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Aum ang angarakaya namah

Mangala Ratna * munga

Jewel for Mars


Coral (anthozoa)


Deep Sea Red Coral from

Regional names for Red Coral

English: red coral

Persian: Marjan


English: Carnelian

Persian: 'aqiq

AggarakamaNi (also a name for amber)

Ambhodhi * Abdhijantu

Bhaumaratna * Bhomira -

Hemakandala * LatamaNi ("creeper-jewel")

Maheya * Musaragalva

Parijata * prakrista * pravada * pravalaka (having long or beautiful shoots, or hair)

pravalamanizriga * pravalazmantaka

raktagga * raktakandala * raktakara * ramasetu * ratnadruma * ratnaraga * ratnakandala

vaidruma * vallikagra * vidruma

Red Coral is the gem of "instinctive animal movement". kuja_gem.JPG

Coral = an animal, in process of becoming a jewel.

munga_pendant1.jpgCoral set in Gold assists :

  • physical body life-force, muscular power,

  • successful live childbirth,

  • movement, blood vitality,

  • instinctive reactive behaviors of the animal chassis (hunting, mating, sense of scent, pursuit of food),

  • courage in battle, vigorous action,

  • innovation, initiative, start-up

  • competitive and athletic dominance, military conquest,

  • sexual prowess,

  • dance performance,

  • strength in pursuit of a goal.

  • surgical skills, for a trained surgeon ;

  • battlefield skills for a soldier;

  • successful handling of poisons, for one trained to manage hazardous materials

  • physical levels of disaster response, fire-fighting,

  • investigation, interrogation, discovery of secrets

  • weapons and lasers

  • cutting, digging,

  • mining, plowing, invasion, exploration

  • excavation, plunging, drilling.

  • Pushing in and Pushing out.

  • matters of Mangala's bhava in the Jyotisha nativity

Sanskrit Vocabulary for Red Coral Munga


  • the coral tree, Erythrina Indica (losing its leaves in June

    • and then covered with large crimson flowers); the wood of this tree

    name of one of the five trees of paradise

    • produced at the churning of the ocean

    • and taken possession of by Indra

    • from whom it was afterwards taken by Krishna


  • made of flowers of the celestial pari; possessing the celestial pari

  • name of Partic. magical formulas; "robbing the pari tree"


  • drawn forth, protracted, long (in space and time)

  • superior, distinguished, eminent

  • violent, strong Ratna

  • distracted, harassed, disquieted

  • coral (lit. having the name "beautiful hair ")

  • transcendent excellence, pre-eminence, superiority.


  • having horns of coral or gems


  • red bodied


"Rama's Bridge"

  • the ridge of coral rocks by which Rama crossed to Ceylon (now called Adam's Bridge).


  • of an island which with its coral reef or bridge of rocks nearly connects the South of India with Ceylon and of the celebrated Saiva temple and town on it

  • this is the place where Rama is supposed to have crossed to Ceylon and one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in India

vidruma * vaidruma

  • peculiar tree, affording no tree-shade

  • coral, coral-coloured, consisting or made of coral

  • a young sprout or shoot

  • having banks of coral

  • a branch of coral; the condition of a [fivefold] branch of coral [said of the hand]

  • a threshold of coral

  • a kind of fragrant substance"

Tibetan Tradition



Uparatna Secondary Gemstone

  • More Affordable but weaker

red carnelian * also called "sard"

all-red bloodstone * heliotrope


two pebbles of Mangala-uparatna = polished carnelian = cornelian = sard


Purchase NOTE: While less expensive than many of the crystalline gems, Pure Coral is especially tricky to purchase, because the stone is frequently dyed or filled with resin.

Be sure to purchase only an authenticated coral provided by a certified gemologist, who can affirm that any cracks in the Coral have not been filled with resin.

  • My own preference for munga finger is the "index" or "first" finger due to Mangala's love of Arriving First.

  • Dr. Kapoor opines the ring finger and in doing so he is following a certain tradition, but IMO the vitality of Kuja is strongest in the life-defining Index finger.


Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology .

Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 95-99:

"Red Coral is the gem stone of Mars.

Coral should be worn by a person in whose birth chart Mars rules an auspicious house.

If Mars rules the inauspicious house in a birth chart, it will be harmful for the native to wear Red Coral.


  • Red Coral should be set in ring of Gold mixed with copper.

  • The weight of the stone should not be less than 6 carats.

  • The stone should be purchased and got set in the ring on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.

  • The ring, after observing the usual rituals, should be worn one hour after Sunrise on a Tuesday of the bright half of the lunar month in the ring finger of the right hand.

  • The following mantra should also be recited 108 times before wearing the ring;

  • Om angarakaya namah

Red Coral is not a very costly stone and we should recommend that for remedial purposes only the Red Coral should be used.

Its substitutes, however, are Sang Moongi, Carnelian and Red Jasper. Carnelian is the best substitute. It is cheap and easily available.


  • Emerald, Diamond. Blue Sapphire, Gomedha and Cat's Eye and their substitutes should never be worn with Red Coral and its substitutes."

For all remedial gemstones, be sure to cleanse the stone energetically with extreme attention to proper mantra.

Flawless gems are expensive and hard to find. Use only a trusted Vedic-trained gemologist. It might be easiest to start with single gem and combine them as your finances allow.

According to Dr. G.S. Kapoor (1994, p 91)

  • " It is very important for all gem stones that before wearing them they should be kept immersed for sometime in unboiled milk or Ganges water.

  • Afterwards the stones should be worshipped with flowers and incense, and the Mantras of the planets should be recited 108 times."

Q: OK, I'm in the Mangala Mahadasha and I just bought a beautiful red coral set in copper + gold. When should I put it on? A : Any Tuesday during the waxing moon. Time = 1 hour after sunrise. At the time of application, chant the Mangala mantra "Om Ang Angarakaya Namah" 108 repetitions and then apply the ring or pendant .

In my opinion, a Mangala-related act of compassionate service is also an excellent way to initiate the Jyotisha remedial Munga.

for example, to get your Munga started at a high vibration:

  • donate blood for Red Cross/Red Crescent emergency blood banks
  • make a charitable donation to save endangered wild animals
  • donate to a youth sports charity (includes dance)
  • offer school tutoring or hands-on internship experience to young males
  • help provide mobility devices to the physically handicapped
Q: Question from Simha-lagna native with Makara-Chandra in bhava-6. Mangala = Mithuna-11.

First priority at the time of the question was to improve his job situation, in particular his earnings, in order to achieve greater material security for his family.

The "fire trine" lagnas * Mesha-Simha-Dhanusha * nearly always benefit from wearing one or more of the gems for the fire trine: flawless red coral + ruby + yellow sapphire .

  • Although the typical starting point for a fire-lagna prescription = the munga- Manika * Pukha-raja group, Chandra lagna can alter this prescription.

  • Should Mangala, Surya, or Guru becomes lord of inauspicious houses from the Moon, one or more of the Fiery gems may become unsuitable.

In the present nativity, Mangala = YogakarakaL-4+L-9 from the Simha lagna * and * L-4+L-11 from Chandra.

Furthermore, Mangala occupies Mithuna in the 11th = a good position for Kuja, who expresses Active, competitive, dynamic energy in the marketplace of goods and ideas. Mangala's hot, pursuing nature, channeled through conversational Mithuna, will energize gainful activities.

the native should take care with the potentially aggressive Mangala-ratna. Watch, under the auspice of a gem-empowered Kuja, that one does not overshoot the desired target of energized marketplace interactions, to become overly chatty, mentally driven, or impatient.

In lieu of munga, SEVA will also give identical - often superior - results.

A : Namaste,

Delighted to know that you are enjoying the Gem Recommendation.

The best choice for a single gem would be Mangala-ratna = munga= flawless red coral. As your financial situation improves, the munga can later be joined to a flawless Manika (Ruby) set in gold.

  • Mangala = quite a good graha for you. Kuja =lord of 4th-from-Chandra and 4th-from-radix-lagna; both = indicators of social stability, home, property, and a solid education. Also, Kuja= lord of 9th-from-lagna and 11th-from-Chandra; both are money houses. In particular, Mangala's location in labha bhava is auspicious for setting goals and earning achievements, especially financial achievements e.g. salary. In addition to energizing your short-term goals of getting a better job with a higher salary, Kuja in 11 also supports the more important long-term earning skills of social networking And continually learning about resources that you can use to reach your goals.

  • Mangala + Mithuna + 11 = Mentoring If buying a red coral is not possible, either because a good-quality specimen is not available or the good ones available are simply too expensive, keep in mind that identical results of mungacan be achieved by offering selfless service to community organizations, such as sports clubs or media-production training centers for teenagers, especially boys (e.g., making videos, creating websites, radio programming).

To maximize the positive effect of the munga, even if you are able to obtain and wear a quality specimen, I would recommend doing a small amount of charity work serving very young men or older boys in high school or university. You can earn a good deal of positive merit but helping young male trainees to learn marketplace communication skills such as sales, advertising, marketing, public relations, and other types of commercial administration.

Mithuna = commerce; Mangala = competitive young men; bhava-11 (labha) = mentoring, the elder brother.

One possible way to energize the munga effects = through tutoring or mentoring adolescent students in business subjects. You can certainly be paid for the work, it does not have to be free volunteering.

But even if you are paid, it is the spiritual commitment to serve those younger people via a mentor role that brings the merit .

Seva helps the munga to improve its performance as a signal-repeater, by reinforcing your subconscious attunement to the theme of "advancing goals" .


Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha


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