Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Where is the Syamantaka Mani Today?

Diamonds at a Market in Surat
Photo Credit: CNN Go

You’ve no doubt read my account of the exciting legend of the Syamantaka mani, gift from the Sun God Surya to his faithful servant Satrajit. (If not, click here to begin.)

If you’re anything like me, then by now you’re probably wondering where this stone ended up after leaving Kirshna’s hand thousands of years ago. I’ve read several different accounts that speak of the current whereabouts of the great stone, and though I can offer you nothing more than educated theories, I hope you will enjoy them nonetheless.

Clearly, any stone claiming the famed title of Syamantaka mani must prove to hail from the great land of India. Also, I would expect it to have started out as a large stone.

The diamond's legend asserts that the rays emanating from the stone were red in color and brilliant enough to obscure Satrajit’s face as he entered Dwarka. Though this account is surely embellished, it may lend some credibility to claims that the stone might possibly have been a corundum (red ruby or blue sapphire), or it might have been a red-fluorescing diamond.

Being as there are very few large diamonds or rubies hailing from India, this narrows the pool of possible matches down quite a bit. In fact, there are only three jewels which historians postulate might be the legendary Syamantaka: the Hope Diamond, the Koh-i-Nur, or the Great Mogul. All of these are diamonds.

Think it might be the Hope Diamond? CLICK HERE


What if it's the Koh-i-Noor Diamond? CLICK HERE


Could it be some form of the Great Mogul Diamond? CLICK HERE




BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. IndiaDivine. "Syamantaka or Shyamantaka??" Last modified September 10, 2005. Accessed August 15, 2012. http://www.indiadivine.org/audarya/hinduism-forum/265626-syamantaka-shyamantaka.html.
2. ________, Michael. "The Hope Diamond Design Change." The Natural Sapphire Company. Last Modified September 15, 2009. Accessed August 15, 2012. http://www.thenaturalsapphirecompany.com/Blog/the-hope-diamond-design-change.
3. India Child Name. "Meaning of Syamantak." Accessed August 15, 2012. http://www.indiachildnames.com/name.aspx?name=Syamantak.
4. International Colored Gemstone Association. "Ruby." Accessed August 15, 2012. http://www.gemstone.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85:ruby&catid=1:gem-by-gem&Itemid=14.

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