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May 4th, 2008

Rituals while wearing Gemstones

The following rituals should be followed while wearing gemstones as per Astrology:

  • The ring with the gemstone on it should be kept immersed in fresh milk (milk that was not used before and is not boiled) overnight. Avoid pasteurized milk that we get in the packets for daily consumption instead, try to get cow’s milk from a milkman.
  • The ring should be worn in the first hour after the sunrise.
  • It should be worn on the day of the week belonging to the planet, e.g. Ruby should be worn on Sunday, Neelam on Saturday and so on.
  • Gomeda (Rahu’s gemstone) should be worn on a Wednesday, Cat’s eye (Ketu’s stone) should be worn on Thursdays.
  • The mantra of the planetary deity should be chanted 108 times and the ring should then be worn.

The mantras for various planets are:

Planet Name Mantra (Sanskrit) Transliteration
Sun ॐ घृणिः सूर्याय नमः|| om grunih suryaay namah
Moon ॐ सोम सोमाय नमः|| om som somaay namah
Mars ॐ अं अंगार्काय नमः || om am angaarkaay namah
Mercury ॐ बुम बुधाय नमः || om bum budhaay namah
Jupiter ॐ वृम वृहस्पतये नमः || om vrim vrihaspataye namah
Venus ॐ शुम शुक्राय नमः || om shum shukraay namah
Saturn ॐ शम शनैश्चाराय नमः || om sham shanaishcharaay namah
Rahu ॐ राम राहुवे नमः || om raam raahuve namah
Ketu ॐ कें केतवे नमः || om kem ketave naham

Although Rahu, Ketu and Saturn are malefics, stones for them are prescribed if they are yogakaraka elements in a person’s horoscope. Astrologers do not prescribe stones for lords of 6th, 8th and 12th house lords, the planets which become functional malefics on account of ownership of these houses.

August 8th, 2005


As my last post was about Mr Bachchan and his blue sapphire stones, I thought I will write something about gemstones and their importance in Astrology.
Based on the planetary positions in an astral chart, i.e. janma kundali, a planet is believed to bring to focus :
  • a particular behavioral trait
  • signify the effects of the planet’s running period
Gemstones are prescribed to either strengthen or balance the energies of these planets in question, i.e. strengthen weak planets so that they do create some good effect, or further strengthen already strong planets, such that their effect is more pronounced. As an example, someone may want to strengthen Mercury to cure any speech impediment or skin inflammation, as a weak Mercury is known to cause these ailments. A person may want to strengthen Saturn if it is a Raj Yoga causing planet, in that case, in Saturn’s dasha or bhukti, the results given by Saturn multiply. Surely all good and bad effects multiply at the same time, there is a need for balance.
How do people wear these stones? These stones have to be of specific weight (in carats, or in ratti). They are worn either in gold or in silver in appropriate finger, during Shukla Paksha, when the planet is in own/friendly sign, on the planet’s day of the week, in the morning before 7:00 AM and after chanting the ruling god’s name 108 times. Needless to say, these gems should be flawless as much as possible and should be of good quality.
Name Stone Weight Wear in…
Sun Ruby (Maanik) 2 Carats Gold, in ring finger
Moon Pearl (Moti) 2 Carats Silver, in ring finger
Mars Red Coral (Munga) 3 Carats Gold (pref. 18 carat) or Silver, in ring finger
Mercury Emerald (Panna) 1.5 carats Gold, in ring or little finger
Jupiter Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj) 2 carats Gold, in index finger
Venus Diamond (Heera) 1 carat Gold or silver in middle finger
Saturn Blue Sapphire (Neelam) 2 carats Gold, in middle finger
Rahu Garnet(Gomed) 3 carats Gold or Silver, in middle finger
Ketu Cat’s eye (Lahsuniya) 3 carats Gold, in middle finger
When deciding which finger the gem should be worn on, astrologers always consult the planetary friendship table. Mercury is a natural friend of Sun, therefore you can wear Emerald in the ring finger, which belongs to Sun.
A Diamond is not for everyone! Firstly, you should always consult an astrologer before you decide to wear a diamond. Secondly, it should not be worn on the ring finger as all of us are made to believe by the cool and jazzy television commercials. It is a natural friend of Saturn, therefore it should be worn only on the middle finger. It is not a natural friend of Sun and hence ring finger is not the place for it.
Are there any alternatives to wearing these gemstones? Yes, there are:
  • There are cheaper alternatives available in the market. e.g. you can replace Pukhraj with Yellow Zircon for Jupiter. Clear Zircon can be substituted for a diamond etc.
  • You can choose to worship the ruling deity e.g. to strenghten Mercury, you could worship Lord Vishnu.
  • You can also adjust the lifestyle accordingly. e.g. if you do not prefer to wear a stone for Saturn, you could wear dull colours, e.g. brown, black, gray etc. Change the life style to bring in more discipline, meditation, etc.

To tell you the truth, I always believe that changes in lifestyle, along with worship/meditation always work better than wearing gemstones. Oh, you know what, I don’t have time for the morning pooja, can I wear a stone instead? It is like taking shortcuts, not always advisable…

August 5th, 2005

Kaun Banega Crorepati?

I was watching some promos of the quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on Star Plus and noticed that Amitabh Bachchan is wearing two blue sapphire (i.e. neelam) stones in the middle finger of his right hand. Whenever astrologers ask someone to wear a blue sapphire, they advice caution and it may not suit everyone. But I was amazed that Amitabh is able to handle two of them at the same time. I did not see the middle finger in the other hand, maybe there are couple more ;-)
Amitabh, if you are reading this blog, could you please answer this small question? :-)
I am a big fan of this show, though. I do not care if it is astrology, saturn, jupiter at play here… It is Amitabh’s show through and through.

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