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What is Rudraksh?
Rudraksh is the divine power blessed with auspicious energies of Lord Shiva. We get the details about Rudraksha in number of “Granthas” and “Shastras” (the holy books of Indian Mythology). There are various stories about the origin of Rudraksha. One can find the greatness and detailed literature about the properties of Rudraksha in ancient Vedic scriptures like, Maha Shiva Purana, AkshaMaalikaoapnashida, Srimad Bhagwata, Mantra Maharnava, Padam Purana and Jabbalaoapanishada etc. Rudraksha is believed to have the direct blessings of Lord Shiva, which contains the properties to remove the affects of sins of the wearer. It is even said that if one wears the Rudraksha (in any form) on his body, even without worshiping or energizing it, does not get near any sinful act or thought.
Rudraksh is procured from the trees called ELAEOCARPUS GRANITRUS (it is the botanical name of the tree). The sacred and holy people of India (“Sadhus”, “Munis” and “Yogies”) are using the Rudraksh from ancient time. They use to wear it on their head, around their arms or neck in the form of rosary or pendant. In the society of religion, Rudraksha is not a new or surprising matter. The Vedic people know and understand the importance of Rudraksha. As per their belief, Rudraksha gets them closer to their God and plays an important role to provide them “MOKSHA”.
The word Rudraksh is formed with the combination of two different Sanskrit words, “Rudra” and “Aksha”. The word “Rudra” stands for Great Lord Shiva and the word “Aksha” stands for the tears of Rudra (Lord Shiva).
One ancient story explains the origin of Rudraksha. Once upon a time, Lord Shiva was very upset and depressed due to the death of “Gauri”, his wife. He started crying and roaming here and there in search of “Gauri”. And while searching too he was crying and his tears were falling on the earth. This is said that his tears were converted in Rudraksha. Rudrakshas are found in round in India, Nepal and Indonesia. Rudraksha is said to contain the secrets of entire evolution of the Cosmos within it.
Most of the Rudrakshas are found in round shape with different number of faces (“mukhi”) on it. But few Rudrakshas are also found with the shape of cashew nuts. Sometime they are found as a pair of two Rudrakshas, naturally joined with each other, known as “Gauri Shankar Rudraksha”. It is believed to have the blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. And sometime, though very rare, a pair of three Rudrakshas is also found, again naturally joined with each other, known as “TRIJUTI Rudraksha”. It is believed to have the blessings of Great Lord Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva all together. Rudrakshas are found with different faces (mukhi), 1 to 21 faced. 2 to 8 faced Rudrakshas are normally found Rudrakshas, 1 faced, 9 to 21 faced Rudrakshas are rare found Rudrakshas. Each Rudraksha has its own benefits and properties. Each Rudraksha is blessed with auspicious energies of Lord Shiva, but still is believed to under the Lordship different Gods and Goddesses, thus having the blessings of those Gods and Goddesses too.
In astrology, Rudraksha is used as remedy of malefic planets. Unlike gems and stones, Rudrakshas are said to be always beneficial for the wearer. As the direct blessings of Lord Shiva is involved, no question of illness or negative results arises.
The Rudraksha is used for their benefic nature. The Rudraksha is very powerful and they help to achieve wonders, of energized (Praanpratishthit) properly and empowered by adopting the right Vedic procedure, It is important to purify the Rudraksha by milk, ghee etc and also to energized it (Praanpratishthit) before wearing it. AstroMuni.Com provides its users with the Rudrakshas energized with proper Vedic procedure.
It is believed that wherever a Rudraksha (of any form, in any shape) is kept and worshiped, that place is free of sins. That place cannot be affected with devil effect (Bhoot-Pret Badha). That place is believed to be protected from theft, robbery and fire. The people living in that place are safe and protected from diseases, untimely accidents and death. They are protected from Super-Natural powers. The residents are blessed with never-ending wealth. The love, faith, brotherhood, affection and sympathy is always there among the relationships. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi takes the permanent residence in that place. Lord Shiva himself along with Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha are present there to protect the family.
Who is the legend behind Rudraksha?
Lord Shiva is the legend behind the Rudraksha. Rudraksha is believed to be the direct blessings of Lord Shiva. The word Rudraksha is formed with the combination of two different Sanskrit words, “Rudra” and “Aksha”. The word “Rudra” stands for Lord Shiva and the word “Aksha” stands for the tears of Rudra (Lord Shiva). We get the details about Rudraksha in number of “Granthas” and “Shastras” (the holy books of Indian Mythology). There are various stories about the origin of Rudraksha. One can find the greatness and detailed literature about the properties of Rudraksha in ancient Vedic scriptures like, Maha Shiva Purana, AkshaMaalikaoapnashida, Srimad Bhagwata, Mantra Maharnava, Padam Purana and Jabbalaoapanishada etc. Rudraksha is believed to have the direct blessings of Lord Shiva, which contains the properties to remove the affects of sins of the wearer. It is even said that if one wears the Rudraksha (in any form) on his body, even without worshiping or energizing it, does not get near any sinful act or thought. And this happens only due to the direct blessings of Lord Shiva.
Who can wear a Rudraksha?
Any human being in the world, related to any religion, society or community could wear Rudraksha. But as some precautions are to be taken while wearing a Rudraksha, it is suggested to wear Rudraksha only by the people over 14 years of age, as children are careless and may cause disrespect to the Rudraksha.
What are the precautions to wear a Rudraksha?
As told earlier, Rudraksha is the direct blessings of Lord Shiva; one should not act (in his belief and knowledge) that gives disrespect to the Rudraksha. One should not wear a Rudraksha while attending a funeral. One should remove Rudraksha before going to sleep (especially in case of new married couples). They can wear it next morning. One should not wear a Rudraksha while eating non-vegetarian food or while having alcoholic products. One should always wear an energized (Praanpratishthit) Rudraksha.
Is Rudraksha useful for Meditation or Chanting Mantras only?
By wearing a Rudraksha one gets the peace of mind, good feelings and activeness. Also his thoughts are centralized to the mission. And in today’s modern and fast moving life, the centralization of the thoughts is necessary. It helps you to overcome the state of depression and tension, which is increasing day by day due to competition. Rudraksha is believed to be self-energized tool to get success in every field of the life.
Rudraksha has a specific benefit – it overcomes the fear. In today’s time, take any country, take any society or community or religion, the whole mankind is scared and full of fear. The man is scared of himself. Rudraksha is an excellent source of energy to kill fear. That’s the reason that our “Sadhu”, “Munis” and “ Gurus” use to roam in jungles, different states and countries without any fear. They use to wear Rudrakshas, as they knew the importance and properties of the Rudrakshas.
Now, Rudrakshas are not only used for meditation or chanting mantras. Now Rudraksha is not in the limit of a particular religion or country. Today Rudraksha is used as a source of completeness. There is no purpose in that can’t be fulfilled by using Rudraksha.
Can different faced Rudrakshas be worn at one time?
Yes, it is a very effective experiment. To get the blessings of Different Planets and to get the benefits of different Rudrakshas one can wear Rudrakshas of different faces at one time. The importance of procuring and wearing 1 to 14 faced Rudrakshas all together is clearly defined in Indian “Shastras” and “Granthas” (the holy books on Indian Mythology). One can make the group of Rudrakshas as per his own choice according to his need and priority. There are some gems that can’t be worn together due to enmity and antagonism between the planets. But as Rudrakshas are the direct blessings of Lord Shiva, they are free from any illness or bad effects of any kind, so can be worn in any combination. The Group of 1 to 14 Mukhi Rudraksha is known as “Sidha Rudraksha Yoga” and when Gauri Shankar Rudraksha is involved in the group of “Sidha Yoga” it becomes “Param Sidha Rudraksha Yoga”. The group of 1 to 21 Mukhi Rudraksha is known as “Indra Sidha Rudraksha Yoga”. The Group of “Tri Juti Rudraksha with Gauri Shankar Rudraksha is known as “Maha Param Sidha Rudraksha Yoga”.
Do a wearer has to perform any Pooja (prayer)?
As AstroMuni.Com provides its users with energized (Praanpratishthit) Rudrakshas, the wearer doesn’t have to perform any Pooja (prayer) before wearing it. But still it is recommended to chant the “Panchakshari Mantra” of Lord Shiva for 11 times before wearing it. The Mantra is: “OM NAMAH SHIVAYE”. In case of rosary of Rudraksha, it is always suggested to use it for the purpose of chanting mantras related to any God. The more the mantras will be chanted on Rudraksha Rosary, the more it will be energized, thus giving its wearer more better results.
What is the difference between Gems and Rudraksha?
As told earlier, Rudraksha is the direct blessings of Lord Shiva. It has to ill or negative effects on its wearer, whereas the gems are associated with specific planets. If wrongly prescribed by an astrologer or if the quality of the gem is not good as required, it may cause enhancement in the tribulations caused by the malefic planet. On the other hand, Rudrakshas are used for both the purposes, to reduce the tribulations caused by malefic planets and to enhance the positive results of benefic planets.
What are the diseases cured by Rudraksha?
First of all one must understand that as per astrology, each planet has its effects on the human body. Each planet covers different organs of the human body. The malefic situation of the planet may cause the diseases related to the organs that comes under the specific planet. Rudraksha plays an important role in reducing the tribulations (including diseases) caused by the malefic planets. 1 to 9 faced (mukhi) Rudrakshas are related to the planets. An astrologer suggests the native to wear the specific Rudraksha for specific planet, thus preventing the native from the diseases related to that planet.
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What are the astrological purposes of Rudraksha?
In a horoscope of a native, there are 9 main planets. Each planet has its own nature and character. There are 12 houses in the horoscope. The snapshot of the situation of these 9 planets in 12 houses (at the time of birth of the native) is called a Horoscope. 12 houses of the horoscope represent different aspects of the life of the native. These houses contain different numbers from 1 to 12. These numbers represents different Signs (e.g. 1 represent Aries, 5 represents Leo and 12 represent Pisces). Each sign has the lordship of particular planet (e.g. Aries, Leo and Pisces are under the Lordship of planet Mars, Sun and Jupiter respectively). Now, in astrology some planets are friends to each other, some planets are enemies to each other and some planets are average to each other. When a planet is situated in the sign of his friend planet, he use to give good results related to that house and if a planet is situated in the sign of his enemy planet, he use to cause tribulations related to that house.
In general, astrologers use to suggest gems to the native to overcome the tribulations caused by the malefic planets or to enhance the positive results given by the benefic planet. But it is often seen, that a particular gem doesn’t suit the native and starts giving tribulations. But as the Rudrakshas are believed to be always beneficial, it can be used for both kinds of planets, may it be benefic or malefic.
1 and 12 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Sun.
2 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Moon.
3 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Mars.
4 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Mercury.
5 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Jupiter.
6 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Venus.
7 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Saturn.
8 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Rahu.
9 faced (Mukhi) Rudraksha is related to planet Ketu.
What is the Vedic Procedure to Energize (Praanpratishtha) a Rudraksha?
One can adopt either of the procedures to energize a Rudraksha.
General Vedic Procedure to energize a Rudraksha:
Pore the Bead(s) of Rudraksha in water of Ganga. Apply the sandal wood paste on it. Lit insane and the lamp of Ghee. Offer some white flowers to the Rudraksha. Chant Panchakshari Mantra for 11 times and wear the Rudraksha.
Perform this procedure in the temple. Touch the Rudraksha Beads with the ShivLingha or with the feats of Lord Shiva and then wear it. If you want to adopt this procedure at your home, it will be better to have one Parad made or Crystal made Shiv Lingha in your temple.
Detailed Vedic Procedure to energize a Rudraksha:
It will be better if the wearer perform this Pooja by himself, or else one can take the services of a the Guru or the priest of a temple for this procedure.
Following items are required for this procedure:
PanchGavya Gomeya (Dung of the cow), GoMootra, Milk, Curd, and Ghee. If these items are not available you can also make the Panchaamrit by mixing these products: Milk, Curd, Ghee, Honey and Sugar. Make at least 100 ml. mixture (say about one cup).
+ Ganga Water
+ Bunch of Kusha or Grass or a clean Spoon
+ 9 Leaves of Peepal in one a vessel
+ One empty vessel or a plate to keep the items of Pooja.
+ Insane (Dhoop and Agarbati)
+ Camphor and a lamp of Ghee
+ sandal wood paste
+ Rice with the coating of AsthGandha
+ New White or Red cloth (about 1.25 Meters long)
+ Fresh fruits, Supaari, Paan, Clove, Coconut and Flowers of white color.
+ Put Supaari in the Paan leaves And close it using the clove as a stich.
+ Aasan (The seat made of Kusha or Grass or blanket)
Now you can wear the energized (praanpratishthit) Rudraksha Bead(s) or can place them in the temple of your home, office or workplace. Donate some money along with all the Pooja items in the temple. Take the blessings of your elders for your higher self.
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