Rudraksha is the seed of a particular tree species which usually grows at a certain altitude in the mountains – mainly in the Himalayan region.
Today, they are mostly found in Nepal, Burma, Thailand or Indonesia. They are also found in some parts of the Western Ghats in South India, but the best quality Rudraksha comes from a certain altitude in the Himalayas because somehow the soil, Climate, and everything influences it. These seeds have a very unique vibration.
Rudraksha is a shield against negative energies.
The number of faces a bead can have varies from a single face up to 21 faces.
Most people want to wear Ek Mukhi (Single Faceted) Rudraksha because it is very powerful.
Five-faced beads or panchmukhi is safe and good for everyone as it is for general wellbeing, health and freedom.
Children below 12 years of age can wear six-faced beads. It will help them to stay calm and be more focused.
Rudraksha beads are also strung together as a mala. Mala normally has 108 plus one beads. The extra bead is the bindu. There must always be a bindu to the mala, otherwise the energy becomes cyclical and people who are sensitive may become dizzy. An adult should not wear a mala with less than 84 beads plus the bindu.