Question as posted on Rudra Beads Societies Club
A temple priest advised me that ladies aren't supposed to wear rudraksha mala. Rudraksha is a symbol of Lord Shiva and shouldn’t be worn by ladies. Is that true? Could you please advice and shed some light on this?
Answer posted by a Club Member
Do not let the Brahmin priest whom you saw at the temple, sway you or give you doubts about ladies wearing rudraksha. There are no taboos about women wearing rudraksha. All on earth can wear rudraksha. The instinct to wear or worship rudraksha is a sign of blessing by Lord Shiva during preceding births (this is quoted in one of the ancient scriptures).
There is no Shiva without Shakti. By the same token, there is no Shakti without Shiva. Hence Shiva and Shakti are "One" and "The Same". They are two sides of the same coin : The Ultimate Supreme Goddess.
If one sees duality in his samsara then he differentiates between men and women. All rudraksha beads contain Deva and Devi. There are beads representing Shiva, Parvati, Ganapati, Lakshmi, Durga, Hanuman, Vishnu, Maa Kali, the 10 MahaVidyas, Matrikas, etc. Since the beads also represent Devi or Shakti, this means women can wear rudraksha. Lord Shiva does not discriminate between men and women, caste, race, religion, color or background. God is available to all who aspire. So is Rudraksha. Hope this helps clear your doubts.