Hindu and Buddhist traditions state it is the equivalent of the Philosopher’s Stone in western alchemy. It is one of several Mani jewel images found in Buddhist scripture.
In Buddhism, Cintas Mani is held by divine beings with great compassion, wisdom and power. By reciting the small hymn of Cinta Mani, Buddhist tradition maintains that you attain the wisdom of Buddha, are able to understand the truth of the Buddha, and turn afflictions away from the body. Cinta Mani allows you to see the holy retinue of Amitabh who will assembly upon your deathbed. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Cintas Mani is a luminous pearl in the possession of several different forms of the Buddha.
Within Hinduism, Cinta Mani has a connection with the gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. Traditionally it if often depicted as a fabulous jewel in the possession of the Naga King or on the forehead of the Makara. The Yoga Vasistha, originally written in the 10th century A.D., contains a story about the Cinta Mani. The Hindu Vishnu Purana speaks of the “syamantaka jewel” bestowing prosperity upon its owner.
The story of syamantaka appears in the Vishnu Purana and the Bhagavata. The jewel originally belonged to the sun god, who wore it around his neck. Whichever land possessed this jewel would never encounter calamities, such as droughts, floods, earthquakes and famines, and would always be full of prosperity and plentitude. Wherever the jewel remained, it would produce for the keeper eight bhāras of gold daily. The syamantaka jewel produces approximately 170 pounds of gold every day. It was also the source of the dazzling appearance of the sun god.