Rules of Vratas
Though the rules concerning the vratas had been very much liberalized to embrace
as large a segment of the society as possible, there had to be some rules
guiding the whole process in order to protect and preserve the sanctity of the
ritual system itself. These may be summarized as follows:
During the period of the observance of a vrata, one should keep one’s person
clean and pure, observe celibacy, speak the truth, practice forbearance, avoid
non-vegetarian foods and scrupulously perform all the rituals connected with it.
Once a vrata is undertaken, it should never be left unfinished nor a new one
started before completing it. But, one should never start the observance while
in ashaucha ceremonial impurity brought about by birth or death in one’s family.
Persons too old or too sick can get the vrata performed for them by the close
relatives if they are willing.
Once the decision is taken to perform a vrata, the actual, commencement should
be made only as per the auspicious time, place and mode laid down by the books.
Now we will know about some specific Vrats for the elimination of Kuja Dosha,
such as : 1) Mangal Vrat; 2) Mangala Gauri Vrat; 3) Vat Savitri Vrat; and 4)
Sacred Gauri Vrat.
Manglik persons or those who are suffering from the evils of Mars regarding the
absence of conjugal bliss owing to any reason, or the possibility of loss of
life of the partner or separation, or otherwise those who are leading miserable
married life due to the adversity of Mars must observe Vrat on Tuesday in the
First of all shodashashopchar Poojan of Mars should be done as explained above
with full faith, devotion and dedication. Certain specification, norms, methods
and stories have been mentioned in various texts on Vrats. Here we will be
discussing all important points of Mangal Vrat i.e. observation of Vrat on
Tuesdays. We want to draw the attention of such readers that Vrat on Tuesday
does not mean the Vrat of Hanumanji. Mangal Vrat may be observed to please
Mangal graham, Mata Durga or any of her incarnation and to please Hanumanji as
well. Here we are mostly concerns with the Vrat on Tuesday to prevent the
adversity cast by planet Mars. The girls or ladies who are suffering or may
suffer due to the evil effects of Mars in their birth charts or if they have
Kuja Dosha and get married with a non-Manglik boy, must observe Vrat on
The Sankalp should be taken by keeping rice, water, betel nuts, flowers and
money in the right palm facing towards east or west. Thereafter the contents in
the hand should be put in front of Ganapati Devta. After Sankalp Shodshopchar
Poojan of Ganapati and Mangal Graha is essential. Without Ganapati Pooja, the n
ative is not bestowed with the good results. This is well-established fact that
Agrapooja or Ganpati is most essential before offering any other worship to the
concerning powere of planets or God.
During Mangal Vrat one may take a glass of milk, tea or juice in the morning
after the above Sankalp and worship etc. Thereafter one should take `Choorma”
(made of wheat flour and jiggery) between 12 noon to 3 p.m. If one does not want
to take Choorma due to any reason he or she may eat sweet fruits or sweets
instead. The salt of any kind is strictly prohibited in Mangal Vrat. Any fruits
which contain salt, should not be taken. After completing the Vrat one should
sing Aarti of Mars before going to bed. If it is very essential one may take one
or two fruits after Aarti and before going to bed.
Mangal Vrat should be observed for at least one year. But the Vrat can be
extended for 5 years or for whole of the life as advised by Guru or Acharya or
by any competent astrologer. After completing the Vrat of Mars, Udyapan is
required. It means that the devotee is terminating the Mangal Vrat now onwards.
He begets pardon for his mistakes and donates to Brahmins.