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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Navaratnas (नवरत्नस्).—(The nine precious Jewels). The nine precious stones are pearl, ruby, Chrysoprasus, beryl, diamond, coral, jacinth, emerald and sapphire.

Muktā-māṇikya-vaiḍūryā-gomeda vajra-vidrumau / Padmarāgo maratakaṃ nīlaśceti yathākramam //

2) Navaratnas (नवरत्नस्).—Legend says that there were nine scholars who handled philosophy and arts, in the palace of the emperor Vikramāditya. These nine scholars were known by the name Navaratnas (the nine jewels). They were Dhanvantari, Kṣapaṇaka, Amarasiṃha, Śaṅku, Vetālabhaṭṭa, Ghaṭakarpara, Kālidāsa, Varāhamihira and Vararuci.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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