by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

Mars (Kuja, Mangala)

Meaning of Mars (Kuja, Mangala) in Vedic Astrology“Action is greater than inaction.
Perform therefore thy task in life.
Even the life of the body
could not be if there were no action.”
–Bhagavad Gita 3.8

How do we express our energy when we want to achieve or manifest something? This is a matter for Mars. Mars provides us with the courage and desire to express our enthusiasm, talents and passion. Through Mars we can assert our individuality and our adventurous spirit.

When Mars associates with malefic planets (when he is in bad company) he becomes selfish and can assert himself at the expense of others. He may become aggressive and violent. Mars is the main planet responsible for accidents, conflicts and wars.

When Mars associates with benefic planets (when he is in good company) he can be a true warrior. He may defend, support and be an advocate for others. Mars can be a planet of integrity guided by honor and valor.

Mars has rulership over knives and sharp instruments. Such tools can be used for good, but they also have the potential for violence. When Mars associates with mental planets, such as Mercury or Moon, the mind becomes sharp, quick, and insightful. However, his association with these planets can also result in impatience and rudeness.

Mars gives us technical knowledge. He uses logic and strategy. He also rules our muscles and gives physical prowess.

Mars relates to brothers, siblings and comrades. Early in life, Mars may teach us to stand up for ourselves through relationships with our siblings. Reflecting the quality of Mars, siblings can be competitive, but may also defend and support one another.

Should You Strengthen Mars?

On a physical level, Mars governs the blood and muscles. Wearing a gemstone for Mars is beneficial when one is anemic and can aid in building muscle mass. A strong Mars is good for the reproductive system, especially for men.

Mars provides us with energy and assertiveness. This planet is sharp and gives intelligence and insight. A positive Mars brings out our determination and motivation.

Mars is a warrior and it is of benefit to wear gems for Mars when we want to increase courage, independence and a willingness to fight for what is right. Gems for Mars assist our determination to follow a spiritual path and to apply spiritual techniques, especially ones that are physical, such as Hatha yoga. They are also an aid in self-inquiry. Mars can penetrate the surface in its quest for acquiring true knowledge.

Please note that every planet has positive and negative qualities. Mars is a malefic planet and can cause harm if it is not well placed in your chart. It is important to determine if a gemstone for Mars is of benefit to you. Have your birth chart analyzed by a Vedic astrologer before you decide on a gemstone.

Gemstones For Mars

Red Coral (primary)
Pink and Salmon Coral

Jewelry For Mars

Colors For Mars

In order to increase the energy of Mars we can wear red and fiery colors. Pure black is also known to stimulate mars energy.

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How To Wear A Gemstone For Mars

Gemstones for Mars should be worn on the ring finger of the right hand.

Metals For Mars

Red coral can be set in gold or silver. If one wants to increase the fire element it should be set in yellow gold.

Mantras For Mars

Om Kujaya Namaha

Om Angarakaya Namaha

Om Sri Angarakaya Namaha

Om Hreem Mangalaya Namah

Other Remedies For Strengthening Mars In Your Daily Life

  • Apply logic to when solving problems

  • Learn a technical skill

  • Develop physical strength and stamina

  • Practice Hatha yoga

  • Develop skills using tools (torch, drill, saw, cutters etc)

  • Learn to take initiative

  • Work with property and land development

  • Do sports

  • Develop your ability to inquire

Sign Ruled By Mars – Aries

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is associated with fresh and enthusiastic beginnings. Mars, as the ruler of Aries, has the ability to initiate, and he imbues this sign with... Read More

Sign Ruled By Mars – Scorpio

As a water sign, Scorpio has a deep and strong feeling nature. Scorpios are often passionate, secretive and intuitive... Read More


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Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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