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Doshas and how you can remedy them

Destiny, according to Vedic Astrology, is determined by the movement and placement of planets in one's birth chart. The horoscope, which is used as the basis for making predictions about one's life, provides a deep insight into the energies in the favour, and the one's working against them. Here, it becomes very important to understand 'doshas' or afflictions in our birth chart, because these can negatively impact our lives, work, and emotions.

Doshas are afflictions caused by the unfavourable position of planets in one's birth chart. Depending on the planet and the position, a specific dosha is identified. There are many kinds of doshas, each affecting a particular area of one's life. And, each of these doshas can be redeemed or their effect can be reduced by following some remedial measures.

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Different kinds of doshas and their remedies

Manglik Dosha

The Manglik Dosha is known to be one of the most serious astrological afflictions in one's life. It can create marital life problems and even delay or discourage signs of marriage. This dosha is quite common, and is also called 'Kuja Dosha'. It occurs when Mars is in the first, fourth, seventh, eighth, or twelfth house in the birth chart. Some of the remedies for Mangliks are

- Reciting prayers, especially Hanuman Chalisa, and fasting on Tuesday
- Mangliks are encouraged to marry Mangliks
- Red is an auspicious colour for Mangliks. Therefore wearing red coral can help Mangliks wade through the difficulties they face
- Persons facing Manglik Dosha, in some cases, are cursed with a failed first marriage. Hence they are made to marry a tree/animal before their traditional marriage

Dampatya Badha Dosha

The Dampatya Badha Dosha is an affliction that poses obstructions and delays in the marriage of the individual it affects. It is caused by a debilitated benefic planet or ill-placement of malefic planets. This combined with the status of all other planets and relevant houses can cause the Dampatya Badha Dosha. Remedial measure for this dosha include

- Gemstones are known to bring a shift in energy. Gemstones, prescribed by astrologers can benefit those affected by this dosha
- Donations, pujas, sevas, and prayers to suitable deities, based on the exact impact of the dosha

Kaala Sarpa Dosha

One of the more ill-fated doshas, the Kaala Sarpa Dosha can have a disturbing and depressing impact on the individuals, affected by the dosha. However, a different kind of Kaala Sarpa Dosha occurs depending on the placement of planets. This dosha occurs when all seven planets are placed between Rahu and Ketu. Remedial measure for this dosha include

- Offering prayers and pujas to snake nests to please the Gods
- Wearing rings that are formed in the shape of a snake can help
- Offering prayers to Lord Shiva, along with reciting Mahamruntyanjaya Mantra are bound to be helpful

Shani Dosha

Shani, which is the planet Saturn, when in retrograde or ill-placed in the birth chart, can cause Shani Dosha. The Sade Sathi Dosha, which is a variant of the Shani Dosha, is known to have a negative impact on one's life for the length of seven-and-a-half years. This is the time during which Saturn is making a transit from the twelfth house to the first house. As one is bound to face this dosha once their lifetime, there are several remedial measures that are suggested

- Offering prayers and charity on every Saturday
- Donating black items, such as black sesame seeds, things made of iron, etc
- Offering prayers and lighting lamps at Navagraha temple
- Wearing a ring made of horseshoes is said to be beneficial

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Shrapit Dosha

When Saturn and Rahu are located in the same house in an individual's birth chart, it gives rise to Shrapit Dosha. 'Shrap' literally means curse, and in the case of Shrapit Dosha, the curse is an implication of sins committed in previous lives. It basically implies that the individual has to pay for the wrongdoings, and in some extreme cases, even the virtues of their present life cannot redeem them from this dosha. The remedial measure for this dosha include:

- Reciting the Beej Mantra for Saturn and Rahu 108 times
- Offering raw milk, water, and black lentils to Lord Shiva i.e. the Shiva Lingam every Monday
- Offering rice balls to fishes or cows every Monday

Pitra Dosha

Pitra Dosha is suffered by an individual as a result of bad deeds committed by their ancestors. It can manifest itself in the form of disharmony in family life, social life, and even personal life and disturbing emotions. Since it is associated with the unrest and unsatisfied souls of the ancestors, this dosha can be redeemed or remedied by offering prayers to the deceased member of the family

- Offering pinda (rice balls) to crows or cows
- Service of the helpless, aged and elderly people
- An attempt to lead a pious life of good values and virtue
- Worship of Lord Rama

Chandra Dosha

The ill-placement of the moon or a debilitated moon can cause the Chandra Dosha. The Chandra dosha directly affects the emotional and financial wellbeing of an individual. It can also affect the lives of the affected person's near and dear ones in some cases. Some of the remedies for this dosha are

- Fasting on Mondays
- Offering prayers to Goddesses Durga and Kali on Mondays
- Extending a helping arm towards women in distress
- Reciting the Chandra Graha Mantra

Kemadruma Dosha

When the second and twelfth house from the Moon are empty, it leads to the Kemadrums Dosha. It means that the moon is not aspected or is not in association with any auspicious planet in the birth chart. This dosha can be remedied by following these measures

- Fasting on full moon days
- Wearing the Sri Yantra, which is made of pearl and silver
- Worshipping the couple Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
- Offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi

Gandmool Dosha

As per the birth chart, if, at the time of birth, the moon is placed in any of the following stars, it can lead to Gandmool Dosha for the individual. The stars in this context refer to Ashwini, Ashlesha, Magha, Jyeshtha, Moola, and Revati. Persons affected by this dosha are said to bring problems into the lives of their relatives and family members. There are a few ways to tackle this dosha. They are

- Offering food to Brahmins
- Offering prayers to the Lord ruling over the star that the person is born under
- A Shanti Pooja to please the stars can be performed

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