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Hinduism - What Is A Rudraksha?


 ("Rudra's eye") The dried seed of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree, which is revered as Shiva's holy tree.

Shiva's worshippers typically wear garlands with Rudrakshas strung on them (bhakta).

The seed is spherical, with a knobby, pitted surface and a natural groove in the center through which a thread may be readily threaded.

Natural longitudinal lines running from top to bottom on each seed, dividing it into units known as "faces" (mukhi).

Rudrakshas typically have five faces, but they may have up to fourteen.

Each of the various numbers of faces has been associated with a different god.

The ekmukhi rudraksha, which has no faces and is said to be a manifestation of Shiva himself, is the rarest.

Because this rudraksha is so precious, counterfeit replicas are often carved out of wood by street vendors.

The Gauri-Shankar is a rare form in which two rudraksha seeds are connected longitudally; it is considered a manifestation of Shiva and Shakti.

Aside from the number of "faces," the color and size of rudrakshas are used to determine their quality.

The hue ranges from a reddish brown to a light brown, with the former being preferred over the latter, and smaller sizes being preferred over bigger ones.


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Hinduism - What Is A Mala? When And How Are Malas Used By Hindus?

 


 (“garland”) This term refers to any kind of necklace.

Flowers garlands are common in India, and are presented as presents to deities (who wear them around their necks as decoration) or as a symbol of welcome and respect to any valued visitor.

Garlands or necklaces constructed of more durable materials are essential elements of religious adornment, and in certain instances, they have strong sectarian associations.

Many Shaivas use rudraksha beads in their malas, which are an aniconic version of Shiva, their patron god.

In the same manner, many Vaishnavas would wear a mala fashioned from the wood of the Tulsi plant, which is thought to be a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort.

Malas used for ceremonial reasons may be fashioned from nearly any material, despite the fact that these materials function as sectarian markers.

Materials like amber, rock crystal, coral, semiprecious stones, and gemstones—materials that are durable, expensive, and not produced by human hands—are the most popular.

Malas are used to maintain track during mantra recitation (japa) by passing one bead between the finger and thumb with each recitation for ceremonial reasons.

Typically, 108 pieces are strung on such malas.

One bead on each mala is distinguished from the rest, and mantra recitation always starts with this bead.

Mount Meru, the mythological mountain that serves as the cosmic pivot for the whole created order, is represented by this bead.

When one reaches the end of the mala and returns to the Meru bead, one should change ways, according to tradition.

By never passing over the Meru bead, the wearer is metaphorically circling Mount Meru as the universe's center.

Malas are potent religious artifacts that are said to be charged by their owners' spiritual energy because of their connection to regular religious practice.

As a result, malas are practically never traded, with the exception of a guru's gift to a follower.

The majority of malas are only touched by the owner.

As a barrier against potentially corrupting outside influences, those doing recitation would typically cover their hand and mala in a fabric bag (known as a gomukh or "cow's mouth").

The ban against fixing and reusing a damaged mala stems from the belief that a mala absorbs its owner's spiritual vitality.

A mala is said to shatter because it gradually pulls out its owner's bad spiritual powers, according to popular belief.

A mala should be abandoned after it has been shattered to avoid the owner coming into touch with this potentially harmful energy again.


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Hinduism - What Is A Gauri-Shankar Rudraksha?


 A specific kind of rudraksha, a bead fashioned from the dried seed of the Shiva-honoring tree Elaeocarpus ganitrus.

Shiva's worshippers often wear rudrakshas strung into garlands (bhakta).

When two seeds grow together organically, the GauriShankar rudraksha is created.

Despite the fact that the Gauri-Shankar is not as uncommon as some other beads, it is unique enough to attract a high price.

The GauriShankar is seen as a natural manifestation of the celestial pair, Parvati (Gauri) and Shiva (Shiva) (Shankar).

Shiva as wisdom and Parvati as Shakti or strength embody the whole presence of god in both its everlasting and dynamic aspects.


 


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