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What is a Rudraksha and where does it come from?
It is a seed!
A Rudraksha bead is a unique seed that holds a special place in Hinduism, known for its spiritual significance and potential benefits. This brown coloured bead is derived from the dried seed of the blue fruit from the Rudraksha tree, scientifically known as Elaeocarpus ganitrus. This tree is an endangered species, now found only near the Himalayas, Northern Plains of India and Indonesia.
Rudraksha (Rudra + Aksha in Sanskrit) literally means Eye of Rudra, Rudra being another name for Lord Shiva. According to the Rudrakshajabala Upanishad, Rudraksha has originated from the tears shed by Kaalagni Rudra when he was destroying the asura named Tripurasura, and thus is also known as “tears of Lord Shiva”.
Beads of blessings
Rudraksha beads are considered sacred and are used as prayer beads for meditation and prayer, as well as for their healing, protective, and calming properties. Lord Shiva himself wears Rudraksha on his hair, arm, wrist and around his neck. It is said that a person wearing Rudraksha becomes blessed with good health, good fortune, and success. In many ancient texts, wearing Rudraksha has been equated with cleansing of sins and getting immense punya (virtuous benefits). Even being in the vicinity of Rudraksha is said to offer protection and peace.
What is the significance of Rudraksha for children?
When it comes to children, Rudraksha beads can offer a multitude of benefits. Rudraksha beads cleanse the aura or energy of a person, filling them up with positive energy. They further shield children from negative energies of other people. Children are vulnerable to infection, and Rudraksha can improve the immunity of a child by providing him or her with an armour of their own energy that helps them to stay calm, healthy, and safe.
Wearing Rudraksha is also believed to enhance concentration, making them a valuable aid for young learners. In an age where distractions are abundant, Rudraksha beads can assist children in maintaining focus on their studies and tasks. Additionally, these beads are said to have a calming effect on the mind, helping children manage stress and anxiety, which can be particularly beneficial during the school years.
Thus, Rudraksha beads are not just beautiful ornaments, they are symbols of spiritual growth that offer many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits to children. They help in achieving a heightened sense of spiritual awareness, connection, and openness to the grace of God.
Types of Rudraksha Beads
Each Rudraksha bead typically bears a varying number of facets or ‘mukh’, which are natural divisions or lines running across the surface. Depending on the Rudraksha tree, the beads can have different shapes, sizes, and facets. The number of facets can range from one to twenty-one. The most commonly found Rudraksha has five faces (Panchmukhi Rudrakhsa), and it is said to denote the five faces of Lord Shiva.
Different kinds of Rudraksha with differing numbers of faces have symbolic associations with different deities. Rudraksha with 21 facets is very rare, but the rarest form is the Ekmukhi Rudraksha, which has no faces and is considered to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva himself.
How You Can Choose the Right Rudraksha for Your Child
Different types of Rudraksha with different mukhi’s bring the blessings of different deities. Specifically for children of school going age, char-mukhi (four faceted), chhah-mukhi (six faceted), and Ganesha Rudraksha are the best Rudraksha. The choice of Rudraksha for a child also depends on their age, temperament, and specific requirements or issues. Let us know a bit about the 4-Mukhi, 6-Mukhi and Ganesha Rudraksha.
(1) 4-Mukhi Rudraksha
The Char Mukhi Rudraksha, also referred to as the four-faced Rudraksha, has four natural lines spanning from end to end, symbolising the divine entities of "Lord Brahma" and "Goddess Saraswati." Lord Brahma, the creator, bestows the gifts of logic, reasoning, analytical thinking, creativity, concentration, comprehension, focus, and memory upon those who embrace this sacred bead.
Goddess Saraswati is the patron deity of knowledge and wisdom, music and other arts, and verbal eloquence and ability. Saraswati amplifies one's intelligence and expands the ability to grasp difficult topics. This 4-mukhi Rudraksha bead serves as a conduit for the wisdom of Lord Brihaspati, the Guru of the Devas. With its distinctive four lines, it bears a profound connection to the essence of Lord Brahma.
Benefits: The 4-Mukhi Rudraksha is thus a valuable aid for students to provide support for academic challenges. It extends the child’s abilities of logic and rationality and fosters intellectual growth. The 4-Mukhi Rudraksha brings This Rudraksha also improves a child’s confidence and speaking skills.
(2) 6-Mukhi Rudraksha
The Chhah Mukhi or Shanmukhi Rudraksha has been associated with Kartikeya, Nirmaya Sindhu, and Lord Ganesh in different texts of Hinduism. The 6-Mukhi Rudraksha is said to hold the essence of hidden knowledge. Kartikeya, raised by six mothers, possessed six heads. Guided by Lord Shiva and Parvati, he gained martial skills, mental strength, and boundless wisdom. This six faceted Rudraksha not only bestows the blessings of Kartikeya upon the wearer, but also the grace of Parvati, Mahalaxmi and Saraswati.
Benefits: This Rudraksha pleases Goddess Mahalakshmi, enriching the wearer. Oratory skills are improved with this Rudraksha. On wearing it, the person finds courage like Skanda. This Rudraksha helps one by cleansing away sins and invoking blessings from Goddess Parvati. Goddess Laxmi bestows riches and beauty, while Goddess Saraswati imparts wisdom.
Thus, the 6-Mukhi Rudraksha brings prosperity, health, and joy. In children, this Rudraksha sharpens wisdom, enhances expression, and bolsters willpower. For academic excellence, it is recommended to wear it alongside the 4-Mukhi Rudraksha. It is also said to aid those with speech defects like stammering.
(3) Ganesha Rudraksha
A Rudraksha bead developing an elephant-like protrusion on its body is termed a Ganesh Rudraksha. In essence, it's recognized by this trunk-like feature. Ganesha is the patron deity of learning, the remover of obstacles and the god of beginnings. In education, Ganesha is the god of arts, sciences, intellect, and wisdom. Blessing of Lord Ganesha is invaluable for people in businesses as well.
Benefits: The rare Ganesh Rudraksha is invaluable for students, enhancing their intelligence and wisdom while dispelling dullness from their personalities.
(4) Customised Power Combination of Rudraksha
For students seeking optimal results, a combination of 11 beads of 4-Mukhi Rudraksha, promotes increased engagement and helps them to be active in studies.
To aid students striving for academic success, a combination of three Rudraksha beads —Ganesha Rudraksha, 4-Mukhi, and 6-Mukhi—is recommended.
For school going students aged 6 to 16, the 'Saraswati Bandh' combination, comprising two 4-Mukhi beads and one 6-Mukhi bead, enhances study focus and quality, bestowing good fortune and self-confidence.
Additionally, Panchmukhi Rudraksha, blessed by Lord Shiva, benefits students dealing with nervousness, anxiety, or wandering thoughts. Wearing Rudraksha beads strung on red thread, particularly the 5-Mukhi Rudraksha, promotes a peaceful and focused mind. It enhances the inner strength of the child, gives them greater self-confidence, and increases the chances of better opportunities in future life.
How to Wear Rudraksha Beads
It is said that the best benefit is obtained from Rudraksha beads when they are worn around the neck loosely, so that the beads are near the heart. However, it is also believed that the presence of Rudraksha even in the vicinity is beneficial. Thus, children can wear Rudraksha beads in the form of bracelets, bead necklaces, and as pendants in a chain or thread. Ensure that the necklace or bracelet is a comfortable fit to wear for a few hours every day. For necklaces, you can choose threads (usually red threads are used) and silver capping to go with each bead. It is advised to take off the Rudraksha beads before bedtime, and put them back on after having a bath and doing puja in the morning.
Rudraksha beads should be purified and energised before wearing. The universal mantra for all mukhi beads is "Om Namah Shivaya". You can remove and rewear the Rudraksha while chanting the mantra at least 5 times. It is recommended to perform this energising ritual on an auspicious day, preferably a Monday. Regular intervals for poojan or energising Rudraksha are suggested as per shastras.
There are two methods for energising Rudraksha; one is a puja for consecration of the rudraksha done by a priest. Another simpler ritual is described here. On an auspicious day, preferably a Monday, the following steps are followed: the Rudraksha or mala is cleansed or sprinkled with Gangajal or pure water, sandalwood paste is applied, incense or dhoop is offered, any white flower is presented, and the Rudraksha is touched to a Shiv Ling or an image of Lord Shiva while chanting 'Om Namah Shivaya' a minimum of 11 times. Subsequently, the Rudraksha can be worn or placed at the puja altar.
How to Take Care of Your Rudraksha Beads
Taking care of Rudraksha beads is essential to maintain their spiritual and physical integrity. These sacred beads are not just ornamental, they are sacred tools. Here are some key practices to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your Rudraksha beads:
Cleanliness: Keep your Rudraksha beads clean by gently wiping them with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using chemical cleaners or harsh substances that may damage the surface.
Avoid Water: Rudraksha beads should not be soaked in water for a long time, as it can weaken the seeds. If they get wet or are washed in water, dry them by gently wiping with a clean cloth and keeping them in the sun for a little while. If you wear a Rudraksha mala (necklace), it is better to take it off before taking a bath to avoid exposure to strong chemicals and soaps.
Storage: When not in use, store your Rudraksha beads in a clean and dry place. Consider placing them in a dedicated pouch or box to protect them from dust and dirt. You can keep your Rudraksha in your Puja room.
Oiling: Periodically, you can apply a small amount of natural oil, such as coconut or sandalwood oil, to the beads. This helps maintain their shine and prevents them from drying out. Rub the oil gently and wipe off any excess.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Protect your Rudraksha beads from extreme heat and cold, as these conditions can affect their structure. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.
Avoid Chemicals: Avoid exposing Rudraksha beads to chemicals, perfumes, or other strong odours.
Regular Use: The best way to keep your Rudraksha beads in good condition is to wear them regularly. The interaction of natural oils from your skin and the beads, and the exchange of your energies can help nourish the beads and keep them vibrant. However, it's a good idea to remove them before activities that may cause excessive sweating or dirt accumulation.
Respect and Intention: Treat your Rudraksha beads with reverence and respect. Keep a positive and pure intention while using them for meditation or prayer. Your intention can enhance their spiritual energy.
String Replacement: If you notice the thread or string holding your beads has become worn or weakened, consider restringing them to prevent breakage and loss.
Recharging: To maintain their energy, Rudraksha beads benefit from regular recharging. Expose them to sunlight for an hour or two periodically, but do not leave them in harsh sunlight for long. Sunlight not only recharges the beads but also keeps them dry.
What are the Safety Considerations for Children wearing Rudraksha?
When allowing your children to wear Rudraksha beads, please make sure the thread is secure to prevent loss of beads. When your child is going out to play, it is better to take off the Rudraksha to prevent damage by impact or sweat. Also ensure your child is not that small (it is better to give Rudraksha to children above 5 years of age) or there are no small children who can swallow the beads. It is important to monitor the Rudraksha that your child is wearing to ensure safety and prevent any mishaps.
Can Rudraksha be given as Gifts to Children?
Yes, you can consider gifting Rudraksha beads on special occasions like birthdays or religious ceremonies for children. These sacred beads not only carry deep spiritual significance but also offer potential benefits such as improved focus, concentration, and a sense of calm. They make thoughtful presents that symbolise positive energy and spiritual growth. When choosing Rudraksha beads as gifts, ensure they are of high quality and properly blessed or consecrated. It's a meaningful way to wish children well on their journey and encourage a connection to spirituality from a young age.
Can Children Use Rudraksha as Prayer Beads?
Yes, you can teach your child to recite simple mantras or prayers while wearing Rudraksha beads. This will enhance their spiritual connection and the benefits of the Rudraksha. You can find simple prayers and shlokas for children in our post here.
What are Rudraksha beads?
Rudraksha beads are sacred seeds from the fruit of the Rudraksha tree, with multiple facets (mukh). They have spiritual and healing effects on the wearer or user.
Are Rudraksha beads suitable for children?
Yes, Rudraksha beads can be beneficial for children as they promote focus, concentration, and emotional well-being. Specific Rudraksha beads associated with certain deities can bestow the blessings of the deity on the child as well.
How do I choose the right Rudraksha for my child?
The choice depends on your child's age and needs. We have described the qualities and effects of some of the popular Rudrakshas for children in this article. In case of doubts, please consult a knowledgeable practitioner or expert for guidance.
What age is appropriate for children to wear Rudraksha beads?
Children of various ages can wear Rudraksha beads, but it's advisable to consult an expert for recommendations based on the child's specific requirements. Very small children may swallow the beads, and hence we recommend using them only for children who are 5 years old and above.
Are there any side effects of wearing Rudraksha beads for children?
Generally, Rudraksha beads are safe, but it's important to ensure they are authentic and properly cleansed. Some people may be sensitive to certain energies, so consult an expert if any concerns arise.
Can Rudraksha beads be worn during sleep?
It's safe for children to wear Rudraksha beads while sleeping, but they can also be placed under the child's pillow or near the bed for the same benefits.
How should Rudraksha beads be cleaned and maintained for children?
Clean Rudraksha beads gently with a soft cloth and occasionally apply natural oil like coconut or sandalwood to maintain their shine.
What are the benefits of Rudraksha beads for children's education?
Rudraksha beads can enhance focus, memory, and concentration, making them beneficial for children's academic pursuits. Specific beads that are associated with Brahma, Saraswati and Ganesha may bless the child with specific qualities that enhance the academic performance.
Can Rudraksha beads help with children's emotional well-being?
Yes, Rudraksha beads are known for their calming effect, helping children manage stress, anxiety, and emotional stability.
Are Rudraksha beads a suitable gift for a child's special occasion?
Yes, Rudraksha beads can be thoughtful and meaningful gifts for birthdays or religious ceremonies, symbolising spiritual growth and positive energy for the child.
Rudraksha: God’s Blessings Stored in a Bead
In conclusion, Rudraksha beads are a useful tool to enhance a child's physical and spiritual well-being and support their academic performance. These sacred beads, whether worn as jewellery or used in prayers, offer many benefits. They can improve focus, concentration, and memory, making them invaluable tools for young learners. Rudraksha beads also bring a sense of calm and emotional stability, helping children in managing stress and anxiety. Beyond their practical advantages, these beads are deeply rooted in our spiritual tradition, encouraging in children a connection to spirituality and inner growth. As meaningful gifts for birthdays or religious ceremonies, Rudraksha beads symbolise positive energy and promote spiritual development from an early age.
While Rudraksha beads have a history of association with various benefits, it's important to note that individual experiences may differ. The effects of Rudraksha beads on an individual's well-being can depend on various factors. Therefore, you are encouraged to consult with a qualified practitioner or healthcare provider if you have any specific concerns or your child has any medical conditions, before allowing your child to wear Rudraksha beads. It is important to seek personalised guidance and medical advice when considering the use of Rudraksha beads for health or spiritual purposes. If your child has learning difficulties; attention deficit; or speech, reading or writing related difficulties, you must seek additional help from professionals for the same, while using Rudraksha beads as an additional support.