"Rudra" is the name of Lord Shiva whereas "Aksha" means tears. It is said that the plant of Rudraksha has originated from the tear drops of Lord Shiva. As per the Vedic scriptures, Rudraksha can nullify the effects of malefic planets to a great extent. No other bead is considered to be as auspicious and powerful as a Rudraksha.
The unique properties and divine powers of Rudraksha have been described in the authentic Shastras like the Rudrakha Jabala Upanishad, Padma Purana, Shiv Purana and Devi Purana. The benefits of this miraculous bead have been flowing to the users/ wearers from the time immemorial.
Shastras say Rudraksha of any mukhis can never do any harm to the wearer unlike Navratnas, which have to be carefully chosen. No other necklace or bead is as auspicious and powerful as Rudraksha.
Rudraksha come in different mukhis or the clefts or furrows on the surface. Shastras speak of 1 to 38 mukhis but normally 1 to 14 mukhis are used for astrological benefits. Each bead has a different effect on you, depending on the number of mukhis it has. Each Rudraksha is very individualistic and has to be carefully matched with one's horoscope for it to be beneficial.
The chain of 108 beads or 50 beads if worn and worshipped provides all types of benefits. Therefore, it is important that Rudraksha should always be respected and kept pure. One should not touch it with dirty hands and must be removed before entering the toilets. It is a blessing to mankind. It is believed that one, who wears Rudraksha on their bodies, cannot be affected by sins. Even if, one wears Rudraksha on his body, without doing worship and saying the sacred mantra does not get near any sinful deed or thought.
The Rudraksha are worn for their specific benefits. These are much more powerful and can help achieve wonders, if energized and empowered the right way. Rudraksha 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.
Basic shades of Rudraksha
The four basic shades of Rudraksha - fair, light brown, dark brown and black - are associated with the four Varnas of the Hindu society. There are two theories about this. According to one the Rudraksha are rated as Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. According to the other, people belonging to these casts should wear the respective colored Rudraksha. If you ask HOWSTHAT, the answer is no comment! Most of the commercially available Rudraksha are colored to give them a good look.