a Genuine Rudraksha.
To meet the ever increasing demand of different
faceted beads, traders have started
manufacturing rarely faceted beads such as the
one faced Rudraksha body (The Ek Mukhi Rudraksha).
Beads of Areca nut, Nutmeg or Tulsi are used to
fashion Rudraksha Beads. In such circumstances
the individual who wants to buy a genuine
Rudraksha is in a dilemma
are few methods of testing a genuine Rudraksha:
A fool proof method is to cut the Rudraksha bead
horizontally. One will find the same number of
compartments as that of the number of lines .
However the drawback is that by this method, the
bead gets destroyed.
The other is to find out whether the beads
exhibit properties like inductance, capacitance,
conduction of electric current etc.
The copper coin test:
It is generally held that if Rudraksha beads are
placed between two copper coins it should rotate
slightly. This is due to the physical and
magnetic properties of the Rudraksha beads. This
test requires a high level of expertise.
A fake or the artificial Rudraksha may look
like a real one but in these Rudraksha the
facets (mukhis) can not be made as real as those
present on the real Rudraksha. In a Rudraksha
the facets or the mukhis means deep lining from
the upper part to the lower part of Rudraksha.
Looking at these deep linings (facets) with the
help of a magnifying glass, one can easily
recognize a real Rudraksha.
Some times a higher valued Rudraksha (Gaurishankar
Rudraksha or a Trijuti) are made by artificially
three Rudraksha with the help of glue etc. In
case of doubt such Rudraksha should be boiled in
water for one to two hours. A sharp
discoloration will take place at the joint in
case of artificial Rudraksha.
The test wherein the Rudraksha Bead dips in
water (commonly known as water test) is not
A fake Rudraksha made out of wood and
impregnated with lead will sink in
water thereby giving a false impression of a
Some times a rare available Rudraksha (like one
mukhi) is made by tempering
other easily available real Rudraksha beads of
lesser value. Such
Rudraksha will also sink in water .
Still it is one of the most popular methods to
test the beads and many times gives accurate
One of the best way to get a real Rudraksha is
to source it from a reputed dealer