21 Types of Rudraksha and their uses


OCTOBER 21, 2023

Rudraksha holds a significant position in every Hindu household. But are you aware of the story behind Rudraksha’s formation? As per mythology, one day Lord Shiva went into deep meditation, leaving people in confusion about his life. To prove himself alive, he shed tears, which were called Rudraksha. Rudraksha is derived from two words – ‘Rudra’ meaning Shiv himself and ‘aksh’ meaning tears which symbolizes protection, compassion, fulfillment and increased vitality.

Rudraksha is also grown on a tree named Elaeocarpus ganitrus, commonly found in the Himalayan region, which is why it’s called the Himalayan seed. Alongside spirituality, Rudraksha also possesses mystical and medical properties, which are based upon the vertical lines that run down its surface.

Rudraksha can be worn by anyone, irrespective of their caste, gender or religion, as astrologers believe it resonates with positive energy. Talking about its types, there are 21 varieties of Rudraksha available, depending on the number of stripes it has. Rudraksha reciprocates multiple benefits. Let’s have a look at each type and its uses:-

1 Mukhi Rudraksha – Astrologers believe this bead is associated with the supreme god, the ultimate reality – Lord Shiva. It is meant for peace and serenity, especially when one seeks ‘moksha’ from human life. Wearing 1 Mukhi Rudraksha can be beneficial, as it takes you on a spiritual tour.

2 Mukhi Rudraksha – Two-faced beads represent the bond between divine masculine and feminine energies. This is the ultimate representation of Shiva and Shakti. Beneficial for fostering, nurturing and enhancing love in a relationship.

3 Mukhi Rudraksha – You must be aware of the concept of ‘Tridev’ in Hindu mythology. This 3 faced bead represents Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This can be worn to minimize anger and rage and to bring clarity to one’s thoughts.

4 Mukhi Rudraksha – As the name suggests, with four facets, this bead is linked with four Vedas. It signifies wisdom, knowledge and power. Beneficial for concentration, a strong memory and enhanced knowledge.

5 Mukhi Rudraksha – Linked with all the five natural elements, it represents the balance of life. Good for meditation, creating a sense of balance and fostering a connection with nature.

6 Mukhi Rudraksha – Widely worn by athletes and soldiers, it helps in developing willpower and controlling aggression, jealousy and anxiety.

7 Mukhi Rudraksha –With 7 lines on the surface, it represents a deep connection with the divine, spirituality and mental peace.

8 Mukhi Rudraksha – Associated with Lord Ganesha, who is often called ‘Vighnharta’. This bead is worn to remove challenges and problems from the path of success.

9 Mukhi Rudraksha –Heard of 9 incarnations of Maa Durga? This bead is also associated with Goddess Durga, representing courage and strength, along with anger management.

10 Mukhi Rudraksha – By wearing this bead, individuals receive the patronage of Lord Vishnu, who discards all negative energies.

11 Mukhi Rudraksha – This bead describes Lord Shiva’s 11th incarnation, Lord Hanuman. It enables you to foster immense physical and mental strength.

12 Mukhi Rudraksha – Linked with Lord Surya, this bead is believed to enhance leadership qualities and decision-making ability.

13 Mukhi Rudraksha – Rare to find, this bead enhances marital life, brings attraction and charisma and is often worn to enhance one’s personal life.

14 Mukhi Rudraksha – This bead is associated with Lord Hanuman and brings courage, reduces negative energy and helps you to overcome obstacles.

15 Mukhi Rudraksha – This bead is believed to offer protection and save you from chronic disease. Although, it is rarely found.

16 Mukhi Rudraksha – This bead represents victory over death and fear. Helps in dispelling chronic diseases and negativity.

17 Mukhi Rudraksha – Enhances creativity, skills, memory and intelligence.

18 Mukhi Rudraksha – Helps in boosting career growth.

19 Mukhi Rudraksha – It is believed that this bead has the ability to open up the 7 chakras in humans. Highly powerful and rare to find.

20 Mukhi Rudraksha – Associated with Lord Brahma, it is beneficial for bringing calm and profound changes in life.

21 Mukhi Rudraksha – Extremely rare, this bead is linked with Lord Kuber and is believed to bring wealth, money and prosperity.

Courtesy:  TOI