TOPAZ – THE SANSKRIT CONNECTION

Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminium and flourine. Roman Scholar, Pliny the Elder, born 23 AD, wrote that the mineral ‘topaz’ was first mined at Topazos. Topazos is an island located in the Red Sea. As per the writings of Pliny the Elder, the word topaz is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘tapas’ (तपस्) which means ‘fire’, ‘burn’ or ‘hot’.

The Masorah (texts that code guidelines to correct interpretation of  Hebrew scriptures, the Protestant Bible translations are based on the Masoretic text), mentions that the gem topaz is made from the ‘pitdah’ stone. 


‘Pitdah’ is derived from two Sanskrit words ‘pita (पीत) which means ‘yellow’, and ‘dah’ (दह्) which means ‘to burn’.

In Sanskrit, topaz is known as ‘pita’ (पीत) or ‘pitamani’ (पीतमणि).

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