Mars, the fourth planet of the Sun, also recognized as the ‘Red Planet’, derives its reputation from the Roman God of War, and has been ruling the charts of Indian Astronomy, as a sinfully strong influence to those born with its presence in their horoscope (Mangliks).
Mangal Dosha can also be identified as Kuja Dosha, Bhom Dosha or Angarakha Dosha. A person is considered to be inflicted with Mangal Dosha, if Mars occupies a place in the “Lagna” (Ascendant), the Fourth House, the Seventh House, the Eighth House, or the Twelfth House of their horoscope.
- While elders whisper stories of bad luck in marriage, often leading to the demise of the partner or raging temperament issues that might lead to divorce, science explains the influence of Mars as a prime reason behind specific traits of profound courage, fearlessness, a strong sense of purpose, and uncontrollable mood swings leading to anger outbursts.
The Union of Two Mangliks
Owing to the dominant traits of heroism, anger and strong will power of Mangliks, the mirror of logic reflects a happier married life for two individuals with mutual participation of Mangal Graha in their birth charts. They are both gifted with an innate sense of determination and bravery to make it through the turbulence of life.
- As per Vedic Astrology, the union of two Mangliks, evaporates away the possible threats or negative effects of Mars in a married life.
Kumbh Vivah, Vishnu Vivah or Ashwatha Vivah
“Love”, they say, has the power to conquer all the demons of the world. However, to simmer down the wrath of the planets, learned priests and preachers of our religion follow a set of marriage traditions, when only one of the two lovers has a strong presence of Mars in his/her birth chart. The tradition widely recognized as “Kumbh Vivah”, witnesses a pre-marriage procedure of conducting a complete wedding ceremony, between the individual with Mangal Dosha and a clay pot. Kumbh Vivah derives its name from two Sanskrit words, Kumbh meaning “Clay Pot” and Vivah meaning “Wedding”.
Rummaging through the pages of history, the ritual seems to have embraced the variations of marrying a Peepal or Banana tree, referred to as Ashwatha Vivah or a metallic statue of Lord Vishnu, recognized today as Vishnu Vivah, long after its inception.
- Vedic Astrology, justifies the entire ritual of Kumbh, Vishnu or Ashwatha Vivah, as a procedure of driving the wrath of Mars away.
The Dance of the Planets
The first astrological sign in the zodiac, Aries, ruled by planet Mars does wonders to eradicate bad luck from the life of a Manglik.
- Astrologers claim, that a horoscope with a first house of Aries with Mars homed in on it, decreases the damaging effects of the Red Planet.
Reciting Hanuman Chalisa
Pawan Putra (son of the wind God) Hanuman ji, is recognised as a deity of Mars. A paragon of bravery, devotion, and undisputed strength, he is widely recognised and worshiped as Bajrang Bali.
‘Sankatt Se Hanumaan Chhudave, Man Kram Bachan Dhyaan Jo Laave’ these lines of Hanuman Chalisa signify the promise of freeing us of difficulties, when the devotee remembers the Lord with all his Mind, Deed and Words. The belief alone has assisted devotees in mustering courage to surpass the toughest challenges of life, showered upon them for generations.
Legend has it, that the granter of strength and good fortune and a dispeller of evil thoughts, Lord Hanuman, showers his blessings and wards off the outrage of the planet he rules on, if worshiped with Red Goolar (Ficus Glomerata) or Kaner (Oleander) and through regular chants of Hanuman Chalisa.
Mars and Tuesdays
Elaborately referred to, as the Bhoomiputra Mangal in Hindi, Mars is considered to be the planet born out of mother Earth’s womb. Tuesday, the second day of the week, was named after Mars as Mangalwaar, and is believed to be deeply associated with the Planet of War. Various rituals of fasting and donating red lentils (masoor dal) on Tuesdays, are suggested by the astrology experts, as methods to appease Mars.
Special Puja’s for Manglik Dosha Nivaran
Astrologers suggest fasting and offering prayers through chanting of Mangal Mantra, or the Angaraka Astottara Shata Namavali (108 names of Mars) to appease the God of War, and undo the hapless effects of the planet, in one’s married life.
Various other worship practises suggested by priests for Mangal Dosh Nivaran:
Mangla Gauri Puja
Widely observed within women before marriage, Mangla Gauri Vrat or Puja is a fasting ritual that assures a long and prosperous marriage life on every Tuesday’s of the month of Shraavan. While the fast of Mangla Gauri, an incarnation of Parvati, is popular among women of our country, it is specifically advised to Manglik girls to avoid complications in their married life.
To offer a remedial measure to the strong presence of Mars in a kundali, priests often suggest worshiping Maa Katyayani, (6th manifestation of Nav Durga) to drive away the blues of prolonged delay in marriage. In the pages of Indian history, the inception of Katyayani Puja dates back to the time when the daughters of cowherds, Gopis worshipped Devi Katyayani to attain Lord Krishna as their husband.
The book of Manglik Wedding rules, weighs heavy with the esteemed opinions of astrology experts and burdens the concerned person with an unending list of rituals to follow. However, the motive is to help every couple find their heart’s deepest desire – recognized as ‘a happy ending’ in the reel world, and ‘a new beginning’ in the real world.