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Kuja Dosha or Mangal Dosha or Manglik - Explained as per ancient texts


What is Kuja Dosha ?

KUJA DOSHA is one of the most misunderstood of Yogas in Jyotisha. It is also one of the most confusing to identify and handle effectively in a horoscope.

What exactly is Kuja Dosha?
What are its results?
How does one diffuse it ?

According to Brihat Parasara Hora (Chowkamba edition 1 of 1973) Chapter 80, Strikjatakaphaladhyaya or the chapter on the subject of female horoscopes, Slokas 48 and 49 show Patighatakayoga or Yoga for the Destruction of Husband.

If Mars be in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th or J 2th from the Ascendant and if bereft of the conjunction or aspect of a benefic planet, the female (native) will become a widow.

If Mars or Saturn be in these same houses from the Moon-sign, then also it results in loss of husband. If these positions obtain in a man’s chart, then he is sure to lose his wife.

Sloka 48 in line with this approach makes the Dosha applicable only to female horoscopes but the succeeding Sloka 49 while extending its application to the Moon-sign and including Saturn also as a causative factor in widowhood further extends its application to the male chart also.

The houses enumerated as vulnerable to this Dosha in Sloka 48, which is not specifically named Kunja Dosha, but is in fact exactly that are the 7th, 1st, 8th, 4th and 12th.  Kutumbastana or the 2nd house has not been included.

The next verse Shloka 50 shown as covering Vaidhyayogabhanga or Cancellation of the Yoga for Widowhood says:

If the combination for loss of husband is found in a male chart, then the wife dies. If this combination is found in both charts(of the wife and husband), then auspiciousness would result.

Kuja or Manglik Dosha as found in Brihat Parasara Hora does not seem find a place in Varahamihira’s    Brihat    Jataka   or  Mantreswara’s      Phaladeepika    or Mahadeva’s Jataka Tattwa  though under the chapter on Streejataka, all these works give results of the Ascendant or the Moon occupying different planets and as basically describing the character of the female native. Other combinations including those for widowhood center round the rulership or occupation of the 7th or 8th house by different planets and which also have a bearing on the kind of husband the female native would get.

Mahadeva’s Jataka Tattwa makes special reference to Mars in the 1st, 4th, 8th, 12th and 7th as producing a woman who has been “abandoned by her husband and will be addicted to another” but only if such Mars be with another malefic but stops at that without spelling out any mitigating condition.

Kalaprakasika and other Muhurata works too more or less follow the same pattern as Phaladeepika and Jataka Tattwa but focus more on the Janma Nakshatra factors as of primary importance in this context.

Vaidyanatha Dikshitar’s  Jataka Parijata on the other hand subscribes to the Parasari definition but with a slight variation. However, Vaidyanatha Dikshitar clearly mentions that he is only recording what Parasara and other masters have stated before him. According to him, under Streejataka (Chapter XIV) under the sub-heading Varavadhujatakasamyoga the first Sloka which is the 34th in the chapter says, Mars occupying the 2nd, the 12th, the 7th, the 4th or the 8th house in the horoscope of a man may cause the death of the wife. If Mars occupy the same position in respect of the horoscope of a woman, it will prove injurious to the husband.

Vaidyanatha Dikshitar replaces the 1st house (Thanu Bhava) identified by Parasara in the definition of Kuja Dosha with the 2nd house (Dhana Bhava). Further down, he offers a pacifactory factor for loss of spouse but it is not as broad based as Parasara’s and is confined to a single combination.

If there be malefic planets in the 2nd as well as the 7th Bhava, they cause distress by bringing about bereavement of the wife. If the person concerned be joined in wedlock to a woman born in a Yoga such as been described above, he lived possessed of children, wealth and other blessings.

If Mars be in the 2nd, 12th, 7th, 4th or the 8th house in the horoscope of a man, it causes death of the wife. If this occurs in the horoscope of a female native, it proves harmful to the husband. If this combination is found in the charts of both the husband and the wife, then auspicious results are indicated.                                                       –Jataka Parijata

Since this Shloka follows in part the commonly accepted definition of Kuja Dosha as given in Shloka 34, it may be interpreted to fall in line with Parasar’s antidote for Kuja Dosha.

Reverting to Chapter 80, Shloka 48 of Brihat Parasara Hora, it is seen there is also an inbuilt provision that can defeat the result of loss of spouse. And this provision is the conjunction or aspect of a benefic with Mars which would nullify the Dosha.

The definition of a benefic becomes important in this context in order to assess either the destructive strength or the diffused effect of Kuja Dosha.

Jupiter, Venus and well associated Mercury are said to be benefics. These are natural benefics and have nothing to do with the rising Ascendant. However, each sign when it rises on the Ascendant tends to transmute malefic into benefics as well as benefics into malefic.

Jupiter, Venus and well associated Mercury however retain their natural beneficence irrespective of the rising sign in assessing Kuja Dosha.


1. Wear Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha around neck.
2. Daily Recite Hanuman Chalisa.
3. Donate Articles of Mangal - Mangal Daan items
4. Place Mangal Yantra or Hanuman Yantra in your place of Puja.
5. Perform Hanuman Abhishek on every Tuesday.
6. Wear Red Coarl Gemstone Pendant or Ring.

Also Read :-
1. Yogas formed by Planet Mars
2. Mars in Twelve houses in the Horoscope
3. Ruchak Yoga formed by Mars in Horoscope.
4. Remedies for Planet Mars



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