Rudraksha has been known in India for ages. No yogi can be seen who is not wearing the necklace of Rudraksha around his neck. Rudraksha is not worn to show off. It has mythological significance and more importantly, healing properties when worm on the body. It also has yogic significance.
Rudraksha is a fruit covered with pulp and a thin outer skin. The fruit has 1 to 20 ridges. (called as Mukhas or mouths) The skin of the fruit is green when it is fresh and if removed from the tree and it turns blackish- brown when it dries up. For every ridge there is a different tree. Out of a single tree, 60% fruits are average, 20 % are of the best quality, and 20 % below average. The best quality Rudraksha costs a small fortune. The Rudraksha tree is big in size like a Banyan tree. Within 15 to 18 years, the tree fully grows up. Rudraksha is classified under Elaeocarpaceae family. This tree is mainly found in the Himalayas as well as Nepal, Indonesia, Java, and Jakarta.
The plant has got medicinal properties and is used widely in the manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. Very popularly, it is used to control blood pressure where two
Panchamukhis, Rudrakshas are soaked in a glass of water at sunset and the water is taken early in the morning on an empty stomach.
In ancient scriptures like Rudraksha- Jabalopanishad, Padma Purana, Shiva Purana, and Devi Purana, there is mention of Rudraksha.
As per the scriptures, there are 4 types of Rudraksha:
Usually, they were advised to be used caste- wise.
1. Brahmin / white
2. Kshatriya/ red
3. Vaishya/ yellow
4. Shudras/ black
But it is very difficult to identify the original color because finally it turns to brownish- black. Usually, they are soaked into mustard oil to save it from white ants and other insects. It stays for generations this way.
When you are looking to buy a new Rudraksha, you can apply certain standard parameters to verify its genuineness prevalent for ages. There are three main tests performed. They are as follows:
1. Water Test – You add Rudraksha to a glass of water. If it floats, it fails the test. It must sink to the bottom as soon as it drops in, like a stone if at as genuine.
2. Copper Coin Test – The bead is held in between two copper coins, and then watched for rotation. The movement of the bead is watched to the right or left and if it moves to the right, it is taken as good.
3. Milk Test – Milk is poured on the bead. If it stands firmly on its base, it is considered as good.
All the above tests are commonly used but might mislead in judging the genuineness of the Rudraksha. You can only judge the genuineness by breaking open the fruit!
Precautions while you are wearing Rudrakshas
1. You are not supposed to use it if you are indulgent in