In the interest of consumer protection and public education Rudra Center presents these pictures of Counterfeit rudraksha beads that have been purchased in the past and kept. These beads are sold in large quantities in India and outside by unscrupulous people taking advantage of the craze of the customers to procure them . The typical price at which they are sold ranges from $100 to $50,000. Rudra Centre does not trade in round one mukhis as they are not available at all . Even if you buy them for several 1000 dollars or from any ashrams or any reliable person , it would not be genuine as it has never been produced till date by any Tree in Nepal or Indonesia. It advices the people to not go in search for this Rudraksha , just because it is rare. Half moon 1 mukhi is available easily as a low cost substitute . Hence it is sold at low price from Rudra Centre although there are people who sell this same bead for price as much as $1100 . For 1 mukhi round enquiries , we sell 1 mukhi from Java which exhibits similar properties as glorified for One mukhi in Puranas.
Rudra Center offers a free Authentication Service where there might be reasonable doubt regarding authenticity for any Rudraksha Beads purchased anywhere in the world. For this service the client pays shipping both ways to Rudra Center. Another method of Authentication can take place by scanning Beads at high resolution and sending scanned pictures to Rudra Centre, India by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “ Authentication required “.