Identifying a Real Rudraksha

September 2, 2013 by

Identifying a real Rudraksha is a very difficult task and except few costly methods all other methods generally gives an indication of reality of rudrakshas and can not be considered 100% sure method of identifying a real rudraksha.

Rudraksha beads are seeds of Rudraksha tree.  Rudraksha beads are considered sacred, holy and divine in Hinduism and all the religions developed from Hinduism such as Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism etc.  Rudraksha beads are found in different shapes and majorly categorized by number of faces (mukh or mukhi) they have.

Rudraksha is found in 1 mukhi to 29 mukhi and then there are Rudrakshas where two beads are naturally joined with each other and this type or Rudrakshas are called Gauri-Shankar Rudraksha.  Rudraksha of different faces (mukhi) said to have different powers and can have positive impact on the lives of people who posses them or wear them.  Some of these are very very rare such as ek mukhi rudraksha, do mukhi rudraksha and rudrakshas having more then 6 faces, Gauri-shankar rudrakshas etc. and are very much in demand due to super natural and divine powers they have and the type of positive impact they can have on the people having these rudrakshas.  Due to strong demand and their rare availability they are very very costly in the market and hence few people have started manufacturing artificial rudrakshas which look like their original counterpart but are fake in reality and are made either of wood, plastic or by altering commonly available rudrakshas.

All these practices makes it necessasary for the buyers to understand the ways of identifying a real rudraksha.

To identify a fake rudraksha from a real rudraksha there are number of ways such as:

Appearance of Rudraksha
As we now know that Rudraksha beads are nuts of Rudraksha trees, we can check their general appearance.  Rudraksha beads should be in Reddish-brown or Pale-Yellow color with many groves on their surface.  Generally they come in three sizes. Amla fruit size (Dhatri phala pramana), Zizyphus fruit size (Badari phala pramana) and Chick pea size (Chana matra).

Artificial or fake Rudraksha is often made from the wild berry seeds or nuts.  People make artificial facet (Mukhi or Mukh) on these wild berry seeds but facet on these berries cannot be made as real as the genuine ones and therefore easily be detected by an experienced eye. Here the facet (Mukhi) means the deep lining running through the diameter of a Rudraksha bead. Looking at these deep linings-facets one can recognize real Rudraksha most of the times.

Water test
Sometimes rare Rudraksha beads like GauriShankar Rudraksha or a Trijuti are made by artificially joining two or three Rudraksha with the help of glue or some other strong adhesive etc.  If we have doubt then such Rudraksha beads can be placed in boiling water for aproximately half an hour. In case of a fake or artificial rudraksha either it will break from the joint or a sharp discoloration will take place at the joint.

There is another water test that is conducted as well. The bead is placed in a glass of water. If it floats it is rejected. However, this test is not very reliable because as an unripe but genuine Rudraksha might also float in water.

Fake Rudraksha bead made of wood and impregnated with lead will sink in water thus passing this test.

Rare Rudraksha beads like One Mukhi are sometimes made by tampering with higher Mukhi beads. This Rudraksha might also sink due to changes in properties and weight.


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