Wearing Rudrakshas for the First Time

Rudrakshas need to be purified and energized before they are worn. This is done by us during special Vedic fire rituals called Yagyas (Yajna).

The common mantra for all Rudrakshas is“Om Namah Shivaya” . Rudrakshas can be taken off neck and worn again anytime while chanting these mantras a minimum of 5 times. Read more here to understand how to wear and clean Rudrakshas, and find out when and where they should not be worn.

Here are some other easy rituals which may be performed to energize Rudrakshas: 

Easy Ritual to purify and energize Rudrakshas

Choose an auspicious day or any Monday for wearing.
Here’s a simple ritual to be followed for Rudraksha wearing or worshipping:


  • Wash or sprinkle Rudraksha with Gangajal or pure water (or river water).
  • Apply sandalwood paste.
  • Offer incense / dhoop.
  • Offer any white flower.
  • Touch the Rudraksha to a Shiv Ling or Lord Shiva’s photo and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ for a minimum of 11 times and thereafter Rudraksha can be worn or placed at puja place.

For Rudraksha Puja arrange following items

Panchgavya – mix of cow’s dung, urine, milk, ghee and curd. In absence of this, use Panchamrit which is a mix of unboiled milk, honey, sugar, ghee and curd.

Gangajal in a achamani pot with Kusha grass or a spoon for sprinkling. In absence of Gangajal, 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, betel-leaves, coconut.)

Performing the Puja

After bath, with a calm and clean body and pure mind sit on an Asan (mat or clean carpet) facing east.

Wash Rudraksha with Panchagavya or Panchamrit and then wash with water / Gangajal

Place Rudraksha in a plate over the 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 SmaretPundari 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 KeshavayaNamaha, Om Narayanaya Namaha, Om MadhavayaNamaha”

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 Pranayamae Viniyogaha”

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 Prachodayaat”

Chant Eeeshan mantra:
“Om Eeshaanah Sarvavidyaanam Eeshwar Sarvabhootaanaam Brahmaadipati Brahmanaadhipati Brahma Shivome Astu Sadaa Shivom”, SadaVasantamHridayaRavindeBhavamBhavaniSahitamNamami”

Chant Gayatri mantra 3 times:
“Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha Om Tat SaviturVarenyum 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 RasoAmtritam 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 Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam, Urvar Ukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Moksheeya 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 Rom Namah

Bow or supplicate, then chant this last prayer:
Om Purnamadapurnamidamprunadpurnamudyachite Purnasyapurnamadayapurnamevayashishyate Om Shanti ShantiShanti

The blessed and energised Rudraksha can now be worn on the body as specified or placed at worshipping place.