Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.
Identification of Genuine Rudraksha Beads
It is an accepted fact that Rudraksha beads have health benefits and can cure several diseases. But in order to benefit from the healing and medicinal properties of rudraksh seeds, it is important that they are genuine and not fake. With this increasing popularity of rudraksha therapy, many people have started selling fake beads made of wood and plastic which looks like the real one. Even some Marketing Companies are selling such beads through publicity activity through TV by reputed models and actors and cheating the public.
How to find if a rudraksha bead is original or fake? The best way to check the authenticity and identify an original from a fake is to give them in the hands of an energy healer or scanner of energy who can feel the vibration of the Bead. A genuine Rudraksha would generate a positive vibration while a duplicate or fake bead does not generate any sensation. Normally it is noticed that 5 faced beads are not duplicated as it is available in plenty and the price is cheap. Rather than going for the numerous tests to find if a bead is genuine or fake after buying the rudrakh, it is always better to procure the Rudraksha bead from reliable and reputable sources to get genuine and authentic rudraksha beads. One may also try the methods given below for testing the authenticity of these beads.
Tests for finding Genuine Rudraksh - Methods for Identifying a real rudrakh from a fake
It is important that you buy and use genuine beads to derive the benefits of rudrakha beads. Don't be duped by vendors who try to sell rudraksha beads by passing them on as collector’s item with clear impressions of trisul, shivlinga or Shiva itself as this is carved on a five mukhi rudraksha mainly or made of plastic. Also never buy a rudraksha if it is broken from any end. Tests like the one which sinks in water is original and the one which floats in water is duplicate also does not hold right in the case of Rudraksha beads. Even the ones made of wood can sink in water if they are impregnated with lead or some heavy ingredients. However by using a magnifying glass one may check if there is any glued joints or carved lines in the bead and if found it's a fake. Boiling the bead in water for some time or putting the bead in liquid Nitrous Oxide can reveal if a bead is glued to create it.
Temperature test and milk tests are 2 other popular methods used for differentiation of Original and fake rudraksha. Put the rudraksha in a glass of water with just enough water to cover it. Check the temperature. Check the temperature again after some time and there would be a 1 to 2 degree centigrade rise in the temperature as the genuine beads are hot in nature. But this test is not a 100% foolproof test as external factors can also result in the change of temperature. Another test can be done by putting the beads in fresh raw milk for 2 days and checking if the milk has spoiled after 2 days. However, the above given tests cannot be done if you have not purchased the bead.
Many people are known to do the magnetic field test where the bead is kept vertically in between 2 copper coins and see if the rudraksh rotates clockwise as an original rudraksha bead has a magnetic field around it. But this test needs some skills. So, the best option for the buyer to procure genuine rudraksha beads is to buy it from a known or reputable seller. You may also buy from reputed Online Sellers of Shopping Sites like Amazon who are there for a year or more as they would not dare to get banned by selling fake products to customers.
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Indian Chef from New Delhi India on September 28, 2013:
Very interesting article. Rudraksha has been with Hindu religion since long and if anyone believes in it then he should make it is genuine and not fake.
Ankit verma on January 23, 2012:
A very nice tips....
Shiva's devotee on March 24, 2011:
i bought a couple of 5 mukhi Rudraksha online for cheap and it sinks in milk and water but didn't spin on the coin test. i highly doubt that those are fake since they are so common and affordable.
Hesaru kaayi.... on March 03, 2011:
I brought one ek-mukhi rudraaksha... Did water test, and it sinks!!!
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on March 08, 2010:
I can't say anything on that matter. Whoever told you that if a rudraksha sinks in water it is original?
SB on March 08, 2010:
I bought EkMukhi Rudraksh from Garhwal state shop and paid Rs. 2200. It does not sink in water...is it real or I got cheated? I called them and they said that leave it out for a day for air to go out and it'll sink...I did but it still does not sink.
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 15, 2009:
Thanks for the response Saurabh.
Saurabh Gokhale on April 15, 2008:
I have to agree with you on the Article. A reliable source is the only way to get genuine beads. Also it is advisable to take someone knowledgeble along with you for purchasing.