Rudraksha ( Scientific name Elaeocarpus ganitrus) is a large evergreen tree found in Himalayan and Ganges plain and in some parts of Indonesia. Fully ripe fruits are in blue color which bears seeds in it. These seeds are traditionally used as prayer beads in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Rudraksha is a Sanskrit name consists of the words Rudra (“Lord Shiva”) and Aksha (“eyes”). As per Hindu mythology literatures Shiva Puran, Lord Shiva did Tapasya ( Mediation) to destroy demon Tripurasara. From the stress of this Tapsya, tears came out from his eyes and and they turned into Rudraksha.
Extracts from Rudraksha is traditionally used in Ayurveda (A Medicine system that is thousands of years old that has roots in Indian subcontinent). It has following properties: Anti-depressant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Antioxidant, and Antihypertensive. In Ayurveda, rudraksha extract is used in the treatment of hypertension, anxiety, epilepsy, migraine, depression, palpitation, nerve pain, asthma, arthritis and liver disease. In Ayurveda, It is also believed that wearing rudraksha has positive effect on heart and nerves (not scientifically proven)
In ancient times, Rudraksha was considered one of the best medicines for hypertension.
Rudraksha seeds are categorized on the basis of clefts or faces or mukhis the seeds bears. Two mukhi to fourteen mukhi Rudraksha are available in the market. One mukhi and fifteen to twenty one mukhi Rudraksha are rare and very costly. Some of these rudraksha are sold upwards of $2000. As per Indian astrology, each different types of mukhis are associated to different zodiac signs and bearer has to chant different mantra depending on the type they chose to wear.
If you ever plan to buy rare Rudraksha beads, make sure you buy them from well-established vendors. There are so many duplicates available in the market due to their high price and high demand.
It is believed that when a high quality rudraksha bead is placed between two copper coins it will rotate in one of the direction. You could find some videos in internet on its demonstration. We could not validate the authenticity of this claim.
In our Japa Malas, we use high quality beads sourced from India and Nepal. In “Spirit of Yogi” series, we use beads sourced from Indonesia. We use most commonly available five mukhi beads in our Malas.