The word Rudraksha has been derived from the two Sanskrit words "Rudra" and "Aksha" which means Lord Shiva and Teardrops respectively. As per "Shiva Purana", Lord Shiva, for the well being of all living beings, went into deep meditation once. It is said that tear drops fell on the Earth when he opened his eyes. Taking the form of seeds, these tear drops became the Rudraksha tree later on. Therefore, Rudraksha means 'The Tear of Lord Shiva'. The Rudraksha beads are formed by the dry seed capsules of the Rudraksha tree that can be worn as a chain as well as used as a rosary.

The botanical name of the holy Rudraksha tree is 'Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb' belonging to the family  Tiliaceae. It grows abundantly and naturally in subtropical and tropical areas. You can find these trees in Nepal, in some parts of India, in the Himalayan region, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Rudraksha beads are considered highly auspicious as they are generally believed to symbolise the connection between God and man, heaven and earth. They also possess divine and mystical properties capable of nullifying the effects of evil planets to a great extent. It is considered to be powerful and offers protection to the wearer. If you wish to string them together as a 'mala', better do it using a silk thread or a cotton thread. It is also recommended that you change the thread every six months. Rudraksha can be worn by anyone regardless of their gender, age or color.  

There are various types of Rudraksha available starting from ek mukhi (one facet) to 21 faces. The most common of all, however, is panch mukhi Rudraksha or (5 faced Rudraksha). It is good to wear and safe for all including men, women and children. They ensure general health, well being and freedom of a person.

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