Rudraksha, aka: Rudrākṣa, Rudra-aksha; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Rudraksha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Rudrākṣa can be transliterated into English as Rudraksa or Rudraksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—Rudrākṣa beads are commonly worn by the devotees of Śiva. It is cold, soothing and useful in hypertension, insanity, burning snesation and fever.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष, “rosary of seeds”) refers to one of the five kinds of external marks of an ācārya (“Śaiva preceptor”), according to Nigamajñāna (Śaiva teacher of the 16th century) in his Śaivāgamaparibhāṣāmañjarī.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष).—(Elaco Carpus seeds) Beads for rosaries. General information. A holy thing worn by devotees. In the Purāṇas much importance is attached to Rudrākṣa. In Devī Bhāgavata, Skandha 11, there is a story stating how Rudrākṣa came to be honoured in this way. (See full article at Story of Rudrākṣa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष).—m (S) A tree sacred to Shiva, Eleocarpus lanceolatus or ganitrus. 2 The berry of it. Used in making necklaces, rosaries &c. Ex. jō karī sahasrarudrākṣadhāraṇa || tyāsa vanditi aditinandana ||.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष).—m A tree sacred to śiva; the berry of it.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Rudrākṣa (रुद्राक्ष).—a kind of tree. (-kṣam) 1 a rosary.

2) the berry of this tree, used for rosaries; भस्मोद्धूलन भद्रमस्तु भवते रुद्राक्षमाले शुभम् (bhasmoddhūlana bhadramastu bhavate rudrākṣamāle śubham) K. P.1.

Derivable forms: rudrākṣaḥ (रुद्राक्षः).

Rudrākṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rudra and akṣa (अक्ष).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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