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General Strength of a Bhava

By Kshitij Sharma, June 17, 2008

In a horoscope, to assess the results of a house with respect to areas it signifies, we need to look at influence of other planets on these three elements –

  1. The house,
  2. Influence on the lord of the house, and
  3. Influence on the Karaka of the house.

Beneficial influence on these elements contributes to their strength. If all three elements are strong, then 100% results for the house can be obtained. Correspondingly, malefic influences reduce the strength of the house and are harmful for the results being signified by the house.

The karaka of the house is not the karaka for all purposes. The trait of the house is important here, e.g. Sun is a karak for father and for recognition from king. In a horoscope, father is looked at from 9th house and recognition from state is looked at from 10th house. This means that when we look at these traits, we would look at Sun in both cases. Similarly, vehicles and houses are judged from fourth bhava. But for vehicles we look at Venus and for houses we need to look at Mars. Mars and Venus are grihakaraka and vahanakaraka respectively.

The influence on the matter at hand or the area that is signified, as denoted by the bhava is judged at the following (in order of importance):

  1. Lord of the house – this planet is the “owner” of the trait in the horoscope for all practical purposes, e.g. lord of 10th house is the main influencer of the vocation or occupation.
  2. Karaka for the trait – e.g., Sun is natural Karaka for father. This planet is just as important as the lord, but definitely one step lower in importance
  3. Planets located/situated in the house – these planets exert their influence in a big way
  4. What are the planets having specific combination of planets with the lord or karaka? See this post on rules of combinations of planets
  5. Which other planets have aspect or drishti on the house and on the lord

Strength of a house in a horoscope

An influence on the house should be seen from drishti or occupation of the house by other planets. Beneficial influence comes from occupation or full aspect of planets like Jupiter, Venus, Moon and planets in exaltation. Malefic influence comes from (generally speaking) Saturn, Mars, Rahu/Ketu and (specifically) lords of 6th, 8th and 12th houses. A house in a horoscope is considered weak if its lord is located 6th, 8th or 12th from the house. If Maraka planets are co-located in a house, it is considered to harmful to the aspect of the house during their transits and dasha period.

Strength of lord or Karaka

To look at the strength of lord or the karaka of the house, general rules for planetary strength in a horoscope are applicable, i.e. a planet is considered strong if:

  1. it is in exaltation,
  2. situated in its own rashi or in a rashi of a friendly planet,
  3. in kendra or trikona in a horoscope,
  4. is vargottama,
  5. close to the mid-point of a bhava,
  6. influenced by aspect from beneficial planets,
  7. influenced by beneficial planets by being situated in the same house in a horoscope.

Further, a planet in a horoscope is considered weak if:

  1. it is in debilitation,
  2. situated in a rashi of a planet inimical to it,
  3. situated in 6th, 8th or 12 house in a horoscope,
  4. by being located at bhava sandhi,
  5. influenced by aspect from malefic planets,
  6. influenced by malefic planets by being situated in the same house in a horoscope, or
  7. if it is combust by being close to the Sun – check this article to find out the degree nearness that planets should have with Sun

According to Uttar Kalamrita, if the lord of a house in a horoscope is governed by any of the above rules of debilitation, even the aspect of beneficial planets cannot rescue it. There are, however, exceptions to these rule. Location of Jupiter in 8th house cannot be considered bad as by being situated there, it can influence 2nd and 4th house through its 7th and 9th full drishti. Venus is considered a yogakaraka if it is situated in 6th or 12th house.

If the lords of 6th, 8th or 12th house are located in one of these inimical houses, it is considered to be auspicious and gives rise to viprit rajyoga.


  • Comment by mk on June 24, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    “Venus is considered a yogakaraka if it is situated in 6th or 12th house.

    Can you elaborate on this please. As in why is venus a yogakarka in the 6th and 12th houses. Where is it return?

  • Comment by Basab Roy on July 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I am not sure why Venus is considered a yogakarak in the 6th house but I think the reason it is considered a yogakarak in the 12th house is because it is exalted in Pisces which is the 12th sign of the Kalpurush zodiac. Logically Venus in the 6th house should not give good results because it gets debiliated in Virgo, which is the 6th sign of the Kalpurush Zodiac.

  • Comment by mk on July 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    In one of the books by bepin behari. He does mention that venus in 6th and jupiter in 8th are good… He never gives any explanation so as to why.. So just curious do any of the ancient texts mention this.. Can the writer of this article give us some pointers

  • Comment by SRINIVAS on July 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    dear sharmaji
    ur comments and interpretations are excellent.i do not know how to read replies posted by u when i ask a question,can u guide me. son”s dob:16.11.1982,tob:19.45;place od b:madras
    2.the received bride”s;dob; is;;07.03.1983,tob is;23.20,pob is;25n36,85e07…moolam padam2.
    some astrlogers in Madras says You avoid moolam natchatram…why they says this. i have only one boy
    @USA can i propose this girl to him OR NOT. my son has seen the girl in USA and said ok,but advised me to see the jathagams/matching perfectly. I have a family history that my father lost my mother@the age of 32 and was a bachelor/unmarried till his death in order to bringus in life. my date of birth is 08.08.1947 and when i was born in Poona the hospital ,that night was burnt by muslims and the newborns were shifted including me and saved from muslims due to independence violance. and ,put into ifrablue wife”s date of birth is.. 12.09.1953,tob is05.52am, pob is madras. hence advise me whether we can proceed with the marriage, and when the marriage can be done and the effects of moola..2 and your FRANK DETAILED COMMENTS THE DOS AND DONTS AND POARIKARAS IN THIS PARTICULAR MATCH ETC. i will be greatful to u and can donate my contributions to your efforts.thanks and reply to

  • Comment by S. Anand on July 11, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Dear Mr. Srinivas

    There is no astrological basis for rejecting a girl’s chart simply because it belongs to Moolam, or Ayilyam (Ashlesha in Sanskrit) or Kettai (Jyestha in Sanskrit). However, certain padas of these are deemed unsuitable. More than simply nakshatra matching, please give more importance to dasa vida poruttham (literally: 10 types of matching) giving emphasis to Rajju, and also to the absence of dasa sandhi (the natives should not encounter a change in mahadasha within 6 months to a year of each other, especially in the earlier years of marriage).

    In the charts you have given, ensure that your family astrologer pays great attention to the 5th house to ensure a healthy vamsavali. In passing, please note that lagnas are in shashta-ashtaka.

  • Comment by shekhar on July 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Jupiter is considered as auspicious in first house
    but if lord of first house is budha & lagna is kanya what will be interprettion.

  • Comment by Dheeraj Batra on July 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Dear Sir,

    As mentioned above, in my chart 6th lord is placed in 8th house & 8th lord placed in 12th. Is that auspicious?

    Name: Dheeraj Batra
    DOB: 08/02/1975
    TOB: Approx 5:40-5:50 pm
    POB: Sonipat, Haryana

    I was born in Kark lagna. I’m concerned about my career. The significtor my career mars is placed in 6th house with lagna lord moon. Do it significate some particular career for me. Kindly reply.


  • Comment by Suraj Dabas on August 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Just wanted to know something. Venus in my chart is placed in 6th Bhav , my rashi is Meena(pisces) and laganesh is Mars (mangal). Is this position of Venus in sixth bhav very bad ? I am facing hard time in my personal life , first marriage was a complete disastor.Thinking to marry again .
    I also have Sun,Jupiter and mercury in 8th bhav.


  • Comment by Suraj Dabas on August 8, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry, I posted the last message,
    I made a little mistake I actually also have Sun,Jupiter and mercury in 7th bhav.



  • Comment by Rajiv Varma on August 30, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Dear Sharma ji,

    My details are below –
    DOB – 29/01/1980
    Place – Kolkata, West Bengal,India
    Time – 21.30 IST
    Rashi – Gemini
    Lagna – Virgo
    MAhadasha – Saturn
    Antardasha – Venus

    am a Professional staying away from my native due to service. Apparently(financially) good job but I m on verge of quitting(decided). Confused about Aim of life.Want to do something good for society while pursuing my career. Actually want to do alot but dont know how to go about it. Also should i go for marriage ? Have got a good proposal. Can u help me ?

  • Comment by zeze on September 17, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Hi Rajiv Varma,

    I saw your chart… your ascendant is virgo like me.
    I think in close rlationships we have same problems… Because our 7th lord is bad effected from saturn and jupiter. I wanna meet you and talk about your past life.

  • Comment by Vani on September 20, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for taking the time to set this up. I am an American, born on the East coast. Your applet continually gives me a Pisces rising even though other online chart programs return an Aries rising for me. I think the problem may lie with the time zone data that you are using. It is not possible that I who was born at the end of June, at around 1 am, could be a Pisces rising.

  • Comment by Ramakrishan on September 23, 2008 at 10:42 pm


    I have venus in the 12th house in saggitarius and also in the same place in navamsa. It is also aspected by Jupiter from Aries(also Saturn there). How good is it someone should tell me. I have not experienced any great fortune even during Venus dasa. I am an ordinary middle class person, now a senior citizen; relationship with wife has not been good at all since 1998 during Sun dasa and continues so even in Mars dasa which is in scorpio, 11th house. Any response….will I be monetarily more comfortable.



  • Comment by lakshmi rallaplli on October 1, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Venus in Sixth gives good financial benefits if he is yoga karaka and has other dhana yogas in chart,but a mean character .specially for female natives,here venus is good.It is good in twelfth .

  • Comment by viswanathan on March 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Venus in the sixth house is good for financial prosperity and also aspecting the hedonistic 12th house reduces losses and expenses. It is said that benefics in the 6th house gives gentle behaviour to the native n so well liked even by competitors and enemies. Venus in the 6th builds wealth quickly so debts are detroyed but venus in the 6th makes the person suffer from diabetis .venus in the 6th aspecting 12th (foreign ) indicates forgrien trips are pleasant.
    venus should the strong by sign placement.

  • Comment by Anuradha on March 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hello Sir/Ma’am,

    I have venus at 6th house along with Mercury. And my lagna is Virgo.Can you plz interpret anything from this.


  • Comment by Loganathan Muthoo on April 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Dear Anandji,

    I am a novice in Astrology. In my natal chart, Saturn is in the 7th house (Capricorn) & Guru is in the 9th house (Pisces – Bhagyastan). I am runnning Jupiter Maha dasa and Saturn Sub period. Both planets are functional malefic for my Cancer Lagna. What are the significance during this dasa as I cannot find any authority on the above subject

  • Comment by zoe on April 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Dear sir

    Could you explain the meaning of venus dasha and mars bhuktis. I went through difficult time since 2005 as regards to relation, money, home, children
    I know that mars subperiod will finish in August than Rahu bhuktis will start. What can i expect, will it affect my career, children, money

    DOB 5 january 1969
    Town Provins seine et marne
    Country, France
    time 11:45 am

  • Comment by RAKESH rAY on July 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm


  • Comment by nipun on January 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    my lagna is leo,sun is in 8th house,jupiter is in 3rd house in vakra.sun was aspected by kuja and sani(both are in vakra)from 2nd there any problem for will be my sun dasa.please advise

  • Comment by nipun on January 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm


  • Comment by shri uday on February 9, 2010 at 12:30 am

    i was born in dhanu lagana and in my horoscope jupite is place in 8th bhav ,(kark rashi ),is it good or bad

  • Comment by Divisshtha on December 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    my dob 28 nov 1995
    pob faizabad up
    tob 7:20 am
    my ascendant is scorpio and sunsign is capricorn can i wear coral rubi yellow sapphire and pearl and i want to do business of petrol pump or prep for upsc can i do that if i give my 100 per

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