Rudraksha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra (“Shiva”) and akṣa (“Teardrops”)
Rudraksha is believed to have originated from Lord Shiva’s eyes. He was in a deep state of meditation for 1000 divine years to achieve extraordinary weapons to destroy a super demon,Tripurasur. When he opened his eyes after the completion of meditation,out of joy,tears fell from his eyes. Wherever the tears fell, Rudraksha trees grew.
Rudraksha has unique and divine properties. Rudraksha beads have electromagnetic properties that affect the human body positively when worn on the skin. According to Vedic literature,each type of Rudraksha bead has a governing deity,possesses specific power and properties.
The Rudra (Rudhir, Rudraksha) Tree
Creation of the rudraksha tree from the tears of deepest meditation shed by Rudra ( Shiva ) upon seeing the unrighteous conduct of demon Tarakasur’s sons, and their destruction by Shiva :
“Through their righteous conduct and devotion unto Shiva, Tarakasur’s sons Tadinmali, Tarakaksh and Kamalaksh, attained divinity. After some time, seeing that they had returned to their original unrighteous conduct, Shankar (Shiva) was grief-stricken and went into deepest meditation, and His eyes were filled with tears. A few of these tears fell onto the earth; a tree sprang up from these, which came to be known as the Rudraksha tree. Later, Shiva destroyed the sons of Tarakasur.”
General information on the Rudraksha tree:
found from sea level up to 3000m above. The Rudraksha tree grows in a narrow space, not on open ground. Its leaves resemble those of tamarind, but are longer. It yields one to two thousand fruits annually. The Yatis (Ascetics) in the Himalayas survive only on these fruits. These fruits are also known as amritphala (Fruits of Nectar). They satisfy thirst.
Mystical Powers Of Rudraksha
Electromagnetic Properties – Proven by scientific research that Rudraksha beads affect neuro functioning of human being that controls stress levels and functioning of the brain.
Anti Ageing Properties – This Rudraksha slows down the ageing effect and keeps a person young. This is an established and proven fact based on scientific research.
Medicinal Properties – Scientifically proved and established that Rudraksha cures many chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart problems, TB, paralysis, etc.
Astrological And Spiritual Properties – Removes ill effects of planets, awakens Kundalini power, destroy evil forces and helps attain Moksha.
Rudraksha therapy proven by scientific studies that Rudraksha cures many chronic illnesses.
Ten Mukhi Rudraksha when grated into milk and consumed thrice a day cures all kinds of cough.
Boiling Four Mukhi Rudraksha with milk and consuming it for twenty days cures hysteria, fainting and ailments related to mind.
Rudraksha powder when consumed with curd, milk or cream cures high blood pressure.
Water Therapy – Keep three beads of five Mukhi Rudraksha in a glass of water overnight and drink it in the morning on an empty stomatch. This cures disorders like blood pressure, gastric problems, acidity and indigestion.
The effect of Rudraksha shows within 45 to 60 days of wearing it.
Children should not be allowed to wear one Mukhi Rudraksha.
Features Of Various Rudraksha
Ruling God : Shiva
Extremely rare and costly. It is found in two shapes – Round Rudraksha is found is found in Nepal while the Half Round Rudraksha is found in Rameshwaram. Brings immense power, wealth, fame, confidence and spiritual enrichment.
Ruling God : Ardhanareeshwar
It is available in two varieties in Nepal and Haridwar (India). Develops harmonious relationships, controls anger and lack of concentration.
Ruling God : Agni
Provides physical strength,wards off ill luck, tension and purifies all sins.
Ruling God : Brahma
Increases memory power, wit, health and attractiveness.
Ruling God : Kalaagni Rudra
A sought after bead. Provides health, peace, success, knowledge, wealth, power and fame.
Ruling God : Kartikeya
Saves one from sorrow, gives wisdom, professional success, and fulfils dreams.
Ruling God : Mahalaxmi
Eliminates evil forces, provides peace, progress in business and wealth.
Ruling God : Ganesh
Increases confidence, brings happiness, fame and good health.
Ruling God : Durga
Provides energy, dynamism, fearlessness and luxurious life.
Ruling God : Vishnu
Drives evil away, and gives a secure and protective feeling.
Ruling God : Hanuman
Blesses with right judgment, powerful vocabulary, adventurous life, success, and cures ailments related to women.
Ruling God : Sun
Effect of this Ruradksha is similar to that of the One Mukhi. Protects against evils, eliminates worry, suspicion and increases charisma.
Ruling God : Indra
Is rare and difficult to obtain. Gives riches and honour, aids in meditation, spiritual(helps attain Moksha).
Ruling God : Hanuman
A very powerful Rudraksha, not very readily available. Awakens sixth sense, helps overcome calamities, protect from evil spirits, provides riches and self-power.
Garbh Gauri Rudraksha – is the small form of Gauri Shankar wherein both the joined beads are of equal size. Cures ailments related to women.
Gauri Shankar – Ruling God : Shiva And Parvathi
An extremely influential Rudraksha improves relationships, married life, bring joy and harmony.
Ganesh Rudraksha – It provides perfection in every sphere in life and blesses the wearer with the grace of Lord Ganesh.
Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha – Trijuti Rudraksha is a rare phenomenon. Blesses with good health, wealth, power and knowledge.
Identifying Fake Rudraksha
Water Test : Put Rudraksha in a glass of water. If it floats, it is fake.
Cut Test : Cut the Rudraksha bead. If it is real, same number of compartments as the number of lines will be visible.
Copper Coin Test : The bead will move or rotate slightly when placed between two copper coins.
Milk Test : Place Rudraksha in a glass of fresh milk. See after 2 days. The milk will not be spoilt. Eka Mukhi Rudraksha can be kept in milk for 5 to 7 days.
X-Ray Test : Rudraksha bead when examined under X-ray and after CT-scan shows the Mukhis inside a Rudraksha. The test is effective upto Nine Mukhi Rudraksha but not for higher Mukhi Rudrakshas.
Food Purity Test : Hold Rudraksha mala above the food to be tested. If the mala rotates clock-wise, the food is pure. If it rotates anti-clockwise, then it is impure(poisonous).
How To Wear Rudraksha?
Wash Rudraksha and Shivaling with unboiled milk and water either at home or in Shiva temple.
Apply sandalwood paste/any vegetable or olive oil on it. Offer flowers and incese.
Touch Rudraksha to Shivaling and Chant “Om Namah Shivaya” Mantra 108 times.
Wear Rudraksha preferably on Monday or on Amavasya, Poornima. Don’t wear Rudraksha in copper metal.
Rudraksha must be energized and worshipped along with Lord Shiva’s idol before wearing.
Wear Rudraksha after bath.
Rudraksha Dos & Don’ts
Always keep Rudraksha beads in a holy place.
Keep the beads well cleaned and oiled.
Wear Rudraksha beadsa in metals like silver, gold, panchadhatu or red thread.
Wear Rudraksha Mukhi or bead combination either in neck, wrist or head.
Do not wear Rudraksha while sleeping.
Do not wear Rudraksha while going for funeral/cremation ground.
Do not wear Rudraksha during sex.
Do not exchange Rudraksha mala with anyone.
Do not wear Rudraksha while having non-vegetarian food and alcohol.
Do not wear broken or damaged Rudraksha.
How To Maintain Rudraksha?
Clean the mala/beads regularly with clean water.
Dip in Luke warm water, add liquid soap. Rub with a plastic brush. Once the bead dries, apply sandalwood oil mixed with light olive oil on the beads.