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FOR FAITH AND FASHION: Some of the Rudrakshas displayed at `Rudralife', an exhibition of Rudrakshas in Mysore. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
FOR FAITH AND FASHION: Some of the Rudrakshas displayed at `Rudralife', an exhibition of Rudrakshas in Mysore. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

`Rudralife' in Mysore showcasing the age-old `bio-jewellery'

MYSORE: These are sacred beads that have a mystic appeal among the religious minded and are used as bio-jewellery for glamorous appeal by the fashion brigade. For hundreds of years, Rudraksha beads have been sought after by ascetics and common people alike.

"Rudralife", a five-day exhibition began at Hotel Kings Kourt on Thursday to bring this mystic bead closer to the common man.

According to Rudraksha expert Kapil Khanna, extensive research has been done on Rudrakshas. It had cardio-protective properties, and nootropic (memory enhancing) influence.

Bio-jewellery

Used by ascetics and religious minded to attain their goals and in meditation, Rudraksha is used as bio-jewellery in the form of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Rudrakasha is obtained in the roots of a tree found in Nepal, parts of lower Himalayan regions and in Indonesia, and the life of a Rudraksha is believed to be between 450 to 500 years.

In India, Rudraksha has been handed down to generations, and possession of Rudraksha bead is considered auspicious.

In India, wearing the Rudraksha has a long history.

Rudralife exhibition has exhibits with prices from Rs. 100 to Rs. 36,000.

"Siddanand", a rare Rudraksha is priced Rs. 84,000.

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