Rudraksha is believed to be the link between the two : The earth and The heaven. Though few Hindu scriptures have called them spiritual, where as few modern scholars and gurus have described them as being of no particular religion or rather non religious.
In this modern age of science Rudraksha is again making its way as a alternate therapy product into the lives of many health conscious people. Whether it proves to be a solution remains to be seen. I have found that Rudraksha helps relieving from blood pressure and lessening stress. Put it in a glass of water for overnight and drink it the next day morning to relieve stomach disorders.
Many people, who have used Rudraksha, have reported that it has given them relief from Hyper tension, Depression, Blood pressure, Stress, & other related problems. It has been found that Rudraksha can boost the confidence and inner strength. The Rudraksha is also used as a symbol of luck and prosperity around the globe.
Yes, Rudraksha beads are the wonder beads that help us lead a more complete life. If we look in to the history we shall find images and photos of Buddha, Gandhi and Dalai Lama wearing them. It is also known that Yehudi Menuhin, Osho Rajneesh and many film stars have been found as lovers of the se magnificent beads.
Importance of Rudraksha
Claims have been made in our ancient medical texts that the Rudraksha can prevent aging and can give you long life. The beads are supposed to be anti -pyretic, anti paralysis. They can help balance the vital chakras (energy points in the body) of the human body that control bile, wind and phlegm. It also has the power to cure those people suffering from mind and heart problems.
In the ancient text more than 30 varieties have been mentioned. Out of which 21 are most eye-catching. The rarest is the one faceted or one – mouthed Rudrasksha. These one-faced have been encased in gold and have been carefully preserved for centuries by many families. Single-faced rudraksha is considered as a symbol of continued well being and prosperity for the possessor. Where as, the two–faced are considered to have magical, mystic & Hypnotic powers. The three-faced are said to bring luck. The four-faced one used for attaining the objectives of desire. five faceted for salvation and the six faceted for business success and releves you from sin, the seven faceted gives you immunity to attack. The eight-faced is supposed to bring good fortune in speculation. Want to be the wittiest person around? Wear the 8 faceted it will weaken your enemies and give you powerful communication skills. Wear it if you are a lawyer as it shall win you battles in court.
Thousand of persons who have worn Authentic Rudraksha beads have repeatedly confirmed that it has given them considerable relief from Blood pressure, Stress, Hyper tension, Depression & other mind related problems including neurotic conditions. It has been found that Rudraksha can boost your confidence and inner strength. They are also used for boosting the luck and prosperity. It is quite understandable that with enhanced self image one can achieve greater success in any venture.
It is a fact that Rudraksha are the wonder beads that help us lead a complete life. Buddha wore them, Gandhi wore them, and Dalai Lama wore them. And so did Yehudi Menuhin, Osho Rajneesh or for that matter many film stars wear them. Probably the best of the berries ever produced in the world, the Rudraksha.
Identifying a Real Rudraksha
Today people can prepare the clones of animals, so making the exact copies of beads such as Rudraksha is not difficult task. As the importance and cost is increasing artificial Rudrakasha are finding their way in the market and are being sold as real ones.
Artificial or duplicate Rudraksha are made using the wild berry seeds and some times using nuts. But exact copies cannot be made that can be compared to the real Rudraksha beeds. Only experienced person can detected them with naked eye. Rudraksha can be recognized looking at deep linings-facets. Also few simple tests can be performed to distinguish between real and fake one. A real Rudraksha does not float, it sinks, water or milk. The best quality Rudraksha is a little greasy, smoothed, hard, clear face. The hole in Rudraksha is natural.
It is noted that if the Rudraksha is not ripe, it will float on water, where as a Rudraksha made of wood with lead or ant metal pleased inside may sink. If such is the state of cheating, before buying a Rudrakasha we must consult a person who can be relied upon and has experience. The one-faced Rudrakasha is very rare and very expensive. Therefore cheating is done mostly in this variety. Where as the five-faced Rudrakasha is very common and are easily affordable aby anyone, therefore are real ones.
The con peoples draw artificial facets or the mukh on the surface of berries, betel nuts or Areca nuts and they try to give them a real appearance. But these artificial ones can easily recognized by any experienced eye. Rudraksha having 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 or 8 faces are common but their cost is more than that of five-faced Rudraksha’s, which makes the biggest segment of artificial Rudraksha.
To save yourself from being cheated, a little experience and awareness is required. The artificial Rudraksha are to be found only in the categories that are rare or are expensive in order to satisfy the increasing demand of market.
From our ancient scriptures, we know that Rudrakasha has spiritual, religious as well as medicinal importance.
Fake Rudraksha Beads
For the interest of consumer protection and public education, we are obligated to inform that many varieties of fake Rudraksha are being sold throughout the world. Wrong peoples with intention of earning money are selling them in large quantity. Be careful while purchasing one-faced Rudraksha (ek-mukhi) in particular.
The people creating or producing artificial Rudraksha are very skillful at creating the appearance of real Rudrakshas. There are no accurate tests to identify real beads except for examination by an experienced people.
How to Use and take care of the Rudraksha:
If you are wearing a fresh Rudraksha mala, it is best to wear on a Monday.
While sleeping it is advised to remove the mala. While travelling one should sleep wearing it on. After bathing in the morning, hold the mala in the right hand and repeat the appropriate mantra aloud for 108 times.
While, for ladies a precaution, do not wear the Rudraksha mala during periods of menstrual bleeding. For men, do not wear while attending funerals.
The Rudraksha mala has a very long lifespan. A properly cared for mala can be passed along to eight generations.
The Rudraksha mala can be washed occasionally with warm water and should be dried naturally. It should not be soaked for extended periods of time. Rudraksha beads are available in size varying from 3mm to 40 mm. The size of the bead has no bearing on its effects. But, it is necessary that the mala should contain beads of same number of mukhis and same size.
Use of Rudraksha : Which Rudraksha for Whom
Every type of Rudraksha has its own specific power and properties. One has to wear according to the needs or desires to be fulfilled. Combination of all the beads can be worn. The powers of the individual beads can be felt simultaneously. Rudraksha can be worn as a pendant of any specific faced of beads or as a mala. In pandent form either more number of a particular faced of beads or a mix of different faced of beads can be worn. Whereas, if wearing in the form of mala, all the beads should be of similar facets. Many astrologers suggest ‘Faced’ based on Birth Chart/ Horoscope.
Some astrologers suggest to wear Rudraksha according to ruling planet as under:-
- Zodiac Ruling Planet Suggested Rudrakshas
- Aries Mars Three faced
- Taurus Venus Six faced or Thirteen faced
- Gemini Mercury Four faced
- Cancer Moon Two faced
- Leo Sun One faced or Twelve faced
- Virgo Mercury (& Rahu*) Four faced (& Eight faced)
- Libra Venus Six faced or Thirteen faced
- Scorpio Mars Three faced
- Sagittarius Jupiter Five faced
- Capricorn Saturn Seven faced or Fourteen faced
- Aquarius Saturn Seven faced or Fourteen faced
- Pisces Jupiter (& Ketu*) Five faced (& Nine faced)
* Planets Rahu (the north node of the Moon) and Ketu (the south node of the Moon) are the shadowy (hypothetical) planets and they rules no sign of zodiac, but Rahu has authority over Virgo and Ketu has authority over Pisces. So it is also useful for these zodiac’s persons to use these Rudrakshas.
1 Mukhi / 1 Faced : When you wear this bead, no enemy can cause harm. This Rudraksha is ment to receive all pleasures of life. If you are involved in politics, government service or administration, it is the best option.
Ek Mukhi Rudraksha cures the malefic effects of the Sun and makes the individual charismatic and radiant. It also helps in curing the disease caused by the adverse placement of the Sun in the Birth chart such as diseases of the right eye, bone weakness, mental anxiety, Headache, Ear ailments, Bowel problems etc and at the spiritual level removes lack of Confidence, improves Charisma, Enhances Personal power, Generates leadership qualities and supports Prosperity. It is known to give protective powers against heart ailments also.
2 Mukhi / 2 Faced : This Rudraksha is known to provide stability to the mind, making a person purposeful in life , making a person focused on completing a task before taking over another. It is known to help in the diseases such as that of the left eye, renal failure and the digestive system. It help cure stress, anxiety and depression and is also known to have eliminated negative thoughts in many people. It is known to have helped individuals who have history of hysteria. This Rudraksha bestows domestic pleasures and strengthens relationships.
It cures the malefic effects of Moon. It helps in mind stabilization, bringing forth the purposeful life.
3 Mukhi / 3 Faced : It is best suited for ladies problems. This Rudraksha reduces the malefic effects of Mars. As the planet Mars represents the blood & blood system and the energy levels in the body, it is known widely for controlling blood pressure, regulation of the menstrual cycle or stress during menstrual period and helps in removal of depression. It is also known to have beneficial effects for individuals having Manglik Dosh and also for those individuals who have high temperamental mind.
4 Mukhi / 4 Faced : It is known as the cure for stammering, asthma and mental power. It is recommended for students, scientists and management executives or professionals having more of mental work, or from the fields of Computers, Electronics or Tele-Communication. It is known to be helpful in respiratory tract problems and help develop the power of speech.
The representing deity of this Rudraksha is Lord Brahma and the ruling planet is Mercury. It helps to remove the malefic effects of Mercury. It is recommended for people who want to increases the power of original thinking and who are involved in mental pursuits.
5 Mukhi / 5 Faced : It is the most common bead among all Rudraksha. More than 85% of the Rudraksha produced from any tree are five faced Rudraksha. It is helpful in regulation of blood pressure and controlling body fats. Widely used in blood pressure related problems. Panch Mukhi (5 facet) Rudraksha mala used for chanting mantras.
The representing deity of this rudraksha is Lord Shiva and the ruling planet is Jupiter. It is considered to be the bead of Good luck and academic excellence. It has a soothing effect over our mind and helps us to calm down.
6 Mukhi / 6 Faced : It is known to bring bliss to martial life. The wearer of this bead has the power to attract people. This Rudraksha makes the wearer witty, charming and intelligent. This Bead has been used by many actors and individuals who are having a lot of public dealing.
The representing deity is Lord Kartikeeya (Skandha). The malefic effects of Venus are controlled by wearing this bead. It blesses the wearer with victory and wisdom. It has been used over ages in the diseases of a sexual nature or of sexual organs.
7 Mukhi / 7 Faced : The representing deity is Devi Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. The representing planet is Saturn. This Rudraksha has mysterious power and it ensures that the wearer never faces poverty. It blesses us power to control others. It helps cure of diseases induced due to malefic effect of Saturn such as impotency, foot related diseases and respiratory disorders.
Saat Mukhi Rudraksha helps overcome malefic effects of Saturn. This Rudraksha is not worn on body, it is kept in the place of worship. It is also known to help in Kalsarpa Yoga and the Sade Sathi.
8 Mukhi / 8 Faced : The representing deity is Lord Ganesha. This Rudraksha is known to remove the obstacles from our path and ensures professional success. It is helpful in diseases of the mysterious kind such as for people haunted by spirits or dreams that cause trauma. It is also recommended for Skin diseases, Stress and anxiety.
The malefic effects of Rahu are cured by this bead. It also recommended for people who want to advance in the fields of occult sciences and develop intuitive power. It is considered excellent for individuals having Sarpa Dosha in their birth charts.
9 Mukhi / 9 Faced : The representing deity is Aadi Shakti Maa Durga. It cultivates patience giving control over unnecessary anger and the feeling of fear. It is known to control the malefic effects of Ketu. Effects of Ketu are similar to those of Rahu and Saturn described above. It is recommended for people who are into learning or mastering of foreign languages and who have a desire to boost vocabulary.
10 Mukhi / 10 Faced : The representing deity is Lord Vishnu. This Rudraksha is known to create a feeling of security and remove complexes. This rudraksha has no ruling planet. One wears this with the blessings of Lord Vishnu. It is used for people who want to increase the power of concentration. It is also known to help in improving devotion and meditation power.
11 Mukhi / 11 Faced : It is known to protects from sudden or accidental death. The representing deity is Lord Hanuman. This rudraksha helps in improving the power of concentration and helps develop the feeling of right actions and courage. This Rudraksha helps in attaining worldly comforts and wealth. This rudraksha is especially beneficial for women; as she gets a loving caring wealthy husband. This Rudraksha is recomemded for blessings with a male progeny.
It stimulates the feeling of courage and confidence so that we can lead an adventurous life. Also helpful in meditation and removes problem or hurdles related to practicing Yoga.
12 Mukhi / 12 Faced : This is helpful for people in higher administrative jobs as it creates a powerful aura around the person. It is very good for people from politics, government service or administration. It also helps in curing the disease caused by the malefic effects or adverse placement of the Sun in the Birth chart. Diseases related to that of the right eye, bones, mental anxiety. It also helps in relationship improvements with elders especially with one’s Father. It is also known to give protective powers against heart ailments.
13 Mukhi / 13 Faced : It bequeaths charm, worldly comforts and spiritual success equally. The representing deity is Indra, the god of Rain. Very rare Rudraksha which is known to give secret wealth and a position of authority to the wearer. It bestows spiritual achievements on its Sadhaka. The one who wears this Rudraksha is equivalent of a King. This rare Rudraksha is known to ensures that the individual emerges victorious in challenging situations and the full potential of destiny is realized.
14 Mukhi / 14 Faced : This rudraksha is considered as a devine Gem. It represents Lord Shiva. This is known to help the wearer to achieve most difficult Goals also. It helps one attain a position of advantaged circumstances and high rank. It helps in opening of the third eye so that the wearer develops such intuition that he can successfully predict events that are yet to happen. The malefic effects of Saturn are also controlled by this bead specially during the Sade Sathi Period. Faces / Related Mantra for wearing mala/seed the first time.
Properties of Different Mukhis - Rudraksha
1 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Namah Shivaya” “Om Hreem Namah”
2 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Shree Gauri Shankaraya Namah” “Om Namah” “Om Kleem Namah”
3 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Namah Shivaya”
4 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Hreem Namah”
5 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Namah Shivaya” “Om Hreem Namah”
6 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Swami Kaartikeya Namah” “Om Hreem Hum Namah”
7 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om MahaLaxmi Namah” “Om Hum Namah”
8 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Hum Namah” “Om Ganeshaya Namah”
9 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Nav Durgayi Namah” “Om Hreem Hum Namah” “Shree Narayanaaye Namah”
10 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Shree Vishnavai Namah” “Om Hreem Namaha”
11 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Shree Rudraya Namah” “Om Hreem Hum Namah”
12 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Shree Suryay Namah” “Om Krown Kshown Rown Namah”
13 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Hreem Namah”
14 Mukhi Rudraksha – “Om Namah Shivaye”