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Rudraksha – Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Rudraksha – Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Rudraksha word is made by the combination of two words, “Rudra” and “Aksha” where Rudra refers to Lord Shiva and Aksha refers to tears of Rudra. Also known as the Utrasum Bead, scientifically it is the Elaiocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. Rudraksha is said to be blessed with unmatched divine properties bestowed on it by the Destroyer in the Trinity of Gods-the Shiva. Rudraksha beads are said to come in different mukhis.

Legend of the Origin of Rudraksha

As per the religious text Devi Bhagat Puran, Tripurasur was a very strong Demon who also had divine energy and power. It was because of this immense divine power he started to bother other sages and deities. The demon was not defeated by anyone. As his immoral actions increased, the Brahma, Vishnu and even many other deities went to Lord Shiva to destroy Tripurasur. Lord Shiva is said to have closed his eyes and then went into meditation for some time. It is believed that when he opened his eyes, tears rolled from his eyes and fell on Earth. It is believed wherever his tears fell, a Rudraksha tree grew. The fruits of the tree were known as the Rudraksha Beads. Tripurasur was destroyed by Lord Shiva by the divine weapon Aghor. It is said that the tears were fell in the Himalayas in Nepal, and that is the reason Rudraksha from Nepal is considered the original Rudraksha.

As per another legend, as mentioned in the religious text Shiva Mahapuran, it was believed that Parvati, who was the divine spouse of Lord Shiva, had asked him about the origin of Rudraksha. On hearing that, it is believed Lord Shiva did penance for 1000 years. He ultimately became tired of keeping eyes closed for all that time. When he finally opened his eyes, a few teardrops fell on the ground and it is said, Rudraksha trees grew from these tears. TheRudraksha beads were then finally distributed on the Earth.

Significance of the Rudraksha Beads

Rudraksha beads hold great divine benefits. The Mantra of Lord Shiva Mahamrityunjaya is said to be only chanted by the Rudraksha Mala. It is said the Mantra of Lord Shiva can only be chanted on the Rudraksha bead. Rudraksha beads come in the form of different types of mukhis ranging from 1 to 21. EveryRudraksha Mukhi has its own significance. Mukhis are basically the vertical lines on the Rudraksha bead surface.

Individuals of all the castes and ashramas can wear Rudraksha. It is said to improve concentration and bring upon more clarity of mind. It removes all the barriers so that you are put on the path to success. Many health problems are cured. Basically, the negative energies are kept at bay. It is also said to destroy the negative deeds of the previous birth.

Let us now explore the significance of every Rudraksha Bead as per their Mukhis:

  • The One Mukhi is considered as the most supreme Rudraksha of all. It is said to symbolize Lord Shiva and is said to be connected to the divine power. It is said to destroy all the sins and bring about liberation.

  • The Two Mukhi Rudraksha presents a typical union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is said to bestow on the native harmony and unity.

  • The Three Mukhi Rudraksha is said to give the native the salvation from the sins committed in the past life.

  • The Four Mukhi Rudraksha is believed to be linked with Lord Brahma who is said to be the creator of the Universe. It is said to enhance concentration and knowledge.

  • The Five Mukhi Rudraksha is one of the most commonly found beads. It is known to be safe and is good for everyone. It is worn for general health and well-being. It brings about greater awareness.

  • The Six Mukhi Rudraksha establishes a connection of the native to the Mother Earth. It keeps you grounded.

  • The Seven Mukhi Rudraksha also presents the Goddess of wealth, health and even abundance.

  • The Eight Mukhi Rudraksha is linked with Goddess Ganesha is basically the remover of all the obstacles and brings about confidence and success in life.

  • The Nine Mukhi Rudraksha symbolized Goddess Durga who is considered as the female form of the Supreme Being. It generally protects from all the suffering and removes misery.

  • The Ten Mukhi Rudraksha is said to be a highly powerful Rudraksha. It is said to calm all the nine planets.

  • The Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha is linked to Lord Hanuman and symbolic of courage, bravery, and even adventure. It bestows on the native unmatched power and courage.

  • The Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha symbolizes Sun and thus makes the native shine bright. It helps to relieve stress and tension.

  • The Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha is considered a rarity and bestows wealth and divine grace on the native.

  • The Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha is another precious bead and is said to come directly from the eyes of the Shiva. It is said to activate your Third Eye Chakra.

  • The Fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha is known to bring rest to the Heart Chakra meaning it cures any kind of discomfort that is linked to the heart.

  • The Sixteen Mukhi Rudraksha is said to protect you from all forms of fear and insecurity. It also protects from negative energies.

  • The Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha makes the native live with amazing power and divine magnetism. It is also said to be linked to Vishakarma who has to build the Universe. It brings about a lot of abundances.

  • The Eighteen Mukhi Rudraksha is an excellent bead for prosperity and brings about great wealth.

  • The Nineteenth Mukhi Rudraksha creates immense satisfaction and also helps to attract everything that is needed.

  • The Twenty Mukhi Rudraksha is dominated by Lord Brahma. This is said to stimulate knowledge and also the intellect of the wearer.

  • The Twenty One Mukhi Rudraksha is one of the rarest Rudraksha beads. It brings the complete blessings to all the points of view.

  • Gauri Shankar is the favorite bead and is one that represents the Union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.  It is said to represent the Union of the Soul and the Mind. It is said to bring about improve relationships.

Rudraksha has thus bestowed with immense divine benefits. However, care should be taken that it is purchased from a trusted brand only. Ensure that your seed is undamaged and well-shaped.  Also, your Rudraksha does not have to be exchanged with anybody. Also, when you wear Rudraksha, make sure that they do not go to funerals. Gemkart brings you the best quality of Rudraksha from Nepal. Visit the website to pick one for yourself.


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