Picture shows Hope Diamond
(Brahmin and Chettiar families in South India won’t buy diamonds straight away. They will pay an amount as advance and take it home, keep it for a few days to see whether it brings good news or bad news. If it is good, then they pay the full amount. Some diamonds are defective diamonds.)
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friends”– may be true, but definitely not Lord Krishna’s best friend. Krishna had a diamond known as SYAMANTAKA which led to several murders, encounters, fights, acrimony and marriages!! My research shows the English word DIAMOND came from SYAMANT, though scholars may find different origin. The murderous diamond is at Smithsonian Museum in the USA, again this is the result of my research. Read the interesting story from Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata.
Satrajit was a Yadava leader. He was a worshipper of Sun God. Sun God gave him a powerful diamond called Syamantaka (The hidden meaning is that he found it on the ground when he went to worship in the Sun Temple). It will emit red light and dazzle like sun. A lot of people eyed this diamond and conspired to get it. When Krishna asked him to give it to Ugrasena, he refused and gave it to his own brother Prasen. When Prasen went on a hunting expedition he was killed by a lion and the diamond was taken by a tribal group known as Jambhavans. They were called Bear people because they wore the bear (Jambhavan) symbol.
Everybody suspected Krishna and thought he stole the diamond from Prasen and disposed him off. Krishna wanted to clear his name and so went in search of Prasen. He found his mauled body in the forest and traced the footsteps. When he saw Jambhavan’s children playing with the diamond, he tried to get it from them, but ended in a fight. The fight with Jambhavan went for a month and at last he reached an agreement with Jambhavan, the tribal leader and got his daughter Jambhavati in marriage. As a marriage gift he got the diamond.
Krishna returned to his kingdom and gave Syamantaka back to Satrajit. Satrajit thanked Krishna wholeheartedly and gave his daughter Satyabhama in marriage to Krishna. When Krishna made an urgent visit to Hastinapura , another person by name Satadhanwa killed Satrajit and took the diamond. So far the diamond caused two murders and two marriages !! It did not stop there.
When Krishna returned to Dwaraka ,his wife told him that his father was murdered for the diamond. Krishna and Balarama went on a mission to get the diamond. They chased Satadhanwa for nearly a thousand mile and killed him near Mithila in Bihar. A dangerous diamond caused three deaths and three fights and thousand mile trip from Gujarat to Bihar!! But only after killing him, they came to know the diamond was given to Akrura for safe custody by Satadhanwa.
Akrura had already escaped with the diamond to Kasi. He ran away for a thousand mile just because of the diamond. Krishna brought him back and Akrura returned the diamond to Krishna. Knowing that it was a murderous diamond, Krishna gave it back to Akrura and asked him to stay in Dwaraka. The diamond was attributed with magical qualities like bringing lot of gold like the goose that lays golden eggs.
This is the end of the Syamantaka story in our Hindu scriptures. My research shows that it caused more fights and murders and went to USA after passing several hands in India, France and Britain.
Story of “Hope” diamond
Syamantaka went to foreign countries in the name of HOPE diamond. Knowing that it was a HOPELESS diamond, at last it was sent to a museum in the USA. People believe it was mined in Golconda area of Andhra Pradesh long ago. For several centuries diamonds were mined only in India and the world famous Kohinoor diamond also came from the same mine. The reason for me to believe that Symantaka is Hope diamond is Hope diamond is a rare diamond that emits red rays at the exposure of ultra violet light. Syamantaka was also attributed with this quality in our Sanskrit scriptures. They describe it dazzling like (Red) sun. Moreover it created more fights resulting in more murders before landing itself in Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The weight of Hope is 45 carats.
Fearing the evil effect of this gem, they adorned a goddess with this gem in South India. The priest stole that and was sentenced to death. By hook or crook French merchant Tavernier took it to France from India. Tavernier was mauled to death by dogs. It changed hands and went to the royal family. Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were guillotined (beheaded) in the French revolution. The world believed that it was due to the evil effect of Hope diamond. Later the palace was looted for this diamond. Then it changed hands and came to Britain which resulted in financial disaster and suicide. Later it was sold to private parties and that led to court cases.
Before it came to King Louis, Princess of Label had it and she was killed by a mob. Later Jacques Cello bought it and committed suicide. When it was bought by a Russian prince, he gave it to his lady love and later killed her. Whoever worn it met with a disaster.
People were afraid to buy this because of its notoriety. At one time it was owned by Henry Philip Hope and so it was named Hope diamond. The last owner Harry Watson was persuaded to donate it to the Smithsonian Museum in 1958. This diamond also resulted in at least three murders, several fights, thefts, bankruptcies like Krishna’s Syamantaka. So we can be sure that this was the Syamantaka from Krishna’s period.
Some diamonds bring lot of luck. Another famous diamond from India, Kohinoor, brought immense luck to the British Royal family. Queen Elizabeth is ruling for over 60 years. Kohinoor is exhibited in London Tower museum. Queen Elizabeth will shine as long as the Kohinoor shines on her crown jewels!!