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Shravan Maas is considered very auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost everyone of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at least every Shravan somvar. As Rudraksh is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksh during Shravan maas is considered very auspicious as well. Devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksha during this time of the year to please him. Devotees also do japa with Rudraksha mala to please Lord Shiva.
Taking an early morning bath and chanting "Om Namah Shivay" with the beads nine or one hundred and eight times. It is also advised to wash the beads with Gangajal at least once every week.
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Rudraksha is the seed of the Elaeocarpus Granitus tree, which is a large broad-leaved evergreen tree found in the Himalayan region. They bear white flowers which later develop into an olive-like fruit-bearing the seed. The fruit is soaked in water for a number of days, the Rudraksha is then taken out while peeling off the skin of the fruit. The Rudraksha bead consists of approx 50% carbon, 30% oxygen, 18% Hydrogen and 2% Nitrogen. Rudraksha being a plant seed, should be worn strung on cotton thread or cord rather than metal. The metal could damage the delicate seed.
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The Rudraksha beads can have from a single up to 21 faces or mukhis. But they should be worn under proper guidance as allRudraksh beads are not suitable for everyone. Usually Panchmukhi or 5 faced Rudraksha is considered safe for all men, women and children to wear. It is worn for general well being, freedom and good health. It is very helpful in lowering blood pressure, creating alertness, and calming nerves. The six Mukhi beads can be worn by children under 12 years of age. It will help them have more focus.
The Gauri-Shankar Rudraksha is said to bring balance in your life. It brings prosperity, not only in terms of money but also in terms of making the right choices and creating a sense of balance between the right and wrong.
Vedic scriptures describe Rudraksha as a symbol to Lord Shiva or Rudra. Rudra means the one who is angry or furious. The Rig Veda mentions "Rukh draavyathi iti rudraha" meaning Shiva eradicates miseries or grief. Lord Shiva was an ardent admirer and user of Shiva that is why, Rudraksha has been symbolic to Shiva from time immemorial.
Lord Shiva in the Padma Purana mentions that, he who wears a Rudraksha becomes me. In the Vedas, wearing Rudraksh is considered divine, they have a spiritual charge that makes a strong impact on one's mind, body and soul.
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For someone who is constantly on the move, travels a lot, for work or pleasure, a Rudraksha brings a sense of calm and is a very good support system as it is helpful in creating a cocoon of your own energy. For Sadhus and sanyasis, a Rudraksha was a lifesaver as it would help them identify the good from the bad. While drinking water in the forests, they would hold the Rudraksha over the water source, if it spins clockwise then the water was safe enough to drink, if it would spin anti-clockwise then it was unsafe. The same way they used to check food as well.