Shravan Month is consideredvery auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost everyone of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at leastevery Monday of the Shravan Month.
As Rudraksh is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksh is considered very auspicious as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksh during this time of the year to please him.Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh mala to please Lord Shiva.
Taking an early moring 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.IMP. TIPS: Things to do during Shravan Month, Spiritual activities during Shravan Maas
Rudraksh is the seed of the Eliocarpus 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 Rudraksh is then taken out while peeling off the skin of the fruit. The Rudraksh beadconsists of approx 50% carbon, 30% oxygen, 18% Hydrogen and 2% Nitrogen. Rudraksh being a plant seed, should be worn strung on cotton thread or cord rather than metal. The metal could damage the delicate seed.
Meaning of Mukhis in Rudraksh
The Rudrakshbeads 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 Rudraksh 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 Rudraksh 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.
Rudraksh in Vedic Scriptures
Vedic scriptures describe Rudraksh 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, Rudraksh has been symbolic to Shiva from time immemorial.
Lord Shiva in the Padma Purana mentions that, he who wears a Rudraksh 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.
Benefits of wearing Rudraksh
For someone who is constantly on the move, travels a lot, for work or pleasure, a Rudraksh 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 Rudraksh was a life saver as it would help them identify the good from the bad. While drinking water in the forests, they would hold the Rudraksh 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.
- Other benefits of Rudraksh are:
- Helps in curing the ill-effects of certain planets in astrological horoscope
- Helps in balancing the chakras of oneself, and heal various diseases.
- Aids in decision making and memory.
- Regulates one's blood pressure.
- Controls, hyper-tension and stress
- Brings peace to one's life, sharpens intellect and stimulates one's mind.