word Rudra is the name of Lord Shiva and aksha means tears.
There are several versions about the origin of the
say that there was a demon called Tripura Sur who was gaining more
and power and becoming
invincible. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods and Goddess went
to Lord Shiva for help. They asked him to control the devil and
Shiva used his most fierce fire weapon called
‘Aaghor’ to destroy the demon. But Lord Shiva knew
about the devastating effet of this weapon and this brought
tears to his eyes. When he opened his eyes, a few teardrops fell on the earth.
his tears fell, trees grew and were named the Rudraksha
‘Tears of Lord Shiva’, though the
English name for theRudraksha tree is ‘UTRASUM BEAD