Some facts about Rudraksha


Rudraksha beads are a plant product, containing carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and trace elements in combined form. The percentage compositions of their gaseous elements were determined by C-H-N Analyzer and by Gaschromatography. The result shows that Rudraksha beads consist of 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen.

Rudraksha is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree. Its scientific name being Elaeocarpus ganitrus, the family is tiliaceae. Altitude-wise, its habitat starts from sea-coast and goes up to 2,000 meters. Geographically it is found growing naturally and abundantly in tropical and subtropical areas. The trees are perennial in habitat. The trees are almost 50ft to 200ft in height.

It has ovoid, conical and elongate flowers, nearly 1 to 2 cm in diameter. Its fruit is globose and drupaceous having a fleshy exterior and is light green in color. Rudraksha beads are covered by an outer shell which is blue in color and is hard and tubercle on the inside. On each Rudraksha seed vertical lines are seen running down its surface. These lines are called mukhi or "the clefts or furrows on the surface" and determine the type of mukhi Rudraksha. For instance Seeds with one vertical line are one mukhi Rudraksha, those with two lines are two mukhi and so on. Rudraksha beads contain 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen. It takes 15 to 16 years for Rudraksha to mature and bear fruits. It is kept in water for a number of days and then Rudraksha is taken out after peeling off the pulp.

 

Rudraksha comes from 1 to 21 mukhis, but Rudraksha of 1 to 14 mukhis are commonly found. Now mukhis from 22 upwards are also found every few years in small quantity and their properties have to be researched as no reference is available in ancient texts . The five-faced Rudraksha are found easily and abundantly. Depending upon the availability and production of Rudraksha different prices have been allocated for different mukhi Rudraksha.


According to old mythology " Siva Purana" that the favourites of Lord Siva , Rudraksha trees grow in Gouda Land which in present era is the area of the Gangetic Plain on the southern border area of Asia to the foothills of great Himalaya and middle area of Nepal.

Ancient Vedic scriptures talk about different circumstances leading to the creation of "Rudra". All the epics are centered on Lord Shiva, the god of eternal cycle of creation and destruction. Lord Shiva is also known by the name "Rudra". According to Shiva puran, once lord Shiva went into deep meditation for a long period for the well-being of all living beings. After waking from the state of meditation, he opened his eyes and instantly tear drops fell on the earth. On reaching the ground, tear drops took the form of a seed which later grew into Rudraksha tree.

Later the merits of Rudraksha were evidenced in the late 1960s by a group of scientists lead by Dr. Subas Rai PHD Institute of Technology University in Banaras India. Dr. Roy's research boosted that as scripted in the scriptures, Rudraksha indeed possess Powerful Electromagnetic, Paramagnetic and Inductive Properties confirmed that the healing powers of Rudraksha beads flow from their electro-magnetic properties. Many schools of yogic thoughts advocates for the religious, scientific and spiritual significance of Rudraksha.

in the recent year scientific studies have been taken in India to determine the degree and mechanism of the healing powers of Rudraksha. In prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras, India, Dr. Subhas Rai published one of the best known research papers about Rudraksh.

 

The research of Dr. Subhas Rai on Rudraksha confirmed that this beads have dominant electromagnetic, paramagnetic and inductive properties. These properties describe the healing powers of Rudraksha bead. While wearing the Rudraksh Beads, Blood circulation and heart beats automatically induce a magnetic field through body and mainly the heart region. When heart starts beating above or below normal rates then a balancing force is exerted on the heart to control it. This phenomenon helps to make sure for ideal blood circulation in the body.

 

Due to having the polarity and intensity of induced magnetic field, the Rudraksha beads transmit slight electrical and inductive impulses with conflicting polarity and intensity. Hence when it is put over the heart it controls the heart beats. So it is clear that the beneficial effects of Rudraksha bead have been proved scientifically too.