We have all grown up knowing the Rudraksha mala for Jap. Did you know that the fruit is an intense deep blue? i did not know until today.
Rudraksha is believed to be the direct blessings of Lord Shiva.
Here are some facts on Rudraksha:
It is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree whose seed is traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism.
The seed is borne by several species of Elaeocarpus, with E. ganitrus being the principal species used in the making of a bead chain or mala.
The specific epithet ganitrus is possibly taken from ganitri, the name for this species in Sundanese and Malay.
Rudraksha grows in the area from the Gangetic Plain in foothills of the Himalayas to South-East Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea to Australia, Guam, and Hawaii.
Rudraksha seeds are covered by an outer shell of blue color when fully ripe, and for this reason are also known as blueberry beads.
The blue colour is derived not from pigment but is structural.
It is an evergreen tree that grows quickly. Rudraksha Tree starts bearing fruit in three to four years. As the tree matures, the roots buttress rising up narrowly near the trunk and radiating out along the surface of the ground.
The pinkish buds change into white blossoms
The seeds show variation in the number of grooves on their surface, and are classified on the basis of the number of divisions that they have.
Different qualities are attributed to the rudraksha based on the number of grooves, or 'faces' that it has.
A common type has five divisions, and these are considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva. It can only be worn with red string or a gold chain.
Rudraksha Mala has been used by Hindus as rosary at least from the 10th century onwards for meditation purposes and to sanctify the mind, body and soul.
The mythology that surrounds the Rudraksha is that the Hindu god Shiva meditated on the welfare of all mankind and cried tears of compassion, peace and joy.
These tears upon hitting the earth crystallized to form these seeds
The divine qualities of this bead were first noted in ancient Hindu scriptures.
They bless one with peace of mind; protect against evil doers and spirits; and bless with peace and prosperity.
Rudraksha fruit is blue in color (hence the other name blueberry )
but turns black
The central hard Rudraksha uni-seed may have 1 to 21 faces.
research conducted by a group of scientists of Banaras Hindu University in coordination with Department of Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Psychiatry, General Medicine and Psychology have proved the powers of Rudraksha scientifically with reproducible results which proved that Rudraksha have electromagnetic, para-magnetic, inductive dia-magnetic and dynamic polarity or the ability to change its polarity.
It has also been shown that Rudraksha have anti-ageing properties based on their electromagnetism.and also have ayurvedic properties.
It also offers a protective shield to the human body.
Rudraksha beads have many other powerful properties in transforming one's personality and outlook in a positive way.
The most appealing about the power of Rudraksha is that it is worn by the lord Shiva as an ornament in his zata (locks of hair),
as necklace, as wrist band and armband.