MARS (KUJA , MANGAL, ANGARAKA.)
In Vedic astrology Mars is known as Mangal, Angaraka, and Kuja. These names in Sanskrit means , “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 colour of the astronomical body in the sky. Mars when benefic it confers strength and power and relives man of his pain and problem s. if malefic; it wreaks havoc and spreads lawlessness and anarchy. It dances the dance of death. in Hindu mythology, it refers to both the aspects of Lord Shiva the lord of happiness and bounty and lord of death .It is Lord Hanuman – the reliever if pain and destroyer of enemies . Its total Period Extends to 7 Years in a life cycle of 120 years, IN Islamic astrology, It is called ‘Mariakh’ or ‘Behram’ in Persian. It refers to the picture of a solider carrying a sword in one hand and the slain head of the enemy in the other hand.
Kuja is a ‘Karaka’ or indicator of brother and siblings, assertion, aggressiveness, soldiers, and military endeavours, mechanical ability, engineers and surgeons, commanders, and rulers, accidents, violence and war, ambition, strength, arguments and conflict, passion and desire.
Like Sun, Mars, most powerful position in the 10th house. He is a particularly beneficial planet for cancer or Leo Ascendants. His nature is ‘Pitha’ or fiery. His Gem is Red coral and his direction is south. Mars day is Tuesday and he reaches full maturity at age 28. The deity of Mars is Lord Subrahmanya.