Red Coral is called Bhaum Ratna or Angarak Mani in Sanskrit and Laal Moonga in Hindi. Red Coral is worn to provide extra strength to Mars. This gemstone transfers energy of Mars into the body of the wearer and through such energy, Mars may gain extra strength in his horoscope as well as in his aura.
Looking at the composition of this gemstone, Red Coral is made up of skeletal remains of marine animals called Coral Polyps. Red Coral is available in different colors and shades of Red; like light Red, medium dark Red and dark Red. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing Red Coral. White Corals as well as Orange Corals are also available in markets. They should not be mistaken for Red Corals.
Depending on the overall horoscopes, different colours of Red Coral may be suitable for different natives. Some may benefit more by wearing dark Red Corals 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 5 and 12 carats of this gemstone are suitable for most people.
Mars represents brothers, friends, courage, bravery, initiative, physical energy, quick actions, youth, immunity, vitality, reforms; and a number of other things in general. Depending on which houses it rules in a horoscope, it may represent a number of other things and people for the native. For example, if Mars rules the third and tenth house in a horoscope; it represents siblings, courage, communication, neighbours, profession, efforts, colleagues, teammates, reputation, public image, visibility, recognition, authority and many other things; in addition to its general significances.
Though this gemstone may produce wonderful results when Mars is benefic in the horoscope of the wearer, it may cause serious problems when Mars is malefic in the horoscope of the wearer. Hence care should be taken when wearing Red Coral.
When buying Red Coral, you should get a lab test report with it. The report should mention ‘Natural Red Coral’ or ‘Natural Coral’ along with other details. This tells you that the Red Coral has been made through natural processes and it is not fake.
Red Coral is generally worn on the Ring finger of right hand in Copper. 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 Red Coral. 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) Red Coral, fitted in a ring, pendant or bracelet; the next step is to wear it. Vedic astrology recommends that Red Coral should be worn on a Tuesday morning, when wearing it for the first time. Before wearing Red Coral 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 Monday evening so that you may wear it on the following Tuesday morning.
You should take bath on the chosen Tuesday morning, sit or stand in front of the ring, pendant or bracelet and you should chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Mars for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, you should take the Red Coral 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 Mars:
Mars Mool Mantra: Om Bhaumaay Namah
Mars Beej Mantra: Om Kraam Kreem Kraum Sah Bhaumaay Namah
You may wear your Red Coral 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 Red Coral for days and months may gradually reverse the effects given by this gemstone. Hence this practice should be avoided.