The position of the planet Mars (Chovva in Malayalam) is the most important factor considered while matching horoscopes before a wedding. If Mars is in an unfavorable position (Chovva dosham), many people refuse to proceed with the proposal.
However, only a few people realize that if there is the presence of benevolent planets, there is nothing to be concerned about Chovva dosham. In fact, instead of becoming panicky over Chovva dosham, one should engage in some tasks which would please Mars and reduce the harmful effects of the planet. It is believed that there are no harmful effects (doshams) which do not disappear in the face of deep and heart-felt prayers.
Devotion to Subrahmanya
The ideal method to please Mars is praying to Subrahmanya, the general of the army of Gods. According to astrology, Subrahmanya is the presiding god of Mars and can be propitiated by offering ‘Kumarasooktha pushpanjali’, observing ‘shashti vrutham’ and wearing saffron attire. Visiting Subrahmanya temples during ‘pakkappirannal’, Tuesdays or ‘shashti’ days is also auspicious.
It is also believed that the harmful effects of Mars will fade away if Subrahmanya Gayathri is recited. The prayer goes, “Sanalkumaraya vidmahe; Shadhananaya dheemahi; Thanvo skandah prachodayat.”
Astrologers say Mars should be pleased by people in whose horoscope the planet’s position is in Medam, Midhunam, Chingam, Thulam, Dhanu and Kumbham ‘rasis’. The rites may also be performed by those having the planet in the second, seventh or eighth ‘lagnams’ along with people who have Makayiram, Chithira and Avittam as their birth stars. This section of people can recite Subrahmanya Gayathri 10 times every morning which may bring prosperity to their children. It can also help them earn the love of their young ones.
Mars dominates over those born under the star signs of Makayiram, Chithira and Avittam. Against this background, reciting Subrahmanya Gayathri during ‘dasha kalam’ is propitious. In addition, the harmful effects of Mars can reduced by Aswathy, Karthika Pooyam, Makam, Uthram, Anizham, Uthradam, Moolam and Uthrittathi signs by reciting Subrahmya Gayathri during the period when the planet casts its influence over their lives.