From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Cintāmaṇi literally means ‘thought-gem’.
Cintāmaṇi as per Purāṇas
The purāṇas describe this as a supernatural gem. The owner of this is said to obtain whatever he wishes for (maṇi = gem; cintā = thought, wish).
Cintāmaṇi as per Literature
In devotional literature, God is described as Cintāmaṇi for the same reason.
Cintāmaṇi as per Astrology
In astrology, a particular combination of planets heralding an auspicious time for travelling is called cintāmaṇi.
Cintāmaṇi as per Buddhism
In Buddhist symbols it stands for the mind.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore