Rudraksha need to be purified and energized before they are worn. This is done by chanting of Rudrabhishek and Pranpratishtha mantras and washing the beads and offering incense, sandal paste and other offerings.
Common mantra for all mukhis “Om Namah Shivaya”
Rudraksha could be taken off neck and worn again anytime while chanting these mantras a minimum of 5 times.
Poojan or Energising Rudraksha should be done at regular intervals, as recommended by Shastras.The shastras recommend's two different Vidhi's for energizing Rudraksha which is being elaborated below.
Process 1 ( Easy Ritual)
Choose an auspicious day or any Monday for blessings.
Following is the simple ritual to be followed for Rudraksha wearing or worshipping:
- Wash or sprinkle rudraksha / mala with Ganges water or pure water.
- Apply sandalwood paste.
- Offer incense / dhoop.
- Offer any white flower
- Touch a Shiv Ling or Lord Shiv's photo by the Rudraksha and chant 'Om Namah
Shivaya' for a minimum of 11 times and thereafter rudraksha can be worn or put at
Process 2 (Detailed Ritual)
For an elaborate Rudraksha pujan or blessing following procedure is to be followed:
Blessings may be done by the wearer, his Guru or a priest.
Arrange the following items:
- Punchgavya - Mix of Cow's dung, urine, milk, ghee and curd. In absence use Punchamrit which is mix of unboiled milk, honey, sugar, ghee and curd.
- Ganges water in a achamani pot with Kusha grass for sprinkling or a spoon. In absence of Ganges water, clean pure water may be used.
- 9 leaves of Peepal tree arranged on a plate.
- Plate for offerings to be placed during Puja.
- Dhoop, Incense sticks.
- Camphor and lamp
- Sandal Paste, Aromatic oil.
- Rice grains preferably mixed with asthagandha.
- Ghee lamp (one wick)
- Offerings - Cloth, Flower, Fruit, Betel nut - Paan, Coconut.
After bath, with a calm and pure mind and clean body sit on an Asan (mat or clean carpet) facing east.
Wash Rudraksha with Punchagavya or Punchamrit.Then wash with water / Ganges water.
Place Rudraksha in a plate with 9 leaves of Peepal tree. Place an empty plate in front of this plate for offerings Chant “Om Namah Shivaya” 3 times.
Sprinkle water over yourself and all items of Puja and chant
“Om Apavitrah Pavitro Va Sarva Vastan Gatopi Va Yah Smaret Pundari Kaksham
Sa Bahya Bhyantarah Shushed”
“Om Gurubhyo Namaha, Om Ganeshaya Namaha, Om Kula Devatabhyo Namaha,
Om Ishta Devatabhyo Namaha, Om Mata Pitribhyam Namaha"
Place water on right hand with spoon of Achamani and sip after each of these 3 mantras
“Om Keshavaya Namaha, Om Narayana Namaha, Om Madhavaya Namaha"
Put water on right hand and pour on ground:
“Om Govindaya Namaha"
Do three short rounds of Pranayama breaths.
“Om Pranavasya Parabrahma Rishihi Paramatma Devata Daivi Gayatri Chandaha
Sprinkle water on Rudraksha with Kusha grass or a spoon from Achamani
“Om Sadyojaatam Prapadyaami Sadyojataajava Namo Namaha Bhave
Bhavenaati Bhave Bhavasvamaam Bhavodbhavay Namaha”
Take a flower and dip in Sandal paste and aromatic oils and touch on the beads
“Om Vamdevaya Namah, Jyeshthaay Namah, Shreshthay Namah,
Rudraay Namah, Kaalay Namah, Kala Vikarannaay Namah, Bal Vikaranaay
Namah, Balaah Namah, Bala Pramathanaay Namah, Sarva Bhoot Damanaay
Namah, Manomanaay Namah.”
Offer Dhoop to the rudraksha beads
“Om Aghorebhyo Ghorebhyo Ghor Ghor Tarebhayaha Sarvebhya Sarva
Sharvvebhyo Namaste Astu Rudra Roopebhyana”
Again take a flower and dip in Sandal paste and touch on beads
“Om Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Mahadevaay Dheemahi Tanno Rudraha
Chant Eeeshan mantra
“Om Eeshaanah Sarvavidyaanam Eeshwar Sarvabhootaanaam Brahmaadipati
Brahmanaadhipati Brahma Shivome Astu Sadaa Shivom”
Sada Vasantam Hridaya Ravinde Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami”
Chant Gayatri mantra 3 times
“Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha
Om Tat Savitur Varenyum Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat”
Chant Surya mantra 3 times
“Om Bhu Om Bhuvaha Om Swaha Om Maha Om Janaha Om Tapaha Om Satyam”
Repeat and touch each after each mantra, right eye, left eye, forehead
“Om Apo Jyothi
Brahma Bhu Bhuvaha Swarom”
Chant Mahamrityunjaya mantra 5 times and offer rice to a plate before rudraksha after each round
“Om Haum Joom Sah, Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha, Om Triambakam Yajamahey
Sungandhim Pushti Vardanam, Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Muksheeya
Mamritat, Om Swaha Bhuvaha Bhu Om Sah Joom Haum Om”
Chant Beeja mantra 9 times each
"Om Namah Shivaya, Om Hreem Namah, Om Namah, Om Kleem Namah
Om Hreem Namah, Om Hreem Hum Namah, Om Hum Namah, Om Krom Kshom
Bow or supplicate, then chant this last prayer :
"Om Purnamada purnamidam prunad purnamudyachite
Purnasya purnamadaya purna mevaya shishyate
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti"
The blessed and energised Rudraksha can now be worn on the body as specified or placed at worshiping place.