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Rudraksha is a term that is used to refer to the broad leaved evergreen trees that can be commonly found in the areas lying between the Gangetic plains and the foothills of the Himalayas. When fully ripe, a thin blue color outer shell covers the seeds of Rudraksh. It is owing to this reason that, sometimes the Rudraksha seeds are also known as blueberry beads. The Rudraksha beads have a lot of significance. Rudraksha is a popular traditional Indian medicine that is extensively used to treat several kinds of diseases. To know more about what is Rudraksa, read on…

In this section, we will throw light on the following aspects that will make the meaning of Rudraksh absolutely clear to you.

History of Rudraksha

There is an interesting legend associated with Rudraksh. In this article, we will provide you with information on the origin & history of Rudraksha. 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. To know the complete story of Rudraksha, read on.

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. There are different forms of Rudra, namely Water, Earth, Fire, Air, Sun, Space, Moon etc.

To grow a plant, we water it on a regular basis. Like the plants need to be nurtured with water constantly, similarly to please the Rudra, there arises a need to perform Rudrajapa. By doing so, one tends to attain peace and real pleasure of life. So, let all of us get together and chant Sri Rudram with full devotion. This in turn will help us achieve our ultimate destination.

Power of Rudraksha

A person who wears Rudraksha gets all his sins washed and heads his way towards his ultimate destination. 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. To know more about the power of Rudraksha, read on.

The wearer of Rudraksha attains salvation and thus gets liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. It is believed that, a person who chooses to wear Rudraksha with pearls, crystal, silver, gold and other precious stones acquires the form of Lord Shiva. There is a lot of significance of wearing Rudraksa beads. It not just pleases Lord Shiva, but thrills the deities of all nine planets.

Rudraksha is an integral part of Lord Shiva. Since it is so dear to the Lord, all the devotees of Shiva must wear it. The importance of Rudraksh can be felt even by seeing it. It helps a great deal in lessening the pain and sufferings of people. It fulfills all the desires and wishes of the wearer. Rudraksh eliminates the fear of untimely death. Since times immemorial, people have been wearing Rudraksh for good health, wealth, attainment and salvation.

Benefits of Rudraksha

  • Rudraksh is one of the best means to invite the Goddess of wealth.

  • There is no fear of untimely death to the wearer of Rudraksh.

  • It helps in awakening the Kundilini.

  • It paves way for peace and harmony in life.

  • It helps a great deal in controlling stress levels.

  • It enhances self power.

Types of Rudraksha Beads

Rudraksha beads are basically the tears of Lord Shiva that rolled down his eyes after seeing the sufferings of people. It is owing to this reason that these Rudraksha beads are considered to be of paramount importance. In the eyes of people, Rudraksh beads are the gift of God to mankind. There are various types of Rudraksha beads available, each having its own importance. To know about the different kinds of Rudraksh beads, read on.


1 Mukhi
It is one of the costliest beads, which is rarely available. It is known to bring luxury, power, wealth, and enlightenment.

2 Mukhi
It helps in building healthy relationships. It is believed to control all negativities.

3 Mukhi
It aids in boosting the confidence of the wearer, thus enabling him to cope with tough situations.

4 Mukhi
It helps a great deal in developing the power of speech. It is very beneficial for treating the problem of stammering.

5 Mukhi
It raises the concentration level and power of gaining knowledge.

6 Mukhi
It is known to bring wealth, power, name and fame. It helps the wearer in achieving eternal bliss.

7 Mukhi
It helps a person achieve what he desires. It enables a person to prosper academically.

8 Mukhi
It brings wealth and luxury. It helps to ward off evil spirits and get rid of various forms of diseases.

9 Mukhi
It is said to be associated with confidence, good character, happiness and sound health.

10 Mukhi
It enables a person to earn loads of wealth. It is said to be associated with vigor and vitality.

11 Mukhi
It helps a person to overcome all his fears and insecurities.

12 Mukhi
It is suitable for those who wish to acquire an influential position. It is believed to be associated with charismatic personality.

13 Mukhi
It is said to bring liberation from the worldly pleasures.

14 Mukhi
It is associated with power and authority.

15 Mukhi
It enhances the concentration power, thus enabling the person to acquire greater knowledge.

16 Mukhi
It paves way for success and prosperity. It enables a person to achieve all the comforts of life.

17 Mukhi
It helps in washing all the sins of the wearer, thus enabling him to attain Moksha.

18 Mukhi
It helps in improving the immune system of the wearer. Thus, it aids in keeping away the diseases.

19 Mukhi
It is believed to bless the wearer with marital and offspring happiness.

20 Mukhi
It is meant for those who want to leave all the worldly pleasures and attain Moksha. It is usually worn by saints and Brahmins.

21 Mukhi
It protects the wearer from all the evils.




In Sanskrit, Rudraksha means “Eyes of Shiva” and is empowered with mystical, spiritual and medicinal powers that enhance the well being of the wearer. The beads also impart astrological benefits and it is believed that the wearer of Rudraksha is always untouched by sins, impious thoughts and deeds. The powers of Rudraksha are associated with the number of mukhi (the clefts and furrows) or faces the beads have. The Rudraksha bead can have a number of faces ranging from 1-38. The most common one is the 5-faced or Panchmukhi Rudraksha and the rarest one is 1-face or Ekmukhi Rudraksha. Rudraksha comes in four shades of fair, light brown, dark brown and black.

Scientific Research on Rudraksha

Ancient and contemporary Asian texts state extensively about the beneficial healing powers of Rudraksha bead. In recent times, the Rudraksha bead has gained significance again as a mode of healing and also as a fashion accessory.

In recent years, scientific studies have been undertaken in India to determine the extent and mechanism of the healing powers of Rudraksha. One of the best known research papers was published by Dr. Subhas Rai of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras, India.

Dr. Rai's research confirmed that as scripted in the ancient scriptures, Rudraksha beads do possess powerful electromagnetic, paramagnetic and inductive properties. The healing powers of the Rudraksha bead are derived from such properties.

Blood circulation and heart beats automatically induce a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region. Accordingly, a balancing force is exerted on the heart to regulate it if it starts beating above or below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood circulation in the body.

Depending upon the polarity and intensity of the induced magnetic field, Rudraksha beads transmit subtle electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and intensity. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart, they act to stabilize the heart beat.

Thus, the stated beneficial effects of the Rudraksha bead have been proved scientifically as well.

Origins and Myths

 The word Rudraksha has its etymological beginnings in the 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.

The Shaivite sect of Hinduism has a story about Shiva shedding a tear on viewing the misfortunes of humanity. That single tear became the Rudraksha tree and a symbol of his compassion.

Another tale about Rudraksha tells about Lord Shiva destroying the fortress of the demon "Tripurasur". Lord Shiva had to use a very powerful weapon - "Aaghor" to kill Tripurasur. This weapon created mayhem and destructed everything. On realising the hapless plight of living beings, tears fell from Lord Shiva's eyes in compassion. Thus, Rudraksha tree was formed. Rudraksha literally stands for the eyes of Shiva implying that since it was pleasant to the eyes of Rudra, it was named in his honor.

Lord Shiva is always portrayed wearing rosaries of Rudraksha beads on his head, arms and hands. With this came the religious, spiritual, physical and materialistic significance of Rudraksha. It is believed that the seed of Rudraksha contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos within it. The sages have been wearing Rudraksha for centuries to cultivate mental, physical and health prowess to attain fearlessness on their spiritual path to enlightenment.

According to "Shiv Purana", it is said that the one who wears a Rudraksha around his hands, arms and head cannot be killed by a living being. He would fearlessly roam the world in the form of Rudra and be respected and honored by all.

Botanical Description of Rudraksha

Botanical Description of Rudraksha According to the old mythological epic "Shiv Purana", Rudraksha was the favorite tree of Lord Shiva and it grew in Gauda land(present day Gangetic plains to foothills of Himalayas).

Botanical Name: Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb.
Family : Tiliaceae, the Lime/Linden family.

The Rudraksha tree inhabits areas starting from Manila, Philippines and passing through Myanmar to entire North-East India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. However, in present era, the Rudraksha tree is localized only in Eastern Nepal due to suitable climatic conditions.

Rudraksha Tree
Rudraksha is a large, evergreen broad-leaved tree found in tropical and sub-tropical areas at the altitudes ranging from seacoast to 2,000 meters above the sea level. The tree is a perennial i.e. grows throughout the year and is about 50-200 feet high.

The main trunk of the Rudraksha tree is cylindrical with a grayish white and rough textured bark. In Nature, leafy crown of a Rudraksha tree takes a pyramidal shape. The leaves of Rudraksha tree are shinning green on the upper side with a dull leathery dorsal side.

Rudraksha flowers are white with fringed petals and they appear in April-May.

Rudraksha fruits appear in June and ripen by August-October. They are globular in shape with a fleshy exterior. The bead present inside is hard and tubercled.

Cultivation of Rudraksha Trees
Rudraksha farming is a difficult process due to the slow sprouting from the beads. Depending on the humidity of the soil, it usually takes 1-2 years for a tree to sprout. Rudraksha is grown in subtropical climatic regions with temperature ranges of 25-30 degree centigrade. The tree starts giving fruit after 7 years and fruits for a long time after the 7-year period. A single Rudraksha tree bears beads in all different faces or mukhis at the same time. The higher mukhis or faces are very rare. Most common Rudraksha bead is the five faceted or panchmukhi.
The environment and location of Rudraksha trees plays a major role in the bead formation and the type of bead formed. e.g: The Himalayan beads seem larger, heavier and more powerful due to the environment they grow in.

Composition of a Rudraksha
Rudraksha is covered by a blue outer shell on ripening so it is also called blueberry bead. The percentage compositions of the gaseous elements present in a Rudraksha was determined by C-H-N Analyzer and by Gas chromatography. Rudraksha beads contain 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen.

Rudraksha FAQs

Q: What are Rudraksha beads? Where are they available?
A: Botanically known as Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb., the Rudraksha beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha fruit from Rudraksha trees. Rudraksha trees are found mainly in South Eastern Asian Islands of modern day Indonesia and parts of Kingdom of Nepal. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India. The Rudraksha beads have lines and faces called Mukhis.

Q: What is special about Rudraksha beads? Are Rudraksha beads used only for meditation? Are the beads suitable only for people from a certain background?
A: Since ancient times, Asian saints and monks have worn the Rudraksha beads because it increased their powers of concentration and meditation. It also gave them great control over their mind. This kind of state of mind is ideal even for modern day professionals.

These different faceted beads are beneficial for the entire mankind because it selectively alters personality and mindsets in a positive way. Rudraksha can rejuvenate our mind, body and soul, help us perform to our full potential and enhance the overall quality of our life. The anti aging property of Rudraksha is well experienced. The beads have a positive effect on every aspect of life. They are helpful in counteracting the malefic effects of planets.

Q: Can we wear a combination of different Mukhis? How do we decide which combination of beads to wear?
A: Yes, we can wear a combination of all the Rudraksha beads. The individual powers of the beads can be felt simultaneously. A pendant of any Mukhi can also be worn. The beads can be chosen on the basis of their properties. One may also choose to wear one Rudraksha bead of a particular Mukhi or multiple beads of the same Mukhi since it enhances the power of that bead. A combination of different Mukhi beads can be worn to counteract the malefic effects of planets. Rudraksha Therapy is more effective than gem therapy as Rudraksha not only pacifies the negative influence of planets but also gives peace and comfort to the wearer.

Q: Can all wear Rudraksha? How long does it take to feel some effect?
A: Yes, everyone irrespective of sex, age, caste, creed, sect or cultural, ethnic, geographical and religious background can wear it. The ancient Indian scriptures state that it takes about 40 days for the effects of the Rudraksha bead to be felt. However, some people experience certain changes immediately while a few take a longer time. Wearing Rudraksha is auspicious and it brings a continuous beneficial change in an individual's life.

Q: How is the genuineness of the beads tested? How do we choose a good Rudraksha bead?
A: The genuineness of the Rudraksha bead is tested by a lot of methods. But none of them are foolproof. Test like water test where beads are placed in a glass of water and if they sink, they are said to be genuine. However, the genuine unripe Rudraksha beads also float. Other tests are the copper coins test where the bead movement decides the genuineness. Fake Rudraksha may be checked by magnifying glass as well. However, the best way to buy a genuine Rudraksha is through a trusted supplier.

Q: What is the life of a Rudraksha bead? Can ladies and Non Hindus wear Rudraksha?
A: The life of Rudraksha beads is very long. If well protected, they can be passed on for generations. Anyone irrespective of religion, caste, creed or sex can wear the Rudraksha beads. However, ladies should not wear these beads during the menstrual cycle.

Q: How is Rudraksha helpful in controlling blood pressure? Does Rudraksha help in sudden palpitations/nervousness?
A: Rudraksha beads transmit electrical impulses. When placed over the heart, the Rudraksha stabilizes the wearer's heart beats. The Ayurvedic system of treatment of blood pressure involves dipping 2 Five mukhi Rudraksha beads in water after sunset. Drink this water in the morning as you get up. Copper vessels should not be used. Whenever you feel nervous due to sudden shock, hold a Five Mukhi Rudraksha tightly in your right palm for 10 minutes. You will start feeling warm and regain your confidence.

Q: Can the family members keep interchanging Rudraksha beads, neck malas or japa malas? Should we wear Rudraksha when we have to go to the cremation ground?
A: No, Rudraksha beads or japa malas or neck malas should not be interchanged amongst the family members. However, Rudraksha can be willed and passed on to the next generation. No, one should not wear Rudraksha while visiting the cremation ground.

Q: Can we wear Rudraksha in a ring?
A: Rudraksha beads must always be kept pure. Hence, wearing a Rudraksha in the ring should be avoided as hands get dirty. The powers of the bead get affected.

Q: Can children wear One Mukhi Rudraksha?
A: No, children should avoid wearing One Mukhi Rudraksha. This Rudraksha requires a lot of self control which growing children might not be able to cope up with. However, children respond very well to lower Mukhi Rudrakshas.

Q: Is Rudraksha suited to all skin types?
A: The nature and essence of rudraksha is hot so some people cannot wear it. Their skin show signs of allergy. In such cases, the Rudraksha beads may be kept in the pooja room and daily prayers should be offered to them.

Q: What precautions should be taken while wearing the Rudraksha beads?
A: The following precautions should be followed :
  • Ancient Puranas recommend taking bath with Rudraksha on the body. However, Rudraksha should be protected from the action of soap and talcum powder that dehydrate and clog the pores.
  • Rudraksha may be worn on a regular basis. However, ladies should take off Rudraksha during menstrual cycle. Rudraksha should not be worn when going to a funeral.
  • It is recommended that the mala should be taken off at night before sleep and worn again in the morning after bath.
  • Beads should be cleaned by dipping them into warm water overnight. Then scrub then with soft bristle brush, wash again and let them dry. Then apply sandalwood oil. The beads should be purified by offering incense, sandalwood paste and chanting the seed mantra of that Mukhi

Rudraksha & Nakshatras

Rudraksha & Nakshatras Rudraksha beads are beneficial to all individuals and have no negative effects. Rudraksha can be worn singly or as a combination of different Mukhis. According to astrologers, at the time of birth, the positioning of stars (Nakshatras) determines the Rudraksha Mukhi to be worn. However, an individual can also wear any Rudraksha Mukhi based on his desires/ needs to be fulfilled.

Some astrologers suggest the following Rudraksha Mukhis according to the ruling planet:


Birth Nakshatra

Ruling Planet

Mukhi to be Worn



One/Eleven/Twelve Mukhi



One/Eleven/Twelve Mukhi



One/Eleven/Twelve Mukhi



Two Mukhi



Two Mukhi



Two Mukhi



Three Mukhi



Three Mukhi



Three Mukhi



Four Mukhi



Four Mukhi



Four Mukhi



Five Mukhi



Five Mukhi



Five Mukhi



Six Mukhi



Six Mukhi



Six Mukhi



Seven/Fourteen Mukhi



Seven/Fourteen Mukhi



Seven/Fourteen Mukhi



Eight Mukhi



Eight Mukhi



Eight Mukhi



Nine Mukhi



Nine Mukhi



Nine Mukhi

Rudraksha Therapy

Rudraksha Therapy The Ayurvedic system of treatment prescribes the wearing of Rudraksha beads to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration and palpitations. Rudraksha beads are also supposed to have a positive effect on the heart and nerves. They are also known for their anti-ageing effects, and electromagnetic and inductive properties.

Rudraksha beads are used for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The beads are either worn externally or boiled in milk and then the milk is used as a curative. Different Mukhi Rudraksha dust is also taken with water to alleviate the pain.

Different Mukhis of Rudraksha are also used for treatment of different diseases like :


Type of Rudraksha (Mukhi)


1 and 12

Heart, spine, diaphragm, thymus, blood, veins, eye sight

2 mukhi

Stomach including gastric processes, breasts, lymphatic and non blood systems, perspiration, saliva and sympathetic nervous system

4 mukhi

Hands, arms, lungs, sensory organs, thyroid glands, brain disorders

6 and 13 mukhi

Throat, neck, kidneys, sex organs, thyroid glands

3 mukhi

Sex glands, adrenal glands, red blood cells, stomach disorders, blood pressure disorders

5 mukhi

Liver, gallbladder, posterior lobe of the pituitary related to growth and thighs, blood pressure disorders

7 and 14 mukhi

Mental tension, depression, spleen, skeletal system including cartilage, skin, lower leg from the knee to the ankle and anterior lobe of the pituitary gland

8 mukhi

Sleep disorders

9 mukhi

Skin problems, body pain

11 mukhi

Nervous system disorders

Rudraksha Invocation & Pooja

Rudraksha Invocation & Pooja Rudraksha beads should not be worn without sanctifying them. They should be blessed and empowered by chanting the specified mantras, performing the specific rites and rituals.

The "Shuddhikaran"(sanctification) pooja is performed prior to wearing any Rudraksha bead/mala. The sanctification ceremony follows steps like :
  • The Rudraksha bead is immersed overnight in oil.
  • Sit on an "Asana" (straw mat) facing east.
  • The beads are then washed while chanting the Shiva mantra "Om Namah Shivay" with either
    • "Panchgavya" which is a mixture of cow's dung, urine, raw milk (unboiled), "Desi Ghee" (clarified oil) and curd or
    • "Panchamrit" which is a mixture of raw milk(unboiled), honey, curd, "Desi Ghee" (clarified oil) and Ganga Jal.

  • After that the Rudraksha bead is washed with pure water(Ganga Jal) chanting the Sadyojaat Mantra :
    "Om Sadyojaatam Prapadyaami Sadyojataajava Namah,
    Bhave Bhavenaati Bhave Bhavasvamaam Bhavodbhavay Namah"

  • Then a sandalwood paste, "Ashatgandha" (a mixture of eight fragrances) and "Kesar" (saffron) solution is made. The beads are dipped in it for some time and are taken out while chanting the Vaamdev Mantra :
    "Om Vamdevaya Namo Jyeshthaay Namah Shreshthay,
    Namo Rudraay Namah Kaalay Namah Kala,
    Vikarannaay Namo Bal Vikaranaay Namo Balaay,
    Namo Bala Pramathanaay Namo Sarva Bhoot,
    Damanaay Namo Manomanaay Namah"

  • While offering "Agarbati/Dhoop" (Incense), Aghor Mantra is chanted :
    "Om Aghorebhyo Ghorebhyo Ghor Ghor Tarebhaya,
    Sarvebhya Sarva Sharvvebhyo Namaste Astu Rudra Roopebhyah".

  • The Rudraksha bead is smeared with saffron chanting the Tatpurush Mantra:
    "Om Tatpurushaay Vidmahe Mahadevaay Dheemahi,
    Tanno Rudrah Prachodayaat"

  • Eeshaan Mantra is chanted on each bead :
    "Om Eeshaanah Sarvavidyaanam Eeshwar,
    Sarvabhootaanaam Brahmaadipati Brahmanaadhipati Brahma Shivome Astu Sadaa Shivom"

  • Then the specified mantra for each Mukhi Rudraksha is chanted on that bead.

  • These should be worn on a Monday morning after touching with Shivlinga.

  • After this Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is chanted nine times :
    "Om Triayambakam Yajamahey,
    Sungandhim Pushti Vardanam,
    Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Muksheeya Mamritat".

  • After completing the steps described above, both hands should be joined and the individual should chant :
    "Maale Maale Mahaa Maale Sarvashakti Samanvite
    Chaturvargaa Tvayinyistah Tasmaan Me Siddhidaa Bhav".

Types of Rudraksha

Types The Rudraksha beads are usually differentiated on the basis of number of faces or Mukhis that appear on the bead. The bead has tuberculated clefts and furrows that define its type. Rudrakshas also vary in size from small (found in plains) to very big (found in trees growing in Himalayas). A smooth Rudraksha is also found but it is very rare and very expensive.

According to the ancient scriptures, Mukhis are numbered from 1 to 38. Lord Shiva's three eyes represent the Sun, Moon and Fire. The Rudraksha beads born out of the tears of his solar eye are brown in color and are of 12 types. Those born of his lunar eye are fair and of 16 types. His Fiery eye's tears gave birth to black Rudraksha which are of 10 types.

The different Mukhi Rudraksha are also divided on the basis of size and availability :
  • Collector Beads are giant in size, heavy and emit high energy. These are rare Rudraksha beads that are produced in limited quantity every season. The Rudraksha Collector beads have a guarantee certificate also. The Collector beads comprise of easily available Mukhis (1-14).
  • Rare Rudraksha Beads are not available easily and comprise of Mukhis from 15 to 22 and Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha.
  • Other Rudraksha Beads are so called due to their special shape. Gaurishankar Rudraksha, Garbh Gauri Rudraksha and Ganesha Rudraksha have been named so due to their resemblance to the respective deities.

Easily Available Rudraksha

Two Mukhi

Two Mukhi The Two Mukhi Rudraksha harbors immense mystical powers and controls the bad effects of Moon. It has the following characteristics :
  • The Two Mukhi Rudraksha symbolizes the united form of Shiva and Parvati also known as Arthnarishwor/Ardhnarishwar which brings unity in form, speech and meaning.
  • 2 Mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by Moon and is believed that this Rudraksha carries the entire evolution of the cosmos within it.
  • It is oval in shape, has two natural faces and is available in two varieties-Nepal and Haridwar.
  • The wearer of Two Mukhi Rudraksha leads a sacred and peaceful life and the wearer's family also finds peace and unity.
  • This Rudraksha is helpful in maintaining marital harmony.
  • 2 Mukhi Rudraksha grants riches and virtuous children to its wearer.
  • This Rudraksha bead is recommended for people suffering from ailments of the heart, lung, brain, left eye, kidney and intestine.
  • Vaishnavas consider the 2 Mukhi Rudraksha as a symbol of Lord Vishnu.
  • It should be worn on a Monday.
  • 2 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn with a red thread which leads to maximum benefits for the wearer.
  • Mantra : 'Om Shiva Shaktihi Namaha'

Three Mukhi

Three Mukhi Three Mukhi Rudraksha bead is one of the most sought after Rudraksha beads due to its memory enhancing powers. It has the following characteristics :
  • Three Mukhi Rudraksha is called the Saraswati Roopam and is much in demand amongst students.
  • This Rudraksha is the symbol of Fire and is known for stopping all problems and changes an individual's life completely. Like fire, this Rudraksha bead engulfs past sins and helps in purifying the soul.
  • Ruled by the planet Mars, Three Mukhi Rudraksha bead is a life saver.
  • 3 Mukhi Rudraksha beads are round or oval in shape with three lines or faces.
  • The wearer of this bead is blessed with improved memory and wisdom.
  • This Rudraksha contains the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and thus engulfs the entire universe. Therefore, this bead is considered one of the most powerful beads.
  • 3 Mukhi Rudraksha is recommended for people suffering from depression, schizophrenia, blood defects, plague, small pox, digestive problems, blood pressure, weakness, spontaneous abortion and ulcer.
  • The Rudraksha bead should be worn around the neck to increase the spiritual level and improve knowledge.
  • Mantra : 'Om Kleem Namah'

Four Mukhi

Four Mukhi The Four Mukhi Rudraksha bead influences the wearer's creative power and knowledge. This Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • Four Mukhi Rudraksha symbolizes Brahma and is also called Brahma Rupam and Chaturanan.
  • Ruled by the planet Mercury.
  • This Rudraksha bead has four equidistant lines from head to bottom signifying the four facets of Brahma leading to an eternal search for knowledge, meaning, action or fate and freedom.
  • The 4 Mukhi Rudraksha is good for meditation, regulation of logical thinking, positive thinking, creativity, wit and intelligence.
  • Four Mukhi Rudraksha is recommended to be worn by individuals suffering from mental disease, paralysis, yellow fever, blood circulation, fever, cough, etc.
  • This Rudraksha is beneficial to scientists, researchers, artists, intellectuals, journalists and writers.
  • 4 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn on Monday.
  • This Rudraksha should be worn in a red thread in the right hand or around the neck.
  • Mantra :'Om Hreem Namah'

Five Mukhi

Five Mukhi The Five Mukhi Rudraksha is one of the most common of all Rudraksha beads. It destroys the five main sins : Kama (Lust), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed), Moha (Attachment) and Ahankar (Unwanted Ego).

The wearers of Five Mukhi Rudraksha are known to get maximum physical and materialistic benefits. There are a lot of documented proofs proving the effectivity of wearing a Panchmukhi Rudraksha. It has the following characteristics :
  • The 5 Mukhi Rudraksha symbolizes Pancheswar or Panchmukhi Shiva. It also represents another form of Shiva- KaalAgni.
  • Ruled by the planet Jupiter, the Five Mukhi Rudraksha helps in enhancing the memory.
  • The wearer of this Rudraksha is always at peace, has a strong memory and utilises his/her learning appropriately.
  • 5 Mukhi Rudraksha is recommended for people suffering from diseases of heart, liver, kidneys, feet, thigh, ear, blood pressure, stress, diabetes, obese, bone marrow, etc.
  • It is believed that the wearer of this Rudraksha does not die of an untimely death.
  • The Five Mukhi Rudraksha affects all the pressure points ("Chakra") of the human body and maintains a distinct balance.
  • This Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday.
  • Three Five Mukhi Rudraksha beads of the size of an Indian gooseberry ("Amla") should be tied with a red string and worn around the neck.
  • Mantra: 'Om Hreem Namah'

Six Mukhi

Six Mukhi Six Mukhi Rudraksha works very well on emotional traumas and it removes the ill effects of misunderstandings from any relationship. Six Mukhi Rudraksha is a saviour from worldly sorrows. A combination of a Four Mukhi Rudraksha and a Six Mukhi Rudraksha enhances the vocal & mental power of the wearer.

Six Mukhi Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • 6 Mukhi Rudraksha symbolizes Lord Shiva's second son-Kumar Kartikeya and imparts learning, wisdom, knowledge and an increase in an individual's will power.
  • Ruled by the planet Venus, the Six Mukhi Rudraksha is essential for harmonious relationships.
  • It is said that this Rudraksha has been blessed by Goddess Parvati and so is worn by women desiring to have a child.
  • The 6 Mukhi Rudraksha is very good for company managers, businessmen, journalists and editors, etc.
  • This Rudraksha is known to enhance concentration, mental sharpness, will power, self confidence, self-esteem and sexual harmony.
  • The wearer of 6 Mukhi is blessed with success, fame, physical strength, luxury, wisdom, wealth, name, charismatic personality, prosperity, blissful family life and positive outlook towards life.
  • Beneficial for those who needs protection from negative energies, problems of reproductive organs, urinary tract, etc.
  • Three beads of Six Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn by stringing them into a red thread. It should be worn on the right arm while chanting mantras of Kartikeya.
  • Mantra : 'Om Hreem Hum Namah'

Seven Mukhi

Seven Mukhi In Vaishnavism, the Seven Mukhi Rudraksha is believed to represent Avanta (Shesha Nag), the king of serpents who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Each of the seven faces represents one great serpent. The seven serpents are - Anantha, Karkataka, Takshak, Shankhanaad, Pundarika, Visholban and Karisha. It is believed that snakes never bother the wearer of this Rudraksha.

The Seven Mukhi Rudraksha is also said to be "saptmatradhi Daivat, saptashyadevat and saptmuni Daivat" and has the following characteristics :
  • 7 Mukhi Rudraksha is regarded as a symbol of Anang Shiva. Some people also regard it as a symbol of Saptarishi(Seven Greatest Sages of India).
  • This Rudraksha is also said to represent the Goddess Mahalaxmi.
  • Ruled by the planet Saturn, the Seven Mukhi Rudraksha has a life of a thousand years if well taken care of.
  • The wearer of this Rudraksha reaps the positive benefits of huge financial gains, good health, fame, peace, freedom from diseases and mental stress.
  • The Seven Mukhi Rudraksha bead is especially recommended for people in business. The energized beads should be placed in the prayer room or in the main locker where the money is kept.
  • This Rudraksha sublimates the malefic effects of Saturn or "Shani".
  • The 7 Mukhi Rudraksha is beneficial to individuals suffering from weakness, colic pain, bone and muscle pains, paralysis, impotency, neurological problems and to handicapped people.
  • Seven Mukhi can be worn on a daily basis due to its positive psychological and physical effects.
  • Two Seven Mukhi Rudraksha beads should be strung in a red thread and worn while chanting the mantra. It can also be kept in the locker after chanting of the mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Hum Namah'

Eight Mukhi

Eight Mukhi The Eight Mukhi Rudraksha is the reflection of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva's second son who is worshipped before all the other gods. This Rudraksha increases an individual's pleasure and decreases his/her difficulties.

According to Shaivism, this Rudraksha is helpful to an individual for attainment of various "Riddhi" and "Siddhi" that would eventually lead him to "Shivloka" ("Moksha"/salvation). The Eight Mukhi Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • Eight Mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Ganesha and its wearer becomes unaffected by all miseries - physical or mental.
  • This Rudraksha is ruled by "Rahu" and its malefic effects are similar to those of "Shani".
  • 8 Mukhi Rudraksha keeps a check on the bad effects of "Rahu" like snake bites, bad health, poverty, mental stress etc.
  • Wearer of this Rudraksha is blessed with strength of character and mind, wisdom, a long successful life, happiness, good health, prosperity and increase in confidence.
  • Recommended for writers and intellectuals, the Eight Mukhi Rudraksha also helps in increasing concentration.
  • 8 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn on Monday. Only one bead strung on a red thread is enough to bring success to an individual.
  • Mantra : 'Om Ganeshaya Namah'

Nine Mukhi

Nine Mukhi The Nine Mukhi Rudraksha is the form of Goddess Durga(Shakti). It contains the power of Nine Deities or NavDurga. The worshippers of Shakti must wear this Rudraksha to increase their self power and mental concentration. This Rudraksha is usually worn on the occasion of Navratri to obtain the blessings of mother Goddess Durga.

The Nine Mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by the planet "Ketu" whose malefic effects are similar to those of "Rahu" and "Shani". This Rudraksha controls these effects and has the following characteristics :
  • The 9 Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Mother Durga. It is also a symbol of Lord Bhairava Yama (The Lord of Death) and Sage Kapila.
  • Represented by Ketu (Dragon's Tail), this Rudraksha helps counteract the malefic effects of Ketu. Ketu causes mental fatigue, poverty, helplessness, inactivity of mind and body.
  • The 9 Mukhi Rudraksha is blessed with the power of Navadurga which stimulates mind and body, enhances mental sharpness and alertness, increases physical strength, concentration power, patience and control over one's anger and enhanced communication skills.
  • The wearer is also blessed with the grace and power of Bhairava. He obtains honour, attains fearlessness and pleasures of family life.
  • 9 Mukhi Rudraksha is essential for the worshipper of Shakti. The wearer is blessed with fearlessness, energy, fame, respect, dynamism and a successful life. This Rudraksha imparts Bhoga(Life's pleasures) and Moksha(Salvation).
  • Recommended for people suffering from fever, eye disorders, skin diseases, lung diseases, bowel and body pain.
  • Nine faced Rudraksha is worn on a Monday. One bead should be capped in either gold or silver, strung on a red thread and worn with chanting of mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Hreem Hum Namaha' , 'Navdurgayai Namah'.

Ten Mukhi

Ten Mukhi The Ten Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Lord Vishnu who, according to Indian mythology, is the Preserver of this Universe. In ancient literature, He is referred to as the eternal, all pervading spirit. Lord Vishnu is often depicted in human form reclining on the great serpent - Sheshanag.

Lord Vishnu is depicted as having four hands :
  • One hand holds a lotus, the petals of which symbolize the unfolding of creation and all things that are good-eternity, prosperity, purity.
  • Second hand holds a conch from which all existence is said to have originated.
  • Third hand holds a discus which is a symbol of the cosmic mind and a reminder of the wheel of time.
  • Fourth hand holds a mace which is the symbol of notion of individual existence.

The Ten faced Rudraksha encompasses all these individual symbols of Lord Vishnu. It has the following characteristics :

  • Ten Mukhi Rudraksha symbolises Lord Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. It is believed that this Rudraksha also represents Dusavatara (10 Incarnations of Lord Vishnu).
  • It is not ruled by any planet.
  • According to the Srimad Bhagvat Purana, the Ten Mukhi Rudraksha has a strong positive effect on adverse planetary effects, evil power, misfortunes, miseries and worldly sufferings.
  • In the Shiva Purana, it is mentioned that an individual, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, nationality and gender can wear the 10 Mukhi Rudraksha for attaining fame and success in career.
  • The wearer of Ten faced Rudraksha attains a sense of security, develops a sound mind, achieves happiness and success and is safeguarded against evil influences.
  • Recommended for individuals suffering from adverse effects of all nine planets.
  • The 10 Mukhi Rudraksha is worn on a Sunday. It should be capped in gold or silver, strung on a red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Hreem Namah' , 'Shree Narayanaaye Namah', 'Shree Vishnavai Namah'

Eleven Mukhi

Eleven Mukhi Vedic scriptures state that Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha is the symbol of Ekadash Rudra (eleven forms of Lord Shiva). The eleven forms of Lord Shiva are : Ahirbhutanya, Bhav, Bhim, Chand, Kapali, Pingal, Shasta, Shumbh, Virupaksh and Vilohit and Hanuman. Hanuman is the eleventh form of Lord Shiva.

The 11 Mukhi Rudraksha is regarded as very auspicious in religious rituals and is worn by sages and saints during their meditation. Eleven faced Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Ekadash Rudra. It is also a symbol of Lord Indra(The Lord of all gods) and has the combined powers of eleven gods stored within it.
  • This Rudraksha is not ruled by any planet and it is believed that the eleven Rudras live in the eleven faces of the Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha.
  • This Rudraksha grants a long, prosperous life to its wearer. It also grants an individual's wishes regarding children and loved ones.
  • The husbands of the women who wear Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha are blessed with great luck and a long life.
  • It is said that the wearer of an Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha gets the same merits as those obtained on sacrifice of a thousand horses or gift of a thousand cows.
  • Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha bead is also said to grant salvation as the wearer is not born again.
  • Eleven faced Rudraksha is a symbol of Lord Hanuman and so the wearer is blessed with learning, virtues, cleverness, fearlessness, healthy life and wisdom.
  • This Rudraksha bead is also a symbol of Lord Indra and thus it brings pleasure and happiness, courage and confidence to the one who wears the 11 Mukhi Rudraksha.
  • Eleven faced Rudraksha should be kept in a a safe place of worship or with jewelry. It brings wealth and prosperity to the family.
  • Recommended for maintenance of neuropsychology of an individual.
  • The 11 Mukhi Rudraksha should be capped in either silver or gold, strung in a red thread. It shoul be touched to a Shivalinga and worn while chanting mantras.
  • This Rudraksha should always be worn on top of the head for instant results.
  • Mantra : 'Om Hreem Hum Namah', 'Om Shree Rudray Namah'

Twelve Mukhi

Twelve Mukhi The Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha is the symbol of twelve virtues of Lord Sun. It is an embodiment of twelve facets of Lord Surya which 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
  • Brilliance - The Light of Intelligence

The 12 Mukhi Rudraksha has the following characteristics :

  • Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Surya or Sun.
  • It is ruled by Sun and the wearer is blessed with the quality of sun - to rule and move with radiance and strength.
  • This Rudraksha is ideal ministers, administrators, businessmen and executives.
  • Twelve faced Rudraksha blesses the wearer with wealth, authority, protection against accidents, fearlessness, happiness and wisdom.
  • This Rudraksha bead is recommended for people suffering from gastric and oesophagus problems, bowel movement, heart diseases, lung diseases and skin problems.
  • Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha bead should be capped in either gold or silver with a red thread and worn while chanting the mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Aum Kraum Sraum Raum Namah'

Thirteen Mukhi

Thirteen Mukhi The Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Indra(Lord of all gods). This Rudraksha fulfills all earthly desires and helps in attainment of eight Siddhis (accomplishments). It has virtues like love, affection, beauty and attraction as its attributes.

The 13 Mukhi Rudraksha has the following attributes :
  • Thirteen faced Rudraksha is the symbol of Lord Indra and Lord Kamadeva (Cupid).
  • It is ruled by the planet of love - Venus.
  • This Rudraksha bead should be worn by researchers of medical science and people connected to chemical science.
  • The wearer of Thirteen faced Rudraksha is blessed with riches, success, fame, good luck, honor, power of authority, charismatic personality, high level of social and financial status and worldly desires.
  • This Rudraksha bead is helpful for meditation and spiritual attainment and also causes material upliftment.
  • Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead has a special power of hypnotism. It empowers a person with the ability to woo another individual.
  • Wearers of the 13 Mukhi Rudraksha have the power to control their destinies. The wearers can also control and bewitch animals.
  • Mantra - 'Om Hreem Namah'

Fourteen Mukhi

Fourteen Mukhi The Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha is called the "Deva Mani"(precious divine thing) and is also one of the rarest Rudraksha to be found. The Shiva Purana says that the 14 Mukhi Rudraksha is regarded as the favorite possession by humans and Gods and Goddesses and it rules the cosmic world.

The Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • 14 Mukhi Rudraksha is the symbol of Hanuman - the eleventh form of Lord Shiva.
  • Ruled by the planet Saturn, this Rudraksha helps counteract the malefic effects of Saturn.
  • The wearer of Fourteen faced Rudraksha attains spiritual freedom and the virtues of Lord Shiva.
  • Fourteen faced Rudraksha is said to awaken the sixth sense or intuition power by which the wearer can foresee the future happenings. This helps the wearer to decide on his course of action against all calamities, miseries and worries.
  • This Rudraksha is helpful in providing riches, cure to ailments, acheiving salvation, strength, enthusiasm.
  • The 14 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn by the couple who have no children.
  • This Rudraksha bead imparts fourteen kinds of knowledge and influences every facet of life.
  • Recommended to be worn by people suffering from ailments caused due to the malefic effects of Saturn and to ensure safety and financial gains.
  • The 14 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn on the chest as a necklace or on the forehead as a third eye or on the right arm.
  • Mantra : 'Om Shivaya Namaha'

Rare Rudraksha Beads

One Mukhi

 The One Mukhi Rudraksha is the main Rudraksha amongst all the available types. It is the rarest of all Rudraksha beads. The round shape is a rarity and is more expensive. The most commonly available variety is the half moon shaped Rudraksha.

One Mukhi Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • It represents Lord Shiva himself and symbolizes the attainment of godhood, supreme truth and super consciousness.
  • Ek Mukhi is ruled by the Sun and is the harbinger of peace and pleasure.
  • One Mukhi Rudraksha comes in the round shape or cashew nut (half moon).
  • Generally, the person who worships or wears the 1 Mukhi obtains not only all the worldly pleasures but remains unaffected by them.
  • The wearer of ek Mukhi Rudraksha has increased powers of concentration and a fit mental constitution.
  • 1 Mukhi Rudraksha is recommended for individuals suffering from headaches, right eye disorders and heart diseases.
  • It should be worn on a Monday.
  • One Mukhi Rudraksha should be capped with gold or silver and worn round the neck or placed at the worshiping place with the chanting of mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namaha Shivaya, Om Hreem Namaha'

Fifteen Mukhi

Fifteen Mukhi Fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha is a rare Rudraksha bead and it represents Lord Pashupatinath. Most of its effects resemble those of a Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha. It is considered a very precious Rudraksha and is always placed in a very sacred place like the puja or prayer room.

The Fifteen faced Rudraksha has the following attributes :
  • 15 Mukhi Rudraksha is the symbol of Lord Pashupatinath.
  • This Rudraksha bead is ruled by "Rahu" and is essential for pacifying emotional disturbances caused by worldly bondages.
  • The wearer of Fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha is never bereft of wealth, is never inflicted with any skin disease, is helped in attaining salvation, has high intuitive powers and increased energy levels.
  • Fifteen Faced Rudraksha also helps channelize thoughts and to remain focussed. It increases the concentration power and memory.
  • Recommended for increasing intuition power, lateral and abstract thinking.
  • The 15 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting the mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Pashupataya Namaha'

Sixteen Mukhi

Sixteen Mukhi Sixteen Mukhi Rudraksha is the combined form of Vishnu and Shiva and thus it represents victory. It is another of the rare varieties of Rudraksha.

In ancient scriptures, it is said that the Sixteen faced Rudraksha should be placed in a sacred place like the prayer room so that the entire house is enveloped with positive energy, harmony, peace and prosperity. The Sixteen Mukhi Rudraksha has the following attributes like :
  • 16 Mukhi Rudraksha is the Hari-Shankar Roopam Rudraksha.
  • This Rudraksha is ruled by "Ketu" and counteracts its bad effects.
  • The wearer of Sixteen Faced Rudraksha is blessed with prosperity, cordial relations, harmony and love in the family.
  • The house in which a 16 Mukhi Rudraksha is kept is always free from theft, robbery or fire problems.
  • Recommended for people suffering from diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy, lung diseases.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namaha Shivaya'

Seventeen Mukhi

 The Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha is called the Sita-Rama Roopam and it represents the combined forces of Sita and Rama. It is a rare Rudraksha bead.

The Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha bead has the following characteristics :
  • 17 Mukhi Rudraksha is the Sita-Rama Roopam Rudraksha. It is also a symbol of Lord Vishwakarma (The builder of materialistic world).
  • The wearer of this Rudraksha is blessed with success, improved memory, awakened kundalini and increased wealth.
  • This Rudraksha is especially useful for attaining physical assets like property and vehicles.
  • Recommended for people suffering from memory loss, lack of energy.
  • The Seventeen Faced Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday after capping it in either gold or silver and stringing a red thread.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Eighteen Mukhi

Eighteen Mukhi The Eighteen Mukhi Rudraksha is a rare Rudraksha and is associated with Mother Earth. It is also a representation of Bhairava form of Lord Shiva. Bhairava is a terrible and angry form of Lord Shiva. So the possessor of this Rudraksha is saved from all terrible effects on his life.

The Eighteen Faced Rudraksha bead has attributes like:
  • 18 Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Mother Earth and is also called Bhairava Roopam.
  • Eighteen Faced Rudraksha is ideal for people connected to any kind of trade or work related to earth. Thus, it is suitable for dealers of stones, iron ore, gems, builders, architects, property dealers, contractors, architects, farmers, etc.
  • The wearer of 18 Mukhi Rudraksha is blessed with all kinds of fame, respect, success, fearlessness. It also prevents accidents and the bad effects of planets.
  • Eighteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead is beneficial for pregnant women in protecting their child.
  • Recommended for counteracting ailments like loss of power, neurological breakdown, mental stress.
  • Mantras : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Nineteen Mukhi

Nineteen Mukhi The Nineteen Mukhi Rudraksha imparts victory and knowledge to its wearer. It is associated with Lord Vishnu and so is called the Narayana Roopam Rudraksha.

The Nineteen Faced Rudraksha has the following attributes :
  • 19 Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Vishnu Narayan and is called the Narayana Roopam Rudraksha.
  • The wearer or worshipper of this Rudraksha attains victory of knowledge over ignorance.
  • The Nineteen Mukhi Rudraksha Bead bestows all the worldly pleasures and immense wealth on the wearer.
  • Recommended for people suffering from blood disorders and spinal problems.
  • This Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantras : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Twenty Mukhi

Twenty Mukhi Twenty Mukhi Rudraksha is a rare Rudraksha symbolizing Brahma. It has the following attributes:
  • Twenty Faced Rudraksha is a representation of Lord Brahma and is a talisman used against the spirits, ghosts, etc.
  • The wearer of this Rudraksha is blessed with great knowledge, mental peace and improved visual power.
  • 20 Mukhi Rudraksha is recommended for people suffering from eye sight problems.
  • It is said that snake bites are cured by holding this Rudraksha.
  • Twenty Mukhi Rudraksha Bead should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Twenty One Mukhi

Twenty One Mukhi Twenty One Mukhi Rudraksha is represented by Lord Shiva himself. According to the ancient scriptures, when Twenty One Faced Rudraksha is placed in the place of worship, all the gods align themselves around it. This brings peace, harmony and prosperity to the house and it's members.

This Rudraksha has certain characteristics like :
  • 21 Mukhi Rudraksha is a symbol of Lord shiva. It also represents Lord Kuber (God of wealth).
  • It is said that by wearing this Rudraksha, remission from the sin of "brahmahatya" (killing a cow or a Brahmin) can be obtained.
  • The wearer of Twenty One Mukhi Rudraksha is blessed with wealth, health, achievements, prosperity. The wearer's spiritual knowledge increases and he/she walks on the path of "Sanatana dharma".
  • This Rudraksha bead helps in opening the third eye chakra which governs awareness and enhances clairvoyance.
  • The 21 Mukhi Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha

Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha Trijuti Rudraksha is a combined form of three Rudraksha and is a rare phenomenon. It is said to be a combination of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It has the following characteristics :
  • Trijuti Rudraksha represents Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and is also called Gauri Paath.
  • This Rudraksha bead is said to impart Brahma Gyan to its wearer.
  • The wearer of a Trijuti Rudraksha enjoys super power in society. Wealth, confidence, health and a universal appeal is imparted to the wearer of Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha.
  • This Rudraksha safeguards the body against all external and internal diseases.
  • The Trijuti/Tribhagi Rudraksha Beads should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Namah Shivay'.

Other Rudraksha Beads

Gaurishankar Rudraksha

Gaurishankar Rudraksha GauriShankar Rudraksha is a conjoined form of Lord shiva and Mother Parvati. It is a rare phenomenon. In Puranas, the bead of GauriShankar is regarded as best for a peaceful family life. A man who worships this Rudraksha and keeps it in his prayer room reaps all the benefits of an obstacle free, happy and successful family life.

Gauri Shankar Rudraksha has the following characteristics :
  • This Rudraksha represents Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati.
  • Ruled by Moon, the Gauri Shankar Rudraksha is said to cause the expansion and development of this Universe.
  • The wearer of the Gouri Shankar Rudraksha is blessed with comfort and peace in the family. This Rudraksha causes expansion of the Universe that provides fertility. Hence, it provides excellent relations between husband and wife.
  • The GauriShankar Rudraksha also helps in meditation. Thus, it is worn by sages who try to unite with Lord Shiva through meditation.
  • Gouri Shankar Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting mantras.
  • Mantra: 'Om Gaurishankarey Namah'.

Garbh Gauri Rudraksha

Garbh Gauri Rudraksha Garbh Gauri Rudraksha is the smaller form of GauriShankar Rudraksha. In GauriShankar, both the conjoined beads are of similar size but in Garbh Gauri Rudraksha, one bead is smaller than the other.

Garbh Gauri Rudraksha has attributes like :
  • Garbh Gauri Rudraksha represents Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha. The smaller bead represents Ganesha and bigger bead represents Goddess Parvati.
  • This Rudraksha is best for the women who have problems in conceiving a child and are prone to abortion.
  • It is recommended that this Rudraksha should be worn around the neck by women for maximum effect.
  • Garbh Gauri Rudraksha maintains family unity and good relations between mother and child.
  • Garbh Gauri Rudraksha is worn on a Monday. It should be capped in either gold or silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chanting the mantras.
  • Mantra: 'Om Garbh Gauriye Namah'

Ganesha Rudraksha

Ganesha Rudraksha Ganesha Rudraksha has a natural trunk like protrusion similar to the trunk of Lord Ganesha. It has the following characteristics :
  • Ganesha Rudraksha symbolizes Lord Ganesha.
  • This Rudraksha is beneficial in obtaining blessings of Lord Ganesha.
  • Ganesha Rudraksha blesses the wearer with progress and lessens the obstacles in the wearers' or possessors' path.
  • It is recommended to be worn to achieve perfection in every facet of life.
  • Ganesha Rudraksha should be worn on a Monday. It should be capped with either gold and silver, strung with a red thread and worn while chnating of mantras.
  • Mantra : 'Om Gang Ganpataya Namoh Namah, 'Om Ganeshaya Namah', 'Om Hum Namah'.


Identification of Rudraksha

Identification of Rudraksha Rudraksha is found in Nature. However, due to a growing demand for Rudraksha beads, traders have started manufacturing rarely faceted beads such as the One Mukhi Rudraksha. Beads of Areca/Betel nut, Nutmeg or Tulsi are used to make Rudraksha Beads.

Identification of Fake Rudraksha

While buying a Rudraksha bead, an individual should keep the following points in mind :
  • The Five Mukhi Rudraksha are found easily and abundantly.
  • Rudraksha having 2,3,4,6 and 7 Mukhis are found abundantly and hence their prices are not high.
  • One Mukhi Rudraksha round variety has never been found till date and is thus a myth.
  • One Mukhi Half Moon is genuine and the price is low.
  • Round One Mukhi Rudraksha is the most highly sold bead and is faked in many forms by unscrupulous suppliers.
  • Some beads have a stem implanted in them artificially to give a real look.
  • Traders sell fake One Mukhi which have serpent, trishul, lingam etc. carved on them. A real Rudraksha bead does not have these markings.
  • Fake Rudraksha are made by carving extra lines in lower Mukhi beads to obtain the rare and expensive higher Mukhi beads.
  • GauriShankar Rudraksha are faked by gluing together two Rudraksha beads.

Methods for Identification

There are a number of methods for identification of fake Rudraksha like :

Water Test
Sometimes rare Rudraksha beads like GauriShankar Rudraksha or a Trijuti are made by artificially joining two or three Rudraksha with the help of glue etc. In case of doubt, such Rudraksha bead should be placed in boiling water for 20-30 minutes. A sharp discoloration will take place at the joint in case of artificial Rudraksha.

There is another water test that is conducted as well. The bead is placed in a glass of water. If it floats it is rejected. However, this test is not very reliable because :
  • An unripe but genuine Rudraksha will also float in water.
  • Fake Rudraksha bead made of wood and impregnated with lead will also sink in water.
  • Rare Rudraksha beads like One Mukhi are sometimes made by tampering with higher Mukhi beads. This Rudraksha will also sink.

Cut Test
The most reliable test is to cut the Rudraksha bead. One will find the same number of compartments as the number of lines. However, the drawback is that the bead is destroyed.

Properties Test
This test is to find whether the beads exhibit properties like inductance, capacitance, conduction of electric current etc.

Copper Coin Test
It is a general belief that a Rudraksha bead when placed between two copper coins will rotate slightly either towards the right or the left. This happens due to the physical and magnetic properties of the Rudraksha beads. This test requires a high level of expertise and the buyer generally buys the bead that rotates towards right.

Eye Test
The Mukhis of a natural Rudraksha look like closed lips with deep natural partitions. Sometimes Rudraksha are faked by sticking thorny parts of one Rudraksh onto another one. This difference could be caught by a 10x lens.

However, none of these tests are fool proof. The best way to buy a Rudraksha is to buy it from a trusted authorized supplier.

Rudraksha as Accessories

Rudraksha as Accessories Rudraksha is increasingly being used as a fashion accessory and as an alternative method of treatment. The medicinal properties of Rudraksha have also been proved and so the trend of wearing Rudraksha is on the rise. The various Rudraksha accessories are :


Rudraksha Mala

Rudraksha Malas Rudraksha malas are made of Rudraksha or as a combination mala with other items like corals, crystal, silver beads, etc. The different types of malas available are :


Rudraksha Bracelets

Rudraksha Bracelets Rudraksha bracelets are strung together in silver in combination with various other beads like aquamarine, malachite, amethyst, opal, tiger eye, crystals, etc. Bracelets are made of high quality silver with approximate length of about 8" - 8.5". Each combination has different effects on the wearer. Each type of bead has distinctive properties which when combined with Rudraksha gives increased benefits to the wearer.

Rudraksha and Aquamarine bracelet has a beneficial effect on heart problems. Aquamarine is beneficial for love, courage and peace and is a crystal for healing and maintaining balance in the body. Helps in the functioning of throat and mind. Aquamarine supports the throat chakra.

Malachite is a semi precious stone used for relieving stress and tensions and helps in functioning of liver and spleen, strengthening the circulatory system, pineal and pituitary glands of the brain. Malachite supports the heart and solar plexus chakras and aids in sleeping.

Amethyst is the stone of wisdom. This stone helps harmonize and stabilize consciousness, enhances spiritual growth and creates an inner awareness. Amethyst protects the wearer in stressful situations and supports the crown chakra.

Opal brings happy dreams and good changes in life of the wearer since it carries the combined energies of the Sun and the Moon. The opal is tied to the emotional side of our nature and brings clarity of thoughts and spontaneity.

Tiger eye is believed to enhance confidence, focus the mind, and enable the user to see clearly without illusion. Tiger Eye supports the solar plexus chakra.

Crystals are helpful in increasing intellect and spiritual awareness.

Rudraksha Pendants

Rudraksha Pendants The Rudraksha pendants are available in various designs and combinations.

Saraswati Pendant has 2 Four Mukhi Rudraksha beads and 1 Six Mukhi bead capped in silver and strung on a red thread. This pendant is useful for growth of career and academics. The wearer achieves immense professional success.

Kamdev/Mohini Pendant has 2 Six Mukhi and 1 Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha bead capped in silver and strung in a red thread. This pendant blesses the wearer with all luxuries in life.

Lakshmi Ganesha Pendant has 2 Seven Mukhi and 1 Eight Mukhi Rudraksha. This pendant is binded in silver and strung on a red thread. It helps the wearer in gaining money and power and in leading a blissful life.

Hanuman Shakti Pendant has a combination of 1 Eleven Mukhi, 1 Fourteen Mukhi and 1 Ten Mukhi Rudraksha beads. It provides the wearer with name, fame and keeps him away from any negative feelings. This pendant also protects the wearer from mental problems.

Career Power Pendant has 1 Two Mukhi, 1 Four Mukhi and 1 Seven Mukhi Rudraksha bound in silver and strung on a red thread. It helps in achieving a good career and progress in life.

Marital Bliss Power Pendant has 2 Two Mukhi and 1 GauriShankar Rudraksha and blesses the wearer with marital bliss and unity and harmony in life. This pendant is binded in silver and strung in a red thread.

Protection Power Pendant has 1 Nine Mukhi, 1 Ten Mukhi and 1 Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha and it imparts energy, power, dynamism and fearlessness. It is ideal for healers and is bounded in silver and strung on a red thread.

Business Luck Power Pendant has 1 Seven Mukhi, 1 Ten Mukhi and 1 Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha bound in silver and strung on a red thread. It helps in attaining success in business and private/public service, increasing prosperity and good luck.

Surya (Sun) Shakti Power Pendant has 1 Eleven Mukhi, 1 One Mukhi and 1 Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha bead. This pendant blesses the wearer with power, health, wealth and good luck. The One Mukhi Rudraksha is of the half moon variety.