Gauri Shankar Rudraksha
There are several varieties of Rudraksha, which do not find mention in the old scriptures but are referred to in later writings. In Katakana Yantras, it is claimed that these rare varieties have several mystical powers.Of these, Gauri shankar rudraksha is very popular among common users as well as among saints and priests for its properties that help in meditation. Properties of other rare varieties are not exactly known as very few people can afford these rare beads. However, based on experience and information available, some of their salient features are given below.
Two naturally joined rudrakshas are called Gauri Shankar Rudraksha. It is regarded as a unified form of Shiva and Shakti. Some people call this variety Ardhnareeshwar rudraksha. It is known to possess the properties of two mukhi rudraksha, though its effects are slightly different from those of two mukhi rudraksha, particularly in aspects like relationships. A Gauri shankar rudraksha can be worn in order to improve the relationships between husband and wife, father and son and between friends. Those aspiring to get married or couples desirous of having children wear this rudraksha. The most common Gaurishankar rudraksha varieties will have a total of 9, 10 or 11 mukhs. There are some Gauri shankar Rudraksha varieties, which have up to 21 mukhs as also one mulch in each of the beads. There are differences of opinion on whether counting the total mukhs is the correct way of determining the number of mukhs. Logically, counting can be done together as in higher mukhis many times twin characteristics can be found. In other words, in several higher mukhi beads — 11 mukhi to 14 mukhi — there will be two holes on the bead. As such, the number of mukhs should be counted on both the beads to arrive at the total number of mukhs.
A Gauri shankar rudraksha can be worn around neck. In many families, the tradition is to keep this rudraksha in the puja room (at the altar). From medicinal viewpoint, its properties correspond to the number of mukhs it will have if it has nine mukhi’s, it will have properties of a nine mukhi rudraksha.
Who should wear?
A Gauri shankar Kantha having 32 beads is not to be worn by a married person as it is ideally meant for people who observe celibacy like sanyasis. It can be kept at the worshipping place by anyone and not worn. Why this restriction on this variety cannot be explained except that the energies emanating from a 32-bead Kantha will be too high for an ordinary person to absorb and may affect the body chakras adversely with a feeling of renunciation coming in strongly. This rudraksha can be worn singly or even in higher numbers to achieve desired results in improving relationships and/or for meditation. In all malas used in meditation, Gaurishankar rudraksha is usually one among the combination of the beads used. It is also one of the most common rudraksha for which there are ample number of fakes. Usually, such beads are made by artificially joining two lower mukhi rudrakshas (mostly five or six mukhis). Adequate care should be taken while examining this rudraksha and identifying its genuineness before one acquires it.
Mantras to be recited for Gauri shankar rudraksha
Om Namah Shivaya
Om Aim Hreem Yugal Rupanye Namah
Om Gaurishankarabhyam Namah