Do You Have One of These 5 Powerful ‘Great Person’ Combinations in Your Chart?

What makes a person great? A powerful intellect, visionary ability or unique talent? Or highly developed human qualities such as patience, honesty, empathy and willingness to serve and take care of others without seeking reward? There are many reasons that someone could be considered a great person, and astrology has its own way of determining when and how a person becomes one. 

According to vedic astrology, there are five unique combinations in a birth chart called Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas. A ‘Yoga’, in astrological terms, is a union or combination of planets. ‘Pancha’ means five, and Mahapurush means a great person. 

Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas are formed by combinations which involve five particular planets; Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Each combination brings specific gifts to someone who is born under its influence, be it wealth, intelligence, communication skills or a hardworking nature. Having a Mahapurusha Yoga in your chart shows a quality that you have that allows you to become a great person.

How is a Mahapurusha Yoga formed?

A Mahapurusha Yoga is formed when one of the five planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn, is either exalted or in its own sign, and is placed in a Kendra house – the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th. The lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu, and the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, are not included. 

If one of these planets meets both these criteria in your chart, then a Mahapurusha Yoga of that planet is formed. The planet becomes all powerful in your chart and some form of talent or wealth relating to that planet becomes part of who you are.

You can check the Yogas section of the Cosmic Insights app to see if you have any of the Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas in your chart. Even if you don’t have one of these combinations in your natal chart, you can still experience it at certain times by transit.

Bhadra Yoga – Mercury’s Gift of Intelligence and Communication

When Mercury is placed in either Gemini (own sign) or Virgo (own sign and exalted) in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house then you have Mercury’s Mahapurush Yoga – Bhadra Yoga –  in your chart. This means that all the qualities that Mercury represents are found in you. Intelligence and skill in learning, communicating and dealing with information come naturally to you and influence who you are. 

With this Mahapurusha Yoga, you would excel in teaching, lecturing, speaking and business. Mercury is the prince of the planets, who also inherits great wealth. Bill Gates, one of the world’s wealthiest men, has Bhadra Yoga in his chart. Wealth may also bless you in different forms such as in excellent ideas, business ability, or good family. With this Mahapurusha Yoga in your chart, you carry a positive energy with you, blessed by Vishnu, the great sustainer of the universe and deity of Mercury. 

A more challenging quality of Mercury is its ability to be easily influenced, and it is important that the intelligence and good fortune you are given is used in the right way so that Mercury’s positive aspects are brought into your life. If you have Bhadra Yoga in your chart, avoid over-thinking or being overly critical of yourself or others, and keep a check on your multi-tasking – don’t take on too much at once.  

Mercury goes into this Mahapurusha Yoga twice a year by transit. When it does, it is a good time to make important decisions and use the positive energy wisely.

Malavya Yoga – Venus’ Gift of Beauty and Charm

When Venus is placed in Taurus or Libra (own signs) or in Pisces (exalted), in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house then you have Malavya Yoga in your chart. This means you come across as charming and graceful, you excel in social interactions and are likely to be beautiful and creative. There is also a spiritual quality here, as this combination brings devotion and a wish to grow in self knowledge, and perhaps even teach it to others. 

Malavya Yoga brings the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Lakshmi’s blessings of wealth come not only in the form of money, but in eight forms – Connection with our Source, Material Comfort, Food, Courage, Progeny, Power, Knowledge and Success. This makes this Mahapurusha Yoga very fulfilling. If you don’t have it in your chart, you can still experience it by transit, during which you will feel physically and mentally comfortable, wealthy and happy.

Ruchaka Yoga – Mars’ Gift of Courage

If Mars is placed in Aries or Scorpio (own signs) or in Capricorn (exalted) in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house in your birth chart then you are blessed with Ruchaka Yoga. This brings a strong Mars energy into your life, where competition, athleticism and a warrior-like quality become part of your nature, and you have the drive and the courage to achieve whatever you want. Mars can also bring wealth and property. This Yoga will become particularly powerful for you when you are in your Mars Mahadasha (planetary period). 

Mars is all about action and energy, and when you focus that energy into a goal you can break through obstacles and reach your goal with ease. A person with Ruchaka Yoga in their chart is a powerful person who is able to use their talents to make things happen. On the negative side, there could be a dominating personality, which can be challenging, especially in marriage, where care should be taken that one partner does not dominate over the other. 

Watching the ego, avoiding aggression and anger, and practicing kindness is important. To keep the Mars energy positive a good remedy is to honor this planet’s associated deity, Lord Kartikeya, the warrior and philosopher God. 

By transit Mars goes into Ruchaka Yoga approximately three times in a span of two years, as Mars takes 2 years to go around the zodiac.

Hamsa Yoga – Jupiter’s Gift of Respect and Philosophy

When Jupiter is placed in Sagittarius or Pisces (own signs) or in Cancer (exalted) in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house then you have Hamsa Yoga in your chart, bringing a  pure nature with a strong connection to the divine. 

Jupiter is the great teacher, or Guru, and expresses a philosophical intelligence that gains respect from others. No matter how Jupiter is placed in your chart, with this Yoga comes honor and respect. People may seek your wisdom and advice, and you will have the ability to discriminate between the positive and negative aspects in your own life as well as in that of others. There may be less need for material accomplishments here, with emphasis instead placed on the spiritual aspects of life. 

Whether or not you have Hamsa Yoga in your birth chart, you can experience it by transit for a year at a time.

Sasha Yoga – Saturn’s Gift of Discipline and Justice

If Saturn is placed in Capricorn or Aquarius (own signs) or in Libra (exalted) in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house in your birth chart then you have Sasha Yoga in your chart, and will be powerfully influenced by Saturn’s energies. 

With Sasha Yoga in your chart, the initial years of your life until your mid thirties may not be easy, as Saturn puts you through challenges. It might feel tough but, as is Saturn’s style, the pain has long term benefits – later you are a brighter and more brilliant person as a result. 

Saturn brings discipline and focus, and the ability to put in long hours of work. It likes things ordered, precise and perfect. Someone with this Yoga in their chart should be careful of being too rigid or controlling. But Saturn also brings rewards for hard work done and is ready to give whatever we deserve according to our karma. Sitting in deepest, darkest space, Saturn moves slowly, observes everything and judges our actions. Whichever house Saturn sits in will indicate in which area the karma (action) will be done. 

But with this Yoga your hard work will pay off. Putting in the hours will be rewarded with fantastic results – though perhaps not immediately. Politics, whether for country or company, is a strong pursuit for someone with Sasha Yoga in their chart. Barack Obama is such an example. Construction, real estate and engineering or metal work is all work connected with Saturn and can also be favorable in terms of career.

This Yoga creates very powerful people. They may not necessarily be easygoing or popular, but they will command a great respect and power.  It is important to be truthful, disciplined and hard-working to get Saturn’s blessings, and it is wise to treat everyone equally and focus on service to humanity. If you have this Yoga in your chart, smoothen the way by doing selfless service, being respectful to everyone, especially elderly people, and practicing philanthropy. You can request Lord Shiva, the deity connected with Saturn, to help you in managing Saturn’s powerful energy.

By transit this Yoga will come three times in Saturn’s 29 year cycle, for around 2.5 years each time.

Are All People with Mahapurusha Yogas Great?

So is it the case that everyone on the planet who has one of these Mahapurusha Yogas in their birth chart is someone universally accepted as a great person? Not necessarily. Not all people are great, it all depends on how they use this power. If misused, the person could become a criminal. It’s also very important to look at the house and nakshatra (lunar mansion) that the planet forming the Mahapurusha Yoga is positioned in. For example, a man with a Mahapurusha Yoga in his 4th house would be dedicated to his home and family life as a committed husband and father, but at the same time could be involved in criminal activity connected with his work or another aspect of life. 

Whether the planet is in the nakshatra of a friend or enemy planet, and also the pada (part) of the nakshatra that it sits in will all influence the Mahapurusha Yoga. At times there is a reduced effect, or even cancellation, depending on the position of the planet and any aspects from other planets that influence it. If the planet forming the Mahapurusha Yoga is in the same house as another planet, it can reduce the Mahapurusha Yoga’s power. 

Learning to work with the Maha Purusha Yogas in your chart, by birth or by transit, can be very extremely useful. It can help you identify key strengths and provide you with beneficial rituals to help you become a truly great person on this planet.

To understand your own individual birth chart in detail, including the effect of any Yogas, you can do a live complete birth chart analysis with one of our expert astrologers.