Rudraksha Bead Legend - The Story of Origin and Birth of the Rudraksha Bead
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Rudraksha popularly known as the Utrasum Bead Tree is botanically known as Elaiocarpus / Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. It's medicinal and divine properties have been known from times immemorial. It is said that only one who has the divine blessings of Lord Shiva (The destroyer in the Trinity of Gods) gets the opportunity of wearing this divine bead. Rudra means Shiva and Aksh means eye.

The Legend:

According to the religious text Devi Bhagwat Puran there was a Demon known as Tripurasur who was very strong and had divine energy and power. Due to these qualities he became proud and started to trouble deities and sages. No one was able to defeat this strong demon in war. On seeing his immoral actions Brahma, Vishnu and Other deities prayed to the Devadhidev Mahadeva Shiva (The greatest, lord of Lords Shiva) to destroy evil Tripurasur. Lord Shiva closed his eyes and meditated for some time. When he opened his lotus shaped eyes tears fell from them on the earth. Wherever his tears fell the Rudraksha tree Grew. The fruits that grow on this tree are known as Rudraksha Beads. Lord Shiva then used his deadly divine weapon known as Aghor and destroyed Tripurasur.

According to another religious text Shiva Mahapuran, Parvati the divine consort of Lord Shiva asked him the origin of Rudraksha. On hearing her question Shiva said that he did penance for a thousand years. Tired of keeping his eyes closed for so long, Shiva opened them. A few teardrops fell to the ground and from these tears, the Rudraksha tree was born. The seeds of the tree were distributed on the earth.

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Religious significance of the Rudraksha Bead:

The mantra of Lord Shiva Mahamrityunjaya if chanted can only be done so on a Rudraksha rosary/Rudraksha Mala. Lord Shiva's mantra cannot be chanted on any other bead. Shiva says in different religious texts:

  • Individuals of all castes, ashramas, varnas should wear the Rudraksha bead. Brahmins should wear it after consecrating the bead with the appropriate mantra.

  • The individual who wears the Rudraksha with devotion is like Rudra (Shiva) himself.

  • The man wearing the Rudraksha is Rudra himself. If he drinks then Rudra drinks. The food he eats is equivalent to the food partaken by the deities. All his sins are alleviated.

  • One who feels any shame in wearing this divine bead can never be free from the cycle of birth and death even after taking a million births.

  • One who criticizes a Rudraksha wearer is a sinner.

  • No pleasure is greater in the world then wearing a Rudraksh.

  • One who wears the Rudraksh bead is a divine being and all his sins get destroyed.

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