What are rudraksha seeds?

Rudraksha is an ancient seed that literally translate to The Eyes of Shiva. This seed has been used in mala making for thousands of years. Inside of a small blueberry like fruit lies a unique Rudraksha bead differentiated by its number of facets or mukhis. Each facet represents a different purpose or strength and holds one seed ready for new cultivation.

MAHI uses 100% natural and unpigmented Rudraksha entirely harvested from a special region in Java, an area sought out for the highest quality of Rudraksha seeds anywhere in the world.

Rudraksha beads are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, and are believed to contain healing and aligning properties that support the chakras. Rudraksha creates a cocoon that keeps in positive energy and protects from negative outside forces. This makes rudraksha perfect for travellers and adventurers. Now.Here uses 100% natural and unpigmented Rudraksha entirely harvested from a special region in Java, an area sought out for the highest quality of Rudraksha seeds anywhere in the world.

 

Miniature painting of indian using his mala

Healing properties of Rudraksha

Rudraksha beads have been used for many centuries to aid in healing and regulating the body and mind. The electromagnetic properties held within rudraksha have been studied for their energies that they extol upon the body for proper functioning and control. Rudraksha is shown to have energy resistance, as well as energy storage and magnetic properties. Through their influence on our bodies complex circuit system, Rudraksha has been shown to aid in regulation of many networks throughout the body. Electromagnetic properties of each unique bead serve to activate the brain and positively impact the circulatory and nervous systems as well as organ functions. Rudraksha also acts as energy storage, which regulates the heart and heartbeat. The pulp of the rudraksha is believed to manage mental sickness and epilepsy. As if that weren’t enough for this little bead, it is also being studied for anti-inflammatory properties, the reduction of chronic disease and its effect on asthma, depression and anxiety. Rudraksha packs a serious punch, and studies are starting to show that this little powerhouse can really help its wearers to live a fulfilled and healthy life.

 

History and cultivation

The ancient Rudraksha tree stands between 50 and 200 feet in height and is beautiful and evergreen. The tall trunk produces leaves that resemble those of a mango tree. Rudraksha leaves turn from a bright and light green in young age to a deep, warm green as they mature. The tops of the leaves are shiny and slick, while the backs are leathery and worn. Rudraksha produces beautiful bunches of small white flowers that give off a light and fragrant scent. Under the best conditions, Rudraksha trees begin to sprout within one to two years of planting. They grow for many years before they begin to flower and produce fruit. In early summer months of the trees seventh or eighth year, a fruit appears among the flowers.

Inside each facet or mukhi lies a seed ready to fall to the ground, as the tears of Shiva were said to do, and start the process of growth all over again.

Within this violet blue fruit lies the Rudraksha bead, with its rough surface and unique facets. Inside each facet or mukhi lies a seed ready to fall to the ground, as the tears of Shiva were said to do, and start the process of growth all over again. If you can wait long enough, the seeds are fully-grown and ready for harvest between August and October of each year. Rare beads have been harvested with as many as twenty-nine facets or mukhis, with the most common number being five. After being carefully picked from high within the tree, the fruit surrounding the bead is carefully removed through a process of scraping and lightly sanding. The beads are then soaked and cleansed and prepared for stringing upon your mala.

A Wandering Sadhu. Display Artist: Chajju Lal. Creation Date: ca. 1900. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, The San Diego Museum of Art

 

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