The Six Faced Rudraksha Bead
A divine gift from colleague Sri G. Kumar
The Six Faceted Rudraksha Bead (pictured here) is known
to blesses one with a charming persona. It makes the person capable of
Rudraksha seed is botanically known as Elaiocarpus/Elaeocarpus
Ganitrus Roxb. It's medicinal and divine properties have been known from
time immemorial. It is said that only one who has the divine blessings
of Lord Shiva (The destroyer in the Trinity of Gods) gets the opportunity
of wearing this divine bead. Rudra means Shiva and Aksh means eye.
According to the Sanskrit Sri Devi Bhagwat Puranam there
was an asura known as Tripurasur who was very strong and had divine energy
and power.Due to these qualities he became proud and started to trouble
deities and sages. No one was able to defeat this strong demon in war.
On seeing his immoral actions Brahma, Vishnu and Other deities prayed to
the Devadhidev Mahadeva Shiva(The greatest, lord of Lords Shiva) to destroy
evil Tripurasur.Lord Shiva closed his eyes and meditated for some time.
When he opened his lotus shaped eyes tears fell fom them on the earth.
Wherever his tears fell the Rudraksha tree Grew. The fruits that grow on
this tree are known as Rudraksha Beads. Lord Shiva then used his deadly
divine powers and destroyed Tripurasur.
Rudraksha are also mentioned in the Sri Shiva Mahapurana:
Goddess Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva asked him the origin
of Rudraksha. On hearing her question Shiva said that he did penance for
a thousand years. Tired of keeping his eyes closed for so long, Shiva opened
them. A few tears fell to the ground and from these tears, the Rudraksha
tree was born. The seeds of the tree were distributed on the earth.
Religious significance of the Rudraksha Bead:
•The individual who wears the Rudraksha with devotion
is like Lord Shiva himself.
•The man wearing the Rudraksha is Rudra himself. If he
drinks then Rudra drinks. The food he eats is equivalent to the food partaken
by the deities. All his sins are alleviated.
•One who feels any shame in wearing this divine bead can
never be free from the cycle of birth and death even after taking a million
•One who criticizes a Rudraksha wearer is a sinner.
•No pleasure is greater in the world then wearing a Rudraksha.
•One who wears the bead is a divine being and all his
sins get destroyed