Mangal Dosh

In summary – “Mangal Dosha” is a condition far too easily diagnosed by astrologers without much grasp of the science.

Mangal” is a Sanskrit name for Mars. “Dosha” means a fault or deterioration. Literally then, Mangal-Dosha means “The fault of Mars.” I prefer to use the more poetic English, “The Stain of Mars.”

Mars is the planet of energy, and thus can easily become agitated, competitive and agressive. We don’t want too much of that type of stuff coming into contact with our Marriage and romantic relationships, right? Naturally.

The 7th House is the focal point for such relationships – so when Mars is in a position to directly affect the 7th House there is the potential for “The Stain of Mars” to arise. The places from which Mars can directly affect the 7th House are houses 12, 1, 4, 7 and 8.

As you can see, that’s an awful lot of houses. More than a third of people should therefore have Mangal Dosha – so statistically alone you should understand that having Mangal Dosha is not the end of the world in and of itself.

An astrologer should be more picky about what actually creates a situation worthy of being called “mangal-dosha”. For one thing, Mars should affect the 7th House directly in more than one way. The more angles that Mars connects to the 7th House, the more the situation is worthy of being called a “Stain” or a “Fault” to marriage and relationship karma.

For example, Person A has Mars in the 12th House. Most astrologers will claim this is Mangal Dosha and scare the hell out of the person. However it’snot. There are a list of ways mangal dosh is cancelled, and there is talk of it becoming ineffective at the maturity of Mars (28 years old) – but I’m not even going to go into that here. I am simply saying that this person does not have Mangal Dosha because Mars is only connected to the 7th House from one angle.

Another example is Person B. She has Mars in the 12th House, where it aspects her 7th House. Additionally she has the ruler of her 7th House in the 6th, where that ruling planet also gets affected by an aspect from Mars. Now I would tell her, “you have Mangal Dosha.”

Person C has everything Person B has, but additionally has the Moon in his 9th House. That would mean that Mars would aspect the 7th House from the Moon in addition to everything else. Person C I would try to disuade from marriage and encourage to develop an energetic career or something similar.

Person D has everything Person C has, but additionally has the Lord of the Moon’s 7th House in his 6th or 7th or 3rd houses (where the aspect of Mars falls). This person would have 4 Counts of Mars influencing his marriage and relationship karma. I might blatantly tell such a person to never get married. But even then there could be other positive or negative factors affecting the relationship karma besides Mars!

Positive Effects of Mars

Mars is a hot planet and plays a very important role in our horoscopes. It is the planet of action and our capacity to project emotion – its nature is that of a brave warrior, one who is also ruthless and rash . A correct balance of Mars energy is most desirable in all lives – but unfortunately, only a lucky few possess this dynamic balance. Mars is the planet of emotional excitability, which can become violent at the slightest instigation. Mars is exalted in Capricorn a sign owned by Saturn that depicts discipline, it is quite evident that once Mars energy is harmonized and made to act in a disciplined fashion it can be a very powerful and auspicious force in our lives.

On the positive side, a strong Mars is necessary to give us the energy, independence, will and self-confidence to carry out our endeavors. Without this we would have no real interest, passion or motivation to carry out anything to an end and accomplish its objective. On the negative side, the same aggression brings about competition, argument and conflict – which, if unchecked can lead to domination, violence, injury and disaster .

The most dreaded concept of Mangal Dosha/Manglik, as per classical vedic astrology principles means early death of spouse or inharmonious relationship with the spouse in the early years of marriage.
A person is treated as Manglik when Mars is placed in the first, second, fourth, seventh, eighth and twelfth houses from the natal ascendant or natal Moon. Some modern astrologers even include these positions from Venus. This way more that 80% of the human beings will be graded as Manglik. In classical astrology, there are some exceptions for those ascending signs (Aries, Scorpio, Cancer and Leo) where Mars is a benefic planet. This concept is not true.


As per the Systems’Approach for Interpreting the Horoscopes, the said position of Mars in a chart does not make a native Manglik in case Mars is a functional benefic for the natal chart.

As per the Systems’ Approach, for the natal charts with ascending signs of Virgo, Scorpio and Taurus where Mars is a functional malefic, Mars can generate the results of the so-called Manglik yoga if the impact of Mars is close/exact to the most effective point of the house and the lord of the house where Mars is posited, is weak. There is no exception to this rule.

The close trine aspect of a functional benefic Jupiter and the third aspect of a functional benefic Saturn are capable of warding off the evil results generated by Mars to a large extent. 

The functional malefic planets as per the Systems’ Approach act identical to Mars in case these malefic planets form close conjunction/aspect with the houses/planets signifying marital happiness. Therefore, for understanding the true impact of Mars in a natal chart we have to clearly understand the functional nature of planets.