Updated: Sep 29, 2020
From birth, baptism, barmitzvah, upanayanam
Ceremonies using water, fire, elements of earth
Rituals followed, the circle of friends, family and
Relatives shower their blessings on the child.
Most cultures have amulets, talismans to ward off evil
Invoking blessings from a higher power to help one
face life’s long journey of trial and tribulations.
Worn around the neck or wrist, prayers are chanted.
Navratna,the nine gems, reflecting the nine planets
with the ruby at the centre, the gem for the sun
the pearl shimmering softly the moon, diamond for
Venus, red coral for Mars, blue sapphire for Saturn
The ancients looked up at the sky cosmology or astrology
colours were chosen, yellow sapphire for Jupiter. An emerald for
Mercury, Rahu and Ketu with hessonite and cat’s eye amber
Strung in a manimala, worn as a beautiful piece of jewellery.
Navratna is buried in the foundations of a new home
Given as a gift to a bride, precious stones in a necklace
Worn with love, imploring the planets to shed a gentle
And benign light on mankind’s transient life on earth.
Note: Navratna- nine gems
Manimala- a necklace of gems