The seed of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus granitrus) holds a very special place in Hinduism, and is credited to possess mystical and divine properties. Necklaces made of Rudraksha beads are considered auspicious as well as powerful, and are supposed to have profound astrological and ayurvedic benefits. It is believed that one who wears Rudraksha is untouched by sins, and is protected from all impious deeds or thoughts.
Nowadays, they seem to come in all shapes and sizes, and available at every little
shop that sells alternative medicines, including a host of online stores. But
make sure you get the real stuff. Imitations look real but don't work! Here's
how to identify a genuine Rudraksha seed:
1. A real Rudraksha bead will never float on water.
2. Even if you boil a real Rudraksha in water for 6 hours, there would no effect
on the bead. A fake will easily disintegrate.
3. A good Rudraksha bead will not be broken at any end.
4. A 'healthy' bead should have well defined and natural corns and