The Divine Cosmos
Shivaloka is also called Kāshika or Kashi- the place that exudes divine light. Created by Shakti, Shivaloka is the ultimate holy centre, the seat of salvation, shining over and above everything.
The fundamental character of Shivaloka is to give one an experience of extreme bliss or paramananda, so much so that the primordial lovers, the supremely blissful- Shiva and Shakti- made this holy centre their perpetual home.
– Shiva Purana, 1.25
What is Rudraksha?
Rudraksha is believed to be the jewels of gods. The beads are basically dried seeds of the sacred Rudraksha tree (botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus) that are found in a variety of locations in South East Asia, including the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. It is believed that the sacred tree emerged from the tears of Lord Shiva who was engrossed in deep meditation, so much so that the great Lord almost appeared to be dead only except there were tears of ecstasy flowing from his eyes. These teardrops fell on earth and transformed into sacred seeds from which emanated the rudraksha tree. There is another legend according to which, the Supreme Lord couldn’t bear the sufferings of his devotees, and tears dribbled from his eyes contemplating their pain and hardships. These tears fell on the earth in form of the divine seeds out of which the holy rudraksha tree emerged.