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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.


  • Comment by manoj kumar sinha on January 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    i want to know why my bussines going down day by day

  • Comment by D.Adhikesavalu on November 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Good analysis ; Particularly the way you have combined the Kendarathipathi Dosha and Bhadakasthana effect.

    what will be the effect if the Bhadakesh sits in his own house ? For Scorpio, cancer is the Bhadakasthana, and if Moon sits there what will be its effect on the person ?

    I will be thankful if you could answer this query.

  • Comment by Dr Ashok Bhardwaj on April 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Badhaka is a concept of periodic effects. It plays out in the dashas. The dasha of the badhaka causes problems in the sign that it is obstructing.
    Badhaka from lagna obstruct health. As per the research of K S Krishnamoorti during his founding days of KP astrology, Badhaka is a major planet influencing the time of death. If the Badhaka related to malefics and malefic houses, it becomes a maraka.


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  • Comment by Kannan on May 31, 2022 at 9:03 am

    What is the effect of Badhekesh Mars being placed with Ketu in the 2nd house Virgo for a Leo Ascendant? birth details: Dob 16/07/1950 at 10:05 A.M. in Chennai.

  • Comment by AVA on November 2, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    What is the effect of Badhekesh Venus being placed with Rahu in the 1st house Pisces for a Aquarius Lagna ( Nakshatra 24¾)? Anuradha (17 ⁴/⁴ ) Moon, Mars are located in the 9th badha house.

    Birth details: AVA 11/02/1969 at 08:26 (?) A.M. in Valuiky (GMT +3 )

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