5 Mukhi Rudraksha
This rudraksha seed (diameter 2 cm) has a silver eyelet so one can wear it as a pendant.
Rudraksha are the seeds of the fruits of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus), which grows in the Himalayan region (India, Nepal, Tibet).
A Hindu legend says that Lord Shiva was so overcome after seeing the suffering of humanity that he wept 1 tears and where it fell on earth, began the first Rudraksha tree to grow.
A special feature of the Rudraksha seed is that it may have up to 21 mukhis or faces.
Mukhis are compartments that divide the seeds. The number mukhis defines the spiritual force the mala has.
This Rudraksha seed has 5 mukhis, symbolizing the 5 faces of Shiva and stands for success, happiness, health and eternal peace.
To Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists Rudraksha seeds are one of the most sacred objects, and are laden with mystical & healing powers. At least from the 11th century onwards they are worn by yogis and holy men in India.
It is said that whoever bears a Rudraksha is protected from all negative thoughts and emotions. Monks believe that Rudraksha seeds radiate such peace and concentration that it helps them to control their minds during the long hours of meditation. It also is claimed to enlighten karma, enhances spirituality and cures illness and disease. The effects of rituals and mantras when using a Rudraksha become more powerfull.
The Ayurvedic writings describe that Rudraksha has a positive impact on human health and the seeds are used in making medicines.
Most of their products are manufactured under their supervision in an ashram in India, where they closely monitor working conditions and salary of the workers. The labour force consist mainly of farmers wifes who thus can generate an income of their own. Child labour is strickly not allowed.
The ritual incense and ayurvedic products are manufactured according traditional Vedic recipes and techniques; a part of the revenue of these products is used for supporting an ayurvedic hospital which offers free medical care for the poor.
The provenance of the products of other manufacturers is closes monitored; each year several visits are made to these factories to check on the working conditions.