The “Rudraksha: is steeped in magical mythology and entrenched in the psyche of millions of Indians.
The mere utterance of the word is synonymous with the Mystical and evokes both awe and reverence.
Literally translated it means the “Tears of Lord Shiva” ( Rudra is another name for the Supreme Lord Shiva and “aksha” are tears).
Scientifically called Elaeocarpus sphaericus, it is a large evergreen tree ( called The Bead Tree in English) found in the Himalayas. The Dried Fruits ( beads) borne on this now threatened species are called Rudraksha.( please ses the featured image)
I was fortunate to see this Magical Tree for the first time in 51 years of my existence on Planet Earth in the Doon Valley ( Dehradun , India) .
Each bead ( see the feature image) of this Mystical tree is supposed to have numerous Curative properties especially to lower High Blood Pressure, Calm the Heart and Relax your Nerves.
To know more about the therapeutic properties you could check out the following link which a scientific paper on this Curative and Magical Tree.
The Himalayan Rudraksha is extremely prized and sought after in the Indian sub Continent.
You ( my readers) are indeed fortunate ( and probably one of a handful) to view the Fruits in their natural state in the picture below.
The Round Olive like Green Beads are the Raw Fruits of the Rudrakhsa Tree.
A Sight Rarely Seen
The Rudraksha or Bead Tree has numerous mystical characteristics. It is extremely difficult to propagate by cuttings, the seeds take over Two years of suitable climate to Germinate and almost a decade before it bears fruit.
The picture below is of A Raw Green Fruit, a dried Purple-Brown Fruit and the skeletal Rudraksha or Seed without the external Flesh.
Various Stages of the Rudrakhsa Bead
The Rudraksha Beads are similar to Rosary Beads and usually 108 beads are strung up to make up a Prayer Necklace.
On your travels through India watch out carefully and you will see many religiously inclined like Priests and Sadhus adorn these Wonder beads.
Am sharing a picture of a fabulous Naga Sadhu taken during the Kumbh at Ujjain, adorn a head gear made of up the Enchanting and Holy Rudraksha. ( do check out a previous blog titled “ENCHANTING” GHOST ) .
The Magical Rudraksha at the Simhastha Kumbha Ujjain
Am still pinching myself to ensure am not dreaming and I actually saw a tree bearing the revered Rudraksha.