Gauri Shankar Rudraksha
Two naturally joined rudrakshas are called Gauri Shankar Rudraksha. This rudraksha is the unified form of Lord Shiva and the Goddess Uma (also known as Parvati). Some people call this Ardhanarishvara rudraksha. It is regarded as a unified form of Shiva and Shakti.
Creation and life cycle of this universe is not possible without the unification of male and female forms of humans. Lord Shiva took the Ardhanarishvara form in order to represent this aspect to mankind. The Ardhanarishvara is a form of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati. Ardhanarishvara is portrayed as half-male and half-female, equally split down in the middle.
Ardhanarishvara represents the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti) and illustrates how Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from Shiva and vice versa. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation. Another view is that Ardhanarishvara is a symbol of Shiva's all pervasive nature.
The name Ardhanarishvara means "the Lord Who is half woman." Ardhanarishvara is also known by other names like Ardhanaranari ("the half man-woman"), Ardhanarisha ("the Lord who is half woman"), Ardhanarinateshvara ("the Lord of Dance Who is half-woman), etc.
The iconography of Ardhanarishvara: the right superior side of the body usually is the male Shiva and the left is the female Parvati, in rare depictions belonging to the Shaktism school, the feminine holds the dominant right side. The icon usually is prescribed to have four, three or two arms, but rarely is depicted with eight arms. In the case of three arms, the Parvati side has only one arm, suggesting a lesser role in the icon.
Gauri Shankar Rudraksha Benefits
- Gauri Shankar Rudraksha improves relationship between husband and wife.
- This Rudraksha becomes the cause of expansion of the universe providing fertility.
- It makes the husband and wife identify each other.
- Gauri Shankar Rudraksha is considered the best thing for peace and unity in the family.
- It is a powerful Rudraksha for balancing Ida & Pingala.
Gauri Shankar Rudraksha Mantra
Mantras to be recited for Gauri Shankar Rudraksha :
- Om Namah Shivaya
- Om Gawishankarabhyam Namah