Tuesday is dedicated to Lord
. In South India, the day is dedicated to Skanda
aka Muruga or Kartikeya. Devotees also listen to Hanuman
, songs dedicated to the simian deity, on this day.
It is a whole day fast. Devotees who undertake Mangalvar fast
only take a single meal usually consisting of any food made of wheat and jaggery.
Most Hindus keep the fast for 21 Tuesdays without a break. Mangalvar Upvaas is to satisfy Hanuman (the monkey god) and
Mangal (Mars) that rules the day, and from which it takes its name. Mangal is
considered a trouble maker and the fast is observed to ward off evils and problems
that strewn our path and make way for happiness. The underlying belief is that
Lord Hanuman will help his devotees to overcome difficulties in life especially
those created by the intervention of 'Mangal graha' or Mars. Also, couples desirous
of having a son, too, observe this fast stringently.
Color & Gem:
People wear red-colored clothes on Tuesdays and offer
red flowers to Lord Hanuman. 'Moonga' is the preferred gem of the day.
Mars (Mangal) rules Tuesdays.