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Mangala, Mars in Hindu Mythology - Windows to the Universe

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Mangala

In Hindu mythology, the planet Mars is known as Mangala. The planet of Mars is identified with the war god Karttikeya. Karttikeya was born from six sparks that fell from the eyes of the god Siva into a lake near Madras. From the sparks, six children were created who were nursed by the Pleiades.

But once, Parvati , who was Siva's wife, embraced them all together with such affection that she squeezed them into one body and six heads. The newborn became the war god Karttikeya who is often depicted as six heads and twelve arms riding a peacock.

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