Rudraksh, the most celebrated esoteric accessory  of spiritual seekers has been used extensively since time immemorial. Botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb, rudraksh are the dried seeds of a tree, which grows in select locations of Southeast Asia, predominantly in the upper Himalayan mountain range of the Indian subcontinent. A few rudraksh trees have also been sighted in parts of the Velliangriri Mountains, in the Western Ghats. The word “rudraksh” literary means “tears of Shiva.” There are many legends in Indian scriptures and mythology that describe the divine origin of the rudraksh tree. According to one legend, Shiva sat in meditation for many millennia with his eyes closed. Upon opening his eyes, he shed tears of ecstasy, which fell to the Earth and became the sacred rudraksh tree. Rudraksh beads were Shiva’s gift to the world.

Conditioning of Rudraksh

To condition new rudraksh beads, immerse them in ghee (clarified butter) for 24 hours and then soak them in full fat milk for an additional 24 hours. Wipe the beads with a clean cloth, but do not wash them with soap. Conditioning should take place every six months.

Proper Care of Rudraksh

Rudraksh can be worn at all times, including during sleep and while doing one’s spiritual practices. Rudraksh may be worn during bathing times. However, care must be taken that the rudraksh do not come in contact with hot water or soap. Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal, therefore it is advisable not to place them in metal containers. However, rudraksh can be cast in gold or silver if one chooses to do so. Extreme care should be taken when fashioning rudraksh in this manner, as damage may occur through improper handling. The energies of broken, cracked, damaged and defective rudraksh beads are distorted and should not be worn.

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Should the bindu on the Panchmukhi mala be positioned in a certain spot on the neck?
The bindu on a Panchmukhi mala doesn’t have to be positioned at any particular part of your neck – when you walk, sleep, do your sadhana, your Rudraksha will shift. It is best to reposition the bindu to be at the center of your chest, but once you start...
Are Rudraksha seeds supposed to get darker in colour the longer I wear them? Why does this happen?
Rudraksha tend to become darker with time because of the substances it absorbs; this will be a combination of the ghee, milk, and sesame oil used for periodic conditioning, as well as your natural body oil and sweat. This is a natural process; it does...
When conditioning a new Rudraksha, there is sometimes a yellow leakage coming from the beads - is this normal?
The first time a Rudraksha is conditioned after purchasing, there may be some leakage from the beads. The color can vary but is usually yellow or black. This is due to a protective process where mud is used to cover the Rudraksha after receiving it from...
Should the ghee be thrown out after conditioning? Can you use it to recondition the next time or cook with?
Once you have conditioned Rudraksha for 24 hours in ghee, the ghee can be used as plant food, as oil in a lamp, or can be saved for the next time you condition Rudraksha. The leftover ghee should not be consumed or used in cooking.
After conditioning, Rudraksha feels oily with a slight smell; can anything be done for this?
After conditioning Rudraksha, it may be slightly slippery and may smell of ghee and milk. Rudraksha can be covered with vibhuti as the final conditioning step to aid in removing any excess oil. To do so, take some vibhuti in your palm and gently roll...
Does conditioning Rudraksha “re-energize” them? Or is it only to protect against brittleness/cracking?
Conditioning is meant to help prolong the lifespan of Rudraksha by preventing them from becoming brittle and cracking. Being immersed in ghee and milk every 6 months, and sesame oil every 1 to 2 years, is beneficial for the integrity of the Rudraksha...
How to tie the Gauri Shankar to the Panchmukhi Rudraksha?
A Gauri Shankar Rudraksha comes with a metal loop intended for you to tie to the end of a Panchmukhi mala, or to easily tie to any silk thread or gold or silver chain. When adding a Gauri Shankar to a Panchmukhi mala, it’s important to leave the bindu...
What is the best vessel to store or condition Rudraksha in?
Since Rudraksha are natural seeds with a unique composition, it is best to store them in natural vessels. When conditioning, using mud, glass or wooden bowls are best. Alternatively, gold or silver bowls can be used, if available. When conditioning, ...
Should the Rudraksha mala beads always touch each other?
To experience the full benefits of Rudraksha, the beads should always touch each other in a mala. This has to do with the energy movement in the mala. It is important not to thread the mala too tightly or else the beads may become pressed against each...
If a few beads of the mala break, do I need to buy a whole new mala?
Cracked beads on a Rudraksha mala should be removed, as their energy will be altered and may not be conducive to the wearer. Individual beads need not be replaced as long as the total bead count on the mala is 84, plus the bindu, for people who are age...
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