Significance of Rudraksha

Pratibha Verma, Shimla, H.P. India

2022-04-17 12:20:27



Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Or Rudraksha is an evergreen traditional medicinal Plant that is commonly found in South East Asia. Beads of Rudraksha are prominent from ancient times for their spiritual and medicinal benefits. Rudraksha word means Tears of Shiva, “Rudra” (name of Shiva) and “Aksha” (tears). 

Many Spiritual Gurus said that Shiva was in meditation for a long period. He didn’t open his eyes during this period and tear was the only sign of life that treble down on the surface of the planet and became Maharudraksh that tear of ecstasy makes it a unique seed. It is believed that Rudraksha is the only seed on the planet that has different reverberation. Many legends have described its importance “According to the Sabyasachi Sen if we kept one Mukhi rudraksha in unboiled milk for many days that milk will not spoil”. Shiv Puran chapter 25 mentions the significance of the Rudraksha beads  which means Lord Shankar's favourite Rudraksha is His Holiness. All sins are destroyed by seeing, touching and chanting it. Sadashiv himself has narrated its glory to Goddess Parvati for the welfare of the entire world. The Jabala Upanishad says that those who wear 10 Rudraksha on the neck, 22 on the hand, 6 in each ear, 12 on each hand, 16 on each the upper arm, one on each eye, one on the hair, 108 on the chest is reality Sri Nilkantha Paramshiva himself.

Traditionally, Rudraksha beads are categorized based on the number of mukhas. Two Mukhi to fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha are easily available and one Mukhi and Fifteen to twenty-one Mukhi Rudraksha are rare. Only PanchMukhi rudraksha is the only rudraksha recommended for everyone –man, woman and child. 

If we talk about the medicinal value then many clinical trials reported the medicinal benefits of wearing Rudraksha beads against Neurological, Cardiovascular disorders, rheumatism and other diseases. In addition, it has also been stated that it has electromagnetic properties due to which different mukhis emit the signals and affects the grey and white matter of the brain which further influences our sixth sense. Along with this, When Rudraksha comes in contact with the body it obtains a polarity that is opposite to the magnetic field which is developed by bioelectric flow in the body. That's why Rudraksha helps in opening up the blood vessels better than magnets and helps to cure heart problems. Bioelectric energy of the Rudraksha was reported when a current was applied to two medicinal plants and 108 beads of Rudraksha Mala stabilized the current applied to the two different plants. Similarly, when we wear the Rudraksha rosary it possesses the property of stabilizing anchor and normalizing the bioelectric current which is generated by the electric impulses of our nervous system and other organs.

Many clinical trials show that people who were wearing rudraksha rosary daily were healthier and their RBC, DLC and TLC are in good condition as compared to the people who don’t wear them.

Elaeocarpus ganitrus seed could be a potential source of natural antioxidants. A study conducted by Tarawati Institute of Bio-Medical and Allied Sciences, Uttarakhand Showed that Rudraksha may be more effective when given in combination with other drugs. The most amazing thing about Rudraksha is, that it can also use to detect contaminated water and food. If you hold a Rudraksha just above the water, if water is drinkable, it will go clockwise. If it is poisoned, it will go anticlockwise. 

Today, in India it is very hard to find genuine rudraksha. Bhadraksh is currently being sold as a rudraksha. The use of this seed increases unfavorable energies. Even birds cannot eat this seed because of its poisonous nature. If you are sensitive you can easily notice the difference. 

Rudraksha is more than a seed. Anyone can wear rudraksha whether the person is in a grihastha ashram or ascetic. This is not only a spiritual symbol but also a medicinal remedy. It will cleanse your aura and protect you from negative energies.  “Swami Sachidanandan said that when the world realizes the totality of Rudraksha’s Mahima, nothing will be impossible”.