A birth in the family is matter of great joy for everyone. The institution of marriage is created to protect the unit of family and provide the greatest care to children who will carry forward humanity on our planet. This article attempts to briefly look at the factors that bestow the blessings of childbirth to a couple. It is important to analyze the horoscopes of both husband and wife in order to come to any conclusion.
In Vedic Astrology, the process starts right at the time when horoscopes are matched at the time of marriage. Afflictions to 7th house and its lord can adversely impact the fertility of a person. Nadi dosha can lead to conception followed by mishaps like still birth, miscarriages etc. Nadi dosha is therefore considered a strict no-no for horoscope compatibility. These factors therefore must be avoided while kundalis are being matched.
What I am not going to discuss in this article is determination of sex of children. It may have been okay in the past, but in current age and time and in this country, it is not right. It is my humble opinion that couples should not engage in such activities.
The following elements are important from perspective of having children:
Any afflictions to these factors or elements in a horoscope would be considered detrimental to the ability of having children. The usual afflictions come from Saturn, Mars etc., and lords of 6th and 8th houses. Based on these rules, some of the yogas or combinations that can potentially lead to childlessness are:
Very interestingly, Rahu is not a part of this list of malefic planets. I would like to quote from Dr. Raman’s book, Combination #220:
Rahu in 5th house in a Navamsha other than that of Saturn gives rise to bahuputra (large number of children) yoga.
There are various curses or sutakshaya yogas that are mentioned in Dr. B.V. Raman’s book “Three Hundred Important Combinations” that lead to loss of children – please go through combinations #212 through #219 for the same. All these combinations revolve around afflictions of 5th house in a kundali and its lord but rather than being general statements, the combinations are properly defined.
There are yogas for delay of progeny. An exchange of houses between 5th house and 8th house lord in a horoscope causes delay in progeny. Sun or Saturn in 5th house or having a malefic aspect on 5th house also causes delay in having children.
Pitru-Dosha and Matru-dosha: While Rahu is considered a benefic for the purpose, there are two afflictions that indicate lack of progeny due to shraap from ancestors. It is possible that a proper tarpan was not completed for one of the departed souls in the family and they give a shraap to their great-grand children that does not carry the lineage forward. This is when Sun (Pitru dosha) and Moon (matru dosha) are afflicted by Rahu or Saturn in 2nd, 5th, 7th or 9th house also causes delay in children. In order to take care of this dosha, it is important to take care of forefathers by involving in right pindadaan and tarpan.
Any good influence of benefic planets in kundali, but most importantly Jupiter, would mitigate the problem. In such a case, the couple would not be denied of children, but rather miscarriages and difficulty in conception should be predicted. Couple please note that influence from Rahu also brings in a degree of “unusual”, which essentially means that such problems could very well be solved by appropriately seeking medical help. Astrologically, it would be necessary to strengthen Jupiter and 5th house lord to overcome such problems. Worshipping Lord Krishna in His “Santan Gopal” form helps.
There are three tests for judging fertility: (a) Kshetra Sphuta (for a female nativity), (b) Beeja Sphuta (for a male nativity) and (c) Santana Tithi test but the calculation and explanations are beyond the scope of this article.