Rudraksha

What is a Rudraksha?

Rudraksha (also called as Rudraksh) are dried seeds of a tree, which grows in select locations of South East Asia, botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus. It is also called “Tears of Shiva” and there are many legends connected to Lord Shiva that describe...

What are the benefits of wearing a Rudraksha?

Rudrakshas (also called as Rudraksh) are very supportive in maintaining physical and mental balance. For spiritual seekers, it supports to enhance one’s spiritual growth. It’s curative properties have been utilized worldwide for a number of physical, ...

Who can wear Rudraksha?

Anyone, irrespective of gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical or religious background can wear Rudraksha. They are intended for persons at any stage in life irrespective of mental and physical condition. It can be worn by children, students, the elderly...

How to choose the bead size of a Panchamukhi Mala (varies between 5 mm to 8 mm)?

They are of the same quality; it is just that it's a question of convenience. The smaller ones cost more simply because the rudraksha is not plucked from a tree, they wait for it to fall down, fully ripe and fall down. So, it is much harder to pick up...

How often should I condition my Rudraksha?

Conditioning of Rudrakshas should be done every six months. To condition Rudraksha mala or beads, immerse them in ghee (clarified butter) for 24 hours and then soak them in full-fat milk for an additional 24 hours. Wash it water and wipe the beads with...

When can I wear Rudraksha Mala?

The mala can be worn all the time. You can even wear it when you sleep or shower. If you take cold water baths and are not using any chemical soap, it is especially good for the water to flow over it and upon your body. But if you are using chemical ...

Do Rudraksha always have 108 beads?

No. Traditionally, the number of beads is 108 plus one, the bindu. It’s recommended that an adult should not wear a mala with less than 84 beads, plus the bindu - but any number over that is fine! Depending on the size of the Rudraksha seeds, the mala...

Are the smallest Rudraksha seeds more spiritual by nature?

All Panchamukhi Rudraksha have the same quality, impact, and benefits regardless of the size. You can choose any of the seven sizes depending on your preference. The smaller beads are rare to find hence the difference in the price.

Can I share my Rudraksha with someone else?

No, you should not share your Rudraksha with anyone else, since the Rudraksha adapts to the wearer.

How should I store my Rudraksha if I take it off during Hatha Yoga practices?

It’s best to store Rudraksha in a silk cloth or in a copper vessel. Remember, copper can oxidize milk products so you should not use a copper vessel while conditioning the Rudraksha.

Should the bindu on the Panchmukhi mala be positioned in a certain spot on the neck?

The bindu on a Panchmukhi mala doesn’t have to be positioned at any particular part of your neck – when you walk, sleep, do your sadhana, your Rudraksha will shift. It is best to reposition the bindu to be at the center of your chest, but once you start...

How can we tell if a Rudraksha has lost its vibrancy?

Rudraksha have a certain quality by nature, so it is important to wear them on the body in a way that treats the Rudraksha with respect and care. Rudraksha should not be worn like jewelry and kept aside later. When a person decides to wear a Rudraksha...

If a few beads of the mala break, do I need to buy a whole new mala?

Cracked beads on a Rudraksha mala should be removed, as their energy will be altered and may not be conducive to the wearer. Individual beads need not be replaced as long as the total bead count on the mala is 84, plus the bindu, for people who are age...

Should the Rudraksha mala beads always touch each other?

To experience the full benefits of Rudraksha, the beads should always touch each other in a mala. This has to do with the energy movement in the mala. It is important not to thread the mala too tightly or else the beads may become pressed against each...

What is the best vessel to store or condition Rudraksha in?

Since Rudraksha are natural seeds with a unique composition, it is best to store them in natural vessels. When conditioning, using mud, glass or wooden bowls are best. Alternatively, gold or silver bowls can be used, if available. When conditioning, ...

How to tie the Gauri Shankar to the Panchmukhi Rudraksha?

A Gauri Shankar Rudraksha comes with a metal loop intended for you to tie to the end of a Panchmukhi mala, or to easily tie to any silk thread or gold or silver chain. When adding a Gauri Shankar to a Panchmukhi mala, it’s important to leave the bindu...

Does conditioning Rudraksha “re-energize” them? Or is it only to protect against brittleness/cracking?

Conditioning is meant to help prolong the lifespan of Rudraksha by preventing them from becoming brittle and cracking. Being immersed in ghee and milk every 6 months, and sesame oil every 1 to 2 years, is beneficial for the integrity of the Rudraksha...

After conditioning, Rudraksha feels oily with a slight smell; can anything be done for this?

After conditioning Rudraksha, it may be slightly slippery and may smell of ghee and milk. Rudraksha can be covered with vibhuti as the final conditioning step to aid in removing any excess oil. To do so, take some vibhuti in your palm and gently roll...

Should the ghee be thrown out after conditioning? Can you use it to recondition the next time or cook with?

Once you have conditioned Rudraksha for 24 hours in ghee, the ghee can be used as plant food, as oil in a lamp, or can be saved for the next time you condition Rudraksha. The leftover ghee should not be consumed or used in cooking.

When conditioning a new Rudraksha, there is sometimes a yellow leakage coming from the beads - is this normal?

The first time a Rudraksha is conditioned after purchasing, there may be some leakage from the beads. The color can vary but is usually yellow or black. This is due to a protective process where mud is used to cover the Rudraksha after receiving it from...

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