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Rudraksha has its origin from the Sanskrit words, Rudra and Aksha. Rudra is another name for Lord Shiva, and Aksha means eye. As per the old mythological tale, the Rudraksha plant was born out of Lord Shiva's teardrops, hence the berry is called as Rudraksha. Rudraksha berry are produced by Rudraksha trees in Parts of Nepal, Indonesia India. Ancient scriptures, such as Shiva Purana, Padma Purana and Srimad Bhagavad mention the greatness and wonderful powers of the Rudraksha bead.

Rudraksha has its origin from the Sanskrit words, Rudra and Aksha. Rudra is another name for Lord Shiva, and Aksha means eye. As per the old mythological tale, the Rudraksha plant was born out of Lord Shiva's teardrops, hence the berry is called as Rudraksha. Rudraksha berry are produced by Rudraksha trees in Parts of Nepal, Indonesia India. Ancient scriptures, such as Shiva Purana, Padma Purana and Srimad Bhagavad mention the greatness and wonderful powers of the Rudraksha bead.

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from About.com Religion & Spirituality

Lord Shiva

Shiva is both destroyer or purifier and re-creator. The snakes around his neck symbolize power over evil and fertility. He wears a female earring on his left and and a males on his right which symbolizes sexual power and union.

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Lord Shiva’s power of destruction and recreation are used to destroy the illusions and imperfections of this world and change it for the better. This makes him a source of both good and evil. It is his nature and reaction that earned him different names in the Hindu Mythology. Find out more in detail about Shiva.

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1000 Names of Shiva : Get the a complete list of all the names of Shiva and the story behind every name of this great hindu deity. All the other different names of Shiva that are mentioned in the RIG VEDA are too mentioned in the list.

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What Are the 108 Names of Lord Shiva?

Here are the 108 names of the Hindu God Shiva gleaned from the Sri Shiva Ashtotattrashata Namavali mantra. It is believed that devotees, who read, memorize or chant these 108 auspicious names of Shiva with single-minded focus, will receive the blessing of the Lord and be shorn of all sins.

Name of the Siddhar : Sri Agasthiar Siddhar Tamil Month Of Birth : Markazhi Tamil Birth Star : Aayilyam Duration Of Life : 4 Yugas, 48 Days Place Of Samathi : Thiruvananthapuram Caste : Velalar Guru : Shiva Disciples : Bhogar ; Babaji ; Thiruvalluvar ; Machamuni. Contributions : Medicine ; Kayakalpa ; Tamil Grammar ; Yoga.

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Kālī is the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shakti. She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga (Parvati). The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death: Shiva. Since Shiva is called Kāla— the eternal time — the name of Kālī, his consort, also means "Time" or "Death" (as in "time has come").

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