap
  • Savya Kalasarpa Dosha: The nine planets trapped between Rahu-Ketu are moving clockwise from Rahu towards Ketu
  • Apasavya Kalasarpa Dosha: In this case, the planets are moving in an anticlockwise direction from Ketu towards Rahu.

Remember, Rahu is the head and Ketu is the tail. Ketu is often less malefic than Rahu, so some consider the Apasavya Kala Sarpa Dosha as less harmful. 

The 12 Different Types of Kalasarpa Dosha and Kala Sarpa Dosha Effects

Specifically, there are a dozen possible configurations of planet positions in this Dosha, based on which house Rahu inhabits:

Ananth Kalasarpa

Rahu in First House, Ketu in Seventh House. Effects may chiefly include mental strife, disturbed marital life, and problems with government departments. It also enhances the courage and self-confidence of the native.

Kulika Kalasarpa

Rahu in Second House, Ketu in Eighth House. This Kala sarpa dosha can cause health issues, financial issues, and problems in relationships with family and society.

Vasuki Kalasarpa

Rahu in Third  House, Ketu in Ninth House. Health issues, troubled relationship with siblings, stumbling blocks in education and career. Vasuki Kala sarpa dosha may also cause stress and hypertension.

Shankhapal Kalasarpa

Rahu in Fourth House, Ketu in Tenth  Native has trouble forming friendships, enjoying life, having a good relationship with the father. May also have a negative impact on the mother. 

Padma Kalasarpa

Rahu in Fifth House, Ketu in Eleventh House. May cause problems in education and romance. Can also affect the health of spouse and children,

Mahapadma Kalasarpa

Rahu in Sixth House, Ketu in Twelfth House. Financial troubles, problems with maternal relatives. Mahapadma Kala sarpa dosha can also lead native on a spiritual path and bestow leadership qualities

Ketu, the other cause of Kala Saroa Dosha
Ketu Graha forms the other end of the trap

Takshak Kalasarpa

Rahu in Seventh House, Ketu in First House. May lead to health issues, marital trouble, and problems with partners in a business.

Karkotaka Kalasarpa

Rahu in Eighth House, Ketu in Second House. Native may have personal magnetism and power of speech but gravitates towards negative elements and bad company.

Shankachood Kalasarpa

Rahu in Ninth House, Ketu in Third House. Native may not experience parental love. However, the person is courageous and has good perseverance.

Ghatak Kalasarpa

Rahu in Tenth House, Ketu in Fourth House. Strife within the family, dissatisfaction with their job. Still, the native may gain political power if there are beneficial effects from other planets.

Vishadhara Kalasarpa

Rahu in Eleventh House, Ketu in Fifth House. Problems related to education, finance, relationship with brothers, and children. However, the second half of life might be more peaceful.

Sheshnag Kalasarpa

Rahu in Twelfth House, Ketu in Sixth House. May face many health issues, trouble from authorities, broken marital relationship, May gain fame after death.I

Kalsarpa Dosha has many bad effects, depending on where Rahu is placed. Still, Kala sarpa dosha effects on marriage are the most common and severe, causing misunderstandings, quarrels, and broken marriages.

The duration of this dosha varies. Savya Kalasarpa Dosha is considered more severe, so here are the durations for the six positions that result in Savya Kala Sarpa Dosha:

Kala Sarpa Dosha Years

  1. Ananth – 27 years
  2. Kulika – 33 years
  3. Vasuki – 36 years
  4. Shankhapal – 42 years
  5. Padma – 48 years
  6. Mahapadma – 54 years

Kala Sarpa Dosha Remedies

While Kala Sarpa Dosha can cause many hardships, there are ways to mitigate its effects:

Shiva Linga - Worship for relief from Kala Sarpa Dosha
Pray to Lord Shiva for relief from Kala Sarpa Dosha
  • Donate milk to a temple or a religious institution
  • Meanwhile, meditate every day for around half an hour
  • Worship Shiva and Parvati, the ruling deities of Rahu.
  • Further, chant “Om Namah Shivaya” 108 times in front of a Siva Linga each day
  • Visit any of the 12 Jyotirlinga Kshetras
  • Chant 108 Gayatri Mantras every day
  • Perform puja to a small silver idol of Nag Raj each day
  • Offer milk and honey for Pradosha Puja on Trayodashi day at any Shiva temple
  • If you have committed this sin of killing a snake, then perform Sarpa Samskara at places like Kukke Subramanya Temple in Karnataka, Kalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh, or at Thirunageswaram in Tamilnadu

Kala Sarpa Dosha is actually considered to have more impact in mundane astrology than on human horoscopes. However, it can also affect individual kundlis. So, you can follow any of the remedial measures specified above.