The rudraksha evergreen tree mainly found in Nepal, area of Gangetic plains in foothills of Himalayas to the south east Asia ,Indonesia,Guniea to Australia,Gaum and Hawaii. The seed of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus granitrus) holds a very special place in Hinduism, and is credited to possess mystical and divine properties. The Tears of Lord Siva that are Rudraksha, are the original Vedic Beads of Power worn by the Yogis of India and the Himalayas for thousands of years to maintain health and to gain self empowerment and fearless life on their path to Enlightenment and Liberation. The term Rudraksh basically refers to the tears of Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva meditated for several years for the wellbeing of all creatures. But, when he opened his eyes to see around, he saw people in pain. Lord Shiva could not see the sufferings and miseries of people and started shedding hot drops of tears. Mother Nature transformed the tears and gave birth to the Rudraksh trees. The other names for Lord Shiva are Rudra and the Lord of tears. Rudra is a term used to refer one who relieves others from sufferings and pain. For thousands of years, they have adorned the bodies of sages and saints leading a fearless life in far-flung frontiers seeking enlightenment and liberation.
As per Hindu scriptures the devotees of Lord Shiva are usually given Rudraksha for peace. A person tends to become pure after wearing the Rudraksha beads. People are of the belief that, a person who offers food to the wearer of Rudraksha reaches Rudraloka i.e. the Loka or kingdom of Lord Rudra.It is believed that the wearer of Rudraksha invites the Goddess of wealth. By wearing Rudraska one can overcome untimely death and paves a way to harmony in life and controls stress level. It helps in awakening the Kundilini or vital energies & propels the cosmic forces in one's favor. Rudrakshas stimulate the mind, increase the intellect, improve the power of speech & oration. They also helps in acquiring the power of Intuition. People of high blood have been found benefitted from Rudraksha seeds. Rudraskha is also worn to please the nine planets and it has great astrological importance.
Rudraksha beads are classified on the basis of the number of “mukhis” – the clefts and furrows – they have on the surface. Each bead has a different effect on you, depending on the number of mukhis it has. These are vital from the astrological viewpoint, since it is believed that Rudrakshas of different mukhis please different planets.
The scriptures speak of 1 to 38 mukhis, but Rudrakshas of 1 to 14 mukhis are commonly found.
Acquiring an authentic Rudraksha is a challenge in itself. A real Rudraksha bead will never float on water. Even if you boil a real Rudraksha in water for 6 hours, there would no effect on the bead. A fake will easily disintegrate. A good Rudraksha bead will not be broken at any end. A ‘healthy’ bead should have well defined and natural corns and contours.
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