Rudraksha faces numbering fifteen to twenty represent various other gods.

Rudraksha faces numbering fifteen to twenty represent various other gods. The twenty-one-faced seed represents the wealth god Kubera, and is said to bestow great material riches on its owner. Rudraksha means the 'eye' (akshu) of Rudra, symbolising the third eye in his forehead.

Rudraksha faces symbolic meanings

1. Rudraksha with One face: represents Shiva. Possession of such a bead confers great fortune.

2. Rudraksha with Two faces: Shiva and Parvati united into one body as Ardhanarishvara- the 'god who is half man'.

3· Rudraksha with Three faces: the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; the fire god Agni; the goddess Sarasvati; the merging of the three sacred rivers (trivenz)- the Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati.

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4. Rudraksha with· Four faces: the four heads of Brahma.

5· Rudraksha with Five faces: the five faces of Shiva as Pashupatinath, or 'Lord of the Animals'.

6. Rudraksha with Six faces: Kumara or Kartikeya, the second son of Shiva, who was born with six faces.

7· Rudraksha with Seven faces: the seven Great Rishis.

8. Rudraksha with Eight faces: Ganesha; the eight directional guardians.

9· Rudraksha with Nine faces: the nine planets.

10.Rudraksha with Ten faces: the ten incarnations (avataras) of Vishnu.

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11. Rudraksha with Eleven faces: Ekadasa Rudra -the eleven faces of Shiva as Lokeshvara, 'The Lord of the Realms'- which Buddhism developed as eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara.

A contemporary saint from India believed to be over a hundred years old, is said to wear a rudraksha mala which has spontaneously manifested 108 different deity forms on its beads.


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