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Kendradhipati Dosha

By Kshitij Sharma, August 25, 2014

In Vedic Astrology, the kendras are 1, 4, 7 and 10 houses in a natal horoscope. These are supposed to be the houses of action and govern some of the major aspects of life. Kendradhipati dosha is the blemish of ownership of these kendras and works to negate the natural characteristic of the planet owning the house. If the lord of such a house in a horoscope is a natural malefic, then the harmful effects come down. Similarly the good effects of the natural benefics comes down a notch.

The ascendant lord is not counted in this equation and continues to be a benefic for the person. An ascendant is never a malefic. It will always define a person and will never harm him/her. The ascendant lord, if if a natural malefic, will do good to the house it gets located in.

Natural Benefics as lord of Kendras in a jamna kundali given inauspicious results – Jupiter and Venus get most blemish due to this dosha. This is a problem because the malefics somehow do not lose all of their maleficence, but a benefic losing its power is a total bummer for a janma kundali. It is like your trusted adviser or guardian angel suddenly lost his mind and isn’t of much help anymore. Even worse, the adviser now starts working against you in its dasha and antardasha. The problem with Jupiter and Venus is accentuated for Gemini and Virgo, and Aries respectively.

The bad results are felt during the dasha/bhukti of the planet in question. The effects that should be foretold are as per the natural characteristic of the planet as well as the characteristics obtained through the lordship of the houses in a horoscope. The following table provides more details:

Lagna Kendra Lords with Dosha Effect/Comments
Aries (Mesha) Moon & Venus If Moon is waxing, only then there is dosha. Venus is lord of both 2nd and 7th and hence is not just tainted due to Kendradhipati dosha but maraka as well. Venus’ position in any house in the horoscope in its dasha/antardasha will cause problems for the person. The overall effects will be as per malefic characteristics, e.g. reduction of grace, problems with spouse etc. The maraka characteristics are accentuated due to Kendradhipati dosha.
Taurus None Sun does not get this dosha, neither do Mars and Saturn. Hence, there is no dosha for this lagna.
Gemini Jupiter Mercury itself due to lagna lordship in the horoscope does not get the dosha. Jupiter is tainted badly. Due to Jupiter’s malefic aspect, the person becomes materialistic and loses the ability to bring in pious aspects. There is loss of status and overall honour.
Cancer Venus Venus is the lord of 4th house and hence gets this dosha. As explained earlier, this results in problem with spouse and mother – both emotional as well as love related aspects. The person would have difficulty in being committed to a relationship and will have propensity towards extramarital love affairs, especially if there is other malefic influence
Leo Venus Venus is lord of 10th house and hence suffers from Kendradhipati dosha. For details, see above.
Virgo Jupiter See Gemini above. For Virgo, Jupiter is lord of 4th and 7th house.
Libra Moon, only if waxing A waning moon, i.e. for a birth in krishna paksha, there is no dosha.
Scorpio Venus Venus is 7th Lord. See the details for Aries where Venus is again both the karaka for spouse as well as the lord of 7th in a janma kundali indicating this karaka. The situation is better for Scorpio persons because Venus is not the single maraka.
Sagittarius Mercury, unaspected by Saturn/Rahu etc. Only benefic Mercury gets this dosha – that manifests itself in problems relate to communication, skin diseases etc.
Capricorn Moon – as it is 10th Lord A waning moon, i.e. for a birth in krishna paksha, there is no dosha.
Aquarius None Venus is lord of 4th house, but is simultaneously lord of 9th in the horoscope. Hence there is no Kendradhipati dosha and at the same time, Venus becomes the best benefic for Aquarians as it is capable of giving Rajyoga without any other help.
Pisces Mercury, unaspected by Saturn/Rahu etc. Only benefic Mercury gets this dosha – that manifests itself in problems relate to communication, skin diseases etc.

Kendradhipati dosha is cancelled if the lord is placed in a trine. The planet gets back its own original characteristic.

They do well if placed in dushatanas as well and this shows that they are treated like regular malefics in the chart. They do well too if they are debilitated too. This is counterintuitive for a student of astrology and hence we must pay attention as per the table above.

I must emphasize on one point though – a lot of importance should not be given to this factor. The beneficence comes down, but does not go away altogether. Therefore, unless the other Karakas are afflicted as well, this dosha by itself will not wreck havoc. As I said earlier in the article, this is like your guardian angle going away. So unless there are other afflictions in the chart, this by itself will not cause problems.


  • Comment by Bala on October 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    One of the best interpretations and most precise that I have seen about this particular issue. Great work.

  • Comment by sushil on August 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Sir, if 7 th house lord jupiter is in 10 th house in pisces in d 10 chart due to neech bang. What kind of effect it will give?

  • Comment by Surya kanta Giri on December 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Sir may I know how in Gemini ascendant guru will be malefic if placed in 7 th house as kendradhipati dosh. As per 8th to 8th theory both mercury & Jupiter can not be treated as enemy. Becoz both are complimentary to each other.

  • Comment by Hemanth on October 4, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Sir could you please tell me what’s going on and what’s is going to be as you are blessed astrologer , because all other websites claim different opinions regarding my natal chart ,
    Name : Hemanth
    DoB : 3, September , 1994
    Time : 12:47pm afternoon
    Place of birth : Bangalore , Karnataka ,
    So I beg pls temme it me

  • Comment by Aswatha on October 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

    For dhanur lagna, Jupiter in dhanus. It gives hamsa yoga. Whether kendradhipathi dosha has any effect?

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