Mangal - The Mars
Veera Dhwajaaya Vidhmahe
Vigna Hasthaaya Dheemahi
Thanno Bhowma Pracho Dhayaath
Dharanee garbha Sambhootham
Vidhyuth kaanthi Samaprabham
Kumaaram Sakthi Hasthancha
Mangalam Pranamaam Yaham.
The one who is the son of Bhooma Devi, One who has the lustre
of lightning, One who has Shakthi in his hand, and the
auspoicious one, I prostrate that Angaraka.
In Vedic astrology Mars is know as MANGAL, ANGARAKA and KUJA.
These names in Sanskrit mean, "auspicious, burning coal, and
the fair one". Mars is a malefic. He rules over the two
sidereal signs of Aries and Scorpio. He is exalted in Capricorn
and fallen in the opposite sign of Cancer. Mars is often depicted
as a god with a red body exemplifying the natural color of the
astronomical body in the sky.
Kuja is a karaka, or indicator, of brother and siblings,
assertion, aggressiveness, soldiers and military endeavors,
mechanical ability, engineers and surgeons, commanders and
rulers, accidents, violence and war, ambition, strength,
arguments and conflict, passion and desire.
Like Surya, the Sun, Mars most powerful position is in the
10th House. He is a particularly beneficial planet for Cancer or
Leo Ascendants. His nature is PITTA, or fiery. His gem is red
coral and his direction is south. Mars' day is Tuesday and he
reaches full maturity at age 28.
In Vedic mythology Mars appears to have been born of the
Earth. SARVA, the archer, represents the element of Earth as the
supporter of life. Sarva's wife VIKESI, the disheveled, is
the Earth goddess. The Puranic literature of ancient India
declares that Angaraka, Mars is their son born of the Earth. Mars
is further identified with the Kartikeya, the god of war. He is
the son of the god Shiva, who was born without Shiva's union
with a woman. Kartikeya was born with six heads as the six
goddesses of the lunar constellation, Kritika, or the Pleiades
nurtured him. Kartikeya kills the seemingly invincible demon
Taraka, and releases the Devas from Taraka's oppression.
These myths depict valor, strength and courage, and most
fittingly, the protective quality of Mars. Thus, Mars is known as
the protector of dharma, the sacred path and purpose in life that
each of us follows.
In the Zodiac, ANGARAKA or MARS is regarded as a God of
martial character, red in every aspect. Even the Romans held him
as their Guru. In the Zodiac, He is the Lord of "Mesha"
and "Vrischika". He stays 1 1/2 months in each Rasi
taking 18 months to complete the cycle.
A prayer to this planet frees one from debts, poverty and
illness afflicting the skin. This graha bestows property and
conveyance (Locomotion). A prayer to Angaraka can restore loss of
eyesight. Tuesdays are intended for the worship of Angaraka who
loves the chanting of Sama Veda. If one observes the fast on
Tuesday for 21 times, the unlucky influence of Tuesday (Mangal)
can be got rid off.
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