The sacred bead – Rudraksh


Rudraksha (also Rudraksh; Sanskrit: rudrākṣa (“Rudra’s eyes”) is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree whose seed is traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is borne by several species of Elaeocarpus, with E. ganitrus being the principal species used in the making of a bead chain or mala. Rudraksha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra (“Shiva”) and akṣha (“eyes”) – Source Wikipedia

The origin of a rudraksh

The ancient text of Shiva Mahapurana described Rudraksha origin as Lord Shiva’s tear. A Rudraksha is known to be powered with mystical, spiritual and medicinal powers that enhance the well-being of the wearer. The beads of the Rudraksh are known to impart astrological benefits because according to ancient Hindu mythology, it was believed that the wearer of Rudraksha was untouched by sins, impious thoughts and deeds.

What does it do?

The number of faces, commonly known as the mukhi defines the power of a rudraksh. A rudraksha bead is known to help open the chakras and possess healing powers for the mind and the body. A rudraksh is also known to balance doshas created by astrological planets. A rudraksh can have a number of faces ranging from 1-38. From 1 to 14 mukhi, Gauri Shankar and Ganesh Rudraksha are the two most popular rudraksh.

Uses of a Rudraksh

  • Ancient astrology believes that a rudraksh has very powerful benefits.
  • Rudraksha can be used as a remedy to “Vaastu Doshas”. Rudraksh can be used as wind chimes or wall hangings to get rid of the negativity in your house.
  • A Rudraksh can be worn or can be kept in the temple at home or work place.
  • A Rudraksha is known to be a great medicine for Hypertension (Blood Pressure).
  • Rudraksha can be worn in any form, may it be rosary, single bead or with combination of any Rudraksha.
  • Rudraksha never gives negative energies; therefore they don’t have ill effects of any kind on anyone.

Note: Do not clean the rudraksh with soaps or chemicals and also avoid wearing it when you are bathing because it tends to reduce the life of the rudraksh.

The mukhs or the faces a rudraksh defines the deity it can be associated with and the benefits it has. Rudraksh can be associated with deities.

The types of rudraksh and its associations

1 and 12 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Sun.
2 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Moon.
3 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Mars.
4 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Mercury.
5 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Jupiter.
6 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Venus.
7 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Saturn.
8 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Rahu.
9 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Ketu.

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