The most common and traditional way of wearing rudraksha is to buy a mala of five mukhi beads from a good source, ensuring that the beads are of uniform size and color, perform a normal pooja and prayers at home and then wear the mala around the neck. No specialised or expert knowledge is needed for this and thousands of people across the country have been wearing rudraksha in this manner for generations. (The sadhus and sanyasis wear larger beads.) In such cases, the wearer do not know anything about the beads or rudraksha combinations per se, except their belief that the beads are divine, they help in spirituality and are good for health. It has also been the experience that people wearing rudraksha, say from the early age of 24 years, usually do not suffer from blood pressure-related problems or diabetes even though they have no knowledge about the medicinal properties of the beads. However, if we wish to adopt a rational approach to understand about the divine nature of the beads, it is necessary to know that these beads are capable of changing you from within so that you can lead a better life full of confidence and fearlessness. There are several people who wear one single rudraksha of five mukhi and claim that they have been immensely benefited. However, without disputing their claim, it must be pointed out that this type of wearing is not in accordance with the scriptures or as per the generally accepted procedures. There are different ways to follow in selecting and wearing different rudraksha in multiple numbers or rudraksha combinations of various mukhi’s.
Two beads of four mukhi (Brahma) and one bead of six mukhi (Kartikeya) makes a concentration combination. It is useful for children to get concentration in studies, enhancement of memory and for good expression skills in writing or oral presentation. This three-bead combination has helped thousands of students to make a bright career. If a child is seven years or lower in age, then he/she can be given only one bead of four mukhi. For those above this age, the full three-bead combination can be used.
Nine beads of two mukhi rudraksha preferably with 5 Mukhi make this bracelet to be worn on right hand. It pacifies malefic effects of planet Moon and as such controls anger and emotional behaviour. Those desiring calmness, peace of mind and harmony in family should wear this.
This combination is for those who do not wish to wear a full mala of smaller beads and want to maintain good health and protect themselves from general diseases. Usually, minor blood pressure problems or diabetes of initial stages can be controlled by using this five-bead Health combination. It consists of two beads of three mukhi and three beads of five mukhi. To improve performance of this five-bead combination, many people get it attached to a five mukhi mala of smaller beads so that they are able to get a good coverage over the chest.
For achieving success,the business combination of seven mukhi (Mahalakshmi) and 8 mukhi (Ganesh) rudrakshas are used. Some people wear only a Ganesh-Lakshmi combination consisting of two beads of seven mukhi and one bead of eight mukhi. In other cases, depending on the type and nature of businesses, one seven mukhi and one eight mukhi along with additional beads as given below are also used.
Mangal Mala Rudraksha
From one to 10 mukhi, Gaurishankar and Ganesh are used in this combination. With 10 mukhi as the lead bead, this mala offers protection against enmity, competition, black magic etc. Seven and eight mukhi rudrakshas offer prosperity and remove obstacles and nine mukhi rudraksha makes one fearless. It is used for general welfare of self.