About Rudraksha

The term Rudraksha itself symbolizes Lord Shiva. Rudra stands for Lord Shiva and Aksha for Lord Shiva tears. Lord Shiva Himself is the first ardent user and admirer of Rudraksha. Later devotees and sages began using Rudraksha as a blessing from Lord Shiva Himself to protect mankind from worldly sufferings and miseries. With the development of modern science, many scientists researched for evidences that support the ancient belief on the significance of Rudraksha. Individual from every walk of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion, nationality or gender can use Rudraksha to gain maximum spiritual, physical and materialistic benefits.

Biologically known as "Elaeocarpus ganitrus", Rudraksha tree is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree, which primarily grows in the areas from the Genetic Plain to the foot hills of the great Himalayas and the middle areas of Nepal. The main trunk of Rudraksha tree is cylindrical and has circular section. Rudraksha tree has grayish white bark and rough in texture with small vertical lenticels and narrow horizontal furrows. Its branches spread in all directions. Its leaves appear shining green externally and dull coriaceous internally. It has ovoid, conical and elongate flowers, nearly 1 to 2 cm in diameter. Its fruit is globose and drupaceous having a fleshy exterior and is light green in color. Rudraksha beads are covered by an outer shell which is blue in color and is hard and tubercle on the inside. On each Rudraksha seed vertical lines are seen running down its surface. These lines are called mukhi or face or "the clefts or furrows on the surface" and determine the type of mukhi Rudraksha. For instance Seeds with one vertical line are one mukhi Rudraksha, those with two lines are two mukhi and so on. Rudraksha beads contain 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen. It takes 15 to 16 years for Rudraksha to mature and bear fruits. It is kept in water for a number of days and then Rudraksha is taken out after peeling off the pulp.

There are about 25 different kinds of Rudraksha, as mentioned in the table below. Rudraksha from 22 upwards are also found every few years in small quantity and their properties have to be researched as no reference is available in ancient texts. The five-faced Rudraksha are found easily and abundantly. Depending upon the availability of Rudraksha each bead is priced differently.

Rudraksha 1 Face (Ek Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Shiva (Mahadev)
Ruling Planet All
Mantra Om Namah Shivaye
Benefits It enlightens the Super Consciousness. Destroys all sins and leads one to liberation. One mukhi rudraksha is Sakshat Siva swarupa. The wearer elevates in awareness and merges with the absolute consciousness of the divine. It is only with grace of Lord Shiva and divine karmas that a person gets to wear this rare bead. One who wears it surely goes to path of Moksha. This bead works on the Sahasrar chakra to align oneself to Shiva. The wearer's mind begins to concentrate on the Supreme Element that is Partattva Dharana cha jayate Tatprakashnam thus the discoverers of Aatma Tattva must wear One Mukhi Rudraksha. This is the best of all Rudrakshas for meditation and spiritual growth. The person who wears this has all worldly pleasures at his feet but remains unaffected by them.
Rudraksha 2 Face (Do Mukhi)
Symbolizes Ardhanareshwar - combined form of half Lord Shiva and half Goddess Parvati
Ruling Planet Moon
Mantra Om Namah
Benefits A joint form of the half Lord Shiva and half Shakti. Blesses the wearer with 'UNITY' and harmony. It could be related to Guru-Shishya, parents-children, husband-wife or friends. Maintaining ONENESS is its peculiarity. This rudraksha removes the malefic of planet moon and cures emotional instability. Releases fear, insecurity and gives inner happiness and fulfillment.
Rudraksha 3 Face (Teen Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord of Fire (Agni)
Ruling Planet Sun
Mantra Om Kleem Namah
Benefits Wearing this rudraksha frees the person from bondages of his past birth karma and paves way for success by deeds in this birth. It is said that the wearer of 3 mukhi never takes birth again, means he gets Moksha. Agnidev rules over planet Sun, so this rudraksha removes malefics of Sun. Wearer is released from low self esteem, stress and anger.
Rudraksha 4 Face (Char Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Brahma (the four faces of Brahma)
Ruling Planet Mercury
Mantra Om Hreem Namah
Benefits The wearer gains power of knowledge and creativity. It expands memory power, vocal power, wit and intelligence. Wearer is blessed with melodious speech. Lord Brahma rules over planet Jupiter, so four mukhi removes malefic associated with Planet Mercury.
Rudraksha 5 Face (Paanch Mukhi)
Symbolizes Rudra Kalagni
Ruling Planet Jupiter
Mantra Om Hreem Namah
Benefits This highly auspicious rudraksha is important for people who wish to discover their higher selves meaning UpaGuru. It enhances awareness, memory, word power and intellect. This is extensively used in malas for wearing and chanting mantras. This highly auspicious rudraksha connects wearer to grace of Lord Shiva.
Rudraksha 6 Face (Cheh Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Kartikeya
Ruling Planet Venus
Mantra Om Hreem Hoom Namah
Benefits It gives wearer stability in life with willpower, grounding and focus. It makes wearer free from mental lethargy and emotional instability. It increases connection with mother earth. Wearer gets luck and assets of properties and vehicles.
Rudraksha 7 Face (Saat Mukhi)
Symbolizes Goddess Mahalaxmi the Goddess of Wealth
Ruling Planet Saturn
Mantra Om Hoom Namah
Benefits Wearer of this rudraksha is blessed with good health, wealth and new opportunities. It should be worn by those who are related to finance. By wearing Seven Faced Rudraksha the person progresses steadily in life with name and fame and abundance.
Rudraksha 8 Face (Aath Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Ganesha
Ruling Planet Rahu
Mantra Om Ganeshaya Namah
Benefits One can just wear one bead of Eight Mukhi Rudraksha for attaining anticipated results for any new work. It is coupled with numerous gains leading to physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It works wonders for people who are accident-prone. It keeps one away from unpredictable accident, misfortunes, obstacles and miseries.
Rudraksha 9 Face (Nau Mukhi)
Symbolizes Goddess Durga, a symbol of power and courage.
Ruling Planet Ketu
Mantra Om Hreem Hoom Namah
Benefits It is believed to possess power of nine deities, also called Navadurga. It also represents God Yama, god of death and sage Kapila. Based on the scientific researches, Hindu scripture proudly boosts that the use of Nine Mukhi Rudraksha on a body specially if worn stimulates the hormonal function of the body and this enhances mental alertness and sharpness, physical strength, mental peace, spiritual gain, concentration power, patience, control over anger and fear and communication skills.
Rudraksha 10 Face (Das Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Vishnu (Krishna)
Ruling Planet All
Mantra Om Hreem Namaha
Benefits Believed to represent Dusavatar meaning seven incarnations of Lord Vishnu. In Shiva Purana there is a detailed mention of how everyone irrespective of caste, creed, religion, nationality and gender can use Ten Mukhi Rudraksha for attaining fame and success in carrier. Srimaddevibhagavat have also sang songs of praises on Ten Mukhi Rudraksha for its divine contribution in rescuing mankind from worldly sufferings, miseries, misfortunes, evil power and adverse planetary effects.
Rudraksha 11 Face (Gyarah Mukhi)
Symbolizes Eleven forms of Lord Shiva also called Akads Rudra
Ruling Planet All
Mantra Om Hreem Hum Namaha
Benefits Amongst the eleven forms of Lord Shiva, the eleventh form is Lord Hanuman. 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. Hindu belief is rooted on a perception that whoever wears eleven mukhi Rudraksha, s/he shall attain all the eleven heavenly virtues of Lord Eleven.
Rudraksha 12 Face (Barah Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Sun
Ruling Planet Sun
Mantra Aum Kraum Sraum Raum Namaha
Benefits It is the embodiment of twelve different facets of Lord Surya. Twelve virtues of God 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. Lord Sun blesses an owner of Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha with a life of a rich person surrounded by unlimited luxury, wealth and authority.
Rudraksha 13 Face (Terah Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Kamadeva, the God of love, affection, beauty and attraction
Ruling Planet Venus
Mantra Om Hreem Namah
Benefits Thirteen mukhi Rudraksha possesses divine power. 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. Its wearer or user will further have a power to control her/his own destiny. Besides humans, animals will also remain bewitched and besotted under the influence of the wearer's spell. 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.
Rudraksha 14 Face (Chodah Mukhi)
Symbolizes Lord Hanuman
Ruling Planet Saturn
Mantra Om Namah
Benefits It's very precious divine power makes it very special and rare. 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. Its properties have been compared to the power of Lord Shiva. In Srimaddevibhagavat, Narayan has glorified the importance of fourteen mukhi with special emphasis on wearing it to attain spiritual freedom and the virtues of Lord Shiva himself. Even Mantramaharnava has revealed that upon wearing fourteen mukhi Rudraksha beads, great intuition power overpowers a person and then s/he shall be able to predict and foresee the future.
Rudraksha Gauri Shankar
Symbolizes Holy union of two powers Shiva and Shakti (man & woman)
Ruling Planet Sun
Mantra Om Shree Gauri Shankaraya Namah
Benefits Combined form of Lord Shiva and Goddess Paarvati. It evokes maximum positive results and fulfills every desire if kept either inside a puja room or worn. Also known as "Ardhnareeshwar". Its use brings in family harmony, contentment, happiness and peace. This rudraksha improve the relationships between husband-wife, father-son and friends. Those aspiring to get married or couple with a desire of having children should wear this rudraksha.
Rudraksha Ganesh
Symbolizes Lord Ganesha
Ruling Planet No Ruling Planet
Mantra Om Gam Ganpatayay Namoh Namah
Benefits Ganesh Rudraksha symbolizes Lord Ganesha. Any Rudraksha if has a projection coming out of its body in the form of a trunk of an elephant, that Rudraksha is called Ganesh Rudraksha. Lord Ganesha is known for success and overcoming obstacles. Hence, wearing Ganesh Rudraksha helps the wearer from overcoming obstacles and becomes successful in life. This Rudraksha also provides wisdom, learning, prudence and power. Ganesh Rudraksha provides the wearer perfection in every sphere of life and is graced of Lord Ganesha Himself.
Rudraksha Trijuti / Gauri Paath
Symbolizes Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh
Ruling Planet All
Mantra Om Trimurti Devaya Namah
Benefits A Rudraksha is called Tribhagi or Trijuti Rudraksha when three rudraksha beads naturally join together. This bead is also known as Gauri Paath or Brahma Vishnu Mahesh and represents trinity. It is symbolizes all the basic characteristics of the universe. This Rudraksha bead is very rare and unique, only produced once in several years. It represents the complete personality and gives the wearer total control over difficult situations. The wearer of a Trijuti Rudraksha enjoys super power in society, wealth, confidence, health, improves the power of mind and an understanding of consciousness. It gives universal appeal & empowers the wearer for great achievements & confidence in short span of time.