Mangaldosh – concept and misconceptions

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Mr. Raj Karve

‘When a marriage is getting fixed, mangaldosh (Defect due to influence of planet Mars) in the horoscopes of bride and groom, if present, is taken into consideration. Many a times just because of presence of mangaldosh in the horoscope, there are difficulties in fixing marriage of a person. There are misconceptions about mangaldosh in the society, however they are decreasing now. Let us understand the concept and misconceptions about mangaldosh.

1. What is a mangaldosh ?

It is said in astrology that if Mars is in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th position in a person’s horoscope, then the person is considered to be suffering from mangaldosh. Such a placement of Mars (in horoscope) is considered to be troublesome for one’s married life. For the marriage to be successful, loving emotional relationship should exist between the man and the woman. This ensures contentment in life. Contentment is associated with Absolute Earth and Absolute Water Principles. (Absolute Earth Principle provides stability and Absolute Water Principle provides happiness which leads to contentment in life.) Contrary to this, since planet Mars is associated with Absolute Fire Principle, when it becomes dominant it becomes destroyer of happiness and contentment. Anger, ego, dissension, accidents, divorce, etc. are the undesirable effects of planet Mars.


2. Harm caused due to mangaldosh

It is experienced that due to mangaldosh, in many cases, either there are obstacles or delays fixing marriages. In addition, based on the position in which the planet Mars is placed in the horoscope, problems associated with that position start emerging. Generally, effects such as the nature of a person being aggressive if the planet Mars is in the 1st position, if it is in the 4th position then the familial happiness getting affected, conflicts between husband and wife if Mars is in the 7th position, incidents of accidents if Mars is placed in 8th position and facing health or financial problems if it is in the 12th position are observed. However, occurrences of such effects depend on, ‘how dominant the planet Mars is in one’s horoscope ? and how is the relationship between Mars and other planets by placement, aspect, or conjunction ?’. Therefore, it is not necessary that each person having mangaldosh will face such extreme undesirable effects.


3. Reconfirming with the astrologer if mangaldosh is present in one’s horoscope

If the planet Mars present in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th position in the horoscope is not dominant, then its effects are mild. There are many such exceptions given in the panchang (Hindu Almanac), in which case mangaldosh is not considered, for example, presence of Mars in its inferior zodiac sign (Kark sign meaning Cancer), presence of Mars in Mithun (Gemini) or Kanya (Virgo) zodiac signs, sight of an auspicious planet on Mars, etc. Due to such exceptions the effect of mangaldosh is mild in about 60 to 70% horoscopes having mangaldosh. Therefore, one should get it reconfirmed from an astrologer if its horoscope really has mangaldosh in it.


4. Does mangaldosh get eliminated through spiritual remedies ?

If mangaldosh is dominant or strong in one’s horoscope, then Shanti (An appeasement ritual) for Mars and chanting of its Name is performed. By performing these spiritual remedies, the harmful effect of Mars gets reduced to minimal and it helps in getting marriage fixed and accomplishing the wedding ceremony without any obstacles. Effect of the ritual of Shanti and chanting remains for 5 to 6 months. Mangaldosh does not go away forever after performing the ritual of Shanti and chanting. This is because the grahdosh (Defect due to planets) is attained due inappropriate deeds one would have committed in its previous births.


5. Precautions to be taken by individuals having mangaldosh

Since mangaldosh is mostly troublesome in married life, it is necessary for one to increase its patience and tolerance. Married life will become happy if one takes efforts in increasing qualities such as understanding the other person, respecting the opinion of that person, taking initiative in helping the person, communicating openly, etc. Along with these things, spending time with family, taking financial decisions carefully and handing equipment, machines, vehicles, etc. carefully is necessary.’

— Mr. Raj Karve, Jyotish Visharad, Goa. (21.11.2022)

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