Photo: Mangal, son of Earth is also the God of wars. Here seen holding a mace, dent, trident and lotus and mounted on Mangalvaram (ram)
On 05 Nov2013, a Tuesday (or Mangal vaar (mars day)), India sent its Mars Orbitor named as MangalYaan (or Mars Craft). Just after midnight on 30Nov2013, the craft successfully left earth’s orbit and now is in an intergalactic path to reach the Martian orbit. The trip would take about 300 days to complete.
Mangal has an important role in Indian astrology, with some aspects positive and some aspects very negative . As per the Hindu Mythology, Mangal is also known as Angaraka (one who is red in colour) and is referred to as the son of Bhumi (Earth) and hence also known as Bhauma. Aries and Scorpio sun signs are controlled by Mars.
The only temple dedicated to Mangal and its Lord is situated in Ujjain. The temple of Mangalnath is dedicated to Shiva as the God of Mars. This is located at a place from where Mars was visible from ancient times. Matsya Purana mentions Mangalnath as the birthplace of Mars. Mangalnath Temple is located in serene settings and it overlooks the vast stretch of water in the majestic Kshipra River around Ujjain.
Photo: Mangalnath Temple, UJJAIN
Human fascination towards the red planet has always existed. With the help of modern space technology, the day may not be far when the humans could land on the planet. US, Russia and European Space agencies have already sent their missions to Mars. Countries like India, China and Japan are among a host of other nations that have their eyes set on the planet for exploration. Wishing Mangalyaan a very happy journey.