Rudraksha and Siththars

Author: தோழி / Labels: , ,

The rudrakshas have always been a symbol of the Siththars. Even now we identify  Siththar images with this rudrakshas only. We have found much information about the rudrakshas in the songs of the Siththars. If I should share all those informations here it will take another two weeks to share all of them. Hence I wish to share the songs of Agathiyar and Thirumoolar only.

Thirumoolar narrates the greatness of the rudrakshas in the following song. Let us know the greatness of the rudraksha by the following song.

"பூதி யணிவது சாதன மாதியிற்
poothi yanivathu saathana maathiyir
காதணி தாம்பிர குண்டலங் கண்டிகை
kaathani thaambira kundalang kandikai
ஓதி யவர்க்கும் உருத்திர சாதனந்
oathi yavarkkum uruththira saathanan
தீதில் சிவயோகி சாதனந் தேரிலே
theethil sivayogi saathanan thaeril"

- திருமூலர் (Thirumoolar)

"காதணி குண்டலம் கண்டிகை நாதமுன்
kaathani kundalam kandikai naathamun
ஊதுநற் சங்கம் உயர்கட்டி கப்பரை
oothunar sangam uyarkatti kapparai 
ஓதுமில் பாதுகம் யோகாந்த ஆதனம்
oathumil paathukam yogantha aathanam
ஏதுமில் யோகபட் டம்தண்டம் ஈரைந்தே
aethumil yogapat tamthandam eerainthae"

- திருமூலர் (Thirumoolar)

Agathiyar has also shared so much information about the rudraksha in his songs. Like wise in this post we are going to see one of the rarest information. We might have noticed that the people who have spiritual beliefs and those who are interested in god wear the rudraksha gosary.  Agathiyar says about the  rudraksha sizes and their desired formats to his disciples. The following is the song:

"துதிக்கவென்றால் புலத்தியனே இன்னங்கூர்வேன்
thuthikkavenraal Pulathiyanae innangkoorvaen
துப்புரவாய் செபமாலை பூணுங்காலம்
thuppuravaai sepamaalai poonangkaalam
மதிக்கவே செபமாலை ருத்திரட்ச
mathikkavae sepamaalai ruththiratcha
மன்னவனே யாறுமுகந் தானெடுப்பாய்
mannavanae yaarumukan thaaneduppaai
பதிக்கவே செபமாலை முப்பதிரெண்டு
pathikkavae sepamaalai muppathirendu
பாங்குடனே சடையதிலே யணியவேண்டும்
paangudanae sadaiyathilae yaniyavaendum
விதிப்படியே ருத்ராட்ச மன்பத்தொன்று
vithippadiyae ruthraatcha manbaththonru
வேதவிதிப் பிரமாணம் செப்பக்கேளே
vaethavithip piramaanam seppakkaelae"

- அகத்தியர் (Agathiyar)

"கேளப்பா புலத்தியனே யின்னங்கூர்வேன்
kaelappaa Pulathiyanae yinnangkoorvaen
கொடியான ருத்திராட்சம் மன்பத்தொன்று
koadiyaana ruththiraatcham manpaththonru
மீளப்பா மாலயது களுத்திலேதான்
meelappaa maalayathu kaluththilaethaan
மிக்கவே தான்றரிக்க விதியேயாகும்
mikkavae thaanrarikka vithiyaeyaakum
தாளப்பா கரகணுக்கில் செபமாலை
thaalappaa karakanukkil sepamaalai
தகமையுட னுத்திராட்சம் பன்னிரெண்டாகும்
thakamaiyuda nuththiraatcham pannirendaakum
வேளப்பா ருத்திராட்சம் கங்கணந்தான்
vaelappaa ruththiraatcham kangananthaan
நாதமுறைத் தான்படியே வட்டமாச்சே
naathamuraith thaanpadiyae vattamaachae"

- அகத்தியர் (Agathiyar)

"அட்டமாம் ருத்திராட்ச முழங்கைமேலே
attamaam ruththiraatcha muzhungaimaelae
அன்புடனே சரமதுவும் சோடசந்தான்
anbudanae saramathuvum soadasanthaan
திட்டமுடன் சோடசமாம் பதினாறப்பா
thittamudan soadasamaam pathinaarappaa
தீர்க்கமுடன் முழங்கரமா மணியத்துள்ளே
theerkkamudan muzhunkaramaa maniyaththullae
நிட்டையிலே தான்பூண்டு மதியங்கொண்டு
nittaiyilae thaanpoondu mathiyangkondu
நிஷ்களங்க மானசெப மாலைபூண்டு
nishkalanga maanasepa maalaipoondu
சட்டமுட னசுவினியர் சொன்னநீதி
sattamuda nasuviniyar sonnaneethi
சடாட்சரனே யுந்தமக்கு சாற்றினேனே
sadaadsaranae yunthamakku saatrinaenae"

- அகத்தியர் (Agathiyar)

He says that he learnt the information from  Aswini devar  about the  rudraksha that should be worn while chanting mantra . All these rudrakshas shoud be six faced. The rosary tied with 32 rudrakshas has to be worn to the plaited hair, the rosary tied with 51 rudrakshas has to be worn around the neck, the rosary tied with 12 rudrakshas has to be worn to wrist and the garland with 16 rudrakshas has to be worn on the part above the elbow.

Next time when you notice a saint or Saivite monk, just  notice if they are wearing rudraksha as told by Agathiyar.

In the next post we shall see about the medicinal values of the rudrakshas.

Original –
Translated by சந்தியா

Rudraksha – Few rare informations

Author: தோழி / Labels:

The rudraksha is used for three kinds of purposes like wearing on the body, chanting rosary while doing some pooja or chanting mantra and also to put as an ornament on the statue of god. This rosary have to be made by using the identical rudrakshas. In most of the rudrakshas we can find the hole at the centre naturally. Hole is made only if they are not present naturally. This information might not be known to most of them.

People buy the certain kind of rudrakshas only by knowing their importance. Hence those are sold out for more prices also. Making use of this opportunity, some sellers make the fake rudrakshas that look identical to the real ones. These are mostly made out of plastic or sealing wax. We could not find the differences between the real and fake ones. Hence we need to be careful while buying the rudraksha. 

There are certain easy ways to identify the real rudraksha. If we keep the rudraksha between two copper coins, then it will rotate.  Also if we drop the single faced rudraksha in flowing water, it will run in the opposite direction. All the rudraksha except the four faced one will float in the water. Apart from this there are many other methods too.

Each one of the rudraksha has its own unique energy layer. Because of this only it has been told that the rudraksha should not touch each other. To separate them from each other we should tie a knot in between them. There are three kinds of knots in usage. We should observe them and buy.

These knots are called as Naagapaasam, Savithri, Brahmakiranthi. Based on the need of the rosary, the type of the knot varies. After putting all these together the ends of the rosary has to be tied. And at that point another rudraksha is tied. It is called as “Naayaga mani” or “Meru mani”.

While chanting the mantras using these rosary, the mantras get additional power. It has to be kept straight to the navel during the mornings, it has to be kept straight to the chest in the afternoon and it has to be kept straight to the nose in the evening times and chanted. Only by doing this, we can attain the results. Keeping the rudraksha rosary in hand and by chanting mantra at the mountain peaks, shore of the rivers, forests, caves, and near the samadhis of saints or Siththars, we will get the better effects. This rudraksha rosary can be worn by everyone.

In the next post we shall see about the details about the information that the Siththars have told about the rudrakshas.

Original –
Translated by சந்தியா

Rudraksha – Size and types

Author: தோழி / Labels:

The seeds of the rudraksha tree is taken, washed and dried. Based on their sixes they are categorized for various uses. The size varies based on the temperature, type of tree, age of the tree and the growth of the fruit. Generally the seeds would be in pale black or reddish pale brown.

The outer surface of the rudraksha is uneven but has got strong ups and downs. If we notice them deeply we can find that there would be a line travelling from the top to the bottom. That slit is recognized as the face. Based on the age and growth of these rudraksha, the slits occur. We can find rudrakshas varying from 1 to 21 faces. 95% of the rudrakshas would be possessing 5 to 6 faces only.

The weight of this rudraksha depends based on the depth and the distance between the faces. If the face is closer it would be heavier and if the faces are located far from each other then they would be light weight. This kind of light weighted pearls will float in the water.

A very rare kind of the rudraksha would have two faces attached to each other and would contain no faces on them. This kind of pearls is called as “Gowri Sankar”. The pearls with only face would look like an incompletely grown one. The rudraksha with one, two and three faces would be the most rarest and most powerful kind of rudraksha.

Based on the size of the rudraksha, they are categorized into three. They are gooseberry sized rudraksha, jujube sized pearl and peanut sized pearls. The gooseberry sized rudraksha gives the complete effects, the jujube sized rudraksha causes medium level of effects and the peanut sized pearls gives low level of effects.

Generally these are tied up like a rosary and used. Either thread or metal strips is used to join the rudrakshas. There are various methods to tie up these garlands. These garlands are made with four different counts of the rudrakshas like 1, 27, 54, and 108. While tying them into garlands we should make it a point that all the rudhrakshas contain similar kind of faces. But those who make the garlands for commercial purposes do not note all these points.

While tying them as a garland rudrakshas should not touch to each other.

We shall see about the reason behind this in the next post.

Original –
Translated by சந்தியா