Check out different ways of wearing the rudraksha

From japa malas and the lone pendant around one's neck, rudrakshas have moved to adorning dainty earrings and necklaces, and it is hard to believe that they are, in fact, seeds! Tiny and dark, they share space with precious stones wedged in gold. Have a look at them at the ongoing rudraksha exhibition at the Banquet Hall of Hotel Nilgiris. Though not for sale, the jewellery opens up a new line of thought!Organised by the Indo-Nepal Rudraksha Organization, the exhibition lets one have a look at a whole range of rudrakshas — from the Rs. 50 panchmukhi (five faces) to the Rs. 16 lakh 21-mukhi kuber rudraksha and the naga rudraksha. And if it interests you, all of them are from the Himalayas. Mukh denotes the number of faces or the lines running down a rudraksha.

The rare and the common

While the panchmukhi is very common, the 21-mukhi is one of the rarest. The ekmukhi (one face) rudraksha is normally half-moon-like, but on rare occasions, it can be spherical. G. Panduranga Rao, rudraksha specialist, says the seeds have no negative impact and can be worn by anyone — 365 days a year. He talks to the public twice a day (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) about the power of rudrakshas and teaches them to identify bogus ones. A little tip: A bogus rudraksha can be detected through an X-ray or by cutting it horizontally. The number of compartments inside equals the number of faces outside — if there are more faces, the rudraksha is fake! The show, on till March 18, also features spatika malas, spatika lingas and conches, saligramas, yantras, sandstone Ganeshas and navratna malas. * * *SEED MATTERS
  • Mythology has it that rudrakshas were formed by Lord Shiva's tears. Hence the name rudra (Shiva) aksha (eyes)
  • A single tree gives different rudrakshas _ekmukhi, panchmukhi, 15 or even 21 faces
  • The rudraksha fruit is edible