Rudraksha is derived from two words RUDRA and AKSHA, “Rudra” meaning Lord Shiva and “Aksha” meaning eyes in Sanskrit. Generally, Rudraksha is considered to mean the tears of Lord Shiva. It is one of the ‘priceless gifts of nature’ to the person. A Rudraksha is known to be powered with mystical, spiritual and medicinal powers that enhance the well-being of the wearer. The number of faces, commonly known as the Mukhi defines the power of a rudraksha. A rudraksha can have several faces ranging from 1-38. From 1 to 14 Mukhi, Gauri Shankar and Ganesh Rudraksha are the two most popular Rudraksha.
Origin and Myth
The ancient text of Shiva Mahapurana described Rudraksha origin as Lord Shiva’s tear. After thousands of years on penance; when Shiva opened eyes, some tear fell of his eye. And from those tears, there came up Rudraksha trees which spread in many places. The Rudraksha is the most auspicious and energized bead, which Lord Shiva has given for the benefit of humanity. It’s believed to link heaven and earth. The Rudraksha trees are grown in Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Nepal and various parts of India. The tree is the medium size in height. The leaves of the tree are round, and the seeds are the most popular beads.
Effects of Rudraksha
Based on the number of faces, Rudraksha gives different effects. It is used in a thread or worn as a bracelet or as mala. Both men and women of all age can wear it. Use of these beads is for fulfilling impossible tasks, for specific karmas, as a remedy during illness, worshipping and spiritual gain.
Benefits of Rudraksha
Ancient astrology believes that a Rudraksha has very powerful benefits.
- Rudraksha can be used as a remedy to “Vaastu Doshas”. Rudraksha can be used as wind chimes or wall hangings to get rid of the negativity in your house.
- A Rudraksha can be worn or can be kept in the temple at home or workplace.
- A Rudraksha is known to be great medicine for Blood Pressure.
- Rudraksha never gives negative energies; therefore they don’t have ill effects of any kind on anyone.
How and when to wear Rudraksha?
Monday is an auspicious day to wear your bead, or you may wear your Rudraksha early morning on any auspicious day of the week after an early morning bath. Then chant “Om Namah Shivay” nine or one hundred and eight times. After this mantra chanting, wear it remembering the face of Lord Shiva.
As you wear every day, your Rudraksha needs cleaning every month. Soak it overnight in water. Use a plastic brush to remove its dirt or impurities. Then dry beads and apply any light perfumed oil. You should avoid using detergents or hot water.