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Mars & Mercury: Matrimony and Evils of Mars (Kuja Dosh), Chapter VI, Part 11


Dr. Shanker Adawal

Kuja Dosh, or Mars affliction, is an astrological condition which negatively affects a person’s married life and domestic harmony. It is also one of the few astrological terms familiar to the Indian public. It occurs when Mars is in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house unless it is posited in a sign designated as an exception for that particular house. The reason kuja Dosh is so well known in India is that nearly all parents there consult an astrologer before arranging a marriage for their child. This is done, to a great extent, in order to find out if the condition exists so they may take measures to neutralize the problem before it has a chance to create misery. The effect of Kuja Dosh is to cause the person to be somehow victimized in his marriage. This can, of course, occur in any number of ways, but ultimately one is likely to end up divorced and generally through no obvious fault of one’s own. The person will also have to endure hardships in the marriage generated by the spouse.

The way out of this problem is for a person with Kuja Dosh to marry another who also has it. A person with Kuja Dosh does not have the nature to victimize his spouse, and therefore if both partners have the condition, its effect is neutralized. This is a simple procedure in India, where, until only very recently, all marriages were arranged at an early age. However, for Westerners Kuja Dosh presents a major obstacle because of the way the condition works in relation tour culture, where a person chooses his own spouse. The mechanics of Kuja Dosh are such that it causes a person to be attracted to a partner who by his very nature cannot blend or function compatibly for any great length of time with that person. Therefore, one is quite simply at the mercy of his fate. Yet perhaps the most significant problem is that a person with Kuja Dosh will not feel much physical attraction or any special chemistry for another who also has the condition. Therefore, even with the knowledge of this situation, a Westerner is destined for trouble unless he is wise or patient enough to find a mate who also has Kuja Dosh, even though the great excitement most people seek may be missing.

Kuja Dosh (also known as Mangal Dosh, since Mangal is another name for Mars) is a reliable astrological indicator and often reveals which partner out of a divorced couple was most put upon, deceived, or betrayed.

It should also be mentioned that there are astrologers who consider the condition to occur when Mars is in the 2nd house rather than the 1st. The author does not agree with this school of thought, especially since Mars in the 1st negatively aspects the 7th, which is the house of marriage.

Shanker Adawal

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