Though there are various categories of garnets that available, the hessonite/garnet stone is the one in India. Garnet Hessonite is darkish brown/ orange variety of Grossular. Hessonite garnet or Gomed is also known as Cinnamon stone because it found in Ceylon which known as Sri Lanka, a land known for its spices.
The hessonite is also one of the popular gemstone in the Indian market with the name of Gomed. The hessonite garnet gemstone is one of the Navagraha stones (stones that are a symbol of the nine planets that have a massive power on all earthlings).
It represents the God of the Ascending/North solar node (Rahu) in Indian astrology and is related to past karma. Astronomically, Ketu and Rahu indicate to the points of connection of the paths Sun and the Moon as they move along the celestial orbit. for that reason, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the north and the south solar nodes.
According to Hindu myths, Rahu is also known as “Head of Demon Snake” that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses to occur. It’s Also said that the shadow of Rahu can force into any area of one’s life thus taking over strong control and creating chaos in that sphere of life. Such a power is known to lead to all kinds of delays in achievement of ambitions.
The hessonite stone has also been used to cure diseases caused by the affliction of Rahu and Saturn that makes it the most favored gemstone in the garnet group in the Indian market. It is believed that a natural hessonite/garnet can guard against the bad influence of Rahu and can aid in a speedy recovery to bring success in endeavors.
The gemstone is also known to increase appetite, energy, wealth, happiness and bring good health and prosperity to the wearer. The astrologers in India suggest that Hessonite Gemstone should be set in silver jewelry and worn on the medius finger known as a middle finger to ensure maximum benefits. Famous astrologers even ask to see the gem specimens to make sure that there are no inclusions that are visible to the naked eye and that the gem is perfect.