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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 Red Coral, which is the gemstone associated with Mars.

Mars as we know is an important planet in each horoscope and the nature as well as the strength of Mars can vary from horoscope to horoscope, which means that in some horoscopes, Mars 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 Mars is measured by various methods available in Vedic astrology though some astrologers and people interested in astrology still think that the presence of Mars in a particular sign is the only factor that can affect the strength of Mars in a horoscope.

This is not true as there are many factors which can affect the strength or weakness of Mars in a horoscope and the placement of Mars in a particular sign is just one of them. Moving ahead, sometimes Mars 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 Mars 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 Mars.

If such weak Mars is working as a benefic planet in a horoscope, some extra strength must be provided to such weak Mars 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 Red Coral which transfers the energy of Mars from the planet itself into the body of the native who wears this gemstone.

Red Coral is called Bhaum Ratna or Angarak Mani in Sanskrit, Laal Moonga or Lal Munga in Hindi. This gemstone captures the energy of Mars from its upper surface and transfers this energy into the body of the native who wears it. The additional energy of Mars transferred by Red Coral into the body of the native provides extra strength to Mars 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 Red Coral is only capable of increasing the strength of Mars inside the body and Aura of a native by transferring additional energy of Mars and this gemstone is not capable of changing the working nature of Mars in a horoscope.

It means that if Mars is working positively or Mars is benefic in a horoscope, wearing this gemstone will increase the strength of Mars and as such positive Mars gains strength, it will start producing good results for the native with increased quantum and frequency. On the other hand, if Mars is working negatively which means that Mars is malefic in the horoscope, wearing the gemstone for Mars will provide additional strength to this negative Mars 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 Mars in their horoscopes whereas the natives having a malefic Mars in their horoscopes should not wear a Red Coral as wearing this gemstone can cause serious problems related to many spheres of their lives.

Looking at the composition of this gemstone, this gemstone is made up of skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Red Corals are available in a variety of colors like light and dark orange, light red, medium dark red and dark red. The color of this gemstone is an important aspect to look for when purchasing a Red Coral though color is not the only aspect which decides 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 Red Coral but even then, making a check for proper color can still make a difference in the kind of gemstone you are going to purchase. It should be noted that different colors of Red Coral may be suitable for different natives and hence every native should wear a Red Coral 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 Mars if benefic in your horoscope.

Hence due attention should be paid to the color of your Red Coral 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 Red Coral 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, buying a Red Coral 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 buying a Red Coral 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 Mars, which has been transferred into his body through this gemstone. Hence due attention should be paid to the weight of Red Coral recommended by your astrologer when purchasing this gemstone.

Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing a Red Coral which may include the steps like purification and energization of this gemstone. Purification of a Red Coral 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 Red Coral 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 Red Coral 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 Red Coral 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 Red Coral should be worn on a Tuesday morning when the native is wearing this gemstone for the first time in his life. Before wearing a Red Coral on a Tuesday 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 Monday evening in most cases as this gemstone is recommended to be worn on a Tuesday morning.

The native should take his bath on Tuesday 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 Mars for 108 times or 27 times and then he should pray to god Mars and ask him to provide best possible results from this gemstone. After doing so, the native should take the Red Coral 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 Red Coral ring.

It should be noted that a Red Coral should be worn on a Tuesday morning and this gemstone should not be worn on a Tuesday 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 Mars are given below for the convenience of readers :

Mars Mool Mantra : Om Bhaumaay Namah OR Om Manglaay Namah

Mars Beej Mantra : Om Kraam Kreem Kraum Sah Bhaumaay Namah

Wearing a Red Coral 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 Mars, 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 Red Coral in order to keep getting optimum results from this gemstone.

A good frequency to clean a Red Coral 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 Red Coral 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 which can temper with the working of your Red Coral in a negative way by blocking the energy radiations of Mars which are supposed to be transferred into your body through this gemstone. Hence all the natives wearing a Red Coral should regularly clean it in order to keep getting optimum benefits from this gemstone.


Himanshu Shangari