Rudraksha Beads (रुद्राक्ष दाना)
Rudraksha (रुद्राक्ष) are the beads from trees belonging to Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb.
Every Rudraksha has cells or Mukhis which differ in numbers. A facet is a line or groove which runs from one end to of Rudraksha to the other end. In ancient epic like Shiv Puran, Shri MadDevi Bhagwat, Padmpuran etc. Rudraksha upto 14 Mukhis have been described along with thrir effects and purpose for which they are useful. Hight Mukhi Rudraksha from 15 to 27 Mukhis have also been found in the later countries their benefits recorded as per experience of the learned people. There are other Rudraksha like Gauri Shankar (two Rudraksha having naturally joined on the tree), Ganesha (a Rudraksha having trunk like protrusion on its body) Sawar (a Gauri Shankar in which one bead has only one line or Mukhi), Trijuti (three Rudraksha beads joined naturally on the tree.
Rudraksha are available in different sizes. The auspicious and effective ones are those which are larger in sizes (15mm and above) and have natural hole in it. The surface of the bead should not be over - thorny and should have good hardness.
Rudraksha is a holy bead known to the mankind since last several thousand years for its beneficial properties. It literally mean "Having eyes of Lord Shiva" or "Produced from the eyes of Lard Shiva" or one having Rudra all over it. It may be possible that due to severe grooves over the body the name 'Rudra' has been given by ancient sages.
Rudra and Aksha, thus merge to create Rudraksha a power bead dear to Lord Shiva. Rudra got transformed to Lord Shiva and Aksha denotes the "Eye" meaning thereby that is a powerful natural bead linked to the most powerful God of Hindu Trinity - Mahadeva, Rudra or Shiva.
Shrimad Devi Bhagwat says that the one is benefited by simply looking at or touching a Rudraksha. Many examples prove the splendour and power of Rudraksha. It can make one rich, change one's faith as well as influence people.
Elsewhere in the world its therapeutic effects are known to cure diseases like cancer and ease personal traumas.
Shiva Purana describe Rudraksha's origin as Lord Shiva's tears. He had been meditating for many years for the welfare of all creatures. On opening the eyes, hot drops of tears rolled down and the mother earth gave birth to Rudraksha trees. Lord Siva has many aspects indicated by His 1,008 names Lord Siva is responsible for creation, evolution and dissolution. Lord Siva dances creation out of existence at the end of time and then after an appropriate time He destroys the silence itself by dancing and the activity of His dance gives rise to the appearance of Narayana and causes creation again.