MahaPurusha Yoga Bhanga

– An Attempt


Subramanium Shastry, India

“Every astrologer I meet says that I have got Malavya yoga in my chart. I have read about the great effects of exalted Venus in a Kendra from Ascendant. Is this the Malavya yoga? But, sorry man, it didn’t work in my chart.” 

The above statement was by the native of Chart 1, put to the scribe. The native is an official working in the Department of Revenue, GOI. Out of curiosity, the birth details were asked and promptly noted down.

The birth details of the chart 1 are December 4, 1964, Bhopal.

Maha-1Pancha Maha Purusha Yogas are the combinations that produce 5 kinds of great people.They are namely, Hamsa, Ruchaka, Bhadra, Malavya and Sasa. The classical definition of Malavya yoga, one of the Pancha Mahapurusha yogas is “placement of Venus in own or exalted house identical to a Kendra from Lagna or Moon”. Accordingly, Hamsa, Ruchaka, Bhadra and Sasa yogas are formed by such placement of Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn respectively.

The verses from some classics defining Maha Purusha yoga are as under:


Something important must first be mentioned, in younger years of our astrological journey, most of us ascribe great success to a native to MPY present in the chart but actually that success might be happening due to some other yoga present in the chart. Also, it is not rare to have these yogas in one chart. This point must be kept in mind before we venture into testing this proposed theory of MPY cancellation presented in this paper.

The classical definition of Malavya yoga is satisfied in Chart 1 by the placement of Venus in Lagna as Lagna Lord. Venus dasa is running presently (at the time of writing) from 1988 January to 2008 January. Maha Dasas. Merc. 1964-01-24 – 1981-01-23/Ket. 1981-01-23 – 1988-01-24 /Ven. 1988-01-24 – 2008-01-24.

According to native, the Venus dasa is going normal, nothing extraordinary. Usually, the yoga giving planets give the results in their Mahadashas and Antardashas. Why Venus, in own house, didn’t give any results? Aspected by Jupiter, bitter enemy of Venus?

Though there was no prediction given to the native, the question of how the Malavya yoga became defunct was remained unans wered till a verse came across during the cursory reading of Chandrakalanadi or Devakeralam. The verse referred, in ChandrakalaNadi Devakeralam1 (Vo. II, Part I, Page 5 and verse 26) describing Malavya yoga and its results.

The next verse i.e., 27 reads as under.-

Maha-3.0Maha-3.1The same verse is repeated in the Kerala Nadi by Mysore University with the addition of one more condition :

Maha-4Sri C.S.Patel., while giving out the combination, gave the reason as “Probably, the association or aspect of Saturn over Jupiter or conjunction of Ketu with the yoga producing planet stunts the growth of beneficial results, in spite of MPY. This gives a clue as to why MPY, sometimes, do not give prescribed results in some natives.”

This combination is present in Chart 1. At last, one reason is here for the non-functionality of Malavya yoga! But applying this rule common to all the MPYs’ as suggested by Shri C.S.Patel was another question. Mr Patels explanation has been discussed over the years by many & experienced of us knows his explanation does not work in toto on all charts where MPY is present but not working. The verse was duly noted down and was discussed for much time with our editor over the years. But no hints came up except another verse was given in the 1jth Chapter of Manasagari while discussing yogas which is reproduced in Devanagari here –


The gist of above verse translated is “The conjunction of yoga-giving planets with Sun or Moon leads to cancellation of such yogas, due to which, only ordinary good results be expected in such planets’ dasas or antardasas”. The combination was tested in some charts but the result was not so convincing.

The shloka in Devakeralam was always there in the mind, waiting to be deciphered. And one day, suddenly the inter-relation between the three “Venus-Jupiter-Saturn” was *flashed* in the mind.

If the above Devakeralam verse be carefully analysed, it can be seen that ]upiter is the lord of exaltation sign of Venus while Saturn is the lord of debilitation sign of ]upiter. It was inferred from this point that

1) If the lord of exalted sign of a yoga-producing planet is conjoined or aspected by its neecha-sign lord, the effects of the yoga-producing planet stands nullified.


2) If the yoga-producing planet is conjoined with Ketu, the effects are nullified.

Note:  The cancellation occurs only if the neecha sign lord is aspecting the uccha sign lord, not the other way round. Eg., Saturn’s aspect on ]upiter will cancel the Malavya yoga not ]upiter’s aspect on Saturn.   

As per the above point, the following table was prepared.

Planet – Yoga Lord of Exaltation – B Lord of Neecha sign of B Yoga for cancellation
Venus             – Malavya (Pisces) Jupiter Saturn Ju + Sa or Sa aspects Ju
Jupiter- Hamsa Moon Mars Mo + Ma or Ma aspects


Mercury- Bhadra Mercury Jupiter Me + Ju or Jupiter aspects


Mars – Ruchaka Saturn Mars Sa + Ma or   Ma aspects


Saturn – Sasa Venus Mercury Ve + Me or Me aspects Ve

(Mercury being aspected by Venus is astronomically impossible unless the theory “Aspects in Divisionals” are accepted, which will be discussed at a later issue.)

This theory was tested in some horoscopes for each yoga-planet separately. Initially, the second condition viz., conjunction of Ketu was not taken but afterwards, it was used as an additional confirmation of cancellation. Something important must first be mentioned, in younger years of our experience most of us ascribe great success to a native to MPY present in the chart but actually that success might be happening due to some other yoga present in the chart. This point must be kept in mind before we venture into testing this proposed theory of MPY cancellation presented in this paper.

As a starter, the charts are given for each Mahapurusha Yoga (MPY) in which cancellation occurs as per the theory.

The details of Chart-1 are given, in which the condition for cancellation of Malavya yoga clearly seen and the effect was more visible than any other chart. The interesting point is the planetary conjunction or aspect of Sat over Jupiter is repeating in D-1, D-9 and D-10 though in D-9, there is no Malavya yoga from Lagna. Born 4/12/1964, 4.20, Bhopal, 77-24  E, 23-16 N.

Maha-6 Maha-7

This native, working under Department of Revenue, Govt. of India, had not been promoted so far for the last 20 years which in itself is a rare case considering the fact that the native is known for his intelligence.

Here, Venus is exalted in Pisces. So, take Jupiter, lord of Pisces as B. Note the sign where this planet B is debilitated and take the lord of that sign, Saturn in this case. Saturn is in Kumbha and Jupiter is in Aries. Saturn aspects Jupiter by its 3rd aspect.

Malavya yoga due to Venus’ situation in exalted or own sign identical with Kendra reckoned from Lagna or moon gets cancelled as the Saturn aspects Jupiter by his 3rd aspect in D1 & conjunction in D9 respectively.

For astrologers who use yogas in Divisional Charts, we can see that the malavya yoga in dasamsa is cancelled by Jupiter in 10th house being aspected by Saturn from 1st house.


Chart 2: Hamsa Yoga Bhanga – A house wife

In chart 2, there is Hamsa yoga thanks to Jupiter being exalted in 7th house. As per native’s own version, the best thing happened in Jupiter dasa which was from Jup MD: 2nd June, 1993 to 02nd June, 2oo9, was only marriage (7th house) and birth of a baby girl (Jupiter being Putra karaka). Beyond marriage and children, nothing else has happened; even the characteristics as described for Hamsa Yoga are not exhibited by the native. Jupiter dutifully forgot his duty!


Here Hamsa yoga which is by Jupiter, now take its exalted Rasi that is Cancer so its Lord Moon becomes B & it’s (moon i.e. B) debilitation sign becomes Scorpio who lord becomes Mars. Then we see that Mars is aspecting Moon satisfying the condition given by our postulation & thereby cancelling (bhanga) the Hamsa Mahapurusha Yoga of Jupiter.

Chart 3 – Bhadra Yoga cancelled.

This chart is of a Bank employee who was recently promoted as Manager. Mercury’s placement in Virgo, the 7th house was not so exciting. Of course, he was promoted as Manager during the fag end of Mercury Dasa


Also, just out of curiosity, this principle was extended to Sun and moon and tested in some charts, the results are very much convincing, probably a subject matter to be dealt with at a later date.

Sun Mars Moon Ma + Moon or Moon aspects Mars (just reverse of Ju )
Moon Venus Mercury Ve + Me or Me aspects Ve (just like in the case of Sa, this is

impossible except in divisional charts)

Well, referring to the rules for Saturn, you will find that Saturn gets exalted in Venusian sign Libra and Venus gets debilitated in Mercury’s Virgo. Like that, Moon gets exalted in Taurus, another Venusian sign, the lord Venus gets debilitated in Virgo. So, Moon’s exaltation gets cancelled by aspect/conjunction of Venus and Mercury.  But, Mercury and Venus cannot aspect each other in Rasi charts; their conjunction is the only point that can happen in Rasi chart which leads to cancellation of moon’s exaltation. The yoga can get cancelled in divisional charts by aspect/conjunction.


The Chandrakala Naadi verse and Shri  Patel’s translation ” .. The good results of exalted Venus do not materialize”   led   to  another  parallel observation of exalted planets and its results on similar lines.

Though it is premature to say that this MPY bhanga yoga works always, it is seen from the experience that this theory holds water especially with the additional Ketu factor being taken into consideration. This could be one of the techniques for cancellation and not the only one. It is requested that the theory may be tested in some charts and the feedbacks/suggestions and/or brickbats are most  welcome at


  1. “Devakeralam – Chandrakala Nadi” –

Original   Sanskrit   shlokas   with English   translation   by   Shri   R. Santanam

2. “Navamsa and Nadi Astrology” by Shri C.S.Patel

( These books are mentioned in the Recommended Books article and are available at )