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Kaustubh (Sanskrit: कौस्तुभ:) is a divine jewel or "Mani" or "ratnam", which is in the possession of Lord Vishnu who lives in the Ksheer Sagar - "the ocean of milk". It is the most valuable ratnam in the whole world.
In Hindu Mythology, the Devas and Asuras performed the "Churning of the Ocean of Milk" (Samudra manthan), in order to get Amrita (Devanagari - अमृत). In this process, the fourteen treasure jewels (Ratnas) emerged from the ocean. The fourth Ratna that emerged is known as Kaustubha. It represents pure consciousness shining in all its luminous manifestations. It was said by Lord Shiva that nobody in the universe except Lord Vishnu could handle the brilliance and magnificence of this "Mani", since it could corrupt the bearer by infusing in them a greed to carry it forever.
- Kaustubham is the jewel.
- Kaustubhdhari is the person who is wearing that Mani i.e. Lord Vishnu.
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