What is Kala Sarpa Yoga?
The Kala Sarpa Yoga, or Kala Sarpa Dosha, is a planetary combination in Vedic Astrology that is feared by many people. It has many adverse effects. ‘Kal’ means time, and ‘Sarpa’ means ‘snake’. Kala can also mean death as it is another name for Yama, the God of death. So this Yoga can bring many near-death experiences for the native.
Rahu and Ketu, the shadow planets in Vedic astrology, are also called snake planets. The snake’s head represents Rahu, and its tail represents Ketu. This Dosha forms when all the planets Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are hemmed in between Rahu and Ketu. People who have this Yoga/Dosha in their birth charts will have a very difficult life, as they will not experience the full potential of the planets in their life.
The Nadi branch of astrology refers to this Dosha. Rahu and Ketu are karmic planets that indicate our past life karma and unfulfilled desires. When these two entities have all the planets and Lagna in their clutches, it means that the native’s life will be heavily influenced by their past life karma.
The effects of Kala Sarpa Dosha are very negative. The malefic planetary combinations that are responsible for this Dosha makes one’s life unhappy, unstable, and full of problems. It is even regarded as a fatal dosha making people seek remedies for it desperately. But not all who have this Dosha will suffer. Some very successful people also have this Dosha. It all depends on the individual horoscope. If there are mitigating factors, the effects of the Dosha will not be very pronounced.
What is the Impact of Kala Sarpa Dosha?
This Dosha, though malefic, will not have the same effects for every person. Its impact will depend on the position and condition of the planets. Some of the common effects of this Dosha are:
· Delays at work, in one’s projects
· Losses in business and obstacles
· A disturbed mental state
· Health problems, stress, and anxiety
· Misunderstandings with family and friends
· A troubled marital life
Nag Panchami and Kalasarp Yoga
Nag Panchami is on the 5th day or Panchami of Shukla Paksha in Shravan month (July-August). This year, the festival is on August 2, 2022. On this day, people worship the snake gods or Naga Devatas and also Lord Shiva.
Significance of Nag Panchami
People believe that they can incur Sarpa kopam (anger of snakes), Sarpa shaapam (curse of snakes), and Sarpa Dosha (snake afflictions) if they have harmed snakes in their past or current lives. To atone for this, they worship snakes on this day. They perform Sarpa Pooja for idols of snakes or even live snakes. The snakes are offered milk, fruits, and sweets. Some pour milk into snake ‘puttus’ or anthills where snakes reside. It is also the custom to observe a fast on this day.
Digging the earth is not done this month. On Nag Panchami day, people do not plow fields or dig foundations. This is to avoid disturbing or harming snakes as they dwell in burrows beneath the earth.
Nag Panchami Fast
People fast all through the day and break the fast after sunset. They also make Kheer or wheat payasam and offer it to the Snake gods. Then they eat it as prasad. During the fast, salt and deep-fried things are avoided.
On Nag Panchami day, only the food for the worship is prepared. The rest of the food is made on the previous day. Those who don’t observe fast on this day eat the previous day’s food.
Nag Panchami in South India
People in south India have oil baths in the morning on the day of Naag Panchami. Unmarried girls observe fast and worship the Naga devatas for a good husband.
Worship of Snake Gods
On this day, people make images of five-hooded snakes with cow dung on both sides of the threshold or the doors. Red soil is an alternative if there is no cow dung. Then, the Snake Gods are worshipped with grass, milk, Kusha, sandalwood, Akshata (rice), flowers, sweets, etc. They also chant Naga Mantras. It is desirable to use sandalwood when worshipping, as the Naga devatas love the aroma of sandalwood.
Goddess Manasa is the Goddess of serpents. In Bengal, Orissa, etc., people worship Manasa Devi on this day.
Naga Chaturthi and Garuda Panchami
Naga Chaturthi is on the day before Naga Panchami. It, too, honors snakes. Garuda Panchami honors Lord Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu. This festival falls on the same day as Naga Panchami. On this day, women worship Garuda for the well-being of their children.
Remedies for Kalasarpa Dosha
Observe fast on Nag Panchami and worship the Nag Devatas
Offer milk, water, and flowers to Nag Devatas
Water a peepal tree on Saturdays.
Chant Rahu Beej Mantra (Om Bhraam Bhreem Bhraum Sah Rahve Namah) 108 times.
Chant the Kala Sarpa Gayatri Mantra
Chant the Panchakshari Mantra (Om Namah Shivay)
Chant the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra at least 108 times every day.
Pray to Lord Krishna and offer 11 coconuts in a river on Panchami or Saturdays.
By performing these remedies, one can minimize the effects of Kalasarpa Yoga.