According to Astrology Mars or Mangal is the planet of power, strength, courage and aggression. Astrologically Mars is seen as a cruel planet. As a God, Mars is often described with a red body exemplifying the natural color of the astronomical body in the sky. Mangal is also a Kshatriya and sits on a ram. He is a handsome youth having a short stature and four arms, two of which carry a trident and a mace. His build is slender and appearance youthful and his blood-red eyes burn fiercely. In terms of Marriage the position of Mars is of supreme importance as it signifies passion, husband, marital knot, sex etc. Mangal is known for positively or negatively affecting the chances of Marriage. As per astrology, the placement of Mars in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house from ascendant, Moon and Venus results in the Mangalik Dosha. Mangal Dosha leads to delay in marriage, dissatisfactions in married life, incompatible sexual preference, inadequate longevity of spouse, low adjustment potential, lack of satisfaction with own spouse and hence leading to extra marital affairs.
Mangal Puja is performed to appease the planet Mars. Mangal Puja is very useful & beneficial, since it strengthens and increases the positive influence and neutralizes the negative effects of Mangal. Mangal Puja is recommended for those having malefic Mars or wrongly placed Mars as per the horoscope. Chanting of the following mantra on Tuesdays facing south helps to get the blessings of Mangal.