Rudraksha is a genus of large evergreen trees with more than 360 species distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
• classification of Elaeocarpaceae to which rudraksha belongs is as follows:
• These species are distributed in Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tibet, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, northern parts of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Philippines, Southern China, Japan, and Hawaii. The islands of Borneo and New Guinea have a large concentration of the species.
• These trees may be 14.60 meters to 29.20 meters tall (Fig. 1-A) depending on the area (Nepal rudraksha trees are over 20 meters tall) and have trunks up to 1.22 meters in diameter.
• Its leaves are like mango tree leaves have a length of around 17.78 cms and a width of 2.54 cms to 4.45 cms.
• Flowering takes place in mid-November and bunches of white flowers grow from old leaf axils. The flowers enhance the beauty of the tree and they seem to have a mild aroma similar to Night blooming jasmine (Raat rani) flowers. The length of the flower bunch is smaller than that of the leaf. After nearly a month of flowering, fruits start appearing but this occurs only when the tree is seven to eight years old.
• Rudraksha is the fruit The outer skin of the fruit has several medicinal values and normally the local people of the area where these trees grow, make use of these by boiling them in water and drinking the water in case of fever, cough, or cold.
• The fruits of rudraksha are green in color and are nearly round in shape for the common varieties (5, 6, and 7 Mukhis). Its pulp, tasting sour, is eaten by the birds, when green. It turns to blue and then dark brown with aging. With such deep blue-colored fruits all over, the tree looks magnificent. It is often called “Blue Marble Tree”.
• Rudraksha has been known for a range of benefits like spirituality, health, prosperity, and resolution of psychological issues, fear, or problems involving
• As one wears rudraksha, all types of sins, including acts of murder, eating of prohibited items, or bad deeds like cheating, get condoned and the sinner gains purity of thought and deed. Removal of fear is the basic characteristic of these beads.
• It is the experience of many that wearing rudraksha brings in health, happiness, calmness, and prosperity. However, the emphasis laid in related epics is on the aspect of deliverance from sins
• It must be clarified that mere wearing of rudraksha is not a license for one to commit any sinful deeds. It has a great virtue to give strength and purity to one’s inner feelings.
• Rudraksha is also useful as a medicinal herb, specifically for cardiac problems, blood pressure, and mental disorders. It also improves intelligence.
• Oral administration of rudraksha in powder or paste form as medicine is yet to be introduced, as toxicity studies are underway. Initial studies show that it is safe to take rudraksha powder.
• Rudraksha beads in body contact as dielectric material in variable Puranic uses form capacitors of different types. Holding a rudraksha bead between a pair of fingers and receiving time-varying low voltage electrical signals can be electrically modeled as a simple capacitor having a Verizon dielectric material between two parallel plates. Their rosaries, made either in a cotton thread or in metal wires in other uses such as on shoulder, wrist, forehead, neck or hair, etc
• “In the light of body-brain electrical circuitry relationship, it may be indicated that the modulated signals by the receptor nerves, on reaching the brain, can, in fact, modulate the brain signals, which may give rise to psycho-physiological effects.
• “This study reveals that the biomedical application of rudraksha beads as described in the Shiva Puran is true to the best of scientific knowledge.”