What is Rudraksha ? Rudraksh is formed by association of two words, 'RUDRA' and 'AKSHA'. Rudra is the name of Lord Shiva. Aksha means 'tear'. It is said that the plant of Rudraksh is originated from the tear drops of Lord Shiva.
As per the vedic scriptures Rudraksh can nullify the effects of malefic planets to a great extent. Shastras say Rudraksh of any mukhis can never do any harm to the wearer unlike Navratnas, which have to be carefully chosen. The seed of Rudraksh has been given a very special place and it is credited with mystical and divine properties. It is said that the seed of Rudraksh contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos within it.
The Rudraksh are worn for their specific benefits. These are much more powerful and can help achieve wonders, if energized and empowered the right way. Rudraksh of different mukhis pleases the corresponding planets. It may be sufficient to go in for only for those mukhis whose ruling planets, cause malefic effects. Before wearing the Rudraksh it is better to cleanse and purify it with milk, ghee, oil etc. and do pran prathista (give life to the Rudraksh) when the mantras corresponding to the mukhis are chanted, the Rudraksh gets activated.
It is believed and proved that Rudraksh beads have certain Electromagnetic and Inductive properties and when worn over the heart they send out corresponding signals differing for different mukhis to the brain, activating or controlling certain brain chemicals and neurotransmitters thereby inducing states of mind as described in ancient scriptures.
Medically it has been proved that Rudraksh has very powerful Anti Ageing properties because of the Dynamic Polarity of the Rudraksha a bead thus the healing powers of Rudraksha are far superior to that of Magnets.
There is a lot of questions raised about the originality of rudraksha beads specially for the costlier beads. Some people even give certificates for the originality of rudraksha.Also there are many other methods followed by the people such as boiling it in water etc. But, in fact the originality of rudraksha can only be judged by cutting the bead in to two equal halves i.e. the number of faces is decided by the number of seeds (beej) or holes. When the rudraksha is cut in to two halves it is seen as follows: