If a rudraksha of any mukhi gets a protrusion on its body similar to the trunk of an elephant, this rudraksha is called a Ganesh rudraksha. Only in recent times this rudraksha has received wide popularity. The bead resembles Lord Ganesh with his trunk. In view of high prices commanded by eight or 11 mukhi rudraksha, which are also blessed by Ganesha, traders sell this rudraksha as a cheaper alternative.
Depending on the mukhi, the beads also should be effective and all the respective blessings may be there. Eight mukhi or eleven mukhi Ganesh rudraksha has special significance and are considered very auspicious. Ganesha rudraksha is used alternatively with other beads in a Siddha Mala to make up for the numbers to 27 (1 to 14 mukhi beads will require 13 Ganesh rudraksha). Thirty two beads of Ganesha rudraksha are strung together to make a Kantha, which people keep at worshipping place to protect them and to remove any obstacles in life. Some people even wear such a Kantha regularly. Some people get obsessed with the image of Ganesh in rudraksha to such an extent that they look for the contours on the surface of any rudraksha resembling Lord Ganesha. There are books written on this issue and the whole approach looks intriguing and questionable. Practically, only such rudraksha is called Ganesh rudraksha, which has a trunk-like elevation on its body. In addition to the above varieties, there are possibilities of getting several other varieties since it is a product of nature. For example, Sawar, which is a Gaurishankar rudraksha with one bead having only one line and another bead a normal rudraksha of four to seven mukhs. This has been explained in Chapter 1. Then there is Nandi rudraksha, which has two trunk-like protrusions on two sides of the bead. Some call this bead Dwi Ganesh.
All these varieties and others not explained and available from nature are revered by people who use them in the hope of deriving benefits. No authentic information is available about specific properties of these beads. If one wishes to use such rudraksha, it should be done with full devotion and the wearing procedure shall be the same like other rudraksha and mantra of Om Namah Shivaya should be chanted.
Om Tryambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urvaa rukmiva Bandhnaan Mrityormukshega Mamrataat
Its meaning is as follows: “0 Lord Shiva, you are a three-eyed Trayambakeshwar and as you can see and change future destiny, I pray to you as per the following: Please make me physically and mentally strong and full of good qualities so that I as a body and soul become a symbol of good human qualities and spread good virtues (sugandh) and strong will (pushtz). “As I mature and become older, I may ripe and face death so naturally and painlessly, the way a water melon detaches itself from the plant after it gets ripened (in terms of taste and flavour) without even letting the leaf next to it, knowing about it. After death, I should get the Nirvana or Moksha so as to get out of the cycle of birth and death. This way, I shall get the nectar of eternal peace.”
References : Kamal N Seetha (2014) The Power Of Rudraksha
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