Ancient Vedic scriptures talk about different circumstances leading to the creation of "Rudra". All the epics are centered on Lord Shiva, the god of eternal cycle of creation and destruction. Lord Shiva is also known by the name "Rudra". According to Shiva puran, once lord Shiva went into deep meditation for a long period for the well-being of all living beings. After waking from the state of meditation, he opened his eyes and instantly tear drops fell on the earth. On reaching the ground, these tear drops took the form of seeds which later grew into Rudraksha trees. Another epic boosts a different tale.
It says that there used to be a demon called "TripuraSur" who gained so much power that all the gods felt intimidated by him. The demon misused his power by brutally torturing the innocents. All the gods were helpless and finally turned to lord Shiva to eliminate the evils of the demon. Shiva decided to use his very powerful and destructive weapon called Aghor to kill the demon. But on realizing the devastating effects the weapon would bring about, Shiva became very emotional and tears naturally fell down from his eyes and thus landed on the earth. Mother earth enveloped the tear drops and gave birth to a Rudraksha tree. Another tale foretells that when Lord Shiva woke up from his deep meditation, tear drops welled down from his eyes on realizing the sufferings of living creatures. His Almighty's teardrops on reaching the earth germinated into a seed. It is believed that the seed of Rudraksha contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos within it.
Lord Shiva is always portrayed wearing rosary of Rudraksha beads on his head, arms and hands. With this came the religious, spiritual, physical and materialistic significance of Rudraksha. This further brought it to lead the path to spiritual enlightenment and liberation. Thereafter came the use of holy Rudraksha beads by Shiva devotees. Hindu scriptures like Shiv mahaPurana, Shreemaddevibhagwat, Padma Purana, ling Purana, Ashtamalikopnishad, Nirnayasindhoo, Mantramaharnava, Mahakaal Sanmhita, Rudrakshajabalopnishad, Vrihajjabalopnishad, Shivaswarodaya and Sarvollastantra glorify how Lord Shiva crossed the line of caste and creed and blessed all the four varnas, Brahmin, Ksatriya, Vaisya and Sudra, to use holy Rudraksha beads for their well-beings. It is also believed that if a person encounters and meets death while wearing Rudraksha, she/he will surely attain moksha, meaning liberation from all the sins.
Later the merits of Rudraksha were evidenced in the late 1960s by a group of scientists lead by Dr. Subas Rai PHD Institute of Technology University in Banaras India. Dr. Roy's research boosted that as scripted in the scriptures, Rudraksha indeed possess Powerful Electromagnetic, Paramagnetic and Inductive Properties confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from their electro-magnetic properties. Many schools of yogic thoughts advocates for the religious, scientific and spiritual significance of Rudraksha.
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