Ek Mukhi Rudraksha
Ek Mukhi rudraksha is blessed by Lord Shiva Himself, mighty Hindu God who is entirely lovable and worshipped in mythology as the most powerful of the Gods, the creator of language, music, dance and Ayurveda and as the lord of love and responsible for the cycle of birth and death. In fact, Hinduism and its philosophy and thoughts cannot be understood fully without understanding the Shaivite principles. One mukhi rudraksha washes away the sins as serious as `brahman haoa’ (killing of a Brahmin). It enhances knowledge about the Supreme (Brahma Gyan) and the wearer is known to win over his senses.
He then engages himself in Para-Tatva (Shiva Tatva). It is also known to give eternal bliss and nirvana (moksha) after death. At whichever place this rudraksha is worshipped, Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) bestows Her presence. It is the most auspicious rudraksha among all beads and not only does it bring the wearer or worshipper closer to Shiva (spirituality and kindness) but also fulfils all his or her desires in the material world. The wearer also gains powers of concentration and enjoys inner peace. As per Shiva Puran, Ek mukhi rudraksha offers worldly pleasures and salvation and therefore has a unique place among all the rudrakshas. It gives leadership qualities and skills to cope with stressful situations and hence is a preferred choice for those who assume leadership roles or head any organisation. The controlling planet of this rudraksha is Sun. All negative effects posed by this planet on a person are got over by wearing this rudraksha. Its use is said to cure headache, eye defects, piles and diseases of the liver and skin. As per recounts of various experiences by people, if a person has any addiction (specially vices like smoking, drinking, drug abuse, tobacco chewing, over eating, excessive talking and the like), wearing a Ek Mukhi Rudraksha (in these cases Indonesian rudraksha can be used) helps him or her in overcoming such habits. A full transformation takes place as the wearer quits these vices or habits with little efforts and the lifestyle gets changed permanently.
Who should wear?
All adult persons can wear this rudraksha. It can also be kept in pooja room or altar, where regular worshiping can be done. Those who are addicted to habits or particular lifestyles, which are not conducive to their physical and mental well-being, can wear the one mukhi Indonesian rudraksha to come out of the predicament. If one wears more than one bead, it is believed to be proportionately more effective.
Ek Mukhi Rudraksha in Chandrakar form is a symbolic rudraksha especially for invoking the blessings of Lord Shiva and hence it can be worn by all or kept in a puja room. Unfortunately, in advertisement campaigns on TV channels and in sales propaganda about Chandrakar, its source and type are not fully revealed and it is equated with the original one mukhi rudraksha, which is not fair. The benefits are often exaggerated. Chandrakar is not E. Ganitrus Roxb, but is an alternative for one mukhi rudraksha. As already mentioned earlier it belongs to E. Tuberculatus Roxb variety. Fake ek mukhi rudraksha is made either from two mukhi Bhadraksha or from the round Dehradun variety or from five mukhi rudraksha of other regions. It is advised that once you know that a rudraksha is fake, it is better not to wear it or even keep it in your home as it may increase negativities in the mind, particularly after you have known about it. Even if such a fake bead has been given as a gift or as a blessing by a guru or a spiritual person (who may give it out of ignorance), it is advisable to discard it in a river, sea or put in a pond/ well.
Ek Mukhi Rudraksha bead is worn by persons requiring favor of Sun as a planet or to remove its malevolent effects, or those seeking devotion to God, minimizing attachments to the worldly things and ultimately hoping to attain nirvana.
Mantras to be recited for one mukhi rudraksha
Om Hreem Namah (Shiva Puran)
Om Om Drushaan Namah (Mantra Maharnava)
Om Rudra (Padma Puran)
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Brahajjalopanishad)
Om Namah Shivaya
References : Kamal N Seetha (2014) The Power Of Rudraksha