2 Mukhi Rudraksha
2 mukhi rudraksha is blessed by the Ardhnareeshwar form of Lord Shiva, representing Shiva and Shakti. According to the epics, a demon named Adi, assuming the form of Parvati, tried to entice Shiva who realizing the ruse, killed him. However, the real Parvati, as she saw Shiva with another woman, became furious. Firstly, she cursed Nandi, Shiva’s vehicle, who was supposed to have guarded and kept a watch so that no one enters her sanctum sanctorum. As a result of the curse, Nandi became a heartless cold stone forever. Thereafter, Parvati, still in great rage, tried to commit suicide, but was stopped by Brahma, who took away her dark form of anger and Fierceness as incarnated in Goddess Kali. Then Parvati gained her poise and her golden complexion. She is known in this avatar as Gauri. Lord Brahma also blessed her saying “You and your husband shall be staying so close that you will melt into each other, becoming one person, and will be known as Ardhnareeshwar (half man, half woman). A mighty lion born of her rage became her new mount on which she would ride as Durga to fight against demons throughout the universe.
The epics mention that in our world, female and male qualities exist in the same body and procreate from within themselves. “Agnishomatmakam jagat” is a hymn from the Vedas. Fire (Agnt) is the male principle and is present in the menstrual flow of the female. The Moon (soma) is the female principle and is present in the sperm of the male. Kam (desire) is the unifying force for the two. Without Shiva’s unity with the Divine Energy (Shaktz), no creation is possible. In the Adzvaita philosophy, Maya (illusion) is not renounced but is fully accepted as a power or energy of the Brahm. Hence, the permanent union of Shiva and Shakti is considered as Adwaitism. The right half side of Shiva is feminine. In this form, the potential of feminine and masculine qualities are equal, hence it is described as “shaka sahitaha shambhe or Shiva with Shakti.
Wearing 2 mukhi rudraksha frees one from the sin of cow slaughter. As per Padma Puran, this 2 Mukhi rudraksha is blessed by Fire God (Agni) also, and hence absolves the wearer from any type of sin. The wearer or worshipper is also known to get such benefits, which are normally attained throughyajnas and homas or Agnihotra. This rudraksha is useful for good family life, good relationships with all people and to get married. In fact, it is known to bring in unity of all kinds — between friends, husband and wife, father and son, or buyer and seller. It is used for material gains as well as to attain nirvana and moksha. It is also known as Dev-Dev in view of its spiritual and material (dual purpose) characteristics.
Who should wear?
Those who are single and facing difficulty in getting the right match or those having relationship problems should wear this 2 Mukhi Rudraksha. Also, people seeking happiness and material gains as well as those spiritually inclined and aspiring for moksha should either wear it or worship it. It is also useful in getting children.
Mantras to be recited for 2 mukhi rudraksha
Om Namah (Shiva Puran)
Om Om Namah (Mantra Maharnava)
Om Khum (Padma Puran)
Om Shreem Namah (Skand Puran)
Om Namah Shivaya
References : Kamal N Seetha (2014) The Power Of Rudraksha