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Badhaka Planets

By Kshitij Sharma, August 27, 2014

In Sanskrit, badha (बाधा) means obstruction. Look at the thesaurus and the other synonyms are – impediment, handicap, hindrance, holdback etc. A Baadhak planet creates a hindrance to the good results shown for a sign and the house in which the sign falls. There is a concept of of baadhaksthana, the house that causes the hindrance and badhaka, the lord of the baadhak-sthana, which is the planet that causes the hindrance.

The concept is explained in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, where badhakasthana is defined as – 11th house in a horoscope for movable signs, 9th house for fixed signs and 7th house for dual natured signs. The signs are considered as occupying the house based on the ascendant. E.g. if Ascendant in a kundali is Aries, then ascendant is called “movable” and so on.

For the 12 rashi, the badhaka-sthanas are as follows:

Rashi Type Baadhaka House Baadhaka Rashi Badhakesh
Aries (मेष) Movable 11th Aquarius (कुम्भ) Saturn
Taurus (वृषभ) Fixed 9th Capricorn (मकर) Saturn
Gemini (मिथुन) Dual Natured 7th Sagittarius (धनु) Jupiter
Cancer (कर्क) Movable 11th Taurus (वृषभ) Venus
Leo (सिंह) Fixed 9th Aries (मेष) Mars
Virgo (कन्या) Dual Natured 7th Pisces (मीन) Jupiter
Libra (तुला) Movable 11th Leo (सिंह) Sun
Scorpio (वृश्चिक) Fixed 9th Cancer (कर्क) Moon
Sagittarius (धनु) Dual Natured 7th Gemini (मिथुन) Mercury
Capricorn (मकर) Movable 11th Scorpio (वृश्चिक) Mars
Aquarius (कुम्भ) Fixed 9th Libra (तुला) Venus
Pisces (मीन) Dual Natured 7th Virgo Mercury

Badhakesh is supposed to be the one who denotes obstacles and hindrances and therefore needs to be treated like a functional malefic. The results will show up during the dasha/bhukti of the badhakesh. Similarly, planets placed in the badhak houses will show malefic results.

There are two interesting pairs here – Jupiter and Mercury. Ascendants Gemini & Virgo and Sagittarius & Pisces. Both being dual natured have their badhak-sthanas as 7th house. This is a kendra and the lord of Kendra will automatically be tagged as having kendradhipati dosha also. Thus the corresponding planet – Jupiter or Mercury carries additional blemish of being badhaka as well as Kendradhipati dosha. Interestingly, kendradhipati dosha is corrected and relief obtained if the planet is placed in Trine. However, the planet acting like a badhaka will indeed harm the trine house. This becomes too complicated for a budding astrologer to comprehend. Therefore, we should use these rules

  1. Badhaka in any house harms the prospects of the house and provides malefic results corresponding to the house it is located in.
  2. Planets located in badhaksthana harm the prospects of the house they own.
  3. Modify the logic for Kendradhipati dosha for Gemini and Virgo ascendant for Jupiter. If placed in Trine, i.e. 1st, 5th and 9th house in a horoscope, it is good for these houses
  4. Otherwise, it carries dual (and more powerful blemish) if located there in other houses, e.g. 10th, 4th, 2nd house in a horoscope.
  5. What trait of life will be affected should be looked at by the house, sign and planet in question.

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