Rudraksha meaning - the eye of Rudra (Shiva) is considered to be the most potent manifestation of the Cosmic Force. Hence Rudraksha is the object of veneration and also the source to reach the higher self. Rudraksha is often believed to symbolize the link between the earth and the heaven. These beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha fruit obtained from Rudraksha trees. The Rudraksha tree is botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. Its English name is Utrasum Bead Tree.
Rudraksha trees are mostly found in South Eastern Asian Islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali and parts of South Asian Kingdom of Nepal. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India. Considered a major stress reliever, reducing circulatory problems and of course as the best beads, the berry was first spotted in Indonesia and is now grown in Nepal and Haridwar, Srilanka and Malaysia.
The INCENSOS DO MUNDO store only sells Rudraksha from the first ISO 9001 certified rudraksha organization in the world and has the expertise in selecting the best and genuine quality Rudraksha. Also, we only sell Rudraksha from Indonesia (called Java beads) and from Nepal.
Java and Nepal beads have similarity in inner structure: the compartments are clearly visible. Both have natural hole which is a hollow cavity in the centre of the bead, which can easily cleared manually without need of drilling; both have same number of seeds as the mukhi lines: thus 2 mukhi will have 2 seeds, 8 mukhi will have 8 seeds, 14 mukhi will have 14 seeds, etc.; both trees produce the complete range of mukhis from 1 till 21 mukhi, Ganesh, Gauri Shankar, Savar and Trijuti.
These features are not found in Rudraksha trees in Haridwar or South India and Srilanka, where the beads are found to have no natural hole, and also a limited variety of mukhis is produced in these trees like 1 mukhi half moon, 2 mukhi, 3 mukhis only, and very few beads of 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 mukhis, and none higher than this.
DIFFERENCES IN OUTER STRUCTURE
Nepal beads are larger in size, thorny with several projections and having deep clear mukhis. The mukhi lines are embedded deep in the outer surface. Sizes vary from 14 mm - 40 mm with average size 20 mm.
Java beads are much smaller in size with smoother surface and mukhi lines visible as white lines from one hole to the other very close to the surface and not etched deep. Sizes vary from 2 mm - 20 mm with average size 12 mm.
DIFFERENCES IN PROPERTIES
Scientifically there is no difference between the 2 varieties as they have similar nternal structure. Spiritually there is no difference.
All japa malas and the rudraksha bead malas ranging in size from 2 mm - 14 mm (normal and chikna variety) come from Indonesia only. These have been worn since times immemorial for health, spirituality, peace and for mantra japa.
DIFFERENCES IN PRICES
The prices of rudraksha beads are based on demand and supply. Since supply is limited due to lack of organized farming, the prices varies by demand. At present, due to awareness, the prices of Nepal beads has shown increase every season. Java beads were not promoted as much, so their prices are much reasonable at present.
SELECTION OF BEADS
The beads we receive from follow there the strict selection procedure wherein:
- Each bead is tested for genuinity, high quality, energy levels and uniformity;
- We deal in only the highest quality beads which are clear, uniform, lustrous and free of damage;
- We deal in fresh season beads which are not processed in any manner;
- Then beads go through energizing rituals using vedic mantras. Light sandal paste and sandal oil is applied to them in this process;
- The energized bead is ready to be shipped to the client.
Rudraksha bead is a divine gift from Lord Shiva to the mankind for helping them to combat their miseries and sorrows. Therefore these divine beads can be worn by any body irrespective of age, sex, caste, creed, culture and location.However it is desirable that certain precautions be taken while using Rudraksha since it is a divine gift and therefore very pious.