The great sages such as Bhrigu, Kasyapa, Garga, Parasara, Jaimini, Satyacharya, Jain masters, Varahamihira, Mantreswara, Kalyana Varma, Vaidyanatha Dikshita, Venkatesa Daivagna, Kalidas - all these astrologers in their books had discussed hundreds of raja yogas, bhagya yogas, daridra yogas, nabhasa yogas, mahapurusha yogas and ayur yogas, but none of them talked about Kalasarpa yoga as we understand it nowadays. Only Varahamihira mentioned it, in a sloka. He mentioned rāja rāṣṭra vināśanaṁ attributing the prophecy to a country but did not mention its impact on individuals. However, it does not mean that this dreaded yoga never operates on an individual.
Actually, Rahu and Ketu are not planets but mathematical points in space. However, because of their impact on human affairs, they were called as planets. They don’t have own houses, but, later on, people created own houses, exaltations, debilitations, moolatrikona houses to them. Even the exaltation and debilitation too are of different opinions. Some mention Taurus, and some other say it is Gemini where Rahu is exalted.
Rahu alone will not do harm in a chart, unless accompanied by planets like Mars. Sage Parashara mentioned that Rahu and Ketu give results based on their houses and planets with which they are placed. The days we have, like the planets, are only seven. Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets. Sage Parasara added more details saying that Rahu and Ketu give Rajayoga depending on their association with lords of Kendra and Kona houses. Most of the times, it could be found that the natives of Kalasarpa yoga have very good traits in them. For example, hardworking nature, being sympathetic, open mindedness, perseverance are some of the qualities we can see in the charts afflicted with Kalasarpa yoga. The reason why I mention this, is to make it clear that Kalasarpa yoga is not devilish. Now-a-days, the remedies for this dreaded yoga, are being done as per individual choice, without any logical basis. Many of the current day astrologers are learning by experimenting on humans.
It is my firm opinion that leaving this yoga alone, if the remedies are done based on remaining yogas, strengths of planets, positions and gochara, they will certainly solve the problems of the natives. There is no need to see Kalasarpa yoga through a magnifying glass and get frightened by it.
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