5 Mukhi Rudraksha
5 Mukhi Rudraksha is the most common rudraksha and constitutes about 60% to 70% of total production. Indonesian 5 mukhi beads are smaller in size (from 4 mm to 15 mm in diameter). The Nepalese beads are bigger than the Indonesian variety (from 15 mm upwards up to 30 mm in diameter). Beads found in Pali area of Nepal are considered to be the biggest in size. 5 mukhi rudraksha is blessed by Lord Shiva Himself in the form of Kalagni Rudra. Wearing this rudraksha removes sins of various types committed through forbidden acts. In Padma. Puran, it is said that wearing 5 mukhi rudraksha is most important for all as it is blessed by Vaamdev (Shiva). A wearer is honoured by the Gods themselves for a long period. This rudraksha is like devguru (Guru of the Devas) as it is controlled by the planet Vrihaspati (Jupiter). In Shrimad Devibhagawat, it is said that Panchvaktraha swayam rudraha kalagnirnamatah; Agamyagamanam chauva tatha chabhayabhakshanam; muchyate naatra sandeham panchvaktraha dharanaat. 5 mukhi rudraksha, known as Kalagni Rudra, removes the sins committed under forbidden laws in case of eating or in sex life). It is believed that by wearing three large five mukhi beads, one can avoid accidental death.
Shiva in Mahadev form brings in benefits to the mankind. He has three eyes on each face except on the one facing north. He has thick locks of hair and a crescent moon over the head. The fifth face points upwards towards spiritual progress. Creation, preservation, destruction, detachment and obligation are the five deeds we see in everyday life and the five mukhi rudraksha symbolises these deeds. The Pachakshari Mantra (Namah Shivaya) evolved from this five-face form of Lord Shiva and the Pranava Om came as a companion. Therefore, the five mukhi rudraksha assumes importance in any sadhana or meditation. The five forms of Lord Shiva — Sadyojaat, Ishaan, Tatpurush, Aghor and Vaamdev — live in 5 mukhi rudraksha. Some describe this rudraksha as Rudra-Kalagni also. Normally, when rudrakshas are used in combinations, they will essentially have at least one five mukhi rudraksha. Most of the malas we see are of five mukhi rudrakshas. In fact, the word rudraksha signifies 5 mukhi rudraksha unless specified differently. Some botanists opine that all other facets or types of rudraksha are “freaks of nature” and only five mukhi is basic however we do not agree with this view. 5 mukhi rudraksha gives fame and mental peace. With respect to its medicinal values, it is widely used to control blood pressure and diabetes. It is also used for diseases of the ears, thighs and kidney. Three beads of raw (untreated by color or oil) 5 mukhi rudraksha are used by several families in India for water therapy, wherein these beads are soaked in water at night, stored preferably on a copper vessel. The soaking time should not be less than 8 hours. This water should be taken daily, preferably empty stomach, for controlling blood pressure, diabetes and stomach disorders, or even as a general health guard against all diseases. The beads should be taken out of the water every day, dried in the air for an hour or so and then used again. There are divergent views on how long these beads will be effective when used in water therapy — one month, a year or more. Experience, has found it to be effective for upto one year. Thereafter, the beads should be replaced. In fact, all medical — non-clinical or clinical — trials have been conducted using 5 mukhi rudraksha, as these are available easily.
Who should wear?
Any person can wear this rudraksha in specified numbers (usually not less than three). Those who wish to have first hand experience about the efficacy of rudraksha should wear a mala of rudraksha (7 mm to 10 mm in diameter, which are usually available at low costs) or three numbers of large five mukhi rudrakshas. Beads lower than 7 mm are mostly ornamental in nature.
Usually, 5 mukhi rudraksha available in standard shops will be genuine as it is available in plenty. Malas should be 27+1, 54+1 or 108+1 in numbers. The last 1 in all the malas is a mere bead, generally used in Jap Malas to show the end of the counting. This is used in wearable malas too. Some users recommend 81+1 combination as it is also a multiple of 27 basic beads. However, this is to be used only when there is no option while adjusting the length of the mala or because the beads are not available. Bear it in mind that a combination of three and more in any odd number can be worn. The five mukhi Kanthas having bigger five mukhi beads in 27+1, 32 or 36 in numbers are very common. It is an kicellent item to wear for overall health, to ward off fear and for meditation purposes. In case you have excess of 5 mukhi beads through collection or got by way of gifts, it is )best to select the best of the beads and dispose off the damaged ones in water (well, lake, river etc.). Make a Kantha of 27+1 or 32 beads either in wool or in silver or any metal, sad start wearing. It can also be given gifts or donated to a Wimple with specific request to offer them in a garland to adorn the deity of Lord Shiva. It can also be put on a tograph of a God or Goddess. It is advisable to make use cif the beads in any manner possible than just keeping them a locker and allowing them to dry and get destroyed. Usually this happens only with the five mukhi rudraksha and hence the suggestion
Mantras to be recited for 5 mukhi rudraksha
Om Hreem Namah (Shiva Puran)
Om Hoom Namah (Mantra Maharnava/Padma Puran)
Om Hreem Hoom Namah (Skand Puran)
Om Namah Shivaya
References : Kamal N Seetha (2014) The Power Of Rudraksha