Red Coral is the astrological gemstone of Mars or Mangal Graha as known in Vedic Literature. Red Coral is an organic gemstone and has hardness of 2.5-4.5 on the Mohr’s Scale. It has a Specific Gravity of 2.60-2.85 and is primarily known for its luster.It is known as Pravala or Vidruma in sanskrit , Moonga in Hindi , Coral in English and Mirjaan in Urdu.
Red Coral gemstone is essentially a compound of Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) and is commonly referred to as a living gemstone. Corals are available in different colors such as saffron , white, red, pink and yellow. These different shades of Red Coral correspond to the four varnas or types of Red Corals that can be classified into.
Brahmin Varna - Corals that are whitish red in color belong to the Brahmin Varna. These Corals are suitable to be worn by those who are engaged in teaching , consultations and other spiritual practices. Wearing such whitish red colored gems makes the person very peaceful in nature and gives spiritual inclinations.These pearls are also recommended for those involved in tantrik or spiritual sadhanas.
Kshatriya Varna – Corals that have a deep blood reddish hue are known as Kshatriya Corals. These gems should be worn by those who seek power and position as wearing such gems gives administrative powers. These gems should be worn by people engaged in politics, administration , bureaucracy , defence , military and by those who occupy high positions.Wearing such Corals makes a person very active and they become go-getters in life. This is the optimum shade for a Red Coral to have and are highly priced.
Vaishya Varna - Corals that are orange reddish in color are the vaishya varna. These gems are suited for those involved in trade , business and those who are self-employed and own some kind of business or organization. These kind of gems should be worn by people who only seek to amass wealth and are primarily engaged with finances, loans, mortgages and insurance.
Shudra Varna - Corals that are darkish red in color are known as shudra varna and these gems are the cheapest amongst all the Corals. Such gems are worn by those who are engaged in some kind of service or to people who offer their services and talents on a professional basis.They must be worn by people working on a professional level. Wearing such Corals are very helpful for those who seek employment and require stability in life.These gems are very cheap.These pearls can also be worn by those who have Mars conjunct Saturn / Rahu or Ketu.
Red Corals should be free from blemishes such as spots , cracks , lack of luster and must not have extremities of color. Such gems fail to effectively transmit the cosmic radiation of Mars and bring about undesirable results. Red Corals should be free from any defects and must have uniform color , good lustre , heavy in weight and must be appealing to the eye. A minimum of 3 carats is enough to be worn as per astrological reasons and the gemstone must be set preferably in gold.A gemstone of 3-5 carats is good and a Red Coral of 5-7 carats is most advisable and sought after. Since Red Coral is a hot gemstone and governs the pitta or fire element in the body , Red Coral can also be worn in copper. Primarily , for astrological purposes Red Corals from Japan and Italy are best . Each of them work equally effectively and based upon one’s budget one may choose the best.
Red Corals are primarly formed in coastal regions of Japan , mediteranean sea, coast of Italy and underwater coral reefs all around the world. High quality and authentic Red Corals are most auspicious and sought after.
Red Coral should always be worn within 1 hour of sunrise on Tuesday on the ring finger of the right hand. Alternatively it may also be worn on the 1st orindex finger if such yogas exist within the horoscope.Red Coral gemstone must always be worn if Mars is favorable or benefic in the chart and is either exalted or placed in own signs or great friend sign and occupies a favorable navamsa. When such conditions exist , wearing a Red Coral grants immediate favors and is very helpful.
On the contrary when Mars is combust or occupies debilitation / great enemy navamsa or is conjunct Saturn/Mercury/ Rahu / Ketu , deviod of rashmis then donation of Red Coral greatly enhances the prospects of native and serves him good.