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Hinduism - What Is A Rudraksha?

 ("Rudra's eye") The dried seed of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree, which is revered as Shiva's holy tree.

Shiva's worshippers typically wear garlands with Rudrakshas strung on them (bhakta).

The seed is spherical, with a knobby, pitted surface and a natural groove in the center through which a thread may be readily threaded.

Natural longitudinal lines running from top to bottom on each seed, dividing it into units known as "faces" (mukhi).

Rudrakshas typically have five faces, but they may have up to fourteen.

Each of the various numbers of faces has been associated with a different god.

The ekmukhi rudraksha, which has no faces and is said to be a manifestation of Shiva himself, is the rarest.

Because this rudraksha is so precious, counterfeit replicas are often carved out of wood by street vendors.

The Gauri-Shankar is a rare form in which two rudraksha seeds are connected longitudally; it is considered a manifestation of Shiva and Shakti.

Aside from the number of "faces," the color and size of rudrakshas are used to determine their quality.

The hue ranges from a reddish brown to a light brown, with the former being preferred over the latter, and smaller sizes being preferred over bigger ones.

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