Importance of Rudraksha in Hinduism

Rudraksha, a seed which is used as a prayer bead in Hinduism, especially in Shaivism. When they are ripe, rudraksha seeds are covered by a blue outer shell and are sometimes called blueberry beads. It is to be said Rudraksha is a form of Bhagwan Shiv’s teardrop and the name itself says ‘Rudra’ means Shiva and ‘Aksha’ means teardrop.

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The name Rudrā is one of 1008 names of the Bhagwan Shiva and the word Akśa means tears in Sanskrit. As per Shivpuran, after 1000 years of meditation, tears began to fall from the eyes of Shiva in compassion for humanity, and the tears became the Rudraksha Tree. It is said in the Rudraksha Upanishad, that those who wear the Rudraksha close to the skin will absolve their sins. The Rudrakśha Upaniśhad is one of the 108 scriptures of the Upanishad, and it says that even uttering the name itself – “Rudraksha” holds pranic and Karmic merit and wearing the beads is akin to wearing the sacred ash, Bhasma.

It is believed that Rudraksha cures various diseases and has a therapeutic effect on the mind and body. Rudraksha strengthens our mind to fight all odds in life. Often due to ignorance, people associate the Rudraksha with any another religious product but various scientific research conducted worldwide have time and again proved that Rudraksha due to its Electro-Magnetic properties works magically on our body. It channelizes positive flow of energy and leaves a rejuvenating and calming impression on our mind and body. Hence, it is worshipped and worn for seeking benevolence of Lord Shiva and the benefits it holds.

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Blood circulation and heartbeat induce a magnetic field around the body, particularly in the region of the heart. Bioelectricity automatically gives raise to biomagnetism. Now rudraksha beads have a property of diamagnetism- ie. they acquire a temporary charge opposite to the that of the external field. As a result, they open up the passages of Arteries and veins, thus almost magically healing some heart-related problems like hypertension.