Panca or 5 mukhi ( faced ) Rudraksha.
This Rudraksha bead represents Kalagni Rudra the fierce form of Lord Shiva.This bead is the most common of all beads, and the cost is just a few rupees. The bead can be worn by anyone whether its in the form of a mala of 108+1, 54+1, 36+1, 27+1 or any other devision of 108. As a mala its ideal for japa, chanting and meditation purposes. This mala anyone can afford.
This bead is said to destroy negative thoughts and calming of emotions to create peace of mind, and therefore make on easier reach one’s goals.
This bead astrologically represents the planet Jupiter, so if one has a malefic Jupiter in their jyotish chart can affects one’s ability to gain wisdom, religious inclination, sense of morality and physically it affects obesity. This bead or several are considered the remedy.
There are a couple mantras which can be recited to evoke the bead, namely Om Hreem namah, Om namah Shivaya.
Most people would be wearing the Javanese variety as a mala. Any bead around 10mm and less would be from there. The larger Nepali around 18mm and above are more suited to serious devotees, such as Hindu priests and sadhus.
Catur mukhi is mentioned in various ancient sources such as the Shiva Maha Puran (Vidyesvara Samhita) Chapter 25 part 68 where it mentions;‘Four faces is Brahma himself.It quells the sins of man slaughter. Its vision and its and its contact instantaneously bestow the achievement of four aims of life. In Padma Puran Chapter 57 part 48:‘A Rudraksha with four mouths is Brahma himself; a brahmana on whose body it remains would become adept in all branches of knowledge and the best amongst those who know the Vedas; he would know all essential principles of religion and worldly prosperity and proficient in traditional law and in the Puranas. By wearing a Rudraksha with four mouths the sin of homicide or living in houses with with many beings quickly burns. Shiva is always pleased and he would be the lord of beings. Similarly he is born as the Lord and the man is not at all afraid.’ Also mentioned in Nirnayasindhu, Rudrakshajabalopanisad, and Srimaddevibhagavat.
This bead is supposed to cure diseases as high blood pressure and peace of mind.
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