The coral has been given many names in the Indian parlance such as Pravalak, Praval, Bhoumaratna, Vidrunm, Angarak mani, and Sinduja. In Persian tongue, it is called, Miranga, Majaan, in Chines Sahuhochi in Burmese Taadaa.
A pure Coral is red or orange in colour and known by its colour itself.
Astrological Value: The Mars has been called the commander-in-chief of the Planets. Therefore, its choice gem, Coral is given to the chief of the royal forces to wear, so that it can demolish all adversaries and enemies and emerge victorious and valourous.
The natives born with Aries and Scorpio as their signs have their choice gem Coral when they buy gemstones. If such natives wear Coral they become immensely benefited. For the natives born with Ascendant Cancer too, the coral ensures great luck always. For the natives born with Ascendant Leo also have in coral a great benefit boosting their luck line. Those born with Ascendant Capricorn, or Aquarius or Pisces may also wear coral, but they must consult a good astrologer to decide about the weight ad quantum of the coral.
According to Western philosophy, those who are born in the month of January get coral as their birth-stones. Whereas according to numerology the natives born on 9, 18 and 27 have an evaluated number 9 and if such people wear coral all their planning meeting with success. Those whose evaluated mean number is 9 and born on a Tuesday have coral a great benefit always.
Coral was in use in the human societies from ancient times. The Romans used it for many purposes including making talisman out of them. Owing to its attractive glow and the colour the coral has been included in the navaratnas in Indian gemology, though it is not a precious stone. Unlike pearls, corals are the sedimentary gems. However, it is available from under the seas, in the reefs, mostly in the bones of tiny creatures, a Polyp. And considering that coral should be considered an organic gem. It is a jelly-type soft creature full of calcium carbonate, which gets stuck to the under sea water rocks, sticks to one another too, and then grows in this fashion into a tree of themselves. This deposit of calcium carbonate cannot be available in all seas, there is a there is a certain temperature required for the purpose. It cannot be touched until the deposit of calcium carbonate become ripe enough to create the coral deposit. Deeper the sea level, brighter and more red becomes its colour and that takes a few decades. The coral that is used in ornaments is called Corallim Rubrum. Mostly the red and pinkish red corals are in demand when you buy certified gemstones online. Corals are mostly available in the reefs of the Mediterranean Sea especially in the coastal areas of Algeria, Tunisia, Corsica, Serdinia, Cicily and also in the Japanese islands. However, exploring the corals is mostly done by the Italians, and in Napales, they process the gem. It is also called Moro Coral, Because of its ox-blood colors.
Physical Characteristics of Corals:
Coral is generally opaque but also found as sem-transparent when you buy certified gemstones online. Mostly these are available in the same rock where these once get stuck and grow into trees there itself. Its specific density is 2.65, hardness is 3.5 to 4 and refraction index is 1,486 and 1.658. Generally, when hydrochloric acid is poured upon the corals bubbles erupt there, which, however, does not occur in the case of the black corals.
The coral island is formed in, and fished out of, the under-water of the seas. It looks like a mammoth deposit of the boneless creatures in a foliage of innumerable branches all over the rocks. The corals are half transparent, though many are opaque too. The corals are found in red, white, pink, orange and black colours when you buy gemstones. The black corals generally do not contain the calcium caronate in its constitution and, therefore, are quite different from other types of corals found under the sea. There are leaky corals which resemble calcites. A special thing about the corals is these are always found in an elongated posture on the rock they initially creep in and grow from that very spot in perpendicular forms all over the same rock. Examined through a magnifying glass, each of the stretches of the coral branches resembles a long straight line running parallel to one another. The places where the corals have been broken, look lifeless. If the hydrochloric acid drops are poured onto the corals, fomentations are always found from there. However, the acid does not affect the constitution of the black corals. If the black corals are touched with the live wire then it exudes a foul smell like what we get when human hairs are put on fire.
Testing of the Corals:
According to the tenets of ayurveda, the auspicious corals are round, or elongate, or straight, smooth and spotless, and voluminous colored like vermillion. It is important to note that there are also some corals white in colour and brilliantly shining, and also considered auspicious when you buy certified gemstones online.
The Defects of Corals: The corals should not be spotted, white dotted, pierced, split, double- coloured and with any depression.
Imitation Corals: The imitated corals are heavier than the real ones. If examined through an eyeglass, the difference can easily be found. Rubbed the unreal coral gives a clearly audible sound. There are also objects sold in the market as corals, actually made of shellac, which can be tested by applying fire into them, if they melt if will confirm that these are not the real corals. For testing a real coral, it may be rubbed against the floor to get some scratches, then amply wipe the area with oily fingers, the scratch will be removed. That will not be in the case of the unreal coral.
Historic Corals: In ancient times corals were used for artistic designs and ex-periments. In 1880, in an exhibition in Berlin a coral garland was displayed quoting 6,000 pound as value. The royal family of Italy had one coral collection which was costing 600 pounds.
Utility of Corals: While you buy gemstones, Corals are mostly used in rings, necklaces and ear-rings. For worshipping the gods putting on the Coral garland is very much in vogue. For worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, Bagala Mata, and for austere penance for Shakti coral garland is in particular use.
Rata also pacifies the defects of the Mars. It can remove night – fever of the diseased if worn on the wrist or in a garland around the neck after adequately purified by the incense on a Tuesday, or a Sunday, or a Saturday.
Substitutes for Corals:
Rata (Ratashyak) – It is equally red, soft and smooth, elastic but a kind of stone, also called Ratdi. It is mostly found in the Indian rivers like Godavari Tapti and Narmada and in the hills range like the Himalayas, the Vindhyas and in the Abu mountain. Rataa also pacifies the defects of the Mars. It can remove night-fever of the diseased if worn on the wris or in a garland around the neck after adequately purified by the incense on a Tuesday, or a Sunday, or a Saturday. (Change of place).
Prabaal: though in English the word means the same, in Indian parlance there is a slight difference between the two organism. The prabaals are the Indian name of an organism found under the deep sea along side the coral islands on the same rocks generally. The difference is, unlike the corals these creepers have more prominent pores on their body and generally have a mixed colour of red and white or rather white-spotted red in body. This is a substitute for te coral. There s also a special type of rock found under the sea water on which these organism spawn, and in Indian parlance it is called Raata. Raata is also considered a substitute for prabaals, according to astro-therapy. It is, therefore, a gem porous, red with white pores, light, minute organism created under sea precious stone, which is also called Busadh, Prabaalmooul, and Shushiraashma in Oriental tongues.
Sinduriya – It is so named because of the colour of vermillion (sindur) , very smooth, soft-bodied, heavily shining. It is available in Myanmar, China, That-land, and in the Vindhyas and the Himalayas in India.
Rituals for wearing Corals:
When you buy certified gemstones online, Coral should always be bought at the quantum of four and a quarter ratti or eight and a quarter ratti, but always under proper supervision of an able astrologer.
Buy the corals always on the Tuesday, keep it wrapped in a piece of red cotho upto the next Tuesday.
It should be worn in pure gold or copper-carat gold.
The ceremony of the consecration of the corals should be done during the influence of the Pushya constellation.
In absence of corals, a piece of the stem from Anantamul medicinal plant should be worn tied in piece of red-cloth as a necklace.
Coral should always be worn in the ring finger while you opt to buy gemstones.
The coral is a water-creature which grows into a foliage of a tree without any stem, leaves or branches. Sometimes, the coral creatures are found as fat as a human torso, however, without much height. Generally its height is one foot. It is highly attractive red in colour and can be polished to a great extent. There are small mines in its body like umbrellas made out of a honey-type chemical in which live and grow the corals. Covering its body there is a network of membranes. When examined in a magnifying glass, one might easily find the pointed moustaches propping up from their mouths. These corals have very strong sen-sory power which they apply to acquire their feeds, which include the sea-living tiny organism and minute grains floating in the waters.
The mantra by which to invoke the planet Mars upon the prescribed coral:
Bhouma Rhishshibhih sthooyamanaang chau bhoumavahayamyham//1//
Ujjayintyaang samutpannow bhoomo bhoumashchauturbhoojaha//
Bharadwajea kuley jatha shoolashaktigadhadhharaha//2//
Varado meshsham aarhurbha skanda pravritha ditha prabho//
Syona prtheevi manthrena daleyamye pratishshtthitaha//3//
Dhoomaketu namaagni, samidhaa, khair (khadira), phal-supari mangala yantra dakshiney bhoumang sthapayami-
Ouuumm agnimooddhaardivaha kkaukkuthpathih pritheevya ayamm/
Aupaa ttharr reythaa ttharr sijinvati//3/12//
The Tantric mantra to consecrate the planet Mars into the prescribed Coral:
Ouuummmm kreeng kreeng kroung sauh bhoumaaya namaha/
After adequate japa, fasting and ritual offerings the prayer for the blessings of the planet Mars:
Dharanigarbhang sambhootha vidyuthkaanti samaprabhamm/
Kumaarang shaktidattang chau mangalang pranhamaamyahamm//