Pokhara - Muktinath - Mustang - Damodar Kunda
Full Moon Day Festival 16th August 2008 at Damodar Kunda (4890m)

Trekking in the legendary kingdom of Mustang/ Nepal

- Rudraksha Beads - The Teardrops of Lord Shiva -

"Rudra" is a name of Lord Shiva whereas "Aksha" means tears.

Lord Shiva mit RudrakshasThe word Rudraksha has its etymological beginnings in the two Sanskrit words "Rudra" and "Aksha" meaning Lord Shiva and Teardrops respectively. According to "Shiva Purana", Lord Shiva once went into deep meditation for the well being of all living creatures. When he woke up, he opened his eyes and tear drops fell on the Earth. These tear drops took the form of seeds that later on became the Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha therefore means 'The Tear of Lord Shiva'. The dry seed-capsules from the Rudraksha tree form the rudraksha beads, which are being used as a rosary and are also worn as a chain.

Lord Shiva is always portrayed wearing rosaries of Rudraksha beads on his head, arms and hands. With this came the religious and spiritual significance of Rudraksha. It is believed that the seed of Rudraksha contains the secrets of the entire evolution of the cosmos within it. The sages and yogis of the himalayas, who live according to the Eternal Natural Law of Sanatana Dharma, have always been wearing Rudraksha for centuries for a fearless life on their path to spiritual Enlightenment and Liberation.

Devotees dedicated to Lord Shiva always wear Rudraksha as rosaries which are used in meditation; it helps to maintain good health, to gain self-empowerment and a fearless life. Rudraksha are noted for their divine protection and are worn on the body singly or as chains (Mala).

rudraksha seedBotanically, the holy rudraksha tree is known as 'Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb' and belongs to the family Tiliaceae, a large evergreen broad-leaved tree with a wide crown. Altitude-wise, its habitat starts from sea-coast and goes up to 2,000 meters. Geographically it is found growing naturally and abundantly in tropical and subtropical areas. The trees are perennial in habitat. The trees are almost 15 to 60 meter in height. This tree grows fast and carries these seeds/fruits within seven years. These trees are mostly found in abundance in Nepal, in the Himalayan slopes and also in parts of India, Indonesia and Malaysia. Its English name is Utrasum Bead Tree. In Indonesia the Rudraksha Tree is called Ganitri Tree or Jenitri Tree. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India.

Rudraksha beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha fruit obtained from Rudraksha trees. Rudraksha beads are covered by an outer shell of blue color on fully ripening, so they are also called blueberry beads and the sweet tasting fruitflesh can be used for treatment of various diseases. It is kept in water for a number of days and then Rudraksha is taken out after peeling off the pulp and brushing it clean.

Rudraksha is a rare gift of nature to mankind in the sense, that most beads come with a natural hole drilled in the centre, as if nature intended man to use the rudraksha bead to form a chain. Such rudraksha beads are considered especially auspicious. Rudraksha is often believed to symbolize the link between earth and heaven, between man and god. Hence Rudraksha is the object of veneration and also a source to reach the higher self.

Each seed also possesses from 1 to 38 vertical lines running down its surface, like the longitude lines on a globe. These lines are known as mukhi, or faces, and are natural formations of the seed. Seeds with one vertical line are known as Eka-mukhi (one facet), which are very rare; those with two lines are Dvi-mukhi (two facets), and so on. Each bead has different effects on the wearer, depending on the number of mukhi or faces it has. Each of the many types of Rudraksha Beads have a governing Deity and specific powers and properties.

As per the Vedic scriptures, Rudraksha beads possess mystical and divine properties and can nullify the effects of malefic planets to a great extent. They offer protection to the wearer. No other bead is considered to be as auspicious and powerful as a Rudraksha.

Rudreksha BeadsThe unique properties and divine powers of Rudraksha have been described in the authentic Shastras like the Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad, Padma Purana, Shiva Purana, Devi Purana and Bhagavat Purana. The benefits of this miraculous bead have been flowing to the users/ wearers from time immemorial. Rudraksha, is the most powerful and awesome bead ever, offering protection to its wearer. This bead can help you achieve all you want - a healthy mind, body and soul, a wealthy life that many dream of and only some achieve, and a happy soul.

Rudraksha comes in many sizes and faces also called "mukhi" meaning "the clefts or furrows or faces on the surface". According to Shastra (Scripture) there are up to 38 mukhi or faces found on Rudraksha, but Rudraksha of 1 to 14 mukhi are the most commonly available ones. And 5 or 6 are the vast majority.

95% of the Rudraksha found are with 5 mukhi. It is very rough, hard and tough and can be boiled in hot water for hours without problem. This procedure is sometimes used for testing rare and expensive Rudraksha from the Market for it's genuineness. To verify the authenticity of the numbers of mukhi, an x-ray photo can be taken as well.

Each mukhi Rudraksha has unique properties and provides various scientific, medical and spiritual benefits.

Rudraksha comes in four basic shades: white, red, brown and black. The different colours relate to the social/ religious order of Varna-Ashrama-Dharma. White= for brahmana, red=for kshatriya, brown= for vaishya, black= for shudra.


Rudraksha Tree   Rudraksha

Rudraksha Tree    Rudraksha Tree

3 mukhi from Java
3 mukhi from Indonesia
7 mukhi from Java
7 mukhi from Indonesia
14 mukhi from Java
14 mukhi from Indonesia
Each compartment (mukhi) carries a tiny seed.
3 mukhi from Nepal
3 mukhi from Nepal
7 mukhi from Nepal
7 mukhi from Nepal
9 mukhi from Nepal
9 mukhi from Nepal

While many people have claimed on respective websites and books that Rudraksha are produced in countries like India, (Assam), Indonesia and many other countries, it is not wholly accurate.

Beads produced in Nepal are called "Rudraksha"
Beads have clear lines (mukhi), with natural hole, round to oval shape and each mukhi has a tiny seed inside it. One can see the bead varies from one mukhi to twenty-nine mukhi. Nowadays no higher mukhi-numbers can be found. Size of the beads is generally above 15mm size.

Beads produced in India are called "Bhadrakshas"
Beads produced look like Nepali rudraksha but the surface is smooth with some design throughout the surface of beads .The bead doesn't have natural hole and human drilling is needed for this beads to put on a mala or for wearing.

Beads produced in Indonesia are called "Indrakshas"
The size is very small. It doesn't have clear mukhi. There is just marking of lines without groove and deep depression. No natural hole and generally the lines are not so clearly visible.


Here are some of the many Rudraksha varieties:

eka-mukhi (One Face) Rudraksha:
Single faced Rudraksha is Shiva himself, which provides the fruits of salvation and liberation. Only its glimpse will already rectify brahma-hatya (the killing of a Brahmana). This Rudraksha is considered to be the king of all Rudraksha and represents Pure Consciousness. It improves the concentration and mental constitution of the wearer. Generally it comes in the shape of cashew nut or half moon. A round Eka-Mukhi (Gol-Dhana Rudraksha) is very rare. The wearer gains both, luxuries and Moksha (salvation). He lives a royal life and enjoys all the comforts at his command, still remaining unattached. Good social and financial status and positive worldly perspectives are bestowed upon wearing one mukhi Rudraksha.

Symbol of: Lord Shiva
Ruling Planet: Sun
Mantras: Om Namah Shivaya, Om Hrim Namaha
Recommended for: Headache, Heart Disease, Blood Pressur and Right Eye Defect.

dvi-mukhi (Two Faces) Rudraksha:
this is the form of Devdeveshwar and symbolizes the unite form of Shiva and Parvati, also commonly known as Ardhnareshwar. It harbors immense mystical power. Vedic scriptures boast about the belief that two mukhi Rudraksha carries the entire evolution of cosmos within and thus it is a special blessing to mankind. Two natural lines or faces are found on two mukhi Rudraksha which is its key identification. It comes in oval shape. The use of two-mukhi Rudraksha beads fastened on a red thread activates its immense power for reaping maximum benefits. Those who wear it, are believed to have immense fame, it denotes trustworthiness and devotion, it reflects efficiently on married life of a couple. Good for Mental Peace and Pregnancy.

Symbol of: Ardhanarishwara
Ruling Planet: Moon
Mantra: Om Shiva Shakti Namaha
Recommended for: Left Eye Defect, Diseases of Heart, Lung, Brain, Kidney and Intestine.

tri-mukhi Rudraksha:
The Rudraksha with three faces is the symbol of the Three Devatas i.e. (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha) and is very powerful like the Firegod Himself. The person who wears this Rudraksha will always get the blessings of the three devas accompanied by the three powers, manifesting as the fire-god Agni. The way fire consumes everything and still remains pure, the wearer too gets free from all sins or wrongs of his life and returns to purity when blessed. The sins earned in past births of him, on whom it remains, are burnt as fire burns fuel.
He who wears a Rudraksha of three faces on his body, will have past sins burned to ashes and gets purified in his mind and soul. He will not be overcome with disease, miseries and sorrow.
Three faced Rudraksha directly delivers the fruits of sadhana. All education is distinguished by its effect. The wearer of this Rudraksha get success in all of his works.

Symbol of: Agni, God of Fire
Ruling Planet: Mars
Mantras: Om Klim Namah, Om Namah Shivaya
Recommended for: Blood defect, plague, small pox, digestive problems, blood pressure, weakness, disturbed menstrual cycle, spontaneous abortion and ulcer.

chatur-mukhi Rudraksha:
symbolizes Lord Brahma (the God of Creation) and is worshipped as the symbol of Chaturanan (the one with 4 faces / heads). The wearer of this Rudraksha will gain the four aims of Human Life, called 'dharma-artha-kama-moksha' i.e. Virtue, Wealth, Pleasure and Emancipation.
Visually, four linings from head to bottom are observed on four mukhi Rudraksha at equal distance. This signifies the four facets of Brahma leading to humanitys eternal quest for knowledge, meaning, action or fate and freedom.
It increases confidence and devotional power and is good for meditation and yoga. If a person wears it on neck or arm, s/he can attain enormous benefits.

Symbol of: Lord Brahma
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Mantra: Om Hrim Namah
Recommended for: Mental disease, paralysis, arthritis, yellow fever, and nasal disease.

pancha-mukhi Rudraksha:
represents the form of Shiva termed as 'kala-agni-rudra'. S
ymbolizes Pancheswar or Panchmukhi Shiva. It is also associated with the five Pandavas and the fife Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether. Five Mukhi Rudraksha controls the five elements in the body of the wearer, therefore kills all diseases related to these elements. This Rudraksha delivers all liberation and fulfills all wishes.
Wearing a garland of small beads of panch mukhi or drinking water in which panch mukhi is soaked are deemed highly effective for curing Heart Diseases, Blood Pressure or Mental Imbalance.
Five Mukhi Rudraksha is equivalently auspicious & suitable to Sadhu (saint) and Grihasta (family man). Wearing panch mukhi is instrumental in attaining a long and peaceful life. It is a highly effective kind, bestowing prosperity. The wearer of this Rudraksha gains health and peace.

Symbol of: Lord Shiva (Kala-Agni Rudra)
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Mantra: Om Hrim Namah
Recommended for: Bone Marrow, Liver, Kidney, Feet, Thigh, Ear, diseases of fat and Diabetes.

shat-mukhi Rudraksha:
is very dear to Lord Karttikeya (Lord Shiva’s second son) and is the source of his energy. This Rudraksha has to be worn on the right hand. Even goddess Parvati has graced six mukhi Rudraksha with her eternal blessings. It gives learning, wisdom and knowledge, increases confidence and will power and helps maintain Brahmacharya (Celibacy). Moreover, it saves us from the worldly sorrows.
Wearing this kind can help one attain Control over anger, greediness and improper thoughts. It enhances concentration, mental sharpness, will power, sexual harmony, self-confidence, self-esteem and personality. It blesses the wearer with the key to success, glory, fame, physical strength, luxury, wisdom, wealth, name, power, blissful marital life, family harmony, charismatic personality, prosperity, good career prospect and positive perspectives towards life.

Symbol of: Lord Kartikeya
Ruling Planet: Venus (Shukra).
Mantra: Om Hrim Hum Namaha
Recommended for: Eyes, Reproductive Organs, Urinary Tract, Prostate, Mouth and Throat.

sapta-mukhi Rudraksha:
Seven faced rudraksha is saptamatradhi Daivat, saptashyadevat and saptamuni Daivat.
symbolizes the seven divine mothers, the seven gods and the seven Rishis (sages).
The seven divine mothers are called Saptamatrikas; the seven great sages (stars) are called Saptarishis; and the seven gods are called Saptadevatas.

This Rudraksha represents the Goddess Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth). The Goddess showers plenty of wealth, when invoked. It is said that this is not to be worn on the body, but instead kept in the cash box.
It releases a man from poverty and miseries. Wearing seven mukhi rudraksha brings success, name & fame and a highly vibrant personality.
This Rudraksha is also popularly known as Anang Shiva or Anangswarup and is associated with Kamadeva. Those wearing seven mukhi are usually found to be highly attractive in their circle. It also helps in attaining attracting power.

According to Padma-purana the seven divine snakes Saptanagas live in seven faces of the seven mukhi rudraksha namely: Vasuki, Takshaka, Karkotaka, Padmaka, Sankhapala, Gulika, Kaliya. Lord Shankar becomes pleased by the wearer of seven mukhi rudraksha the way he is pleased by Nagaraja.

Symbol of: Mahalakshmi
Ruling Planet: Saturn (Shani)
Mantras: Om Maha-lakshmi Namah, Om Hum Namah
Recommended for: Weakness, colic pain, handicapness, pain in bone and muscles, paralysis, long term disease, impotency, worries and hopelessness.

ashta-mukhi Rudraksha:
Eight faced Rudraksha is the form of Asthamurthi Bhairav and represents Lord Ganesha, the God of Prosperity and good fortune (Lord Shiva’s first son). This Rudraksha has eight linings displayed on its surface. It helps effectively in starting of a venture or a project or any devotional activities or even in re-launching of loss making ventures. Good for business & Prosperity. It is coupled with numerous gains leading to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It affects the spread of your name abroad and brings the winning power in oneself. One is also believed to receive wealth from unforeseen sources and brings prosperity in business. It keeps one away from unpredictable accident, misfortunes, obstacles and miseries. It is considered to bring peace in home life and deemed well for starting anything in good faith.

Symbol of: Lord Ganesha
Ruling Planet: Rahu (north Lunar node).
Mantra: Om Ganeshaya Namah,
Recommended for: Lung, feet, skin and eye catarrhisis, hydrocel, airtracia.

nava-mukhi Rudraksha:
Rudraksha with nine faces is said to be the form of Bhairav and Kapilamuni. Its Adhisthatri deity is Godess Durga, the devi who takes nine forms called 'Navdurga', who had nine incarnations and came to the earth nine times to protect pious and defeat the impious.
This Rudraksha is considered to possess nine kinds of different powers given by the nine deities called Nava-durga - and is a very powerful kind. It should be worn with respect on the left hand. By wearing this rudrakhsa a person becomes fearless and self confident. There is no doubt the person who wears it will come the level of the demigods. The wearer is blessed with energy, power, dynamism and fearlessness. Persons who lack self-confidence and suffering from Depression should wear this Rudraksha. Good for Reducing Physical Illness and Common Tiredness.

Symbol of: Goddess Durga
Ruling Planet: Ketu (south Lunar node)
Mantra: Om Hrim Hum Namaha
Recommended for: Lung diseases, fever, eye pain, bowel pain , skin disease, body pain.

dasha-mukhi Rudraksha:
symbolizes 'Janardana', the form of Lord Vishnu (the Lord of Preservation) and is also believed to represent Dasha-avatar meaning the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vamana, Parasuram, Ramachandra, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki happily reside on ten-face rudraksha.
In Shiva Purana there is a detailed account of how everyone irrespective of caste, creed, religion, nationality and gender can use ten mukhi Rudraksha for attaining fame and success in career. Srimad Devi Bhagavatam is full of praises on the ten mukhi Rudraksha for its divine contribution in rescuing mankind from worldly sufferings, miseries, misfortunes, evil power and adverse planetary effects. This Rudraksha is also considered highly effective in social services, arts and crafts. Helps maintain sound Mental Fitness. One who wears this has his worldly and eternal wishes fulfilled by the blessings of Lord Mahavishnu. Excellent for Vishnu bhaktas (devotees). Also aids in devotion and meditation. Ten Mukhi Rudraksha is Vishnu and removes all the tears and troubles due from bad planets, evil powers and snakes.

Symbol of: Lord Vishnu
Ruling Planet: No ruling planet
Mantra: Om Hrim Namah
ed for: Pacifying all the bad planets.

ekaadasha-mukhi Rudraksha:
Vedic scriptures state that eleven mukhi Rudraksha represents the eleven forms of Lord Shiva, of which the eleventh form is Lord Hanuman (the God of Devotion and Victory).
Shiva also manifests himself in the forms of the eleven Rudras, which are: (1) Kapali (2) Pingala (3) Bhima (4) Virupaksha (5) Vilohita (6) Shasta (7) Ajapada (8) Ahirbudhanya (9) Sambhu (10) Chanda (11) Bhava.
Whoever wears eleven mukhi Rudraksha, s/he shall attain all the eleven heavenly virtues of Lord Rudra. It is considered to possess immense power. The wearer of this Rudraksha always attains victory and wealth. When invoked, one is blessed with wisdom, right judgement, powerful vocabulary, adventurous life and success in all undertakings. Above all, it also protects one from accidental death. One becomes fearless. It also helps concentrate in meditation.
According to the ancient religious texts, several great sages have worn eleven mukhi Rudraksha during their meditation for spiritual quest. Moreover, it is regarded very auspicious in religious rituals.

Represents: Lord Hanuman
Ruling Planet: No ruling planet
Mantra: Om Hrim Hum Namah
Recommended for: Maintenance of entire neurophysiology.

dvaadasha-mukhi Rudraksha:

represents Lord Surya, the Sun God. Srimad Devi Bhagavatam regards twelve mukhi Rudraksha as a representation of the twelve Forms of the Sun god, i.e. 1. Dhata, 2. Aryama, 3. Mitra, 4. Varuna, 5. Indra, 6. Vivasvan, 7. Tvashtha, 8. Vishnu, 9. Amshuman, 10. Bhaga, 11. Pusha, 12. Parjanja. Hence, this Rudraksha is the embodiment of twelve different facets of Lord Surya. The Twelve virtues of Surya are light of universal friendship, light of compelling radiance, dispeller of darkness or ignorance, shining principle, all pervading light, light of mystic fire, golden colored one, healing gold, light obvious and subtle as at dawn and dusk, light of the sage an aspect of Vishnu, light of enlightenment, light that removes afflictions and brilliance the light of intelligence. It is highly recommended for people in powerful positions. Lord sun blesses an owner of twelve mukhi Rudraksha with a life of a wealth, unlimited luxury and great personality. Wearing this Rudraksha enables a human to have an ever shining appeal.

Symbol of: Lord Surya, the Sun God
Ruling Planet: Sun
Mantra: Shree Suryay Namah
Recommended for: Heart-,
Lung-, and Skin Disease, Hiatus of Stomach, Esophagus, and Bowel Problems.

trayodasha-mukhi Rudraksha:
represent Lord Kamadeva and Lord Indra (the King of the DemiGods). It is a very rare bead and difficult to get, but it possesses immense divine power and gives the eight yogic accomplishments (Siddhis, mystic powers).
Since the ruling planet of this Rudraksha is Venus, it bestows charm, all the worldly comforts as well as a spiritual upliftment to its wearer.
Lord Kamadev (God of Love/Lust) is also pleased with the wearer and fulfills all his worldly desires.
The wearer of this rudraksha obtains all the pleasures of this world. It helps in increasing the sexual power in humans and enables one to have fit senses. If one wears this Rudraksha, it helps in obtaining the power to fulfill sensual desires, it helps in obtaining attraction of the opposite sex towards oneself.
Therefore, it inherits virtues like love, affection, beauty and attraction as its attributes. It empowers a person with an ability to woo another individual with irresistible charisma.
Thirteen mukhi Rudraksha unfolds immense spiritual gain, success, physical and mental strength, good luck, power of authority, charismatic personality, honor, employment opportunity, wealth, worldly pleasures, high level of social and financial status and glory .

Symbol of: Lord Kamadeva and Lord Indra
Ruling Planet: Venus
Mantra: Om Hrim Namah
Recommended for: Meditation and spiritual attainments.

chaturdasha-mukhi Rudraksha:
symbolizes lord Shiva. This Rudraksha is called the "Deva Mani" (the divine gem) and is also one of the rarest Rudraksha to be found. This Rudraksha is considered to have come directly from the eyes of Lord Shiva who himself wears this bead. Shiva Purana praises about how fourteen mukhi Rudraksha rules the cosmic world and humans and is regarded as a favorite possession not just by humans but also by gods and goddesses.
This Rudraksha should be respectfully worn on the head by every such person who can afford it since it cleanses all sins and bestows immense beneficiary powers. When used properly, with grace of God, the third eye of wisdom starts functioning, and one can predict future events.
The wearer of Fourteen faced Rudraksha attains spiritual freedom and the virtues of Lord Shiva. Ruled by the planet Saturn, this Rudraksha helps counteract the malefic effects of Saturn.

Symbol of: Lord Shiva
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Mantra: Om Shivaya Namaha
Recommended for: Safety and riches, provides miraculous cures to several ailments.

  Very rare and special Rudraksha

Gauri-Shankar Rudraksha:
symbolizes Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. Gauri Shanker Rudraksha is a Rudraksha that looks as if two Rudraksha are joined together. It is formed by the union of two Rudraksha and hence symbolizes Shiva and Shakti, that is the combined form of Shiva and Parvati. It naturally binds the two together, making it to appear as one. Purusha and Prakriti's blessings are bestowed upon the wearer. It is believed that who wears Gauri Shanker Rudraksha is always blessed by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is considered to fulfill all desires and makes the person satisfied and contented with life. It evokes maximum positive results and fulfills every desire if kept either inside a puja room or worn on the body. Its use brings in family harmony, contentment, happiness and peace. This is not only good for a happy married life but also helpful for young unmarried youths. Good for smoothening of Planetary Forces around Oneself and prevents from Accidents and Sudden Death.

Ganesh-Gauri Rudraksha:
represents Ganesh Gauri (Goddess Parvati and son Ganesh). It's like a Gaurishankar with two Rudraksha naturally jointed, but out of two Rudraksha one is very small with the size proportion of 9:1 (if we consider both Rudraksha size as 10). One small Rudraksha with natural hole is attached with the big. This Rudraksha is good for women who are pregnant. Wearing this Rudraksha helps to maintain the normal health of the womb. This Rudraksha helps to prevent miscarriages.
Ganesh Rudraksha:
bears a Trunk like elevation as is seen on the face of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva. Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of success and overcoming obstacles, is also associated with wisdom, learning, prudence, and power. He gives 'Riddhi-Siddhi' (His two female Consorts- spiritual power and prosperity). He is the first to be worshipped in the beginning of any auspicious occasion. Ganesh Rudraksha provides the wearer perfection in every sphere of life and the grace of Lord Ganesha is received by him. His life becomes successful. The Ganesh Rudraksha Bead is really special due to the way it grows the thorny protrusions of the outer surface of the Bead.

Ganesh Rudraksha with Om

The "AUM" has been marked with a pencil for better visibility.

Ganesh-Gauri-Shankar Rudraksha
this is a highly auspicious Rudraksha and is very very rare. All family members will be blessed by Lord Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati when used for worshipping in the house.

Another Gauri-Shankar-Ganesh Rudraksha

Trijuti Rudraksha

A Rudraksha of Trijuti is Bramha,Vishnu and Shiva Roopam, the combined form of Tri-Murti. Those who hold or worship this great Rudraksha get Brahma-Gyan, the knowledge of Brahma. The wearer is blessed by all the three Gods and enjoys superpower in the society.

Ekamukhi Gol-Dhana Rudraksh:

A round shaped One mukhi Bead, very very rare. If a lucky person receives it, he must have been blessed by Lord Shiva for many previous lifetimes.

ekavimshati Rudraksha:

Even more rare. Sometime sold for 15.000 Dollar and much more. Twenty one mukhi rudraksha is represented by Kuvera (the celestial treasurer of the Demigods). The wearer is blessed with immense prosperity and fulfillment of pleasures and materialistic desires. Even if a poor person wears it, he becomes rich. Gives the wearer immense protection from any kind of tantra and malefics.

Nirakar Rudraksha:
The faceless rudraksha - the one without line - round and perfect with a natural hole befits its name of Nirakar Rudraksha. The wearer feels complete and whole and the wearers charisma increases day by day making people more receptive and acceptive to the wearer naturally. Removes any worries from the mind on wealth and relationships. Beneficial for stock-traders, lawyers, bankers, teachers or in those in professions where confidence, charisma, stability and long term business or people to people relationship is required.

Another amazing Ekamukhi Rudraksh:

There is Halfmoon and Kailash-Parvat on it.

Rudraksha with Shivalingam:
Rudraksha with OM:

Saptavimshati Rudraksha (27 Faces):

Very very very rare

Pancha-Parameshvar Rudraksha:

The Fiveheaded Lord Shiva (Panchanana)

Gauri Shankar Savar Rudraksha:

Savar (more widely called Naag) stands for the cobra-snake.
Naag-Rudraksha are rare and much sought-after. Lord Shiva wears a cobra around his neck, therefore this snakes are venerated.

Who can wear Rudraksha?

Rudraksha Beads help to overcome difficulties and obstacles in life, they do not have any negative effects like gemstones and can be worn by everyone, irrespective of sex, age, religion, culture etc.

Vishnavadidevabhaktashcha dharayeyuma samshayah |
Rudrabhakto visheshena rudrakshandharayetsada
|| 62 ||

Devotees of Vishnu and other God worshippers can also wear rudraksha, there is no doubt about it. Devotees of Shiva especially have to daily wear rudraksha (Shiva Mahapurana, Vidyeshwarasamhita, Chapter 25, Khanda 61 to 90).

Shastra quotes: "Na vaishnavanam-yatha-shamboh" 'There is NO Vaishnava equal to Shamboo!'. Padma Puranam, Chapter 57: Sri Bhagavan uvaca: "If a man always wears a Rudraksa, especially with fourteen mouths, permeated with God's auspicious power, he is always honoured and blessed by the demigods due to the greatness of his religious merit." -- THIS is Lord Vishnu speaking!

Srimad Devi Bhagavat 11th Canto, Chap. 2. Lord Vishnu said: "A man wearing fourteen mukhi Rudraksa becomes highly auspicious, like Lord Shiva. Anyone who wears even one Rudraksha seed is always admired like saintly men and deities and can even attain liberation."

Srimad Devi Bhagavat 11th Canto, Chapter V verse 25 to 26 it is stated, "The desire for wearing Rudraksha is the result of attaining the perfection of knowledge and Blessings of God during previous births."

Rudraksha Kevalam Vapi Yatra Kutra Mahamate
Sumantrakam Va Mantren Rahitam Bhava Varjitam

Yo Va ko Va naro Bhaktya Dharyellajjayapi Va
Sarvapap Vinirmukta Samyagjnanam An Vapnuyat

Rudraksha can be worn by chanting mantra or without chanting it, with reverence or without it, with devotion or without it, with shame or without the same i.e. with whatsoever procedure a man who wears Rudraksha gets rid of all kinds of sins and gets knowledge as well.

Rudraksha Mala Chain                      Rudraksha Bracelet

Importance of Rudraksha

Mlechkhho Vapi chandalo Yukto Va sarvapatakai,
Rudraksha Dharayedyastu Sa Rudra Natra sanshaya

Those men who are Mlechchhas and Chandalas (impious, inhumane, untouchables) and those who are full of all kinds of vices, even they will attain to the state of Lord Rudra, by wearing Rudraksha and meditating on it. There is no doubt about it.

Dhyan dharan Henoapi Rudraksham Dharaya Budhah,
Sarvapap Vinirmukto sa yati Paramam gatim

A man with meditation and perseverance and a wise man who wears Rudraksha gets rid of all the sins accumulated and attains the supreme goal of the human life.


The origin of the Holy Rudraksha

There are slightly different statements found in the different Puranas, but the most complete account is given by Lord Shiva Himself in the Vidyesvarasamhita Chapter 25 Parts 1 to 95

Part 3
O sages formerly the greatness of Rudraksha was declared to the Goddess by Lord Shiva, the compassionate one, for rendering help to the suffering worlds.

Part 4
O Maheshani be pleased to hear the greatness of Rudraksha. I speak out of love for the benefit of the devotees of Shiva.

Part 5 to 7
O Maheshani formerly I had been performing penance for thousands of divine years. Although I had performed it rigorously, my mind was in a flutter. Out of sport I being self-possessed just opened my eyes O Goddess from a desire of helping the worlds. Drops of tears fell from my beautiful half closed eyes. From those tears there cropped up the Rudraksa plants.

Part 19
The wearing of the Rudraksha is recommended for the sake of destroying sins.........meaning pain and suffering.

The Compassionate Lord Shiva with eyes closed in deep Silence performing penance was interrupted by the pain and suffering of the worlds. Acknowledging the cause of his interrupted State of Consciousness His immediate Desire was to help the worlds.

To accomplish this task Lord Siva used the Power of Compassion and Love from thousands of divine years of Penance. He spoke out of Love for the devotees of Shiva. He was so aware of the pain and suffering of the Mankind and Womankind that drops of tears fell from his beautiful half closed eyes. His tears produced the Rudraksha plants that create the Rudraksa Beads for the worlds to use as protective aids to destroy pain and suffering on the path to final Liberation and Salvation.

The Power and psychology behind this thinking and action is perfect. If you take away a humans pain and suffering, then Happiness floods the lifetime........ as Happiness and Bliss work on the Jiva or human soul, then the experience of Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha (righteousness - economic development - sensual enjoyment - ultimate liberation) are brought into balance on a consistent basis. An example of what takes place due to this newfound Freedom in Life is an acceleration of Spiritual Growth in one lifetime that might normally take 10 lifetimes.

Rudraksha Shop in Pashupatinath Kathmandu, Nepal
Rudraksha Shop in Budhanilkanth, near Kathmandu, Nepal
doing the water test - the genuine bead will sink down

The Rudraksha as described in the Shiva Mahapurana,
Vidyesvara-samhita Chapter 25 Parts 61 to 90

Panchadevapriyashchaiva sarvadevapriyastatha |
Sarvamantranjapedbhakto Rudrakshamalaya priye || 61 ||

Shiva told Parvati, "My love, any God can be worshipped with the Rudraksha which is dear to the five Gods (Panchayatan meaning Ganesha, Surya, Devi, Vishnu and Shiva) as well as other Gods.

Vishnavadidevabhaktashcha dharayeyurna samshayaha |
Rudrabhakto visheshena Rudrakshandharayetsada || 62 ||

Devotees of Vishnu and other Gods can also wear Rudraksha, there is no doubt about it. Devotees of Shiva especially have to daily wear Rudraksha.

Rudraksha vividhaha protastesham bhedanvadamyaham |
Shrinu parvati sadbhaktya bhuktimuktifalapradan || 63 ||

Hey Parvati, Rudraksha are of different types. It provides salvation. I will tell you the secrets of them. You listen carefully.

Ekavaktrah shivah sakshadbhuktimuktifalapradah |
Tasya darshanamatrena brahmahatyam vyapohati || 64 ||

Single faced Rudraksha is Shiva himself, which provides the fruits of salvation and liberation. Only its glimpse will rectify brahma-hatya.

Yatra sampujitastatra laxmirdurtara nahi |
Nashyantyupadravah sarve sarvakama bhavanti hi || 65 ||

Wherever Rudraksha is worshipped, Laxmi is never far, peace will overcome tremors and all wishes will be fulfilled.

Dvivaktro devadeveshah sarvakamafalapradah |
Visheshatah sa Rudraksho govadham nashayeddrutam || 66 ||

Two faced Rudraksha fulfills ones wishes. This is the form of Devdeveshwar. It immediately purifies the sin of killing a cow.

Trivaktro yo hi Rudrakshah sakshatsadhanadah sada |
Tatprabhavadbhaveyurvai vidhyah sarvah pratishthitah || 67 ||

Three faced Rudraksha directly delivers the fruits of sadhana. All education are distinguished by its effect.

Charturvaktrah svayam brahma narahatyam vyapohati |
Darshanatsparshanatsadyaschaturvargafalapradah || 68 ||

Four faced Rudraksha is the form of Lord Brahma. It eliminates the sin of human killing. Its darshan (glimpse) delivers the fruits of religion, wealth, sex and moksha.

Panchavaktrah svayam rudrah kala-agnir namatah prabhu |
Sarvamuktipradashchaiva sarvakamafalapradah || 69 ||

Five faced Rudraksha is the form of Lord Kala-agni Rudra. This Rudraksha delivers all liberation and fulfills all wishes.

Agamyagamanam papamabhakshayasya cha bhakshanam |
Ityadisarvapapani panchavaktro vyapohati || 70 ||

Sins arising from adultery and consuming uneatable foods are rinsed by five faced Rudraksha

Shadvaktrah kartikeyastu dharanaddakshine bhuje |
Brahmahatyadikai: papairmuchyate natra samshayah || 71 ||

Six faced Rudraksha is the form of Lord Kartikeya. This has to be worn on the right hand. There is no doubt that it rinses the sin of Brahma-hatya.

Saptavaktro maheshani hyanango nama namatah |
Dharanattasya deveshi daridropishvaro bhawet || 72 ||

Hey Parvati, the seven faced Rudraksha is the form of Ananga. Wearing this makes one God out of pauper

Rudrakshaschastavaktrashcha vasumurtishcha bhairava |
Dharanattasya purnayurmrito bhavati shulabhrit || 73 ||

Eight faced Rudraksha is the form of Asthamurthi Bhairav. Attiring this Rudraksha delivers complete life span and even after death one attains to the form of Trishuldhari Shiva

Bhairavo navavaktrashcha kapilashcha munih smritah |
Durga va tadadhishthatri navarupa maheshvari || 74 ||

Rudraksha with nine faces is said to be the form of Bhairav and Kapilamuni. Its Adhisthatri deity is Godess Durga, the devi who takes nine forms.

Tam dharayedwamahaste Rudraksham bhaktitatparah |
Sarveshvaro bhawenunam mama tulyo na samshayah || 75 ||

This nine faced Rudraksha is to be worn with respect on the left hand. There is no doubt the person who wears it will become almighty and of my level.

Dashavaktro maheshani svayam devo janardanah |
Dharanattasya deveshi sarvankamanavapnuyat || 76 ||

Hey Maheshwari, the ten faced Rudraksha is the form of Lord Janardan himself. It completes all works.

Ekadashamukho yastu Rudrakshah parmeshvari |
Sa rudro dharanattasya sarvatra vijayi bhavet || 77 ||

Hey Parameshwari, the eleven faced Rudraksha is the form of Rudra. A male attiring it will attain the qualities of Rudra and gain victory on all.

Dvadashasyam tu Rudraksham dharayetkeshadeshake |
Adityashchiva te sarve dvadashaiva sthitastatha || 78 ||

Twelve faced Rudraksha is equivalent to dwadasa-aditya, the twelve forms of the Sungod Surya. This Rudraksha is to be worn on the hair.

Trayodashamukho vishvedevastaddharanannarah |
Sarvankamanavapnoti saubhagyam mangalam labhet || 79 ||

Thirteen faced Rudraksha is the form of Vishvedeva. Person who attires this Rudraksha will have all wishes fulfilled and gain good fortune and luck.

Chaturdashamukho yo hi Rudrakshah paramah shivah |
Dharayenmurghina tam bhaktya sarvapapam pranasyati || 80 ||

Fourteen faced Rudraksha is the form of great Shiva. It should respectfully be worn on the head which will cleanse all sins.

Eti Rudrakshabheda hi proktta vai mukhabhedatah |
Tattanmantraanchhrinu pritya krama achchhaileshvara atmaje || 81 ||

Hey Parvati, daughter of Giriraj. I have described the secrets of fourteen Rudraksha. Now you also listen to the mantras of the fourteen Rudraksha respectively:

(1) Om hrim namah, (2) Om namah, (3) Om klim namah,
(4) Om hrim namah, (5) Om hrim namah,
(6) Om hrim hum namah, (7) Om hum namah,
(8) Om hum namah, (9) Om hrim hum namah,
(10) Om hrim namah, (11) Om hrim hum namah,
(12) Om kraum kshaum raum namah,
(13) Om hrim namah, (14) Om namah

Bhaktishraddha yutashchaiva sarvakamarthasiddhaye |
Rudrakshandharayenmantrairdevanalasya varjitah || 82 ||

Leaving behind sleep and laziness, one faced to fourteen faced Rudraksha should be attired with the aforementioned mantras with devotion to fulfill wishes and gain wealth.

Vina mantrena yo dhatte Rudraksham bhuvi manavah |
Sa yati narakam ghoram yavadindrashchaturdasha || 83 ||

Any person, who wears the Rudraksha without mantra in this earth, will go to hell for 14 tenures of Indra or one Kalpa.

Rudrakshamalinam dristva bhootpretpishachakah |
Dakini shakini chaiva ye chanye dhrohakaraka || 84 ||

Ghosts, evil spirits, witches etc flees from the person wearing a Rudraksha.

Kritimanchaiva yatkichidabhicharadikancha yat |
Tatsarvam durato yati dristva shankitavigraham || 85 ||

Such and other artificial thoughts and deeds will also be afraid and stay at bay.

Rudrakshaamalinam dristva shivo vishnu: prasidati |
Devi ganapatih suryah surashchanyepi parvati || 86 ||

Oh Parvati, Lords Siva, Vishnu, Devi, Ganesh, Surya and other Gods also will be pleased to see a person who wears a Rudraksha

Awam gyatva tu mahatmyam Rudrakshasya maheshvari |
Samyagdharyah samantrashcha bhaktya dharmavivriddhaye || 87 ||

Oh Maheshwari, Knowing the importance of the Rudraksha, it should be worn methodically with devotion and mantras for the extension of religion.

Ityukttam girijagre hi shivena paramatmana |
BhasmaRudrakshaamahatmyam bhuktimuktifalapradam || 88 ||

Likewise the almighty Lord Shiva himself explained the greatness of the Bhasma and Rudraksha to Parvati.

Shivasyatipriyau gyeyau bhasmaRudrakshaadharinau |
Taddhamaprabhavaddhi bhuktirmuktirna samshaya || 89 ||

It has to be known that the person who wears a bhasma and Rudraksha is very dear to Lord Shiva.

BhasmaRudrakshaadhari yah shivabhaktah sa uchyate |
Panchaksharam japasaktah paripurnashcha sanmukhe || 90 ||

There is no doubt that wearing bhasma (sacred ash) and Rudraksha delivers liberation !


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