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Rudraksha / रुद्राक्ष
Rudraksha / रुद्राक्ष

Rudraksha is one of the highly appreciated and auspiciousadornments worn in India and in few Asian countries that has its own uniqueBeauty, Rarity, and Durability.
The Beauty, Rarity and Durability of Rudraksha cannot be explained in the samemanner as we do for Gem Materials; as most of them have a specific chemicalcomposition, structure, nature and more predictable sources.Although Rudrakshasources are also quite predictable but as it is a fruit of the tree so the sametrees can be farmed in any other manually crafted environment which symbolizesthe original locations, we are almost free from the threat of Syntheticversions of Rudraksha.
Rudraksha is relatively old material but has started fetching and attractingmany consumers in recent years due to its unique health curing,medicinal,astrological properties, and the trade has gone up by more than2000000 USD annually and most of the Rudraksha have been consumed in Indianmarket.
There are many laboratories in the world creating grading standards, identifyingstandards for almost every gem materials and diamonds but when it comes toRudraksha no laboratory has ever think of developing any standards for gradingand standardizing Rudraksha for the trade. For the first time in the world weatGJSPC Laboratory has taken the responsibility of developing standards so everytrader can communicate in the standard language as they use for diamonds like4c’s. So no more language barrier will come in between the trader as they willall talk in same language.
Rudraksha (
रुद्राक्ष) are thebeads from trees belonging to Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb.

Every Rudraksha has cells or Mukhis which differ in numbers. A facet is a lineor groove which runs from one end to of Rudraksha to the other end. In ancientepic like Shiv Puran, Shri Mad Devi Bhagwat, Padmpuran etc.

Rudraksha up to 14 Mukhis have been described along with their effects andpurpose for which they are useful. 
Eight Mukhi Rudraksha from 15 to 27 Mukhis have also been found in the latercountries their benefits recorded as per experience of the learned people.Thereare other Rudraksha like Gauri Shankar (two Rudraksha having naturally joinedon the tree), Ganesha (a Rudraksha having trunk like protrusion on its body)Sawar (a Gauri Shankar in which one bead has only one line or Mukhi),Trijuti(three Rudraksha beads joined naturally on the tree.

Three types of Rudraksha Available:

Nepali Rudraksha Beads:
Indonesian Rudraksha Bead
Indian Rudraksha

Rudraksha are available in different sizes.The auspicious and effective ones are those which are larger in sizes (15mm andabove) and have natural hole in it. The surface of the bead should not be over- thorny and should have good hardness.
Here we present the Grading Standards for Rudraksha:
1. Size
2. Shape
3. Colour
4. SurfaceTexture
5. Faceappearance/Mukhi appearance
6. Modification
7. Worked
8. Treatment
9. Contamination
10. Floating (only for single loosepiece),weight ratio

Nepal Indonesia India  
1 Mukhi 1 Mukhi 1 Mukhi
2 Mukhi 2 Mukhi 2 Mukhi
3 Mukhi 3 Mukhi 3 Mukhi
4 Mukhi 4 Mukhi Ganesh
5 Mukhi 5 Mukhi  
6 Mukhi 6 Mukhi  
7 Mukhi 7 Mukhi  
8 Mukhi 8 Mukhi  
9 Mukhi 9 Mukhi  
10 Mukhi 10 Mukhi  
11 Mukhi 11 Mukhi  
12 Mukhi 12 Mukhi  
13 Mukhi 13 Mukhi  
14 Mukhi 14 Mukhi  
15 Mukhi 15 Mukhi  
16 Mukhi 16 Mukhi  
17 Mukhi 17 Mukhi  
18 Mukhi 18 Mukhi  
19 Mukhi 19 Mukhi  
20 Mukhi 20 Mukhi  
21 Mukhi 21 Mukhi  
Garbh Gauri Garbh Gauri  
Gauri Shankar Gauri Shankar  
Ganesh Ganesh  
Double Ganesh Double Ganesh  
Tripple Ganesh Tripple Ganesh  
Four Ganesh Four Ganesh  
Sawar Sawar  
SHIVA AS PHALLIC SYMBOL Shiva, in temples is usually found as a phallic symbol of the 'Linga', which represents the energies necessary for life on both the microcosmic and the temple, the 'Linga' is placed in the center underneath the spire, where it symbolizes the naval of the earth.
ORNAMENT USED BY SHIVA Rudraksha is adopted by Lord Shiva as ornament. He uses it as symbol of power, serenity and because of its unique beauty. He wears rudraksha in his jata (lock of hair), in his wrist as band, also as arm band and also as necklace.According to the old mythological epic "Shiv Purana",

Rudraksha was the favorite tree of Lord Shiva and it grew in Gauda land (present day Gangetic plains to foothills of Himalayas).Researches shows that these trees are mostly found in South Eastern Asian Islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Iran, Java, Timor (Indonesia) and parts of South Asian Kingdom of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Myanmar, Tibet, Thailand, Malaysia, India, and northern parts of Australia, New Zealand, New Calidonia,Hawaii.
BOTANICAL NAME : ELAEOCARPUS GANITRUS ROXB Botanically, the holy rudraksha tree is known as ‘Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb’.
THE POWERFUL GOD Lord Shiva who is also known by the name Rudra. 

Shiva is 'Shakti' or power , Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names - Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath - Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. Hindus recognize this by putting his shrine in the temple separate from those of other deities.
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