Post No. 9516

Date uploaded in London – –21 APRIL  2021     

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Diamonds were first mined in India

Knowledge of diamond starts in India where it was first mined .

The word most generally used for diamonds in Sanskrit is Vajra, thunderbolt and Indrayudha.

Because Indra is the warrior god from Vedic scriptures, the foundation of Hinduism, the thunderbolt symbol indicates much about the Indian conception of diamond. Early description of diamond date to the fourth century BCE. By then diamond was a valued material. The earliest known reference to diamond is a Sanskrit manuscript by a minister in northern Indian dynasty . The work is dated from 320-296 BCE

Today diamonds are mined in about 25 countries, on every continent but Europe and Antarctica. For 1000 years starting in roughly the fourth century BCE India was the only source of diamonds. Diamond production has increased enormously in 20th century. India s maximum production, perhaps 50,000 to 100000 carats annually in the sixteenth century, is very small compared to the current production of around 100 million carats.

(It is from a paper cutting from year 2002).


My views

I have written some articles on the origin of Diamonds. The Syamantaka Diamond handled by Lord Krishna and his relatives led to violence and several murders. The full story is in the Bhagavad Purana. My view is that Syamantaka corrupted into Diamantaka. My second view is that the murderous Syamantaka changed hundreds of hands and got the name Hope Diamond which is in an American museum now. Hope diamond became Hopeless diamond during the course of time and at last landed in America. If we go by Krishna’s story, we have to put the diamond clock back to 3130 BCE.

Whatever the date one believes in doesn’t matter. Diamond mining originated in India.

Xxx Subham xxxx

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