Friday, August 17, 2012

Did the Syamantaka Mani Become the Hope Diamond?

The Hope Diamond
Photo Credit: Science Views

Though most historians believe the Syamantaka mani is a diamond, there is compelling evidence that the sun god’s gift may have been a ruby. There is even some speculation that it was a blue sapphire, though this theory may be based on a mere spelling error. Some have mistakenly called the jewel Shyamantaka, which means ‘sapphire’ in Sanskrit.

There is some weight to the theory that the jewel might be a ruby, since the sun god was most often represented by rubies and not diamonds. Though a strong case could be made that Surya’s gift was a ruby and not a diamond, the chromium required for the red color of rubies often prevents them from growing much larger than 3 carats, which would likely not have radiated enough light to obscure Satrajit’s face.

Of course, there are some staggering rubies said to hail from India, including the Rajaratna Ruby (2,475 carats), the 125West Ruby (18,696 carats), and the controversial Chaiyo Ruby (109,000 carats). These weights are nearly impossible to believe, though there is corroboration in the record.
Though it is definitely possible that one of these large Indian rubies could be the Syamantaka mani, none of the accounts I've read make any such claim about these magnificent jewels.

There is, however, some credibility to the theory that the Hope Diamond may be Satrajit’s treasure. Since the Hope Diamond is blue in appearance and radiates red light after exposure to ultraviolet light, to the inexperienced eye of Dwarka citizens the diamond might have been mistaken for a blue sapphire. Some speculate that the Hope diamond weighed 112 carats when it was first found, which means it was certainly large enough to have been the Syamantaka mani.

Do you think the Hope Diamond is the Syamantaka mani? Do you think it’s one of these large rubies?

If you're ready to decide, click here and leave me a comment with your choice.


If you’re undecided, follow me this way if you think it's the Koh-i-Noor Diamond.


Or follow me this way if you think it might be the Great Mogul.


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.

*Clip-art courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

37 comments:

  1. As per the information I researched symantaka was a jewel of 7 headed vasuki on which lord padmanabhswamy resides which was also named darya e Noor by albarueni who happened to see this Mani at angkorwat in 6th century ad as per saka era.albearueni was later anglicised as marcopolo this is due to different roman and Arabic calendars.the symantaka was fitted by maharaja Rama varma of the varma clan who built seven padmanbhaswamy temples across the world. The first temple was angkorwat which was constructed as it was made at the end of the world at 0deg latitude ,0 degree longitude and 0 declination as per the original indian ancient ephimerides calculation of varahamira and aryabhatta. The worlds end at the Angkor wat because of which lord Vishnu also known as padmanabhswamy was guardian of world and vasuki was holding the symanthaka also a nagmani .there are seven more ancient temple at the 7end of the world which were created by maharaja rama varma prior to introduction of greenwitch mean time.These are at the 7ends of the world which balance the gravitational fields at end of the world.As per Hinduism the sun god chariot is driven by seven horses.so when the sunlight falls on the symantaka the seven colours of the sunlight spectrum are produced.so when first light of sun on the complete solar eclipse opens on mercator on the seven lord Vishnu temples at seven corner of the world.it becomes a darya e Noor as described by albareuni also known as marcopolo as koh I noor.this symantaka was installed by maharaja Krishna devaraya Varna who was the son of Rama varma at angkorwat and also at seven corner of the world at various Vishnu temples.some of these are with the British monarchy rest are with some erstwhile prince personal collection.

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  2. It literally means horizon on a ocean

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    1. This phenomena is somewhat similar to the naturally occurring Aurora borealis. However this is human made phenomena of the dariya e Noor in the sky on the horizon literally meaning ocean of light on horizon..

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  3. Suresh - I so appreciate your help in understanding this. I'm going to do some more research and write an article about it all. Sorry it took me so long to see your comments. I have been doing other things for a few years.

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    1. Hi if you need more info you may contact me in person case you happen to visit India. I shall guide you through ancient scriptures in libraries. Regards suresh

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