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.
One legend says Lord Shiva was meditating for many years, when one day he opened his eyes to look down on earth, at this point out of compassion several tears fell down and grew to become Rudraksha trees. http://www.sacred-rudraksha.com/rudraksha_tree
The Rudraksha is the most auspicious and energized bead, which Lord Shiva has given for the benefit of mankind. It’s believed to link heaven and earth. The miraculous properties of the Rudraksha are mentioned in the ancient Indian scriptures such as Shiva Maha Puran and Jabal Upanishad.
The fruit is blue in colour but can be green or turn purple with age. The trees grow in Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Nepal and various parts of India.
It is said in the scriptures that Hindu yogis wearing these beads experienced tremendous amount of tranquillity and inner peace which helped them meditate in a focused manner.
Originally there were 108 types of Rudrakshas in the form of different faces, known as mukhis this can be counted by the series of lines across the seed, but today there are only 38 types. Each mukhi has different electrical impulses. Most Rudrakshas are five faced which usually made into a necklace of 108 beads, one of the rarest being the one faced symbolizing Lord Shiva himself. The Rudraksha possess mystical and divine properties and creates a protection for the wearer.
Scientific evidence of Rudraksha’s benefits:
Many people have found just by wearing the Rudraksha one feels calm and peaceful. Rudraksha is known to cure ailments like blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, palpitations, lack of concentration, etc. The bead enhances the powers of concentration, orients the mind towards attaining prosperity, boost confidence and energy levels, and is also known to increase the ability of speculative thinking. One of the best known research papers was published by Dr. Subhas Rai of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras, India. Dr. Rai’s research confirmed that as scripted in the ancient scriptures, Rudraksha beads do possess powerful electromagnetic, paramagnetic and inductive properties. Rudraksha bead has gained significance as a mode of healing. Blood circulation
and heart beats automatically induce a magnetic field around the
body and particularly the heart region. Accordingly, a balancing
force is exerted on the heart to regulate it, if it starts beating above or
below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood
circulation in the body. Depending upon the polarity and intensity
of the induced magnetic field, Rudraksha beads transmit subtle
electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and
intensity. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart, they act
to stabilize the heart beat. Thus, the stated beneficial effects of the
Rudraksha bead have been proved scientifically as well.
Traditionally the Rudraksha bead or mala is either given to his student by a guru or prescribed by an astrologer or a person of similar status. Nowadays people can also find there correct Rudraksha by either using their Nakshatra (Indian Lunar based astrology), or by seeing a Vedic astrologer. Rudrakshas counteract the malefic effects of planets more so than gems. It is said each mukhi has different vibrations. Depending upon the situation of one’s life, there are combinations for business, education, attraction, protection and many more. More information is from following the links on http://www.sacred-rudraksha.com
|Mukhis||Ruling planet||Ruling Deity||Suitable for||Mantras|
|1 mukhi||Sun||Shiva||Eye defect, headache, heart disease, lack of confidence and strengthen mental concentration.||Om namah Shivaya, Om hreem namah, Maha Mritunjaya, Om Rudra.||The most auspicious of Rudrakshas. One Mukhi is the symbol of Godhood it is Lord Shiva Shankar itself. It is said to bring mental concentration to the wearer. One becomes naturally inclined towards God or the Supreme, he or she will not be affected by this materialistic world.|
|2 mukhi||Moon||Ardhnareshvara||Left eye defect, lungs, brain, kidneys and intestines.||Om Shiva Shakti namaha, Om namah, Om Shreem namah.||This Rudraksha is said to have great mystical power, it is ideal for those who are single seeking a relationship. It is two beings in one, brings union. Good for maintaining strong relationships of husband and wife, parents with children etc.|
|3 mukhi||Mars||Agni||Skin diseases, stomach problems, abortion, disturbed menstrual cycle, smallpox, laziness, depression and gaining confidence.||Om Kleem namah, Om Dhum dhum namah, Om om namah.||This Rudraksha is said to burn the past sins and those lazy become energetic. It is said this bead stops past events recurring in the present time. The three Mukhi is said to be a lifesaver. It also contains the Trimurti, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.|
|4 mukhi||Mercury||Brahma||Students, those seeking knowledge, mental disease and memory loss.||Om Hreem namah, Om Hreem chaturvaktrasya.||This rudraksha is said to increase memory, and diseases related to the mind such as epilepsy. Writers, artists, scientists, journalists will also gain from this Rudraksha. This Rudraksha is said to contain the four Vedas. Success in all directions as Brahma has four heads and helps to succeed in all fields. It is beneficial to all students, from high school to scientists.|
|5 mukhi||Jupiter||Kalagni Rudra||Mental peace, blood pressure or any cardiac ailments, diabetes, diseases of ears, thighs and kidneys.||Om Hreem namah, Om namah Shivaya, Mahamritunjaya mantra.||This rudraksha is the most common, the five forms of Lord Shiva are said to be in this rudraksha namely Sadyojat, Ishaan, Tatpurush, Aghor and Vamdeva. Also known as Rudra Kalagni. The mind becomes peaceful an d focused.|
|6 mukhi||Venus||Kartikeya||Eyes, reproductive organs, prostate, mouth and throat, urinary tract, and maintaining celibacy (Brahmacharya).||Om Hreem hum namah, Om Hreem namah||This Rudraksha is said to control anger and keep one calm. It provides success in all areas and an increase in energy and will power. Also provides wisdom and knowledge. Those performing speeches will benefit, therefore suitable for journalists, businessman, and editors.|
|7 mukhi||Saturn||Laxmi||Arthritis, leukaemia, impotence, speech problems, muscular pain, wealth and general happiness.||Om Hum namah, Om Hreem Shreem Kreem Soam.||This rudraksha is dedicated to the Saptarishis (seven sages), but more popularly linked to Ananta the supreme Lord. Ideal for business men and investors. It is said the wearer of this pendant keeps his word and stands firm to his belief, therefore it is suitable for Kings, writers, high officials and speakers.|
|8 mukhi||Rahu||Ganesha||Removing obstacles, writing skills, improving intelligence and general good health.||Om Ganeshaya namah, Om Hum namah.||This rudraksha pretty rare in comparison to the seven mukhi. This gives the wearer an analytical mind, writing skills and leadership qualities. Improves intelligence. Good for business men. Lord Ganesha removes the obstacles, and gives strength to the wearer and removes difficulties. If one is a gambler this is the Mukhi to be worn.|
|9 mukhi||Ketu||Durga||People in fear and under stress, bravery and increase self confidence.||Om Hreem hum namah, Om Hreem vam yam rum lam.||This rudraksha is said to contain nine kinds of power, any types of fears can be removed including fear of death. Can be worn on the left hand. It is said the wearer will attain bravery and endurance and fearlessness. Also an increase in devotion and is a remover of sins. This Rudraksha is also the form of Bhairava and Kapilamuni.|
|10 mukhi||None||Vishnu||Insomnia, respiratory diseases, those lost in life, black magic and to increase concentration.||Om Hreem namah, Om Ksheem.||This rudraksha is said to protect one from black magic. Business Vastu dosh problems are elliminated (wrong directions), good for court cases. Very powerful as blessed by several other gods namely Vishnu, Yamaraja, Dashmahavidya and Dashdigpal. The main benefits of this Mukhi is protection and acts as a shield from bad forces. Ideal for devotees of Vishnu or his ten incarnations such as Lord Krishna.|
|11 mukhi||None||Hanuman||Stomach disorders, liver and heart ailments, protects one from accidents.||Om Hreem hum namah. Om Shreem namah.||This rudraksha is said to be good for one who is interested in yoga and meditation, makes one fearless. Its said the 11 Rudras are within this Rudraksha. If one is constantly failing in all areas of life then this Rudraksha is ideal. It gives the wearer a permanent inner happiness.|
|12 mukhi||Sun||Surya||Provides inner strength and radiance, diseases of the eyes, diabetes and intestine problems.||Om Shri Suryaya namah. Om Hoom Hreem namah.||This rudraksha is glowing radiance from the Sun, it gives strength and knowledge. One of the most important Rudrakshas for attaining knowledge and increases self confidence. Gives material gains. Frees one from the fear of fire, armed men wild animals. Provides the wearer with the qualities of controlling others. Buoyant, shining and energetic as the Sun.|
|13 mukhi||Venus||Kamadeva and Indra||Performing artists, politicians, top executives and those seeking wealth and all comforts of life.||Om Hreem namah, Om Kshaam chaum namah.||This rudraksha is pretty rare, blessed by Kamadev and Indra. Many also believe it is blessed by Goddess Laxmi. It is said this bead blesses one with all material comforts. Kamadev is the God of love, so this Rudraksha is for gaining earthly pleasures, and all facets of love including attraction. Also suitable for those in the occupation of medicine.|
|14 mukhi||Saturn||Shiva||Providing the wearer with seeing the future, counteracts the bad effects of Saturn, leads one to religious path.||Om namah Shivaya, Om namo namah.||This rudraksha is said to increase the power of the Ajna chakra situated between the eyebrows, ideally should be worn by placing it upon this point on the forehead for a few minutes at a time, through the use of a chord attached horizontally around the head. But can be worn on the chest. It is said to increase the sixth sense and enable one to visualize the future. Also said to provide miraculous cures for various ailments.|
|15 mukhi||None||Pashupati||Economical progress, heart and skin diseases.||Om namah Shivaya. Om Hreem namah.||This rudraksha has the same benefits as the fourteen mukhi except has the additional bonus with gaining wealth. Increases visualizing power and maintaining sharp focus. Good for those who inclined to be spiritual.|
|16 mukhi||Moon||Rama||Mental illness, epilepsy and win over fear of death.||Mahamritunjaya mantra, Om Haum joom sah.||This rudraksha is known as the Jay mukhi or victory, therefore represents victory at all levels. It removes the fear of death, it’s said to be blessed by Mahakala (a form of Lord Shiva). Lord Rama rules this bead, and therefore good for family relations.|
|17 mukhi||None||Vishwakarma||Wealth in a short span, marital life improved.||Om namah Shivaya, Mahamritunjaya.||This rudraksha very rare and it is said that wearing this creates instant wealth whether through shares or other forms of investment. Its also said to be good for crafters and those people involved in building. Gives Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. This Rudraksha is also said to be ruled by Goddess Katyani which means women wearing it will benefit with happy marital life.|
|18 mukhi||Earth||Bhumi||Those having abortions, land dealings, real estate and looking after children.||Om Hreem Shreem Vasudhaye swaha, Mahamritunjaya.||This Rudraksha represents mother earth, and beneficial for those starting new ventures. Pregnant women benefit to protect their unborn.|
|19 mukhi||None||Narayana||Luxuries, prosperity and all material aspects in life.||Om Hreem Hoom namah, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.||This Rudraksha symbolizes Lord Vishnu and is said to bring all luxuries in life.|
|20 mulkhi||Navagraha||Brahm (Trimurti)||Spiritual progress. devine power, knowledge and visualization.||Om Hreem Hreem Hum Brahmane namah. Om namah Shivaya.||This rare Rudraksha represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and includes the nine planets and nine direction. This is a great healing bead.|
|21 mukhi||Saturn||Kubera||Wealth, luxuries and protects from evil eye.||Om Hreem Hoom Shivamitraye namah. Om namah Shivaya.||This Rudraksha is an extremely rare bead and represents Lord Kuvera the God of wealth and luxuries|
Besides the various mukhis, there are also very rare varieties such as Gauri Shankar symbolizing the union of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the masculine and feminine force of the universe. Ideal for family harmony and married life, as well as single youths. Another popular Rudraksha is the one with a protrusion on its side representing the trunk of an elephant who is no other than Lord Ganesha the remover of obstacles. Then there is the Ganesh Gauri, Sawar and Trijuti, etc.
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Om namah shivaya!