Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rudraksha plant

Originally uploaded by vk_i_maverick
A rare sight to see nowadays was this "rudraksh" plant for sale (both round and elongated).

Each plant was for Rs. 500 only but i had spent my money on buying books hence i couldnt buy even a single one. :(

It so happens that people will spend money like crazy for buying beads but there arent many takers for conservation and propagation of the plant itself!

Unfortunately even i didnt take the name of the exhibitor who had on sale rare plants as well as our regular garden varieties.

Some Information on rudraksh plant:

Rudraksha is the name of the dark berries of Elaeocarpus ganitrus, used to make prayer beads. The word is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra and ākṣa meaning eye. Latin name 'ganitrus' possibly taken from ganitri, the name for this species in Sundanese and Malay.

The Rudraksha is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree that grows in the area from the Gangetic plain to the foothills of the Himalayas. Rudraksha trees are also found in middle areas of Nepal. 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.

The berries show variation in the number of grooves on their surface, and are classified on the basis of the number of divisions that they have. A common type has five divisions, and these are considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva.

The Rudraksh seeds are brittle in nature and so should be protected from chemicals.

The best way to find the authenticity of a rudraksha is to get it X-rayed and count the number of compartments inside. If they are equal to the number of lines outside the rudraksha is real.

Rudraksh is also used by people as a rosary while chanting mantras.

A report by I.I.S.C. on the dwindling numbers of rudraksha tress and rampant felling and collection of seeds leading to loss of rudraksha trees across India. File is in *pdf format, you will need acrobat for viewing.


Pictures of Rudraksha:


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Anonymous said...

Where were these rudraksh plants available on sale, kindly tell me and they are are available for sale now also , i would like to purchase one.

Anonymous said...

Please tell me how i can get the rudraksha plant . I was searching for a long time . please send me a mail to rajesht_99@yahoo.com


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