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Vedic astrology recommends 9 gemstones, one for each planet among navagraha. These nine gemstones are called Ruby, Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, White Sapphire or Diamond, Red Coral, Emerald, Blue Sapphire, Hessonite and Cat’s Eye, and they are worn for Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu respectively. Through this series of articles we will look at certain characteristics possessed by each one of these gemstones and in the present article, we will discuss some important things about Hessonite, which is the gemstone associated with Rahu.

Rahu as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Rahu can vary from horoscope to horoscope, which means that in some horoscopes, Rahu may be very strong, it may be having average strength in some horoscopes and it may be weak or very weak in some other horoscopes. The strength of Rahu is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers and people interested in astrology still think that the presence of Rahu in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Rahu in a horoscope.

This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Rahu in a horoscope and the placement of Rahu in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Rahu can become weak in a horoscope due to its placement in its sign of debilitation, due to affliction from one or more than one malefic planets in the horoscope, due to weak placement in some specific houses of the horoscope and various other factors. When Rahu becomes weak in a horoscope, it is not fully capable of protecting its general as well as specific significances and hence the native may see bad results or fewer good results related to the significances of Rahu.

If such weak Rahu is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Rahu so that it may start working properly in the horoscope and it may protect its significances. This results in good things happening to the native in various spheres of his life. This extra strength is provided with the help of a specific gemstone called Hessonite which transfers the energy of Rahu from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.

Hessonite is called Rahu Ratna or Gomedak in Sanskrit and Gomed in Hindi. This gemstone captures the energy of Rahu from its upper surface and it transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Rahu transferred by Hessonite into the body of the native provides extra strength to Rahu and it starts working in a stronger way in the horoscope, body as well as the Aura of the native. It should be noted that a Hessonite is only capable of increasing the strength of Rahu inside the body and Aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Rahu and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Rahu in a horoscope.

It means that if Rahu is working positively or Rahu is benefic in a horoscope, wearing this gemstone will increase the strength of Rahu and as such positive Rahu gains strength, it will start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand, if Rahu is working negatively which means that Rahu is malefic in the horoscope, wearing the gemstone for Rahu will provide additional strength to this negative Rahu and as it gains strength, it will start causing problems and losses for the native with increased strength and quantum. Hence, utmost care should be taken that only those people should wear this gemstone, who have a benefic Rahu in their horoscopes whereas the natives having a malefic Rahu in their horoscopes should not wear a Hessonite as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Hessonite belongs to the family of garnet which is a type of family of gemstones and this gemstone is found 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 2 important aspects to look for when purchasing a Hessonite though color and clarity are not the only aspects which decide the quality of this gemstone and there are many other aspects which can affect the final quality and efficiency of this gemstone.

Hence it is very difficult for a common man to test or check the exact quality of a Hessonite but even then, making a check for proper color and proper clarity can still make a difference in the kind of gemstone you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Hessonite may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Hessonite belonging to a color which has been recommended by his astrologer. Changing the color of this gemstone against the recommendation of your astrologer can result in some side effects which may keep bothering you along with the benefits, though the change in color of this gemstone, alone is not likely to make this gemstone produce all negative effects for you, if Rahu if benefic in your horoscope.

Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Hessonite when purchasing this gemstone. Due attention should also be paid to the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer and it is strongly advised to wear a Hessonite which falls within the weight range recommended by your astrologer as changing the weight of this gemstone with your own discretion or on the advice of your jeweler can bring unwanted and unwelcome results for you.

For example, wearing a Hessonite much less in weight than the weight of this gemstone recommended by your astrologer may not bring significant good results or any results at all whereas wearing a Hessonite which is much higher in weight compared to the weight of this gemstone, recommended by your astrologer can cause mild or serious side effects. In some extreme cases, it can also produce negative effects due to the native not being able to handle so much extra energy of Rahu, which has been transferred into his body through this gemstone. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of Hessonite recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Hessonite which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Hessonite is the process through which any negative energy attached to this gemstone is removed with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures whereas energization of a Hessonite is the process through which this gemstone is charged with the help of Mantras and some specific Vedic procedures so that it may produce its optimum results. The processes of purification and energization of a Hessonite are technical processes and they should be conducted only by expert pandits who know the proper procedures to carry out these processes. Once the native has got his duly purified and energized Hessonite fitted in a ring or in a pendant, the next step is to wear this gemstone, which also involves some specific procedures.

Vedic astrology recommends that a Hessonite should be worn on a Saturday morning when the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Hessonite on a Saturday morning, the native should put this gemstone in GangaJal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water about 8 to 12 hours before the time of wearing this gemstone, which comes out to be Friday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Saturday morning.

The native should take his bath on Saturday morning, say his prayers and then he should sit or stand in front of the ring or pendant and he should first chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Rahu for 108 times or 27 times and then he should pray to lord Rahu and ask him to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Hessonite ring or Pendant, he should rinse it with clean water in case he had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water, then he should wipe it with a clean cloth and after completing all these procedures, the native should wear his Hessonite ring.

It should be noted that a Hessonite should be worn on a Saturday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Saturday evening for the first time as doing so can cause some unwanted side effects or initial problems for the native. However, once this gemstone is worn, the native should keep wearing it for the rest of his life unless otherwise directed by his astrologer. Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Rahu are given below for the convenience of readers :

Rahu Mool Mantra : Om Raahve Namah
Rahu Beej Mantra : Om Bhraam Bhreem Bharaum Sah Raahve Namah

Wearing a Hessonite with proper procedures recommended by Vedic astrology can bless the native with many good and very good things which come under the general as well as the specific significances of Rahu, according to the horoscope of the native. Therefore all natives are advised to wear this gemstone with proper procedure in order to get maximum benefits from this gemstone. After initially wearing this gemstone, the native should regularly clean his Hessonite in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.

A good frequency to clean a Hessonite is once every 3 to 6 months depending on the nature of job of the native and depending on how fast this gemstone accrues greasy deposits of oil and dust on its surfaces. Not cleaning your Hessonite for a long period of time can result in big deposits on the surface of this gemstone, particularly on the lower surface of this gemstone. Such deposits can temper with the working of your Hessonite in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Rahu which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a Hessonite should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.


Himanshu Shangari