Rudraksha is a sacred seed that comes from the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) and is primarily found in the Himalayan region of India, Nepal, and Indonesia. The word "Rudraksha" is derived from two Sanskrit words, "Rudra" meaning Lord Shiva and "Aksha" meaning eyes. Therefore, Rudraksha means the "eyes of Lord Shiva". According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva meditated for thousands of years with his eyes closed, and when he opened them, tears rolled down his cheeks and fell on the earth. From these tears, the Rudraksha tree was born.
Rudraksha beads are considered sacred and are widely used in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism for spiritual and medicinal purposes. The number of faces or mukhi on a Rudraksha bead ranges from one to twenty-one, with each face having a different significance and benefits.
Some of the uses of Rudraksha beads are as follows:
Rudraksha has a rich history and is considered sacred in many cultures. The uses and benefits of Rudraksha are varied and have been utilized for centuries by people seeking spiritual, physical, and astrological benefits.