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Hessonite is called Rahu Ratna or Gomedak in Sanskrit and Gomed in Hindi. Hessonite is worn to provide extra strength to Rahu. This gemstone transfers energy of Rahu into the body of the wearer and through such energy, Rahu may gain extra strength in his horoscope as well as in his aura.
Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Hessonite belongs to the family of garnet. Hessonite is available in different colors and shades of Orange Brown; ranging from light Orange Brown, medium dark Orange Brown to dark Orange Brown. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing Hessonite.
Depending on the overall horoscopes, different colours of Hessonite may be suitable for different natives. Some may benefit more by wearing dark Hessonites whereas some others may benefit more by wearing light ones. Appropriate weight of this gemstone is an important factor. Different weights may be suitable for different natives, depending on their overall horoscopes. In general, weights between 3 and 6 carats of this gemstone are suitable for most people.
Rahu represents brother-in-law, father-in-law, intuition, psychic perception, mysteries, illusions, cleverness, corruptions, perversions, sudden gains or losses, crime, drugs, prostitution, gambling, various types of addictions, compulsive behaviour patterns, unfortunate events, accidents, diseases, delays, losses, destruction and many other things.
Though this gemstone may produce good results when Rahu is benefic in the horoscope of the wearer, it may cause serious problems when Rahu is malefic in the horoscope of the wearer. Hence care should be taken when wearing Hessonite. In general, most natives may not be able to handle the energy of Hessonite; even when Rahu is benefic in their horoscopes. Hence this gemstone should be worn under the supervision of an astrologer.
When buying Hessonite, you should get a lab test report with it. The report should mention ‘Natural Hessonite’ along with other details. This tells you that the Hessonite has been made through natural processes and it is not fake.
Hessonite is generally worn on the Middle or Little finger of right hand in Silver or Gold. However, based on a native’s requirements as well as on his overall horoscope, it may be worn on some other finger or in a pendant or bracelet.
Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing Hessonite. They include purification and energization of this gemstone. Since these procedures have already been discussed in the chapter for Ruby; we’ll skip them and move on.
Once you’ve got your duly purified (optional) and energized (optional) Hessonite, fitted in a ring, pendant or bracelet; the next step is to wear it. Vedic astrology recommends that Hessonite should be worn on a Saturday morning, when wearing it for the first time. Before wearing Hessonite for the first time, you should put the ring, pendant or bracelet in Gangajal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water for about 12 hours prior to wearing it. This means you should do so on a Friday evening so that you may wear it on the following Saturday morning.
You should take bath on the chosen Saturday morning, sit or stand in front of the ring, pendant or bracelet and you should chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Rahu for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, you should take the Hessonite ring, Pendant or bracelet and you should rinse it with clean water, in case you had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water. You should then wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it.
If you had put it in Gangajal, simply wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it. In case you’ve got it purified through Vedic procedures, you don’t need to put it in Gangajal or a mixture of unboiled milk and water. In such case, simply keep it at a clean place after purification and wear it on the chosen morning after chanting Mantras.
For the sake of convenience, here are Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Rahu:
Rahu Mool Mantra: Om Raahve Namah
Rahu Beej Mantra: Om Bhraam Bhreem Bharaum Sah Raahve Namah
You may wear your Hessonite anytime between 6 AM to 11 AM in the morning, when wearing it for the first time. Though more specific details about timing may be obtained specifically based on your horoscope; they may not be needed. Once you have worn it, you may keep wearing it permanently; unless you’re asked to wear it for a specific period of time. If you wish or need; you may take off this gemstone for an hour or two as that may not compromise the results given by this gemstone.
However, removing Hessonite for days and months may gradually reverse the effects given by this gemstone. Hence this practice should be avoided.