is formed by association of two words, 'RUDRA' and 'AKSHA'.
Rudra is the name of Lord Shiva. Aksha means 'tear'.
It is said that the plant of Rudraksh is originated from the
tear drops of Lord Shiva. As per the vedic scriptures Rudraksh
can nullify the effects of malefic planets to a great extent.
Shastras say Rudraksh of any mukhis can never do any harm to
the wearer unlike Navratnas, which have to be carefully chosen.
No other necklace or bead is so auspicious and powerful as Rudraksh.
Rudraksh come in different mukhis
or the clefts or furrows on the surface. Shastras speak of 1
to 38 mukhis but normally 1 to 14 mukhis are used for astrological
benefits. Each bead has a different effect on you, depending
on the number of mukhis it has. Each Rudraksh is very individualistic
and has to be carefully matched with one's horoscope for it
to be beneficial.
The seed of Rudraksh has been given a very special place and
it is credited with mystical and divine properties. The botanical
name of the Rudraksh plant is 'ELAEOCARPUS GRANITRUS'.
This is found in the various parts of the world. It is said
that the seed of Rudraksh contains the secrets of entire evolution
of the cosmos within it.
The devotees of Shiva, observe forms of Shiva, Shiva-Parvati,
Shivalinga etc. in Rudraksh. There are various stories regarding
the origin of Rudraksh in various Puranas. Ancient vedic scriptures
like Shiva Purana, PadmaPurana (Chap 57) Srimad Bagwata (Chap
III to VII ) Rudraksh Jabbalaoapanishad, Mantra Maharnava, etc.
mentioned about the greatness and wonderful properties of Rudraksh
It is believed that one who wear Rudraksh on their bodies, cannot
be affected by sins. Even if, one wears Rudraksh on his body,
without doing worship and saying the sacred mantra, does no
get near any sinful deed or thought.
The Rudraksh are worn for their specific benefits. These are
much more powerful and can help achieve wonders, if energized
and empowered the right way. Rudraksh of different mukhis pleases
the corresponding planets. It may be sufficient to go in for
only for those mukhis whose ruling planets, cause malefic effects.
Before wearing the Rudraksh it is better to cleanse and purify
it with milk, ghee, oil etc. and do pran prathista (give life
to the Rudraksh) when the mantras corresponding to the mukhis
are chanted, the Rudraksh gets activated
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