Types of Rudraksha Beads - Popular and Special Rudraksh Varieties

Rudraksha Bead Types

Shasta’s speak of 1 to 38 mukhis in Rudraksha Beads, but normally only 1 to 14 faced beads are used for astrological purposes and the rest are considered as rare or special beads. Wearing Rudraksha Beads helps to overcome difficulties and obstacles in life caused by the impact of Planets. It also protects the wearer from several diseases because of its medicinal and healing properties.

There are several types of Rudraksha Beads based on the clefts or faces on the surface of the beads. The clefts or facets on the rudraksha bead are referred to as ‘mukhi’. The best Rudrakshas available in the market are from Nepal with clearly defined faces and is a favorite with Rudraksha Sellers. Given below is a short description of rudraksha bead varieties.

Type of Rudraksha Beads

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1- 21 mukhi and special Rudraksha Beads

Given below are the details of the different types of rudraksha beads.

One Mukhi

This Bead is the symbol of Lord Shiva and is ruled by Sun. This bead is used to rectify all sun related problems in the horoscope.

Two Mukhi

This Bead is associated with Moon and is a remedy for Moon related problems in one's horoscope. This bead is considered as a symbol of Ardhanareeshwar.

Three Mukhi

The three faced rudraksha bead is the symbol of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha). It also represents the Fire God (Agni) and is ruled by Planet Mars. This is suitable for those with unfavourable positioning of mars in the horoscope like Maglik Dosha.

Four Mukhi

This Bead is ruled by the planet Mercury and is prescribed as a remedy for curing the malefic effects of Mercury in the horoscope. This bead also represents Lord Brahma and gives the wearer the four essentials of life namely Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.

Five Mukhi

This Bead is the most common of all rudraksha beads. This bead is governed by the planet Jupiter and acts as a remedy for Jupiter related problems in horoscope.

Six Mukhi

This Bead is governed by planet Venus and wearing this bead helps in controlling the malefic effects of Venus in the horoscope. Six Mukhi is also representation of Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi.

Seven Mukhi

This bead , also referred to as Kamdev Rudraksha , is ruled by the planet Saturn is prescribed as a remedy for Saturn related problems like Sadesaati and Kal Sarpa yoga.

Eight Mukhi

The ruling planet of this bead is Rahu and therefore is used to reduce the malefic effects of Rahu in Horoscope. The 8 mukhi bead is also represented by Lord Ganesha who is worshipped prior to all the other gods.

Nine Mukhi

This Bead is ruled by Ketu and is worn to control it’s malefic effects of Ketu and is used to remove the effects of Kaal Sarp Yoga.

Ten Mukhi

This bead does not have a ruling planet. The ruling lord of this bead is Lord Mahavishnu, the preserver of the Universe.

Eleven Mukhi

This bead does not have any particular ruling planet. The ruling lords of this rudraksha bead are Lord Indra and Lord Hanuman (eleventh rudra). This bead is also known as 'Ekadash Rudraksha'.This bead is considered a good remedy for problems related with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Twelve Mukhi

This bead is representation of Sun God and is prescribed as a remedy for Sun related problems. The lord of Twelve Faced Rudraksha bead is Lord Vishnu.

Thirteen Mukhi

The Thirteen faced Rudraksha is the symbol of Lord Indra and Kamadeva (Cupid). The ruling planet of this bead is Venus and therefore it inherits virtues like love, affection, beauty and attraction as its attributes.

Fourteen Mukhi

This bead is ruled by planet Saturn and is recommended as a solution Saturn related problems. This bead is a very effective one during the Sadesati and also should be worn by those having Kaal Sarp Yoga. This ruling lord of the 14 mukhi is Hanuman, the eleventh rudra.

Fifteen Mukhi

Fifteen Faced Rudraksha bead is governed by Lord Pashupati. This Rudraksha bead is ruled by "Rahu".

Sixteen Mukhi

This bead, also known as Jai Rudraksha, represents Lord Vishnu and Shiva and therefore is the symbol of victory.This Rudraksha is ruled by "Ketu" and counteracts its bad effects.

Seventeen Mukhi

This bead is representation of Lord Vishvakarma the builder of this materialistic world. It also represents Goddess Durga.

Eighteen Mukhi

This Bead, also referred to as Bhoomi Rudraksha, represents Mother Earth and keeps the wearer happy and healthy.

Nineteen Mukhi

This bead is representation of Goddess Lakshmi and lord Narayana . 19 mukhi also represents lord ganesh, lord Shiva and lordess Parvati.

Twenty Mukhi

This bead is also representation of Lord Brahma . This rudraksha bead enhances knowledge as well as gives mental peace to the wearer.

Twenty One Mukhi

This bead is representation of Lord Kuber who is the God of wealth. This bead is also referred to as ‘Kuber Rudraksha’.

Ganesh Rudraksha

This bead is representation of Lord Ganesha who is the remover of all obstacles and brings in luck to the wearer.

Gauri Shankar Rudraksha

The Gaurishankar bead is formed by the union of two Rudraksha beads and symbolizes Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as ardhanareeswer. The ruling planet for this Bead is the Moon.

Garb Gauri Rudraksha

The Garb Gauri or Ganesh Gauri bead is the smaller form of Gauri Shankar and symbolic of Goddess Parvati and son Ganesh. In Gauri Shankar both the joined beads are of equal size but in Garbh Gauri one bead is smaller than the other.

Trijuti Rudraksha

Trijuti is a combination of three naturally joined rudraksha beads. This is a very rare phenomenon and is symbolic of the Trinity (Lord Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh).

1 to 14 faced rudraksha beads have maximum demand and are easily available. Ganesh Rudraksha also has good demand. Above 14 mukhi are rare rudrakshas and the prices are very high.

For more information on the different varieties of rudraksh beads, their benefits, astrological impacts, power to cure diseases and mantras to be chanted visit my Blog on the subject "The Power of Rudraksha Beads".

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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

@naga Congrats! You make start wearing it as a pendant after pran pratishta and with utmost devotion on an auspicious day. Keep charging them everyday with the 'Om Namashivaya' mantra.


naga 5 years ago

Hi! After such a long struggle i manage to find an original bead of 21 mukhi rudraksha. What should i do next to make sure this rudraksha works? Please guide me.Thanks.


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Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

@malabika No to Both.


Malabika 5 years ago

Can rudrani mala be weared everyday during the period time and can we take non veg wearing rudrani mala,please advise asap.


Deeksha 5 years ago

Thanks Anamika. I dont have a Rudraksha mala, hence can i keep the Rudrani mala alone near shiv parvathi photo and worship it?


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Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

@Deeksha Rudrani beads are considered as the female counterpart of Rudraksha. It is kept in puja rooms along with Rudraksha and worshiped instead of wearing.


Deeksha 5 years ago

Hi, i bought a rudrani mala recently and was told that we could keep it in the pooja room and worship everyday. I may not be able to wear it because we go out to office and may touch other people who have visited a funeral or maybe menstruating. I had 2 questions where i'd like your help:

1) Can the rudrani mala be kept in the pooja room and worshipped everyday, instead of wearing it?

2) Should the rudrani mala be kept along with the rudraksha mala or can the rudrani mala alone be kept with the other deities in the pooja room and worshipped?

Please advise.


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

I have so far seen Rudrani Mala only of Orange in color. Rudrani Beads are the female aspect of the Rudraksha representing Lord Shivas ability to manifest Shakti.It is only natural that the rudraksha beads change color after some time after wearing. Rudraksha can come in smaller sizes. But those are more costlier than the normal sized beads.


Trusar Shah 6 years ago

RUDRANI AND RUDRAKSHA DIFFERENCES

i have 4-5mm mala for around the neck. were light brown when i got it now its dark maroon brown.

are they rudrani or rudraksha?

can rudraksha come in small sizes or only larger ones?

im worried. i wanted small rudraksha beads from nepal( not sure if nepal have small sizes)


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paikiran99 6 years ago from karnataka

GREAT MAM,ITS VERY USEFUL ARTICLE...I GOT MANY INFORMATION ABOUT RUDHRAKSHA BY THIS...


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

1) Bhadraksha is also a species of Rudraksha normally found in India or Srilanka which is cheaper than the rudraksha from nepal. These beads normally do not have a natural hole in it.

2) Gomati Chakra is a sort of shell which is used for spiritual and tantric rituals mainly. It is also worshipped on diwali day and is said to bring good health and wealth.

You can get all major mantras on my Blog http://lifegivingmantras.blogspot.com


Murugan 6 years ago

Hi Anamika,

I gropped various means to get the right manthras of Rahu& Ketu for the effects that I have been facing from the month of October 2009. Finally (and fortunately) I got the mantras in this site and started chanting. Ever since there was a drastic change. My haed touches ground when I bow my head.

By the way, I have certain questions-

1)What is the difference between Rudraksha & Badraksha?

2) What is Gomti chakra?

I got this when I purchased a magazine called Shaivism.

Eagerly waiting for your reply

Thanks

Murugan


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

Thanks for the Visit. You can find the information here.

http://hubpages.com/health/Real-Rudraksha-Beads


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NarayanKrishna 7 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

Thank you enlightening about Rudrakchya. How to find out real one from the fake? The shop keepers in Pashupati temple in Nepal say if it does not float on water it is real one (or the other way around I do not remember exactly). Is that correct?


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India Author

It should for those who are using it as a remedy for BP or nervousness. Because all that person is required to do is Dipping a couple of raw 5 mukhi beads in water after sunset and drinking the water early morning on empty stomach for controlling blood pressure. 5 Mukhi is very effective in controlling sudden nervousness as well. One should hold a big 5 mukhi rudraksha bead tightly on the right palm for a few minutes to find the confidence lifting up miraculously and body warming up. Other than that I would not recommend a Rudraksha to be worn by a non beleaver.

Thanks for the visit.


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perfumer 7 years ago from California

Hi Anamika,

I know about the power of Gems and stones. They work on non believers and believers alike.

Is it same for Rudraksha? Do they work on non believers the way it works on those who believe in Rudraksha?

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