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The Cintamani Stone: A Magical Jewel from the Stars?

The Cintamani Stone (or Chintamani Stone) is a legendary artifact of Buddhist and Hindu mythology, a “wish-fulfilling” gem of extraordinary power.

According to Buddhist legend, it fell from the stars and landed in Tibet, where the ancient Buddhists revered it as a spiritual jewel. However, its power was considered so great, and so potentially disastrous, they ultimately sent it to the mystical, hidden city of Shambhala.

But the legend of the Cintamani Stone doesn’t end there. Esoteric theorists and modern day treasure hunters have uncovered profound possibilities. Did the Cintamani stone actually exist? And, if so, where is it now?

To uncover these mysteries, we must first travel to a distant world. For the “true” story of the Cintamani Stone begins in the binary star system of Sirius.

A Gift From The Stars

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What we commonly see as one very bright star in our night sky (in fact, it’s the brightest) is actually two. Sirius is a binary star system, meaning it consists of two unique stars.

Friedrich Bessel figured this out in 1844, but it wasn’t until 1862 that the second star was actually observed.

What’s interesting is that the Dogon people of Mali, Africa reportedly knew of this second star long before modern astronomers. But how?

Knowledge of the second star, called Sirius B, could not have been gained without the use of sophisticated telescopes. Skeptics claim this is nothing more than a case of “cultural contamination,” but ancient astronaut theorists view this as proof of extraterrestrial interaction with Earth’s ancient civilizations.

In fact, esoteric belief states that extraterrestrials from Sirius, perhaps ambassadors of the system, brought the Cintamani Stone to Earth seeking to establish their own unified order on our planet.

Regardless of whether or not this is true, Sirius has long played a role in human culture. The Egyptians based their calendar on it. The Greeks incorporated it in their superstitions, believing that its appearance foretold a kind of “star sickness.” In Freemasonry, it’s known as the Blazing Star, and is used as a symbol in many masonic images.

It’s entirely possible that the Cintamani Stone originated in space.

In fact, it’s very likely.

The Treasure of the World

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The word “Cintamani” itself can be translated to “thought-gem” or “wishing stone.”

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Its physical properties are mostly ordinary, described as green, and trapezohedron in shape. But its greater powers lie in a higher dimension, invisible to our own senses.

What looks like an ordinary rock is actually a powerful, pan-dimensional artifact.

Possession of the stone elevates its holder to a higher state of being, granting knowledge of all time and space and, consequently, the potential for world domination. And, much like the Philosopher’s Stone and the Holy Grail, its wielder may even attain immortality.

In fact, it’s theorized that the Philosopher’s Stone, the Holy Grail, and the Cintamani Stone are one and the same.

Upon its arrival to Earth, the Cintamani Stone was hidden away in the etheric plane, within the ancient city of Shambhala, and kept by the “King of the World.” However, fragments of the stone allegedly made it back into our world, and have been the focus of empires and secret societies for hundreds of years.

Many of the greatest empires of the world are said to have possessed these fragments. This implies that the stone was directly responsible for their success.

Whoever controls the stone controls the world.


Does The Cintamani Stone Really Exist?

A green stone

Of course, that’s just legend. But it’s entirely possible that such a stone as described above could exist, regardless of whether or not it possesses any kind of mystical powers.

For example, the Cintamani Stone is described as a gem or a jewel, green in color, that fell from the stars. This perfectly fits the description of moldavite, a tektite formed after meteorite impacts. A meteorite impact could have, in ancient times, been viewed as a mystical event. Moldavite taken from the crater may have been revered as a heavenly artifact.

As for the location of the Cintamani Stone, an episode of Syfy’s Legend Quest examined the possibility that it may be located in the Philippines.

Say what you will about these reality shows, but you know what? They may have been right. The Kintamani mountain range in Bali, Indonesia, just south of the Philippines, was named after the Cintamani Stone. That’s a fair distance from Tibet, and the tropical environments of Indonesia match the paradisiacal descriptions of Shambhala.

Unfortunately, we may never know the true nature of this “stone of heaven,” but it is only one piece of a far greater legend.

The ancient city of Shambhala awaits.


Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. thanks. i have been ressearching on this for a long time and as i know the location the structure and clues im gonna go to shambhala and proove the world that it actually exists.

  2. when are you thinking of starting, I have been researching this too, looks like you have the other half of my puzzle. your gonna need gear and notes.

  3. hi!!

    other facts on Chintamani!!

    Chintamani is also heavenly abode of Goddess Kamakshi as per Hindu traditions and she is wish fulfiller!! there is also a raga named as Chintamani in Carnatic music which is very rare!! prayers to Goddess in this raga is also very auspicious. Famous song “Devi Brova” sung by great MS is in Chintamani RAGA.

  4. Bonjour, je ne vais pas suivre la mode de produire un Français désastreux, signe de peu de culture…
    Le texte explicatif est au niveau des réponses: vaseux pour le moins. Pourquoi ne pas dire que la Syrie est l’élu de Sirius?
    Cet étalage de suppositions érigées en vérités est la négation de la raison! Vous dites que ça n’existe peut-être pas, que vous pensez où ça se trouve (au cas où!) et que de toute façon cela a des pouvoirs illimités, mais c’est selon qui le détient (ce truc qui n’existe peut-être pas).
    Votre façon de raisonner vous tient éloignés, j’espère, de toute sphère décisionnelle, publique, ou représentative.

    1. I don’t speak a word of French, but here’s Google’s translation of the above comment for those of us reading at home:


      “Hello, I do not follow fashion to produce a disastrous French, sign bit of culture …

      The narrative is in the responses: muddy to say the least. Why not say that Syria is elected Sirius?

      This display of assumptions built into truths is the negation of reason! You say that there can not be, where you think it is (just in case!) And anyway it has unlimited powers, but according to who owns (that thing that n ‘there may not be).

      Your way of thinking keeps you away, I hope, in any sphere of decision-making, public or representative.”


      Stories. Mythologies. Legends. “Reason” doesn’t enter the equation when we’re just sharing old stories and esoteric claims. I’m not sure there was an argument being made in the original post, anyway — it’s just a retelling of the old Cintamani legends sprinkled with some modern theories. Perhaps something was lost in translation.

      I will, however, put your mind at ease and let you know that I’m not, nor do I ever intend to be, part of an intergalactic decision-making committee. I just run a blog.

  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGwn_0k_TQo
    “Still they seek me, a green jewel they must possess!”

  6. here’s a true account of a man still living who possessed this stone or one of its fragments for a day as a reward for his chastity & guru-devotion. he was given it by beings of light in a dream & found it was with him when he woke up, as corroborated by his geologist friend to whom he showed it. go to myrealizations.com & search for the word “pink” on that page to find the paragraph where the story begins. it’s about 3/4 of the way down the page.

  7. got a question about manifestation, using crystals , pendants, charms and the like. i know these work best when you have the actual charm, but in some cases, would just a picture of it work just as well?