WHAT IS RUDRAKSH:-
There are different conceptions regarding Rudrakshas in Shiv Puran and other Pauranic scriptures but one thing is upheld in all of these that:-
“DIVYA VARSHA SAHASRAM TU CHAKSHURUNMEELITMAYAA,
PASCHANMAAKULAKSHIBHYAH PATITA JALBINDAVAH”
SHIV UVACH : - “For one thousand divine years I kept closed my eyes then tear drops fell from my eyes.”
“TATRASHRUBINDTO JAATA MAHARUDRAKSH VRISKSHKAH
MAMAAGYAYAA MAHASEN SARVESHAM HITKAMYAYAA”
“Those drops of tear which fell from my eyes gave birth to the tree of Maharudraksh on my command for the benefit of all.”
VARIETIES OF RUDRAKSH: -
There are different views on how many types of Rudrakshas can be found because at some places there are references of 32-faced Rudraksh. Therefore it is believed that 32-faced Rudrakshas were found in Satyuga whereas in Kaliyuga only 14-faced Rudrakshas can be found. Occasionally 18-faced Rudrakshas are also found.
“EKAM VADANAMARABHYA SHODASHASHTADASHAVADHI
KADACHID DEVI – JAYANTE RUDRAKSHANI MAHITALE”
In the same manner, sometimes Gaurishankar and Gomukh Rudrakshas are also found by someone who may be fortunate enough.
Gaurishankar Rudraksh is a kind of twin Rudraksh joined together like two bananas are sometimes joined together but are found somewhat rarely. These are known as Gaurishankar Rudraksh.
“GAURISHANKARSANGYAM CHA TATHAA GOMUKHSANGYITAM
RUDRAKSHAM JAAYATE DEVI – KADACHID DAIVAYOGATAH”
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