What is Rudraksha

September 2, 2013 by

Rudraksha is a holy & divine bead, said to be borne out of tears of Lord Shiva.  Rudraksha beads are very sacred and considered to have divine powers. Rudraksha, also called Rudraksh is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree. Rudraksha beads are seeds and are traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism.

 Rudraksha is a sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra (means Lord Shiva) and Aksha (tears). 

Rudraksha grows in the area from the Gangetic plain in the foothills of the Himalayas to South-East Asia, Nepal, Indonesia, New Guinea to Australia, Guam, and Hawaii. Rudraksha seeds are covered by an outer shell of blue colour when fully ripe, and for this reason are also known as blueberry beads. The blue colour is derived not from pigment but is structural. It is an evergreen tree that grows quickly. The rudraksha tree starts bearing fruit in three to four years. As the tree matures, the roots buttress rising up narrowly near the trunk and radiating out along the surface of the ground.

Rudraksha beads are the material from which malas (108 beads in number in a thread) are made.  These malas are used for prayer and/or Japa in Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, hence Rudraksha beads are rosary which is used for repetitive prayer or Japa.  Rudrakshas also used for treatment of various diseases in Ayurveda.

The rudraksha fruit is blue in colour but turns black when dried. The central hard rudraksha uni-seed may have 1 to 21 faces [mukhi] (some people says that Rudraksh is found upto 29 faces [mukhi] ).

Different faced (1 mukhi – 29 mukhi) Rudraksha said to have different powers and impact on people who wear them.

Look for another post about impact of Rudraksha beads on human life.

 

 

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