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Rudraksh, the most celebrated esoteric accessory of spiritual seekers has been used extensively since time immemorial. Botanically known as Elaecarpus Ganitrus Roxb, Rudraksh are the dried seeds of a tree, which grows in a certain altitude in the mountains – mainly in the Himalayan region. Unfortunately, most of these trees were used to make railway sleepers, so there are very few of them remaining in India. Today, they are mostly found in Nepal, Burma, Thailand or Indonesia. They are there in some parts of the Western Ghats in South India, but the best quality ones come from a certain altitude in Himalayas because somehow the soil, atmosphere, and everything influences it. These seeds have a very unique vibration.

The word Rudraksh literally means “tears of Shiva”. There are many legends in Indian scriptures and mythology that describe the divine origin of the Rudraksh tree. According to one legend, Shiva sat in meditation for many millennia with his eyes closed. Upon opening his eyes, he shed tears of ecstasy, which fell to the earth and became the holy Rudraksh tree. Rudraksh beads were Shiva’s gift to the world.


Benefits of Rudraksh

Rudraksh’s curative properties have been utilized worldwide for a number of physical, mental and psychosomatic illnesses. They are very supportive for maintaining physical and mental balance. They aid in creating an atmosphere conductive for restful sleep in unfamiliar environments.

For spiritual seekers, Rudraksh plays a supportive role in enhancing one’s spiritual growth. Some of the esoteric benefits ascribed to Rudraksh include enhancement of intuition, infusion of tranquility of the mind, assistance in meditation, purification of the aura, cleansing of the seven chakras, formation of a protective sheath around a person, providing protection against injury or negative and distorted energies, and development of dispassion and detachment.

Who can wear a Rudraksh ?

Anyone, irrespective of gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical, or religious background can wear Rudraksh. Rudraksh can be worn by children, students, the elderly, ill etc. for special benefits. They are intended for persons at any stage in life irrespective of mental and/or physical condition.

Selecting a Rudraksh

Rudraksh in their natural state have their own energies that are very beneficial to the wearer. However, Rudraksh can also be specially consecrated to enhance the impact upon the wearer. In the tradition, Rudraksh are usually received from a Guru – a spiritual Master. Rudraksh offered by Isha Yoga Center are carefully selected and checked for their quality and authenticity and undergo a special process of consecration by Sadhguru. Assisting the seeker in many ways, they are potent aids for one’s physical, mental wellbeing and one’s spiritual sadhana (spiritual practice).

1 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Shiva

Ruling Planet: Sun

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Namah’

Major benefit: Enlighten the Super Consciousness, provides improved concentration and mental structure changes specific to renunciation from worldly affairs. The wearer enjoys all comforts at his command but still remains unattached. Eka mukhi rudraksha is the most auspicious gift of nature to mankind. Eka mukhi rudraksha is the rarest amongst all mukhis. It is the king of all Rudraksha beads and is ruled by the pure consciousness or Paramshiva. It symbolizes the link between earth and heaven, between individual consciousness and ultimate consciousness, between man and God. Wearer of Eka Mukhi gets both material benefits and spiritual attainments. Due to presence of one mukh and hence one seed and one compartment, the shape of the bead is that of an eye and is not round.

2 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Ardhnareeshwara

Ruling Planet: Moon

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Namah’

Major benefit: Blesses the wearer with ‘UNITY’. It could be related to Guru-Shishya, parents-children, husband-wife or friends. Maintaining ONENESS is its peculiarity. 2 mukhi rudraksha is the symbol of Ardhanareeshwara, the united form of Shiv and Shakti. This bead is the symbol of unification of mind and soul symbolized by Shiva and Parvati or the Shivalinga. Two mukhi rudraksha is ruled by planet Moon. Hence, it promises wealth, happiness and inner bliss. It gives harmony in all types of relationships. It also helps to transform one’s personality & outlook in a positive way. 2 mukhi rudraksha removes the malefic of planet Moon. It is very suitable for couples planning to have children. It provides healing energy for mind and emotions & Enhances creativity.


3 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Agni

Ruling Planet: Mars

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Kleem Namah’

Major benefit: The wearer gets free from sins or wrongs from his life and returns to purity. Ideal for those who suffer from inferior complexes, subjective fear, guilt and depression. It is said that the wearer of 3 mukhi never takes birth again, means he gets Moksha. It regulates digestive system and cures diseases related to stomach, pancreas & liver. It also helps to release stress and its effect on body, mind & emotions. Wearing Rudraksha on one’s body helps one in opening the blocked Chakras. Three mukhi Rudraksha benefits the Manipura chakra (aka Navel Chakra) and helps to clear the blocking of this chakra. Again Manipura Chakra & Three mukhi have Lord Agni as their deity which influences his power on wearer. It frees wearer from bondages of past lives karma. The beads of Rudraksha are known to be the blessing from Lord Shiva himself to protect mankind from worldly miseries.

4 Mukhi Rudraksha:


Ruling God: Brahma

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Namah’

Major benefit: The wearer gains power of knowledge and creativity when blessed. Increases memory power, vocal ability, wit and intelligence. 4 mukhi Rudraksha is characterized by the presence of four deep lines over the surface of bead. It also symbolizes Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati, representing the spiritual energy of Brihaspati, the Guru of demigods. Wearing Rudraksha helps one in opening the blocked Chakras and keeps it balanced. Four mukhi Rudraksha are used for unblocking and balancing Visuddha chakra aka Throat chakra. If Visuddha chakra is blocked it may create lot of problems like laryngitis, raspy throat, chronic sore throat and goitre. The area around the mouth can often be affected by mouth ulcers and other gum diseases like gingivitis or tooth abscesses. Four Mukhi Rudraksha provides great relief from stammering problems. It cures various diseases like Asthma, cough etc. Wearer is also blessed with melodious speech. One can wear Rudraksha even if it is slightly cracked or chipped off from the surface. It should only if avoided if the seeds are defiled by worms.

5 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Kalaagni Rudra

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Namah’

Major benefit: Wearer gains health and peace. Lowers blood pressure. Improves concentration, memory and creativity. Five Mukhi Rudraksha is easily available and widely used bead. It can be worn by anyone as it has wide range of usability. It will also protect the wearer from sins like illicit relationship with other women and help him attain eternal bliss. This Rudraksha also removes sins acquired from Kama (Lust), Lobha (Greed), Moha (Attachment), Krodha (Jealousy), and Ahankar (Unwanted Ego). This Rudraksha is extensively used in malas for wearing and chanting mantras because it connects one to grace of Lord Shiva. Five mukhi Rudraksha nullifies malefic effects of planet Jupiter. It removes blockages of Vishuddha Chakra and keeps it balanced. If this chakra is blocked you may feel insecure, weak and not able to express your emotions. It regulates thyroid gland, improves its immunity and helps in resolving issues like stuttering, stiff neck and shoulders pain & shows excellent result in problems related to respiratory system and other disorder such as bronchitis and hay fever. It rejuvenates wearers energy, gives him power and enhances healing ability multiple times.

6 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Kartikeya

Ruling Planet: Venus

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Hum Namah’

Major benefit: Saves from the emotional trauma of worldly sorrows and gives learning, wisdom and knowledge. Affects understanding and appreciation of Love, Sexual Pleasure, Music and Personal Relationships. It represents Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva. It increases the physical power, adds more to your physical appearance and appreciates your youthfulness. It is very powerful and has high degree of healing energy. This Rudraksha also have Anti Ageing Properties based on their Electromagnetic property. Six mukhi cures diseases related to obesity, piles, knees, leg, spinal cord. reproductive organs and bone pain. Six mukhi Rudraksha nullifies the effects of planet Mars. Wearer is blessed with several virtues of willpower, courage, perfection, grounding and focus.It releases mental lethargy and vices of lust and ego & Increases connection with mother earth. Six mukhi helps in unblocking and balancing Muladhara chakra. When this chakra is blocked one may feel frightened, paranoid, insecure and frustrated.

7 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Mahalakshmi

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hum Namah’

Major benefit: It should be worn by those who are suffering from miseries pertaining to body, finance and mental set-up. By wearing this man can progress in business and service and spends his life happily. Seven Mukhi Rudraksha is symbol of Goddess Mahalakshmi who bestows the wearer with wealth & prosperity. Since ancient times 7 is considered very auspicious number and therefore seven mukhi Rudraksha is favourable. It grants the wearer with good luck, health & fame as well. Seven Mukhi Rudraksha has been proved to be great help for healing stomach and liver ailments and also very effective against acidity, gastrointestinal problems and Stomach ache. It alleviates ailments of stomach, liver, pancreas, and adrenal gland. It should be worn by those who are suffering from miseries related to finance and luck. Seven mukhi Rudraksha unblocks and balances Manipura chakra. If Manipura chakra is blocked one may feel tired, shaky and withdrawn. They feel fear in taking risk, confronting people or issues and taking charge.

8 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Ganesha

Ruling Planet: Rahu

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hum Namah’

Major benefit: 8 Mukhi Rudraksha gives the wearer all kinds of attainments – Riddhies and Siddhies. His opponents are finished i.e. the minds or intentions of his opponents are changed. Eight mukhi Rudraksha bead is a symbol of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva. Ganesha is Vighneshvara or ‘Vighnaharta’, the remover of Obstacles in the path of success. It has auspicious value as it nullifies the effect of Rahu. Wearer becomes more energetic, gets his work done and remains alert. He gets free from fear of failure in any kind of undertakings in life. It improves the ability to face challenges in life. The concept of intelligence or wisdom is closely associated with Lord Ganesha and eight mukhi Rudraksha. Eight mukhi alleviates ailments of legs, bones and lower back. It regulates the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. It rejuvenates energy, gives immense power within and heals pains and sufferings. Eight mukhi Rudraksha opens, clears and balances Muladhara chakra. If Muladhara chakra is unbalanced or blocked one may feel incapable of inner stillness and have problems in achieving goals.

9 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Durga

Ruling Planet: Ketu

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Hum Namah’

Major benefit: Wearer is blessed with lot of energy, powers, Dynamism and fearlessness, which are useful to live a life of success. Nine mukhi Rudraksha represents Goddess Durga, who took nine births on Earth to save and protect her followers from devils. So Nine mukhi Rudraksha is auspicious as it has blessings of all nine Goddesses. This is most supportive Rudraksha for women as it acts as protection shield. Nine mukhi Rudraksha gives Bhogha (worldly comforts & desire fulfillment) and Moksha (liberation). It improves confidence level and gives a stress free attitude to wearer. It resolves any nervous disorder, psychiatric disorders and psychological imbalances like fear, phobia, OCD, Hallucinations and worries. According to ancient scripture there are nine types of powers in nine mukhi Rudraksh. It protects the wearer from untimely death and removes the fear of time from mind. Nine mukhi helps to treat karma related disorders, idiopathic diseases and even difficult to cure disease. Wearing nine mukhi Rudraksha removes blockages in Sahasrara chakra (Crown chakra). This chakra stands for wisdom and being at one with the world. If this chakra is blocked one may feel frustrated & irritated. It also causes problems in central nervous system and memory.

10 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Vishnu

Ruling Planet: None

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Namah’

Major benefit: This contains the influence of ten incarnations and the ten directions. It works like a shield on one’s body and drives evils away. Ten Mukhi Rudraksha represents Dasavatar; the Narayan incarnation of Lord Vishnu. They are useful in addressing hormonal imbalances in body and mind. It protects the wearer from black magic, evil spirits and averts untimely death. Fear of ghosts and unknown gets eliminated. It has blessings of Lord Krishna too therefore considered very powerful. Ten mukhi Rudraksha cures various diseases related to sex organs and medical issues such as impotency and infertility. It also reduces anxiety, worries, back pain and psychic attacks. Ten mukhi Rudraksha gives the energy of creation and perseverance to the wearer. It pacifies the negative influence and afflictions of all the nine planets in general. Ten mukhi Rudraksha works on unblocking and balancing of Swadisthana chakra (Sacral chakra). If blocked, it causes the fear of living, worthlessness and resentment. Most of sexual organ diseases are related to this chakra. Also sexual issues such as impotence, frigidity and infertility come under this chakra.

11 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Hanuman

Ruling Planet: None

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Hum Namah’

Major benefit: Blesses wearer with wisdom, right judgment, powerful vocabulary, adventurous life, fearlessness and success. Above all, it also protects from accidental death. It also helps in Meditation and removes the problems of yogic practices. 11 Mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by 11 Rudras. According to ancient texts, the karmic value obtained after performing 1000 Ashavamedh Yagya and 100 Vajpaye Yagya, is obtained by just wearing this bead. It bestows the wearer with high level of awareness, divine consciousness, wisdom, right judgment, and control over all senses. This powerful bead nullifies the malefic effect of all planets. 11 mukhi regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland and improves immunity. It alleviates symptoms related to asthma and other respiratory disorders such as bronchitis and hay fever. It removes intellectual dullness, lethargy and procrastination. It bestows wearer with more organised and systematic thinking. 11 mukhi Rudraksha are used to open and balance Vishuddha chakra (aka Throat psychic chakra). Blockages in Visuddha Chakra causes Thyroid related diseases, insecurity, weakness, sore throat and back ache. If this chakra is overactive, the person becomes judgmental, loud and tends to interrupt conversations.

12 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Surya

Ruling Planet: Aum Kraum

Beeja mantra: ‘Sraum Raum Surya Namah’

Major benefit: Wearer gets the quality of the sun – to rule and to move continuously with brilliant radiance and strength. Good for ministers, politicians, administrators, businessmen and executives. Removes worry, suspicion and fear. Increases self image and motivation. It regulates digestive system and heals stomach and pancreas ailments. It is very good for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression and Psychosomatic diseases. It is also advisable for diseases related to Liver infection, hepatitis and gallbladder cancer. It bestows wearer with 12 twelve gifts of Lord Surya. It gives radiance, luster, brilliance, youthfulness, and vitality. It boosts confidence, motivation in life and improves self-respect. Wearing Rudraksha helps the wearer in opening the blocked Chakras and keeps it balanced. 12 mukhi Rudraksha helps in unblocking and balancing Manipura Chakra. Blocked Manipura results in digestion problems, diabetes and weight troubles. Even overactive manipura chakra makes individual workaholics, short tempered and over aggressive.

13 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Indra

Ruling Planet: Venus

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Hreem Namah’

Major benefit: Showers all possible comforts of life one can ever desire. It gives riches and honor and fulfills all the earthly desires and gives eight accomplishments (Siddhies), and the god cupid (Kamadeva) pleases with the man who wears it. It is helpful for meditation and spiritual and materialistic attainments. The wearer of 13 mukhi is blessed with magnetism, attractive personality and charm. The planet associated with 13 mukhi is Venus as well as moon. Hence, the wearer of 13 mukhi rudraksha is blessed with Love as well as emotional control also. It is the most powerful Rudraksha for removing Illusions that bind a person and that prevent him from achieving his desires. An ideal Rudraksha for those who find misses more than hits often in life. It pacifies the negative influence and afflictions of the moon and Venus. It gives hypnotic power of attraction/Vashikarana to the wearer. The wearer of thirteen mukhi gets the quality like the Kamadeva/Cupid God thus wearer is blessed with divine charisma & immense power. It bestows one with charm and magnetism of the Cupid God. It is also used for awakening of Kundalini. It gives Siddhis to mediators.

14 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Hanuman

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Namah’

Major benefit: Most precious divine gem – Deva Mani. It awakens the sixth sense organ by which the wearer foresees the future happenings. Its wearer never fails in his decisions. Its wearer gets rid of all the calamities, miseries, worries. It protects from ghosts, evil spirits and black magic. It provides the wearer safety, security and riches and self power. One who wears the bead of 14 mukhi is blessed with the qualities of Lord Hanuman. The wearer of this bead gets immense courage, strength, excellence, victory and success. This bead is associated with the planets Mars and Saturn. People having mangal dosha may wear the bead. Also, 14 mukhi Rudraksha can be worn by people going through Shani Sade sati. Fourteen mukhi Rudraksha gives strong will power, courage, brave heart and it is miraculously effective. Fourteen mukhi Rudraksha when worn, invokes Lord Hanuman in us, which is fearlessness, dedicated to the cause, and deep surrender. It pacifies the negative influence and afflictions of Mars and pacifies Mangal Dosha. It gives the power to maintain balanced and steady approach for solving any problem in life to the wearer. Fourteen mukhi Rudraksha helps identify the latent potential of the wearer. It helps businessmen, households, politicians, managers, leaders and public administrators achieve greater success, victory and excellence in their respective fields.

15 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Lord Pashupati

Ruling Planet: None

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Namah Shivay’

Major benefit: This represents Lord Pashupati and is specially beneficial for economic progress. Its possessor is neither bereft of wealth nor inflicted by any kinds of skin diseases. Fifteen mukhi Rudraksha is one of the best and rare amongst all mukhis. Fifteen mukhi Rudraksha is the auspicious gift of nature to mankind. It is the medium to remove the instinctual bondage of soul from all the egos and helps you connect to yourself. Ruled by Pashupatinath Shiva, it helps you release all pashas (bondages) of dependency, expectations, non-forgiveness, grief, hurt and makes you fly with joy in liberation. It attracts abundance and fulfillment in one’s life. It awakens unconditional love and gives ability to forgive and let go. It makes the wearer more compassionate and generous. It is associated with the planet Mercury. Wearing Fifteen Mukhi Rudraksha is one of the best medium to come out of the pasha/bondage instinct and proceed towards the freedom or Self-Realization. Fifteen mukhi Rudraksha is the most powerful bead for Dhyaan/Meditation and spiritual attainments. It pacifies the malefic effects of the planet Mercury and destroys ignorance, suffering and pain which are caused by bondages. The wearer becomes a channel of pure unconditional love and provides healing energy for negative emotions. It blesses the wearer with knowledge, creation and spiritual growth. It gives relief in any kind of Heart Diseases, Cardiovascular ailments, Respiratory illness – Asthma. It releases the feelings of grief, negligence, loneliness, and emotional depression.

16 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Lord Rama

Ruling Planet: Moon

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Namah Shivaya’

Major benefit: It represents victory and the possessor is never affected by heat or cold. It is especially useful for the saints living in jungles. The house in which it is kept is free from fire, theft or robbery. Sixteen mukhi Rudraksha is ruled by Lord Mahamrityunjaya Shiva. The planet associated with 16 mukhi Rudraksha is moon. The Moon represents our deepest personal needs, our basic habits, reactions and our soul. Those with malefic moon are prone to emotional instability, fears, and insecurities and are moody, restless, and irrational. 16 mukhi will nullify the malefic effects of planet moon and bless the wearer with emotional stability, a feeling of security and rational thinking. This Rudraksha awakens the full potential of the wearer and makes him extract the full potential from others too. 16 mukhi Rudraksha generates divine vibrations that protect the wearer from evil forces and negative energies. It helps wearer by protecting from all kinds of problems- fearsome diseases, adverse circumstances, evil energy, nightmares, fear of loss, lack of resources & support and even fear of death. It enhances self-potential and makes one utilize it to the fullest. It bestows victory over disputes and court cases. It increases connection with Lord Mahamritunjaya Shiva, and makes the man fearless and free from troubles. It enhances physical, mental and sensory potential of the wearer. It heals kidney, intestine, uterus, ulcer and low back pain. It also cures urogenital system diseases. It is very good to wear 16 mukhi for recovery from any acute, severe and chronic diseases.

17 Mukhi Rudraksha:

Ruling God: Vishvakarma

Ruling Planet: Moon

Beeja mantra: ‘Om Namah Shivaya’

Major benefit: It represents Vishvakarma the builder of this world. It is very effective in gaining unexpected money. It is specially useful in attaining property, vehicles and all physical assets. Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha is a bead which is very popular in itself. The seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha have seventeen lines originating from top to bottom. Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha represents Lord Vishwakarma, the god who is expert in crafting and creativity. In Hindu mythology it is believed Lord Vishwakarma has built the whole world. As per Katyayanni yantra, Seventeen Face Rudraksha represents Mata Katayani. Mata Katayani is one of the eight forms or incarnation of Goddess Durga. Puja of Maa Katayani gives Dharma, Arth, Kaam and Moksha. Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha gives strength to the wearer. It Effectives in various Sex Disorders like Night Fall and Ejaculation and make the wearer strong to fight against Lethargic and Lazy attitude towards life, Memory Lapse, Body Functional Disorders. This Rudraksha removes all sins done in the life time and provide liberation in the end. Wearer also gets spiritual powers. Wearing Seventeen Mukhi Rudraksha provide wealth in the form of sudden rise in the share prices, in value of property, unexpected inheritance or through games of chances. It should be worn by all those ladies who desire to get married soon, having good marital life, children, happiness, and prolonged life of their husband. This redraksha is also worn by all those who desires for wealth and want to become rich within a short span of time.

Proper Care of Rudraksh

Rudraksh can be worn at all times, including during sleep and while doing one’s spiritual practices. Rudraksh can be worn during bathing times. However, care must be taken that the Rudraksh do not come in contact with hot water or soap. Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal, therefore it is advisable not to place them in metal containers. However, Rudraksh can be cast in gold or silver if one chooses to do so. Extreme care should be taken when fashioning Rudraksh in this manner, as damage may occur through improper handling.

The energies of broken, cracked, damaged and defective Rudraksh beads are distorted and should not be worn.