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Rudraksha seed prayer beads

Description: The use of beads to count prayers may have been started by Indian Hindus dating back to the sixth century B.C. Prayer beads continue to be very important in the lives of people who practice Hindu religion. Prayers are repeated along with the names of favorite gods and goddesses for hours daily. There are two basic types of prayer beads corresponding to the two major Hindu sects of the gods Shiva (the destroyer) and Vishnu (the protector). These beads are seeds from the fruit from the rudraksha tree, mainly found in Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It’s believed that the first rudraksha trees were planted by Lord Shiva’s tears, making the rudraksha tree, fruits and seeds sacred. Those who wear rudraksha beads invoke the energy of Lord Shiva, expelling negative thoughts and emotions while insuring peace of mind, prosperity and good health. This string of rudraksha prayer beads originates from India and dates to the 1960s.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Geography: India
Subjects: India
Hinduism -- Customs and practices
Vishnu (Hindu deity)
Shiva (Hindu deity)

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