maṅgala

(‘the auspicious’)

See AṢṬAMAṄGALAS.

The planet mars, one of the nine mentioned in the works on astrology is also known as Maṅgala. Its other names are: Aṅgāraka, Kuja, Bhauma, Āvaneya, Lohitāṅga and Krūrākṣa. It is supposed to rule over the colour red and ruled over by God Kārttikeya or Subrahmaṇya and the element of fire. It is said to be a malefic planet but give beneficial results in southern direction. Its nature is that of a kṣattriya. Its residence in the body is the marrow whereas outside, it lives in the fire-place.

maṅgala

Actually, these details are useful in astrological predictions.