Rudraksha is a seed traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism. The word Rudraksha is made up of two Sanskrit words: Rudra and aksha that refers to Rudra’s (Lord Shiva’s) teardrops. Rudraksha are sacred beads which have high spiritual and medicinal value.
Rudraksha tree belongs to Elaeocarpaceas family and takes 15-18 years to attain maturity. Rudarksha is the fruit of this tree which is found inside a cover which is similar to walnut. When the cover is broken or cut, the Rudraksha is found inside. After drying, grooves on the surface of Rudraksha which run from apex to bottom demarcate clear areas called mukha or faces. Rudraksha are classified on the basis of the number of faces which can be from 1 to 21 though the scriptures speak of 1-14 faces only. Authentic and high quality Rudraksha are available in Nepal and Indonesia.