Story of the Origin of Rudraksha Beads



In Hinduism, Rudraksha is the divine bead and it has the power to influence the fortune of a person. The myths regarding the origin of Rudraksha are closely associated with Hindu God Shiva. ‘Rudraksha’ means ‘the eye of Shiva.’

According to Hindu Puranas, Rudraksha trees were created from the tears shed by Shiva. Legend has it that Shiva was in deep meditation for thousands of years. And then one day he opened his eyes and all around him he saw human beings suffering out of ignorance. Overwhelmed by compassion, tears from his eyes dropped onto different places on earth and produced Rudraksha trees.

Another myth regarding the origin of Rudraksha occurs in the Padma Purana.

Demon Tripura had become invincible because of a boon obtained from Lord Brahma. He defeated the ‘devas’ and started ruling over them. Finally, the ‘devas’ sort the help of Lord Shiva. While fighting the Demon Tripura, some drops of perspiration from Lord Shiva dropped onto the earth and they formed the Rudraksha trees.
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