Shiva purana says that “Rudraksh” is the gift of Lord Shiva to mankind.
It’s name is derived from the combination of 2 Sanskrit words :
Rudra and Aksha.
Rudra means Lord Shiva and Aksha means eye.
It means Rudraksha originated from the eyes of Lord Shiva as tears and bhoomi devi conceived his tears as the rudrakha tree.
Ripe fruits of Rudraksha tree :-
How Beads are derived from these fruits :
Where it is found :
It is abundantly found near the abode of Lord Shiva – Kailash or Himalayas (Nepal).
It is also found in India , China, Srilanka,Africa,Indonesia etc.
How to find original Rudraksha beads :
Because of its popularity, counter feet rudrakshas are abundant in the market for sale.
They either carve rudrakha design on to a wooden bead or use heavy metals like lead to make other look alike to be passed on as originals.
Tantrics and Yogis can identify the Power of Rudrakshas by keeping Rudraksha in their fist and observing pulse (Nadi spandana) . That is impossible for normal persons.
Below mentioned simple tests can be used by anyone to find out Original Rudraksha.
There are 4 traditional methods to select genuine rudraksh :
1) Copper Test
Original Rudraksha is blessed with a natural magnetic field around it’s edges.
Keep rudrakha between 2 copper plates/coins and you can see mild deflection or rotation of the seed due to its magnetic properties.
Place Rudraksha on one coin vertically with it’s poles facing up and down.
Bring the second copper coin slowly, so that you can see the movement.
Original Rudraksha must rotate in Clockwise direction (Pradakshina). There will be some Rudrakshas which will rotate Anti-clockwise (Apradakshina). Discard them. Eventhough they are also Rudrakshas ,they will have Negative energy.
If you don’t see any movement or deflection then the bead is either damaged or fake.
2) Water Test
Seeds of any tree will float in water.
Put the Rudraksha into a container filled with water or milk.Eventhough it is a seed , original will sink to the bottom.Rudraksha beads from unripe fruits will also float on water. But they are useless.
Please note that this test alone is not safe now because of clever counter feats – made using wood or implanted with heavy metals.
3) Temperature test:
It is a simple test which highlights an important property of Rudraksha. Place Rudraksha in a glass of water (just enough to cover Rudraksha). Record temperature by using a Thermometer. Record the temperature after 30 minutes. If the Rudraksha used is original ,you can observe 1 or 2 degrees centigrade rise of temperature.
4) Test using Milk :
This is a time consuming test. Place Rudraksha in a glass of fresh milk. Test the milk after 2 days. The milk will not get spoiled. Some quality Rudrakshas can protect milk for even 3 days. Ek mukhi Rudraksha will work for 5 to 7 days!!!
All said and done , the luck to have in possession an original rudraksha is greatly determined by your karmas and blessings from guru and god.
So keep praying sincerely to Shiva and he will drop few of his tears for you.
You can order genuine Rudrakhas from this below link of Isha Foundation:
( Note : This is not for profit organisation and no personal gain is intended)
Shambho Mahadeva !!!!!!!