On Viparitha Raja Yoga in Vedic Astrology

Dr. Shanker Adawal                                                                  

Kalidas has mentioned in his book “Uttara Kalamrita” – Kanda 4 Sloka 22 the disposition of planets which cause Viparitha Raja Yoga, i.e. “if the lords of the houses 6, 8 and 12 occupy either jointly or individually the houses 6, 8 and 12 or if they are mutually placed in 6 or 8 or 12 with each other of if they are in any manner connected with the houses 6 or 8 or 12 or if they mutually interchange their places and provided these planets do not have any connection with other planets not owning 6 or 8 or 12, then the person will be a king and he will command much wealth. He will establish a good name and enjoy his life.”

All the Hindu sages have unanimously declared that the houses 6, 8 and 12 counted from lagna or from any Bhava arre detrimental to lagna or that Bhava to which a planet happens to be the lord of 6 or 8 or 12 counted from that Bhava. So 6, 8 or 12 are said to be unlucky houses and indeed evil.
Not only the lords of the houses become adverse but also planets posited in these houses are still worse. Occupants are stronger than the owners. Therefore, planets occupying 6, 8 and 12 must be worse than the lords of the houses.

When the lords of the houses and also planets deposited in those houses are considered to be undesirable then normally one will expect that lords of these houses occupying and above said houses must be causing untold miseries. But, actually, in practice, it was found that under certain circumstances these planets owning these evil houses and also occupying such houses cause brilliant results which are unexpected and it is a `Viparitha’ to normal expectation and intelligent anticipation. Actually when we enjoy Raja Yoga, it is a `Viparitha’ and so it is termed as `Viparitha Raja Yoga’. 6th house indicates disease, debt, difficulty and dispute; 8th house shows loss, swindling, secret inimical activity, depression etc. Therefore nobody would like to have any of the matters signified by the 3 houses.

One may ask `How can lords of 6 and 8 in mutual exchange cause `Viaritha Raja Yoga?’

If lagna represents the person, than the 7th house stands for the opponent. The 6th house to a person is 12 to the 7th, i.e. `Viaya’ house, and the 8th house will be the second to the 7th. It is a well known fact that an interchange between the lords of the houses 2 and 12 bring loss of wealth, loss of members in the family, loss of eye sight and defective speech etc. Therefore, when the opponent loses, the native gains. That is why the interchange between the lords of 6 and 8 bring about beneficial results to the native, success in competition, in litigation, winning in election by the transit of the planets 6 and 8.

In my friend’s horoscope lords of 6 and 8 were in mutual exchange and he had been running the conjoined period of these two planets. My friend did not work hard for a victory in the election. But he  had an opponent who spent most extravagantly. His friends were much benefited monetarily but they were not true to him. Actually they voted for my friend accepting money from his opponents and my friend had a thumping majority. Thus if lords of 6 and 8 are mutually exchanged due to the secret inimical activity, the opponent will lose and the person will gain.

This rule will not apply to Capricorn lagna born as lord of 6th is Mercury and lord of 8th is Sun. Mercury and Sun cannot occupy Gemini and Leo causing mutual exchange, i.e. Parivarthanan Yoga. Further, it is not necessary that planet should interchange the houses 6 and 8. But if they are occupying the constellations of lord of 6 and lord of 8, i.e. the lord of 8 in the constellation of lord of 6 will produce the above said Yoga. Even in such Yogas benefics mutually exchanged between the houses 6 and 8 are not harmful to the opponent to the extent to which malefic owning the houses 6 and 8 interchange. No doubt benefics in 6, 7 and 8 cause Lagnadhiyoga to the native and mutual exchange of the benefics by nature owning the houses 6 and 8 bring about a transaction wherein the native is benefited; whereas he, with whom he transacted, has not gained equally. Supposing a person purchases a property during Jupiter Dasa, Venus Bhukti, lords 6 and 8 for Vrishaba Lagnas, then this person purchases it at a cost lower than the market rate; whereas the seller loses to some extent. Anyhow he is capable of disposing even an unsalable property during that period. Also it may be noticed in a few business people chart that the husband transfers certain sharer and also gives gift to his wife when the wife runs a period conjointly rule by lord of 6 and 8. It is also likely that those who run the joint period of lords of 6 and 8, borrow money without any record and he who lends the money suddenly passes away thereby the native who runs the period of lord 6 and 8 temporarily is not honest and he appropriates the amount.

The mutual exchange between lord of 12 and either lord of 8 or 6 will be advantageous to the person only when they happen to be malefics. Benefics by nature owning the 8 and 12 houses by mutually having the interchange of places cannot do harm to the opponent and also much good to the native. Because if lord of 6 is a benefic and if it occupies the second house or if lord 2 occupies the 6th house, the natives bank position will improve by borrowing or by service. Therefore, benefics owning the houses 8 and 12 mean that they own the houses 2 and 6 to the opponent. Therefore, benefics cannot bring either loss or throw any obstacles to the opponent. Hence the native cannot gain much.
This Viparitha Raja Yoga is really enjoyed only when the lords of 6 and 8 happen to be malefic by nature. Indeed the period may cause injury to the person and he may suffer from disease or meet with an accident, yet monetarily it will do good to him. Or in any competitive examination or election he will come out successful. This is purely applicable to those who are born in Mithuna Lagna, Kanya Lagna, Mesha Lagna and Vrischika Lagna.

Mutual exchange between lords of 6 and 12 will be advantageous to younger brother, mother and father. Interchange between the lords of 8 and 12 will be advantageous to mother, wife and elder brother. Interchange between lords of 6 and 8 will be advantageous to children.


The planets occupying the constellation of the lords of 6 or 8 or 12 and also owning the houses of 6 or 8 or 12 will bring about the above said Yoga provided the sub is ruled by a benefic by lordship.

Dr. Shanker Adawal
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