Mangal, the god with the red body, is worshipped on Tuesday. He tests his devotees time and again, and a rigorous fast on a Tuesday
relieves one of all obstacles in life.
One day, an old lady was performing her fast. A devotee worshipper,
she had named her son Mangaliya. Wanting to test her faith, Mangal
appeared in the guise of a poor Brahmin. He wanted the old lady to cook
some rice for him. The lady refused saying that she could not cook on a
Tuesday. The Brahmin then asked her to prepare the cow-dung plastered pit
for the fire to be lit. The lady refused to touch the cow dung on a
The angry Brahmin then said that he would light the fire on her son's
back. She begged for her son's life. However knowing that breaking a
fast brings great misfortune she called her son.
Seeing her devotion, Mangal changed back into his true form and
blessed her and went away.