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) .

the tree
The First Glimpse of the Magical Tree

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.

on the tree
Round Green Beads or  Fruits of The Bead 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 ) .

rudrakhsa turban

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.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

47 thoughts on “THE MAGICAL RUDRAKSHA”

  1. so maybe it is the tag of spirituality that lets the trees become rare. But not only the fruits just so are sacred, but they should be consecrated by being dipped into one of the holy rivers before being used as a mala. Thanks for the Information and beautiful pictures.

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  2. Lovely article & pics Mukul. I’d seen the Rudraksh beads in their ripened form, but never in their growing stage. A trove of information on the magical beads, well researched indeed.

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  3. When I was a child m very curious about it and buy a rudraksh and thinking that I get a lot of power as in movie ” RUDRAKSH” BUT NOTHING happened now I m thinking I m special and nothing special in any “thing”.👍☺

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