Naga (Naag or Sarpa) Dosha – Nature, Cause, Effects and Remedy

Hari Om

Naag dosha also known as Sarpa dosha is a powerful limitation in any chart or horoscope causing obstacles in many ways. The Dosha happens due to rage and extreme anger by the God of Serpent. The Dosha is primarily caused by certain past bad actions or Nishidda Karma.

Rahu represents Maya (Illusion) and is said to be the head and Ketu as tail of the Sarpa. Rahu shows his unlimited want, hunger and chaos while Ketu represents moksha (or liberation) and shows how to overcome things. Rahu gets disturbed when one exploits the environment or nature. Serpents are very powerful energy and the protectors of the natural spirits.

Sarpa Dosha and Kala Sarpa Dosha:

Naga Dosha differs from Kalasarpa Dosha. Even after death, this Sarpa Dosha operates on a person. It may cause resulting in Improper or no cremation, accident death, murder, suicide, intoxication, tearing of the body by accidents / bombs, cremating without complete parts (main parts not found), cremations by strangers very late, but not by blood relatives, etc.

Whilst Kalasarpa dosha is largely hereditary and its effects can only be seen during Vimsottari dasas of Rahu, Ketu and other related planets, it has no specific time limit for Sarpa Dosha. Kalasarpa dosha has easier solutions, but Sarpa Dosha must be tested and anslysed carefully in the horoscope by a competent Vedic astrologer.

Cause of Naag Dosha

Due to late cremation or cremation by strangers.

When not all body parts get cremated together.

When a person expired in an accident, bomb blast or stampede, suicide, murder or poisoning.

If ancestors or forefathers killed an unborn child.

Black magic performed by forefathers.

When people involve themselves in cheating, stealing, destroying or harming nature and ill treating parents.

When people grab others’ properties.

All these effects can be carefully and reliably deduced and interpreted from a Vedic horoscope or by Divine guidance through Prasna by a competent Guru from the positioning of malefics (Sun, Saturn and Mars) and nodes ( Rahu & Kethu) and afflictions to benefics and beneficial houses in the Rasi and divisional charts of an individual. Severe afflictions to Kendras and Trikonas (quadrants and trines) in a chart without adequate benefic influence indicate powerful Sarpa Doshas.

General Behaviour

Female natives born under strong Rahu influence are fond of cleanliness. They love to spend on their high life style and extravaganza. Due to afflictions, they feel always attracted towards men even after marriage. When afflicted, Male natives are selfish and sensual. They can flirt with every kind of women. They are generally fond of travelling.

Ketu female natives are very independent, focussed and self-made. They lose their life partner early either through divorce or becoming a widow. Male natives are religious and spiritual. If afflicted, they are not loyal to their partners. They get attracted towards divorcees or widows.

Effects due to Sarpa Dosha

Traditional or accidental abortions.

Children with physical or mental deformities are born.

Low count or lack of virility of sperm.

Late marriage or no marriage and numerous losses an account of relationships.

Slow growth of Brain / intelligence

Becoming victims of bad dreams, witchcraft, or other spells.

Possession by malicious spirits.

Serious chronic pains, illness and suffering.

Children refuse to get married marry (or having unconventional behaviour)or run away from their homes.

Addiction to bad habits regularly.

Due to strong effect of Sarpa dosha, a daughter marries a wrong person, or elopes with a worthless person.

Son-in-law being sadistic or powerless (impotent) person.

Losing spouse early and when young and can’t find a second life partner.

Losing share of property / wealth as part of alimony.

Children become drug addicted and intoxicated and leave home without caring for the elderly.

Brothers getting into litigation for properties

No domestic happiness

Children waiting for the death of their parents to take their money, land etc.,

No male child or disobedient children or no children.

Delay in marriage, child birth

Early Loss of children or life partner.

No bed comforts.

Financial instability inspite of hard work.

Unholy or abnormal habits, relationship and character.

Unhappy home or family.

Remedial Advise

Worshipping Lord Vishnu will be very auspicious.

Chandal Yoga Nivarthi Pooja will reduce malefic aspects and increase the benefits of Jupiter, Rahu or Ketu.

One can wear 11 mukhi rudraksha mala which will help in improving health.

One can perform a Havan to take Jupiter’s exclusive blessings.

One can wear a yellow sapphire as per expert advise.

Worshipping Lord Ganesha will reduce depression.

One must perform Chandal Graha Shanti Pooja to have positivity.

Give respect to your parents, parents-in-laws, old people, teachers and poor people.

Donate honey, turmeric, yellow sweets to teachers or Brahmins.

The person should donate any yellow colored things to poor and needy.

The person should give food to animals and birds.

Chant Jupiter (Brihaspati) and/ or Chandra Graha mantra.

One must do the Guru Chandal Yoga Shanti Yagya Anushantan if Rahu and Guru are together in bad houses.

Worship Maa Baglamukhi, Maa Varahi and Maa Chinnmasta sidh yantra everyday.

One can wear guruchandal Mukti sidh kavach as advised by their Guru.

More Specific Remedies….. Read on


Organize a Sarp Parihar pooja on shashti for reducing the effects of Naag dosha. Take bath after the pooja.

Worship Lord shiva daily and offer water and milk to Shivlinga.

Chant “Om Namah Shivaya” or ” any Dosha Nivarana Mantra” given by your Guru, 108 times daily.

Apply chandan or Kumkum on forehead.

Worship sarpa idols ( five headed ) on Tuesday and Saturday for 18 weeks.

Apply black powder (Kajal) and mustard oil to lead metal and flow in the river.

Keep peacock feather at home.

Read from the Mahabharata, the great snake sacrifice conducted by King Janamejaya. The traditional belief is that whoever hears this story will have nothing to fear from snakes.

Wear rings made up of five metals suggested by your guru.

Wear Gomed (hessonite garnet) in silver ring in the middle finger if Rahu is a benefic for you or Cats eye in little finger if Ketu is a benefic for you.

Perform Sarpa Dosha Nivarthi puja at Srikalahasthi on Tuesday or Saturday with Tarabala.

Perform Sarpa Sooktha and Go sooktha Havens on Full moon days or days having tarabala.

Chanting Sri Lalitha Sahasranama with devotion is a perfect remedy for most of the doshas.

Perform Brahaspathi Homams Sarvarishta Homams along with Ganapathi and Navagraha Homams.

Organize special pooja for Narsimha on Tuesdays.

Offer prayers at important religious places with your partner in temples such as , Navagraha temples, Rameswaram, Thryambakeshwar, Kuke Subramanya Temple as per your Guru’s advise.

Give pulses to the needy and poor for 54 Wednesdays if Mercury is afflicted.

Visit one or few of the Temples at Srikalahasthi, Mannarsala, Thirunageswaram (Rahu), Keezperumpallam (Kethu), Kuke Subramanya, Thirupamparam, Bhujanga Naga Temple, Gujarat, Ghati Subramanya Temple, Nagarkoil Nagaraja Temple, Pullikal Sarpakavu temple or Devi Sri Karumariamman Temple as applicable or as advised.

Metaphysics of Sarpa worship:

Adisesha (The one who remains as the remainder even after Pralaya or complete destruction of the Universe) represents the Nature or Prakriti on whom rests Narayana the manifest God to sustain the universe. By showing reverence and devotion to the Sarpa idol and pouring milk or other offerings as part of a ritual, we are seeking forgiveness for all knowingly and unknowingly committed sins and crime towards Mother Nature and all living beings. This can also be considered as showing reverence to the moola or primordial Sakthi or Adi Sakthi being represented as serpent power within the Self to manifest itself as incarnations through cycles of birth and death based on karmic mechanism.

Naag Dosh – Don’ts

Do not orgainse any remedial poojas on fasting days. Like ekadasi, shivaratri, ashtami, etc.

Remedial Pooja should be done on auspicious days only.

Remedial Pooja must not be done at home.

Do not do Namaskar in any Naga Temple.

No family member should be absent while conducting pooja.

Girls should not enter Naag temples if they have menstral cycles operating.

Do not do Naag pooja near monthly date of females.

Women who are pregnant should not go to Naag Temples.

Do not do pooja after having a meal.

Do not eat onion, garlic, outside food, non veg on Amavasya and srardh days.

Do not drink alcohol on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Tharpanam days.

Do not hurt elders and children.

Do not gossip about women, saints, priests and Brahmins.

Listen to Sarpa Sooktham (Vedic Remedial Mantra):

GF’ Blessings.