What's the English term for Rudraksha? What are the medicinal & spiritual benefits of Rukshadra?
Botanical name of Rudraksha is Elaeocarpus ganitrus
Rudraksha is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree whose seed is traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is borne by several species of Elaeocarpus, with E. ganitrus being the principal species used in the making of a bead chain or mala. Rudraksha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra and kṣa ("eye").The specific epithet ganitrus is possibly taken from ganitri, the name for this species in Sundanese and Malay.
The word Rudraksha is derived from Rudra (Shivathe Hindu God of all living creatures) and aksha (eyes). One Hindu legend says that once Lord Shiva became so compassionate after seeing the sufferings of mankind that He could not stop to shed tear from his eye. This single tear from Shivas eye grew into the Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha fruit is green in color but turns black when dried. The central har ...more
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The seeds show variation in the number of grooves on their surface, and are classified on the basis of the number of divisions that they have. A common type has five divisions, and these are considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva.
Rudraksha Mala has been used by Hindus (as well as Sikhs and Buddhists) as rosary for thousands of years for meditation purposes to sanctify the mind, body and soul. The word Rudraksha is derived from Rudra (Shiva the Hindu God of all living creatures) and aksha (eyes). One Hindu leg ...more
Ek Mukhi (Rudraksha with One Face)
This is the rarest and most sought-after rudraksha in the world. Because of its rarity, its the costliest one too. This rudrakha is supposed to bring immense power, luxury and fame to its wearer. At the same time, that person gets spiritual enrichment too. However, it doesnt have much effect on the mundane affairs.
Dwi Mukhi (Rudraksha with Two Faces)
This is one of the most commonly available rudraksha. Since it represents both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, it is helpful in providing connubial bliss to the wearer. It also helps bring prosperity and is good for those suffering from mental disorders or bronchial problems. This rudraksha does not require the wearer to follow rigorous restrictions.
Tri Mukhi (Rudraksha with Three Faces)
This rudraksha symbolizes the conjugation of three fires. It is supposed to bless its wearer with money, wisdom, and knowledge. In addition, it helps in r ...more