What is a Rudraksha?


Rudraksha is a natural seed, found within the vibrant blue fruit of the evergreen Elaeocarpus ganitrus, it is indigenous to the Himalayas across India and Nepal. It also flourishes in other areas of Southeast Asia, where the volcanic soil is conducive to its growth.

Rudraksha literally means “the tears of Shiva”. It is said, while contemplating Man’s suffering, Shiva — the great Mahadeva, the Supreme God and divine gift-giver — unexpectedly began to cry tears of compassion. As his tears fell, he guided them towards Earth and transformed them into divine seeds…for the benefit of those seeking freedom from suffering and union with the Divine.

The varieties of Rudraksham range from 1-36 faces (mukhis). Here, on our website, we describe 21 varieties in great detail, along with extremely rare and unique formations, the Ganesh and Gauri Shankar.

The most common of these beads is the 5-faced Mukhi bead. The greater the number of faces, the rarer the bead.


Rudraksha change the karma of the wearer, leading a person naturally to the right path of truth and purpose, making the pace along the path quicker and progress easier.

They are effective in controlling stress, thus help in eradicating worries and blessing the wearer with greater peace of mind.

In over 6,500 years of documented use, Rudraksha have been shown to produce no negative side effects.

Rudraksha bring clarity, sharpen the mind, and increase the power of Intuition.

They create powerful “protection circles” from negativity and remove obstacles along the path to your success.

Rudraksha charge the soul with shakti (spiritual power), increasing the soul’s own radiance and its ability to more fully express its divine power & wisdom in the material world.

They create a more intimate connection with the positive forces in nature and the cosmos, help to heal the vital energies and bring them into harmonious balance.

Scientific Health Benefits of Rudraksha:

Rudraksha are scientifically proven to have many health benefits.
In a research treatise, The Indian Institute of Technology in Benaras confirmed claims that, indeed, Rudraksham have “special and specific powers, or radiant qualities that are quantifiable”; and these powers vary from bead to bead dependent upon their different mukhis or faces.

Stabilizing Benefit:

Our body is like a machine with an in-built bio-electric circuit. Each body part connects with a continuous flow of blood from the heart to the brain and then to the rest of our body.

In normal course of events, the circuit in our body works perfectly but stressful lifestyle and environment plays a havoc on its flow.

This disturbance leads a person to various illnesses. Rudraksha bead helps resolve these problems by stabilizing our body and having calming effect on our heart and senses.

The Rudraksha exerts a right force around the heart which improves its performance, controls the heart beat and maintains the blood circulation. It prevents heart attacks and high blood pressure.

Magnetic Benefits:

Rudraksha beads act like a magnet due to its property of Dynamic Polarity. It clear all the interferences and blockages in our body circuit like closed/ blocked arteries and veins due to its magnetic effect and make the blood flow in our body smooth. It removes any kind of waste, pain and illness from the body and hence has an anti-ageing effect.

Personality benefits:

We often come across people who exhibit special personality traits like confidence, intelligence, patience etc. The reason behind the showcase of such dispositions lies in the effective control and mechanism of the brain. The people who can control their mind and body are stronger people.

Rudraksha beads of certain Mukhi or face acts as a personality shaper and helps its wearer to send restricted or only calculated (desired) positive brain signals. This helps the human in achieving and modifying the desired behavioural qualities or characteristics. Like 1 Mukhi Rudraksha bead makes the person more patient, 4 and 6 Mukhi Rudraksha beads enhance the intellect of a being, 9 Mukhi Rudraksha beads increase the confidence level of the wearer.

Dielectric Benefits:

Rudraksha beads infuse us with a positive attitude. Scientific studies prove that Rudraksha beads have dielectric properties, which means that they act as a storage unit for any excessive or bad energy.

Whenever we are stressed out, physically or mentally, our body produces more energy which if not stored or burned, creates problem in our body leading us to hypertension, anxiety and other disorders.

Rudraksha beads stabilize this unwanted energy source and improves our nervous system and balance those excessive hormones.

Anti-Inflammation Benefits:

Rudraksha beads have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Drinking the water of soaked Rudraksha will build your resistance towards various diseases. It is a rich source of Vitamin C.

Varieties / Types of Rudrakshas:

Rudraksha beads (also called Rudraksha Ratnas) are categorized and named after their mukhis or faces. Rudraksha has already said in the beginning is the fruit of Rudraksha tree. It generally contains 5 compartments and each compartment has a single seed in it. The joining wall between two compartments is represented by a groove or line on the surface of the fruit. It is called Face or mouth (Much). The number of faces decides the type of Rudraksha.

1 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling Planet Sun – Goddess Lakshmi (Wealth)

One Much Rudraksha represents the ultimate reality, and Lord Shiva. Its ruling planet is the sun and it is worn or kept to lessen the bad effects of the sun. It increases concentration for work and meditation and will power of the wearer. It prevents diseases of the head. It also gives happiness and prosperity.

2 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Moon – Arthanareshwar (Shiva and Parvati rupam)

Two Much Rudraksha is useful to the wearer for marital bliss, happiness, peace and harmony. It removes obstacles in marriage and in having children. Good for social and personal relationships. It increases fertility, fulfills material- desires. Removes ill effects of moon.

3 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Mars – Ma Saraswati

Three Much Rudraksha increases memory, confidence, creative intelligence and concentration. It is good for those suffering from depression, infereriority complex. Helpful in brain diseases. Gives good results of mars.

4 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Mercury – Lord Brahma: Lord of Creation

Four Mukhi Rudraksha represents Brahma, the four headed God who is said to be the creator of the universe. This type of Rudraksha increases intelligence, logic, mental power and wisdom. It is good for meditation. Four Mukhi is suitable for intellectuals, artists, scientists, orators, lecturers, writers, students, journalist, interpreters, and teachers etc. to improve knowledge, learning and concentration. It imparts positive thinking, new ideas and analytical ability. It provides good benefits of mercury.

5 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Jupiter – lord Rudra: Lord of Destroyer of Evil Power

Five Mukhi Rudraksha is commonly available. Nearly 90% of beads of a Rudraksha tree are five Mukhi. It imparts health, mental peace and happiness. It is said to control and balance five elements i.e. Agni, Vayu, Akash, Jal and Prithvi of the wearer. It is good for success and positive thinking. It gives the benefits of the planet Jupiter. It is highly beneficial for people with blood and heart diseases, blood pressure, stress and gastric problems.

6 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Venus – Lord Kartikeya

Six Mukhi Rudraksha is said to represent Kartikeya who was the son of Lord Shiva. It is good for matters related to love and attraction to the opposite sex. It gives comforts, harmony, charm and poise. It is useful for cultivating taste for arts, creativity, literature, music etc. It is good for emotional and sensitive persons. It is also good in the prevention of diseases of throat, eyes, nose, sexual organs, kidneys and bladder.

7 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Saturn – Lord Saptarishi (Seven Great Siddha Rishis)

Seven Mukhi Rudraksha is good for health and wealth. Its other benefits are success, pleasure, peace and happiness. It is good for business and career. It is said to remove the ill effects of Saturn. It gives sense of justice, authority, wisdom and honour to the wearer. Good for preventing cold, cough, rheumatism, TB, bronchitis.

8 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Rahu (Dragon’s Head) – Lord Ganesh

Eight Mukhi Rudraksha removes obstacles. It increases will power and wins over enemies. It is for business and career. It is good for insomnia and mental problems. It cures arrogance, extravagance and diseases of stomach. It brings good luck. It reduces the ill effects of Rahu.

9 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Ruling planet Ketu (Dragon’s Tail) – Ma Durga: Lord of Power

Nine Mukhi Rudraksha reduces the ill effects of Ketu. It gives self confidence, strength, fearlessness, and health to the wearer. It is good for removing sins, irreligion, injustice, cruelty, laziness and bad habits. It helps in acquiring spiritual knowledge and salvation.

10 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Lord Vishnu

Ten Mukhi Rudraksha is good for removing obstacles and past sins (karmic actions). It removes nervousness, indecision, shyness and anger. It is helpful for spiritual awakening and positive thoughts. Almost anybody can wear it. It gives peace of mind and protects from enemies, black or evil eye. It removes illusions.

11 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Eleven Roopam of Lord Shiva (Ekads Rudra)

Eleven Mukhi Rudraksha is used for almost all purposes. It gives success in general, comforts, peace of mind, prosperity, health, fulfillment of desires and spiritual success. It brings stability and confidence. Good in chronic diseases.

12 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Sulpani Roopam (God of Sun)

Twelve Mukhi Rudraksha gives energy and vitality to the wearer. It gives benefits of health, authority, influence, respect, brilliance, success in politics, business, administration and intellectual pursuits. Twelve Mukhi is suited for politicians, businessmen, administrators etc. It is good in diseases of bones.

13 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Indra Dev (Vishwadeva): Lord of Enjoyment

Thirteen Mukhi Rudraksha is useful for enhancing leadership qualities, communication and marketing skills. It attracts faster results for one’s actions, gives opportunities and physical strength. It is helpful in overcoming difficulties with ease and prevents breaking of relationships.

14 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Lord Shiva Roopam

Fourteen Mukhi Rudraksha is powerful in arousing the psychic aspects of a person. It increases visionary qualities. It protects a person from ill effects of Saturn especially sade-sati (7.5 years) and dhaya (2.5 years) effects. It brings gains in business and finance. It is good for businessmen and adventure seeking persons. It is helpful in reviving loss making business and prevents sudden diseases and bad situations.

15 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Lord Pashupatinath: Lord of Liberation (Moksha or Mukti)

Fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha produces intuition power and increases mental power. It helps in preserving the energy level of a person. It is good for those seeking promotion and economic progress. It reduces the ill effects of one’s past sins committed advertently or inadvertently.

16 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Hari-Shankar Roopam

Sixteen Mukhi Rudraksha is used for various purposes. It is helpful in matters of love, affection and relationships. It protects one from theft, fire and robbery. It is equally good in legal matters and to win over enemies. It bestows peace of mind and prosperity.

17 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Lord VIshwakarma / Goddess Katyani

Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha is used for getting spiritual benefits. It arouses and increases spiritual consciousness, concentration in meditation. Other benefits include unexpected monetary and material gains. It also gives strength, and peace of mind. It is helpful in materializing success.

18 Mukhi (face) Rudraksha – Sita-Rama Roopam

Eighteen Mukhi Rudraksha is said to remove fear and ill effects of black magic and evil eye. It is helpful in regaining health and mental strength. It is useful for both spiritual and worldly gains.

Gauripati or Trijuti Rudraksha – Shiva and Parvati Roopam

It is special but natural Rudraksha which is formed when three Rudraksha join together. It is said to represents the Hindu Trinity viz. Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). The wearer of this Rudraksha gets everything like health, wealth, power and knowledge.

Nineteen Mukhi:

Nineteen faced rudrakha bead is blessed by Lordess Laxmi and lord Narayana. Ninteen mukhi also represents lord ganesh, lord shiva and lordess parvati. It gives the wearer prosperity, health, recognition and financial gains.

Worshiping it or wearing gives victory of true and knowledge over ignorance and demon activity.

Nineteen mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Vishnu, A wearer gets generous blessing of Lord Vishnu and enjoys all luxuries, all the wealth and success in all actions and fulfills all materialistic desires. It also offers clarity to a person as to how he or she has to carry out a business.

One can undertake any work- whether business, serving mankind, politics or social activity- without having to undergo much stress.

Diseases like blood disorder, spinal disorder , diabetics, high blood pressure, sexual problems etc can be prevented by wearing the nineteen faced rudraksha bead .

It is also mentioned in some epics that this Rudraksha facilitates one to live a stress-free life.


Om Hreem Hoom Namah, Om Vam Vishnave Ksheershayayanye Swaha, Mahamritynjaya Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya.

Twenty Mukhi:

Twenty mukhi Rudraksha is an extremely rare bead, twenty mukhi Rudraksha represents Brahma. It is said to derive energy from various sources and is full of divine powers. The powers of nine planets, ten Digpals and the power of the Trinity are all converged in this Rudraksha. The trinity of Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The power of these 20 centers is concentrated in the Twenty Mukha Rudraksha.

The twenty faced rudraksha represents Lord Brahma .This rudraksha bead enhances knowledge as well as gives mental peace to the wearer.

Twenty mukhi is said to benefit the wearer in progressing spiritually and also improve the visual power of the wearer.

It is also said to nullify the effect of snake bite if the rudraksha bead is worn or held in hands.

This beads also protects the wearer from all evil forces.


Om Hreem Hreem Hum Hum Brahmane Namah, Mahamritynjaya Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya.

Twenty One Mukhi:

Twenty one mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Kuber, the wearer of this Rudraksha gets enormous wealth.

The twenty one faced rudraksha bead represents Lord Kuber who is the God of wealth.

This is a very rare bead and the possessor of this rudraksha is blessed with wealth and health.

This rudraksha beads also helps in the spiritual growth of the wearer and opens the third eye chakra and gives him sixth sense and clairvoyance abilities.

Twenty one Mukhi rudraksha bead is also referred to as ‘Kuber rudraksha’.

All luxuries of life, whether physical or materialistic, are available to him/her and the wearer always remains protected from all evil forces or legal tangles.

Om Haum Joom Sab
Om Yakshaya Kuberaya Vaishravanaya Dhanadhanyadhipataye
Dhanadhanyasamriddhim Me Dehi Dapaya Svaha॥,
Mahamritynjaya Mantra, Om Namah Shivaya.

GauriShankar Rudraksha

It said to remove “Nav Graha Dosha” which is the bad effects of all the 9 planets as per Hindu Astrology. It removes marital discord and family problems.

Method to Wear and Maintain Rudraksha Beads – Important Tips

Please keep the following tips to wear and maintain the sanctity of Rudrakshas Beads:

  1. Wear Rudraksha Bead(s) after energizing, purifying & charging it with Mantra and on Monday or Thursday. Chant the mantra ” Om Namaha Shivaya “ 108 times and concentrate on the purpose for which you are going to wear it.
  2. Do not wear Rudraksha while going to funerals, cremation grounds, visiting a new-born baby etc.
  3. Do not wear the Rudraksha while having sex.
  4. Women should not wear the Rudraksha during their menstrual cycle.
  5. Non-vegetarian food, eggs and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  6. Do not share or exchange or transfer your Rudraksha with anyone else.
  7. Always wear Rudraksha or Rudraksha mala (rosary) around the neck so that the beads touch the heart area.
  8. Wear Rudraksha in black, yellow or white colored thread. It can be worn in silver, gold, copper metals.
  9. Once you start wearing Rudraksha, wear it continuously throughout your life.
  10. Rudraksha can also be kept in Prayer / Puja Room and Worshipped for benefit.
  11. Oil your Rudraksha every month with mustard oil or sandalwood oil or olive oil and treat it with incense. This is important if you are not going to use the Bead for sometime, or you want to store it for a while.
  12. Wash your Rudraksha Beads every month in boiled hot water. Let it dry for few hours and then oil it and wear it.
  13. Rudrakshas are neither gems nor ornaments or simple Beads. They are tears of Lord Shiva. So, wearing Rudrakshas without devotion to Shiva (Rudra) may not yield good results.
  14. Do not interchange your Rudraksha Mala with anyone else.

Size of Rudraksha and other Features

The size of the Rudraksha matters a lot. Big Rudraksha is superior to small Rudraksha. A Rudraksha bead which has a natural central hole is of the best quality. But, they are only 0.02%. Holes are created in most of Rudrakshas.