It is by now well known that a particular gemstone is worn on a particular day and at a particular time. That is not all. Certain rituals have got to be gone through to 'awaken' the power of the planet which rules the gemstone. This is done to make it give off its vibrations or emanations from its material body in a faster manner. Besides the particular days, a metal in which the stone is set is equally important as they are related to the planets and the stars.
Let us discuss the process one by one:
The rituals for wearing Ruby should be carried out on a Sunday during the transit when sun is in Aries or Leo between 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. or 12 noon and 1 p.m.
Collect wheat, dhoop sticks, yellow flowers, a piece of red silk cloth and `Prasad' made of wheat. Wash the ring in water, apply sandal and place it on the red cloth. Burn dhoop sticks and offer yellow flowers and `Prasad' to the ring reciting 'mantra' for the Sun which is the king of the planets. Persons born in the months of July and/or on a Sunday or on the 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th day of any month are benefitted greatly if they put Ruby on their person.
The gem must be bought only on a Sunday and kept wrapped up in a cloth for a week. If nothing untoward happens during the period, then it should be worn next Sunday after consecration.
The ritual for wearing on a Ruby should be during the auspicious moments of Ravipushya which happens once in a constellation year or during a Pushya Star constellation or on a Sunday.
The stone is no doubt very expensive and if one cannot purchase it, then he should tie around the arm on a Sunday the roots of Vilva Vriksha after washing them with pure water or milk and wrapping them in a piece of pink thread.
Mantra for invoking the Sun:
Udayang thang mahateja tejasyee
Recite the above mentioned 'mantra' 108 times
Ashwa Dwajaaya Vidhrnahe
Paasha Hasthaaya Dheemahi
Tanno Surya Prachodayath
Pearl (Mukta, Shashiratna, Chandraratna, or Shashipriya):
Moon is the king of the constellation and its gem is white Pearl. Like moon, Pearl too gives peace of mind and contentment.
Natives born in June or on the 2nd, 11th, 20th or 29th of any month should wear it to have a successful life.
The rituals for wearing Pearl should be done on Monday. It should be purchased also on a Monday and kept wrapped in a white silk cloth till the next Monday. The consecration process should be carried out during Pushya constellation, Sompushya or during amritasiddhi yoga on a Monday (Chandra Hora) between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If Pearl is not available, a piece of Kirni tree stem can be tied in a white thread and worn around the neck.
Have one plate, rice, curd, Jasmine flowers, a `kalash', photo of Shankar and Parvati and `prasad'.
Pour curd in the kalash' and place the ring in it. `Kalash' should be adorned with sandal, turmeric. Spread rice in it, close the lid of the `kalash' with a plate and place the photo on it. Do `archana' of Parvati with Jasmine flowers. Thereafter do archana' of Moon with rice. The `prasad' should be 'milk kheer'. Put on the ring and offer milk and sugar candy to the poor.
Mantra for invoking the Moon:
Padma Dwajaaya Vidhamahe
Hema Roopaya Dheemahi
Tanno Soma Prachodayath
Emerald (Gaoortyat, Haridraratnag, Marakat, or soumya):
This gemstone (one of the 5 gems) is favoured by Mercury, the prince among planets, ensuring intelligence and success in education and career.
For those who are born under the sign Gemini, Virgo, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Pisces, also born on 5th, 14th and 23rd of any month, this precious stone brings long life, fame, family happiness and public honour.
The rituals for purification of Emerald should be done on a Pyshya constellation day or Ravi Puishya or Gurupushya or during Raviyaga hours on a Wednesday between 6 a.m. and 7 am. or 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
One will require one plate, one steel `kalash', rice, sandal, kumkum, betel leaves, coconut, green cloth, flower garland, milk, sugar, camphor, rose water, prasad' of sweets and cardamom to do the `puja'.
Spread rice over a plate. Apply sandal-3 lines each, five times, one beside the other in the middle line. Put the `kalash' over rice plate and pour milk into the `kalash' mixed with sugar, saffron, cardamom, camphor and rose water. Put the Emerald ring in the milk. Place 5 betel leaves on the `kalash'. Place green cloth, garland and `prasad' and invoke Lakshmi 'mantra' 324 times.
Then wear the ring. Distribute green gram to the needy after the `puja'.
Mantra for invoking Mercury:
Ouuumm brang breeng broung budhhya namah
Maha Devaicha Vidhmahe
Vishnu Patnaicha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayath
This gemstone is the favorite of Mars, the army chief of the planets. The persons born under Aries and Scorpio signs are greatly benefitted if they wear this stone. Persons born under Cancer, Leo, Capricorn or Pisces may also be in an advantageous position if they wear it. Those born in the month of January and those born on 9, 18 and 27 should also wear it.
The ritual should be carried out on a Tuesday or a Thursday or a Sunday during Mars Hora, i.e.,
Tuesday-6 a.m. to 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday-7 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday--5 a.m. to 6 a.m. or 12 noon to 1 p.m.
or during Pushya constellation.
Collect a plate made of copper, tuar dal, flowers of red colour, honey, raagi and silk cloths of red colour.
Spread red silk cloth with tuar dal on it. Put the plate over the dal. Place another red silk piece on it and spread tuar dal here also. Wash the coral ring, apply sandal and kumkum to it and tie 3, 6 or 9 pieces of red flower to the ring with a red thread.
The process beginning on a Tuesday should be done continuously for 9 times, i.e. on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays. Put on the ring on the 9th day. Use honey as `prasad'. Donate masoor dal in a red cloth.
Mantra to invoke the planet Mars:
Dhoomaketu namaagni, samidhaa, khair,
phal supari mangola yantra dakshiney
Veera DWajaaya Vidhmahe
Vigna Hastaaya Dheemahi
Tanno Bhowma Prochodayath
Also called Heerak, Heer, Sridoor, Pavi and Kulish. Diamond is the king of gems and jewals. Persons born in Taurus and Libra sign have Diamond as their main gem. Natives born in the month of April and those born on the 6th, 15th and 24th of any month get their happiness boosted if they wear Diamond. This gem is a favorite of Venus.
Before Diamond ring or emulate is worn, pooja has got to be carried out on a Friday during the `shukra Hora', i.e. between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. It should be worn when Venus is in Taurus or in Pisces.
Before the rituals are carried out, one has to collect blue silk cloth in a triangular shape, one plate (also in a triangular shape), rajma, sandal, kumkum, 5 different types of flowers, 5 types of fruits, 5 types of sweets, 30 betel leaves, 5 cloth pieces, camphor, 5 packets of betelnuts and pieces of turmeric.
Spread rajma on the triangular-shaped plate; put blue cloth; keep over it the ring and apply kumkum and sandal to it. Invoke Lakshmi mantra 108 times and thereafter Shukra mantra (108 times). This process has to be repeated 5 times with 5 types of flowers. Thereafter offer sweets and fruits and then put on the ring. Distribute betel leaves, turmeric pieces, betelnuts, flowers, fruits, sweets and cloth pieces to five ladies.
Maha Devaicha Vidhmahe
Vishnu Patnaicha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayath
Mantra for Venus:
Poorvopatreyti shukrashchau praachyang
Yellow Sapphire (Sanskrit name Pushparaag, Guru Ratna, Gurpriya, Peetaman) is the gem of the divine guru Jupiter and bestows benefit to all and looks after the welfare of the wearer. It induces him to be religious. This is the gem for persons born under Sagittarus and Pisces signs. For Gemini and Virgo-boms it ensures choiceable marriages and for Leo, Scorpio, Aries and Cancer-boms it imparts luck. November-born persons and those born on 3rd, 12th, 11th and 20th of any month, if wear it, might find it greatly beneficial.
Before wearing the gemstone, one has to perform rituals on a Thursday during the Hora of guru, i.e. between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. It is worn when Jupiter is in Cancer.
To conduct the ritual one must have a yellow coloured cloth, some marigold flowers, as usual kumkum and sandal, gram and "kheer' made of jaggery and moong dal.
Put gram over yellow cloth, apply sandal and kumkum to the ring and put it on dal. Take 3 flowers and recite Lalita sahastranama and guru 'mantra' 108 time. Offer prasad and then wear the ring and distribute gram.
Mantra to invoke Jupiter:
Vrishabha Dwajaaya vidhmahe
Gumi Hasthaaya Dheemahi
Tamo Guruh Prachodayath
Blue Sapphire (Neelatn):
Its other names are: Neelamani, Indraneel, Neela Ratna and Nelashma. The gemstone is a favorite of the planet Saturn. It is observed that Saturn has a very powerful influence on destiny. It turns pauper into a millionaire and vice-versa. Therefore it is very imperative to put on this stone after careful consultations with astrologers.
It is recommended for Capricorn, Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer, Leo and Libra-sign persons. Persons born on the 8th, 17th or 26th of any month should get benefit by wearing it.
Before putting on a ring `puja' should be performed on a Saturday between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
To conduct the ritual one has to have an iron plate, some black Ills', sandal, kumkum, steel lamp, blue flowers, eight pieces of cloth in black colour.
To begin with light the lamp, spread til over the plate, apply sandal and kumkum on the washed ring and place it on the plate. Recite 108 times 'mantra' with blue flowers and offer thereafter til and black cloth to 8 persons. Then go to Shani temple and repeat rituals there and then put on the ring.
Mantra to invoke Saturn:
Krishnaa jinadhara sthathaa
Shouromanda gatishaiba shanhimavha
Cat's Eye (Lahsuniya in Hindi and Vaidurya or vidooraja or Vidalaksha in Sanskrit):
This gemstone is a favourite of Cauda Dreconis (Ketu) who was a demon and whose body was severed by Lord Vishnu's chakra' and the torso is smeared in profuse blood. It is recommended for those born on the 7th, 11th or 25th of a month. Its lord is said to be Varun (Neptune).
In order to please the planet, pooja' should be performed on a Wednesday between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
One has to arrange for a snake idol, a plate of brass, red cloth, gram, sandal, kumkum, curd and some sugar.
Have red cloth spread over brass plate. This ritual is done in front of the snake idol. Purify the ring, apply sandal and kumkum to it and put it over the cloth. Now recite 'mantra' 108 times. That over, offer curd and wear the ring. Offer sugar to the needy.
Mantra to invoke Ketu:
Ashwa Dwajaaya Vidhmahe,
Shoola Hasthaaya Dheemahi,
Tanno Ketu Prachodayath
This gemstone is a favorite of Rahu. Its Sanskrit name is Gomedak, Pingasphatik or Rahu Ratna or Tamomani. It is not supposed to have any figure. Heassonite is said to be the colour of Rahu. It is a very dangerous planet. It has no particular choice of gem or jewel of its own. According to one school those who are born in August have Gomeda as their stone. Some say it suits those who have been born between February 15 and March 15. It is also recommended for those who were born on 4th, 13th, 22nd or 31st day of any month.
The time for consecration of heassonite is during the constellation of Rabi Pushya or Guru Pushya or between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. or between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on a Wednesday.
One has to arrange for some black urad dal, brown clothes, sandal, kumkum, 22 coins of same denomination, 16 flowers, rice (yellow in colour), prasad' made from milk and plantain and a snake 'murti'.
Spread brown cloth before the idol of snake, spread dal on it, cover it with another piece of brown cloth. Again spread dal on it. Clean the ring and apply sandal and kumkum to it. Take one flower and tie it round the ring with a red thread. Place the ring over the dal. Place all 22 coins and 16 flowers around it. Take yellow rice and recite 'mantra' 108 times, offer `prasad'. Cut the cloth into 17 pieces and on every piece place one part of dal. Place one coin and then tie them into bundles and denote them to the needy. Put the remaining 5 coins in your own box.
Mantra to invoke Rahu:
Naaga Dwajaaya Vidhmahe
Padma Hasthaaya Dheemahi
Tanno Rahu Prachodayath.
Writer – Rakesh Shastri