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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Nine Kinds Of Sacred Vedic Pearls (Nava Mani)

The Nine Pearls, sometimes known as the Nava Moti (or nine gems, or “mani”), are a group of sacred gemstones described in the Vedic text known as the Garuda Purana. Enumerated as the Oyster Pearl, Conch Pearl, Cobra Pearl, Boar Pearl, Elephant Pearl, Bamboo Pearl, Whale Pearl, Fish Pearl, and Cloud Pearl. Out of the nine sacred Pearls that the Garuda Puran mentions, Chandra Mani or Oyster Pearl is the one to harness the Moon energies! Look at this beatific Pearl. Pearls in Astrology are used to harness the powers of the Moon.

Oyster Pearl (Sri Chandra Mani)

Oyster Pearl (Sri Chandra Mani)
Oyster Pearl (Sri Chandra Mani)
This is the Pearl that is formed by an accident of Nature, wherein a microscopic intruder or dust particle get lodged in the oyster and to protect itself from the irritation caused, the Oyster secretes Narce, which over time becomes a Pearl!

Conch Pearl (Sri Shankha Mani)

Conch Pearl (Sri Shankha Mani)
Conch Pearl (Sri Shankha Mani)
This is an extremely rare formation within the mantle of the Conch. These Pearls are non-nacreous and come in different colours like, White, Pink, and Yellow and sometimes of a deep reddish tone. These cannot be cultivated artificially. A Conch Pearl is formed rarely within the digestive tract of any of a wide variety of species within the greater Conch family. The colours vary from white to pink to yellow to a deep reddish tone. The shapes vary greatly, and no two Conch Pearls are alike, making a matching pair an exceeding difficulty (and expensive) proposition. It is presently impossible to cultivate a Conch Pearl as the formation is not nacre, but an intestinal deposit making the gem most closely fall into the category of bezoar stone. It is very difficult to find a round Conch pearl, or any Conch pearl above 2 carats (400 mg).

Bamboo Pearl (Sri Venu Mani)

Bamboo Pearl (Sri Venu Mani)
Bamboo Pearl (Sri Venu Mani)
This Pearl is found in the stomachs of Bamboo eating animals. These Pearls are also sometimes of an oblong shape. They are rough and dry and are in the texture of Camphor and also the colour can sometimes be green. Bamboo Pearls are round or oblong, heavy, some off-white, rough and dry, resembling camphor crystals in color and texture, others are golden or a flowing green reminiscent of other minerals. They are between the size of a large marble and the upper joint of the thumb, with symmetrical markings.

Fish Pearl (Sri Matsya Mani)

Fish Pearl (Sri Matsya Mani)
Fish Pearl (Sri Matsya Mani)
This Pearl is found in several kinds of Fishes. This pearl is actually a Bezoar, which is a mass trapped in the gastro-intestinal tract of the fish. These Pearls are slightly translucent and vary in colour from pink, white and light green. Fish Pearls are rough-textured with variegated pattern formations, moderately translucent, and about the size of a large marble. Several types of Fish Pearl have been observed, varying only in colour (i.e. pink, white with a yellow-pink tint and light green with stratification) and texture.

Whale Pearl (Sri Tima Mani)

Whale Pearl (Sri Tima Mani)
Whale Pearl (Sri Tima Mani)
This Pearl is also a kind of a Bezoar found in Whales. These Pearls too are moderately translucent and are slightly rough textured and are the size of a small egg. Whale Pearls are rough-textured in a variegated pattern formation, moderately translucent, and about the size of a small egg. Several types of Whale Pearl have been observed, varying in texture.

Elephant Pearl (Sri Gaja Mani)

Elephant Pearl (Sri Gaja Mani)
Elephant Pearl (Sri Gaja Mani)
These Pearls are found in the cavity of the tusk of Elephants. It is a rare bony growth. Some varieties of Elephant Pearls are dark brown but can also be of various other colours. Some varieties of Elephant Pearl are made up of a heavy dark brown substrate, while others are heavy balls, of varying colours, about the size of a Brain Coral, often with a hemispheric division.

Boar Pearl (Sri Varaha Mani)

Boar Pearl (Sri Varaha Mani)
Boar Pearl (Sri Varaha Mani)
This Pearl is found in the heads of very old boars. A Boar Pearl is typically dark coloured, marble-sized, in an uneven but smooth spherical non-porous surface, both opaque and partially translucent.

Cobra Pearl (Sri Naga Mani)

Cobra Pearl (Sri Naga Mani)
Cobra Pearl (Sri Naga Mani)
These pearls are obtained from the hood of cobras over the age of 100. Cobra pearls are typically egg-shaped and translucent, transparent, or semi-translucent. They appear in a range of colours like golden, green, red, blue, pink, white, black and are supposed to be slightly radiant. Cobra Pearls are typically egg-shaped and translucent, transparent, or semi-translucent; roughly 2 cm length, 2 cm diameter and weighing about 5 grams, appearing in a range of colours (golden, green, red, blue, pink, white, black).

Note: Till date there are no verified authentic records and documentation of what a Nag Mani Looks Like.

Cloud Pearl (Sri Megha Mani)

Cloud Pearl (Sri Megha Mani)
Cloud Pearl (Sri Megha Mani)
Cloud Pearls are said to have fallen out of the sky. They are traditionally known as approximating the size and shape of a chicken egg, with a translucent blue colour, and having a distinct spiral running from bottom to top of outside surface area.

Picture courtesy: All pictures above courtesy Google Images.

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