Rudraksha

RUDRAKSHA

Rudraksha, also rudraksh, Sanskrit: rudrākṣa (Sanskrit: रूद्राक्ष)("Rudra's [Shiva's] Eye"), is a seed traditionally used as prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved tree in the genus Elaeocarpus, with Elaeocarpus ganitrus being the principal species. They are associated with the Hindu deity Shiva and are commonly worn for protection by his devotees. Rudrakshas are primarily used in India as beads for organic jewellery and malas, and are valued similar to semi-precious stones. Various meanings and potencies are attributed to beads with different numbers of segments (faces), and rare or unique beads are highly prized and valuable. While having genuine spiritual significance for believers, they are often the source of claims similar to those made about magnetic or crystal bracelets, faith healing and other medical pseudoscience, attracting interest from businessman and other people seeking good fortune.