Understand The Concept Of Maraka & Markesh In Astrology

Understand The Concept Of Maraka & Markesh In Astrology

In vedic astrology certain types of planets cause health issues or even death and most of the times, maraka planets do that. 

In this article we will learn about maraka planets and how it works.

In simple words, maraka planets are lord of 2nd and 7th house and their lords are called as Markesh.

Maraka effects can be defined in the following manner

A maraka planet can kill someone especially when lifespan seems to be complete. Here, calculation of life span is to be done for this and there are many methods to do it but here our focus is on maraka planets, therefore, life Span calculation will be done in the separate article.

When maraka dasha planets come in young age or when life span is still intact then the maraka planet will not kill but will create health issues. 

Also, maraka planets effects should not be limited to health only.

Maraka planets can cause relationship and financial problems also.

Why money and relationship issues?

Follow this paragraph carefully where vital information on the maraka planet is given.

In any horoscope, 2nd and 7th house are maraka houses.

Why they are assigned as maraka houses can be explained like this.

In a horoscope, the 8th house rules over the longevity of a person and 8th from 8th house is the 3rd house which also has a say in longevity.

Now 12th houses from these two houses are 2nd and 7th house and that is why they are called as maraka houses.

If you look up to significations of houses then the 2nd house has a primary say in wealth and 7th house is for your married life.

When these houses or their lords have planetary affliction then money and relationship issues are bound to happen.

How maraka planets works

Working of Maraka planets is quite simple and also doesn't mean that you will be having bad health or relationship issues in your life in every Maraka Dasha.

Just like any other planet, Maraka shouldn't be afflicted.

It's a general rule in astrology where an afflicted or weak planet can't protect its significations and gives bad results.

The Same way an afflicted and weak maraka planet can cause severe health issues during its period.

Though I have covered rules of affliction in a separate article few points need to be mentioned here which can make Maraka planet super sensitive and can cause permanent health issues to someone.

1. Planetary  Relation of 6th house with Maraka house can create severe health issues in it dasha and if someone is running weak planet period or 6th, 8th or 12th lord dasha, then health issues can be chronic in nature.

2. Relation of Maraka house with the 8th house can create health issues which are not easy to diagnose.

My 7th lord is making a relationship with the 8th house and at one point I was having a health issue which was difficult to diagnose and when Doctors couldn't help me, I went for gemtherapy and it helped me to recover from it.

All this happened in My Venus-Venus which is 8th lord in my horoscope. 8th lord shows health issues which are difficult to diagnose.

3. Relationship of Maraka house with the 12th house can give health issues which are more like phycological in nature and most of the time results in heavy expenses in treatment. Also, these health issues can be due to spirits and black magic.

These relationships of Maraka can be frustrating for someone because these health issues can be violent(6th house), hidden in nature(8th house) and expensive(12th lord).

NOTE: These relationships can be made in many ways but if they are mutually related like having an exchange btw 6th and 7th house is worst kind of affliction over 7th house and can result in health issues.

Usually all ascendant except for Aries and Libra ascendant, there are two marakas for the rest of the ascendant and they should not make a relationship with each other.

Like in the case of Gemini ascendant Moon and Mars are two marakas and should not have any kind of planetary relationship with each other.

Apart from these three kind of Maraka conditions you can also apply other rules of affliction which is given in my article afflicted planets.

This affliction will also make Maraka sensitive in nature and during their dasha health issues are very likely to happen.

Same way planets placed in Maraka houses also acquire some capabilities to produce health issues in life.

Each ascendant has planets which are maraka for them and should ideally be free of affliction for good health in life.

3rd, 6th, 8th & 12th House Lords As Maraka

Many times in a Horoscope, 3rd, 6th, 8th or the 12th house lords can acquire the role of a maraka planet.

When afflicted or in weak state and same time occupying the 2nd or the 7th house gives them maraka capabilities.

Shadow planets Rahu and Ketu can also turn maraka when in influence of the 6th, 2nd or the 7th house lord.

In the following horoscope, planet Sun who is lord of the 6th house is acting like a maraka planet.

maraka example where 6th house lord acts as maraka

6th lord Sun in 8th house with 7th house lord

Planet Sun is placed in the 8th house in debilitated state and is making a union with 7th lord Mercury.

Even planet Ketu have maraka capabilities because being placed in the 6th house in sign of Leo, Ketu is giving results of planet Sun.

During the dasha of Ketu the native suffered from chronic health issues.

Maraka Planets For All Ascendants

In each ascendant lord of the 2nd and the 7th house is called as maraka planets. Their placement should be in auspicious house and free from afflictions as much as possible. Placement of maraka planets in 6th house causes frequent injuries and operations. In the 8th house it gives chronic health issues whereas in the 12th house it brings undiagnosed issues which are psychological in nature.

Aries Ascendant

For Aries ascendant Venus rules over 2nd and 7th house and is the only maraka planet for them.

Venus should be free from affliction from Saturn, Rahu, Ketu and especially with 6th lord Mercury. 

Here though two natural benefic is making a relationship with each other but the role of Mercury with Venus can severely damage the health and marriage life of a person.

Look at the example here which belongs to my friend.

He has Mercury in 7th house and Venus in 8th with Saturn.

Here both 7th house and 7th lord are afflicted and for a whole year, he was hospitalized and had two surgeries.

maraka Venus

Maraka planet Venus in the 8th house

He was in Rahu-Venus during this period and Rahu is in 12th house in his horoscope which resulted in heavy expenses in his treatment.

Taurus Ascendant

Here, 2nd house lord is Mercury and 7th lord is Mars.

But due to Mercury other lordship over the 5th house, Mercury maraka effects won't be severe like 7th lord Mars.

Mars shouldn't be afflicted here and should be clear from Ketu, Rahu, and Jupiter.

This horoscope belongs to a male with debilitated Rahu in the 7th house whereas Mercury is in 12th.

Though Mercury is not a severe maraka here, but still due to placement in 12th house it gave him skin issues. 

Whereas Mars was debilitated in the 3rd house and Rahu debilitated in the 7th caused few injuries in the past.

maraka planet example

Not to forget he doesn't have a good married life though he is doing good in his second marriage.

Gemini Ascendant

Here, 2nd house is ruled by Moon and 7th lord is Jupiter.

Both should be free from affliction and especially 6th lord Mars affliction can cause serious trouble to health and marriage.

Given horoscope belongs to my friend, here Moon is in ascendant and is under the aspect of Saturn from 7th house.

Mars Jupiter is well placed in 10th house in own sign so Jupiter is strong except its union with Rahu is not good, but minor affliction is present in all horoscopes so it's not an issue.

Whereas Moon which is under the affliction of Saturn which has lordship over 8th house made him a sadistic person and gave him a super sensitive emotionally.

Cancer Ascendant

Here, Sun rules over 2nd house whereas Saturn rules over 7th house. 

Both of these planets have the capability to produce maraka effects especially when afflicted. 

Here Jupiter being 6th lord and in relation with these two maraka may not create many troubles because Jupiter has lordship over auspicious 9th house also.

The main condition for this is Jupiter should not be weak in strength.

Leo Ascendant 

For Leo ascendant the 2nd lord is Mercury and the 7th lord is Saturn. These two planets shouldn't be afflicted by Ketu, Rahu and should not be placed in 6th, 8th or the 12th house. Though Saturn in 6th house is fine since it is its own sign.

Virgo Ascendant

For Virgo ascendant Venus is lord of 2nd house whereas 7th lord Jupiter.

These two maraka planets shouldn't be afflicted and especially by Mars, Ketu or Rahu.

Venus maraka effects won't be much serious here since Venus has lordship over 9th house also which is the most auspicious house in astrology.

Jupiter have Kendradhipati dosha also which becomes sensitive and even a slight affliction it makes it give bad results for health.

Libra Ascendant

Here Mars have lordship over both 2nd and 7th house and is the only Maraka planet for them. Mars shouldn't be afflicted here especially from Jupiter.

libra ascendant mars as maraka

Mars as maraka aspected by Jupiter

In the above Horoscope which belongs to Mahatma Gandhi, Mars becomes double maraka which is placed in the 1st house and is in mutual aspect with Jupiter. He was assassinated in Jupiter mahadasha and Venus antardasha.

Scorpio Ascendant

Here Jupiter rules over the 2nd house and Venus rules over the 12th house. Both of these planets shouldn't be afflicted especially by malefic planets Mercury, Saturn, Rahu or Ketu. They should not be debilitated or placed in 6th, 8th or the 12th house.

Due to Jupiters lordship over the benefic 5th house, its maraka effect is not severe unless it is heavily afflicted. 

Sagittarius Ascendant

Here the 2nd house is ruled by planet Saturn whereas the 7th house is ruled by planet Mercury. Both are maraka here and should not be afflicted especially by Venus and Ketu.

sagittarius ascendant maraka palents

In the above Horoscope the native has 7th lord Mercury in the 12th house with planet Saturn. Native tends to get sick quite often and looks weak and dull by appearance. 

The union of auspicious Mars with the ascendant lord Jupiter have saved native from severe issues and maintained the energy level through nutrition and exercise.

 Capricorn Ascendant

Here Saturn rules over the 2nd house and Moon rules over 7th. Saturn has dual lordship where Saturn rules over ascendant also.

This makes it very necessary that Saturn shouldn't be afflicted.

If Saturn gets affliction then it will be a double blow for health.

Moon also shouldn't be afflicted especially by Jupiter and Mars. Moon is a fast moving planet and gets affliction easily than any other planet.

Also due to its frequent transit which happens in every 2.5 days, Moon comes in affliction easily.

Though here I am talking about transit but still it is worth to mention here.

Aquarius Ascendant

Here Jupiter is lord of 2nd and Sun is lord of 7th house. Both of these should be free from affliction especially by Mars, Rahu, Ketu, 6th lord Moon. 

In the Horoscope given below the native have 7th lord Sun in the 8th house with planet Mars.

aquarius ascendant maraka

7th house lord Sun in the 8th house

Native went through a near death situation once and have some other chronic illness.

The ascendant is aspected by its own lord which helps the native to overcome the issues every time.

Pisces Ascendant

Here Mars rules over 2nd and Mercury rules over 7th house. Mars due to its dual lordship over 9th house may not prove a serious Maraka planet but Mercury here should strong and unaffiliated especially by Sun and Saturn.

Pisces ascendant maraka planets

7th house lord Mercury in 8th house making it sensitive and causes health issues

The paragraph above shows the glimpse of Maraka role of Planets for all ascendant and in actual practice, there will always be permutation and combinations where Marakas will be connected to other houses and planets and a dynamic approach is required for its analysis.

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  1. Very good information and nicely put together. I hope you can comment on my question – My Mars is in 11th house (vargottama too, libra asscendant for both D1 and D9), retrograde jupiter in 7th house but moves to 8th house in bhav chalit, Jupiter’s 5th aspect is on Mars, Mars 8th aspect is on 6th house of jupiter. Saturn in 5th and Venus in 1st also aspects 7th house/Jupiter. Is this a concern during Jupiter dasha for major medical/death (my age would be about 80 when Jupiter dasha starts, currently going through Mars dasha)? I appreciate your quick insight on this. Thank you.

  2. Sir if rahu is placed in 2nd or 7th or its 7-8th from mahadasha lord. Will it be considered as markesh.

  3. This is for my brother Ankur. He’s going through a lot. Will he survive? Will his life be normal?
    10.01 a.m.
    Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

  4. A good article explaining Marakas Effects from horoscope in simple, comprehensive and easy to understand language.

  5. Mr. Naveen Rana Sir,

    It is great that reading your articles. Your explanations are very good. It is great that you have varied interest like Photography and Astrology. Please keep it up your good Work.

  6. I am scorpio by ascendant and have Mercury & Venus conjunction in 1st house. Sun is placed in 12th. Mercury has 7 and Venus is on 1 degree. What do you say about this combination.

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