Role of Rahu & Ketu in Pitru Dosha in Horoscope

Rahu and Ketu are the North and South Lunar Nodes, denoting the intersection point of the paths of the Sun and the Moon. They do not have a physical presence or mass but are very potent and impactful. They form the karmic axis, which indicates the types of karma an individual will experience in the current life.

Rahu and Ketu are called the Chaya Grahas (Shadow Planets) and give outcomes according to their placement or relationship with other planets.Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, represents materialism and manipulation. Ketu, the South Node of the Moon, represents detachment and disconnect. Both shadow planets are closely associated with Pitru Dosha.


What is Pitru Dosha?

A Dosha (Affliction) indicates unfavourable planetary placements or combinations in a Kundli (Birth Chart). The most dreaded among them is Pitru Dosha, resulting from the bad karma in your previous life. It occurs when the souls of your ancestors are not at rest due to their negative karma or that of their children, unfulfilled wishes or desires, or the sudden or unnatural death of a young family member.


It is a curse of the previous life's negative karma, which is reflected in the current life in the birth chart and indicated by the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu. The individual with Pitru Dosha in the birth chart must repay the ancestors' debts.


An individual may have to repay the karmic debt for negative karma or misdeeds from a previous life and experience the suffering until it equals the sorrow caused to others or repaying by performing good deeds. Pitru Dosha can also occur if any ancestors up to the 7th generation on the paternal side and up to the 4th generation on the maternal side have died an early or unnatural death or have intense pending karma.


How is Pitru Dosha Formed?

In the birth chart, the 9th House represents the forefathers or ancestors and your Dharma (duty towards ancestors). The 4th House represents your mother and other female ancestors. Any malefic planet can cause Pitru Dosha in the birth chart, but Rahu and Ketu are mainly associated with this affliction.


Planetary Combinations/Placements Causing Pitru Dosha

There are certain planetary combinations or placement in Houses that can cause Pitru Dosha


     When malefic planets associate with the 9th House or affect the Lord of the 9th House

     When malefic planets or planets that are Lords of the 6th, 8th, or 12th Houses conjunct or aspect, they affect the 9th House or House Lord, causing Pitru Dosha Yog to form.

     When the Moon, Sun or Jupiter is afflicted or has conjunction with Rahu or Ketu in the 6th/8th/12th Houses

     When the conjunction of Sun and Rahu, or Sun and Saturn, occur in the 1/2/4/5/7/9/10th Houses

     The most severe type of Pitru Dosha occurs when the above conjunction takes place in the 5th House (House of Education, Intelligence & Gains) or the 12th House (House of Spirituality, Expenses & Overseas Travel).

     When a malefic Sun is in the 9th House

     When the Sun conjuncts Saturn in the same House

     When Venus, Saturn and Rahu, or any two of these three planets are in the 2nd, 5th, 9th or 12th House

     When Mercury or Ketu, or both are in the 1st or 8th House

     If the Ascendant Lord is in the 6th, 8th, or 12th House and Rahu is in the Ascendant

     A weak or debilitated Ascendant is afflicted with Rahu and Saturn conjunction.

     Jupiter, afflicted by malefic planets-Saturn, Rahu or Ketu, is placed in the 9th House.

     When Saturn, Mars, or Rahu afflicts Venus


Impact of Pitru Dosha

The intensity of the Pitru Dosha depends upon the severity of the planetary combinations. The effects of Pitru Disha are constant stress and tension, physical and mental disturbances, obstacles in education or career, lack of progress despite sincere efforts, delayed marriage, problems in conceiving a child, health issues, divorce or separation, legal conflicts or sudden death in the family.


Remedies for Pitru Dosha

To reduce the effects of Pitru Dosha, some remedial measures can help reduce the effects or impact of this ancestral affliction

 Perform services for older people, the underprivileged & the impoverished.

Feed insects & ants with a mixture of wheat flour, black sesame seeds & sugar, shallow-fried in ghee and feed one spoon at the corner of a park or the root of a tree in a dry spot every morning.

Feed birds at a park or traffic signal & fish daily.

Make regular donations to orphanages, needy, differently challenged or homeless once a month.

 Avoid eating non-vegetarian food & abstain from meat.

Avoid killing insects, birds, reptiles, animals & other living creatures

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