About Rudraksha Plant:
Rudraksha seeds are highly revered in Hinduism and the word ‘Rudraksha’ literally means tear drop of Lord Shiva. Rudrakshas are seeds of an evergreen broad leaved tree. The botanical name for the Rudraksha tree is Elaeocarpus ganitrus. These trees grow up to 50ft to 200 ft in height and are found in Himalayas, South- East Asia, Nepal and Indonesia. The Rudraksha plant bears white coloured flowers with fringed petals. These Rudraksha flowers later mature into drupaceous fruit which resembles to olives. Rudraksha beads contain 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen. When these fruits ripe they look similar to Blueberries. The trunks of the Rudraksha trees are cylindrical in shape and its bark is grayish white in colour and has a rough texture. Different mukhi Rudrakshas are acquired from a single tree at the same time. Rudrakshas of higher Mukhis or faces are very rarely found, whereas most of the beads that are found are the Five Mukhi Rudraksha. Every year around mid- August to mid- October, these beads grow in a seasonal pattern.
How to Grow Rudraksha Tree:
Do you want to know how to grow Rudraksha tree at home? Well, the most favourable time to plant the Rudraksha tree is between September to October. In India due to the harsh climatic conditions, it is recommended that you plant the Rudraksha seeds or the Rudraksha saplings in shadow in order to avoid direct exposure to Sun during summer. The temperature of the area where the Rudraksha sapling is supposed to be planted must remain below 35*C. Hence, it is advisable to plant the saplings below other trees and in a plot which has sufficient place. Water the plant once in a day during winters and twice in a day during summers. Once you plant the seeds you need to have patience as the seeds do not germinate quickly. You must keep the soil in which the Rudraksha seed is planted moist by watering it at regular intervals, avoid water logging. It takes few weeks for the seed to sprout. Once the plant starts growing it takes about three to four years to bear the fruits. The fruits of the Rudraksha tree look like the blueberries. It takes about 15 to 16 long years for it to grow into a fully mature tree.
How is Rudraksha acquired from a fruit?
Once the Rudraksha tree matures it starts bearing small flowers which then become fruits which are green in colour. Once these fruits mature or ripe they become bluish purplish in colour. Once the Rudraksha fruit dries up, the purple colour of the fruit skin turns into blackish colour. The dried fruit then must be soaked in water for 12 – 15 hours in order to make the hard dried skin easy to remove. This is then scrubbed and the Rudraksha bead is thus acquired from inside this dried fruit.
Rudraksha Plant Benefits and Uses:
- Helps to fight against diseases and improves overall health
- Helps attract positivity and wards of negativity, and evil eye
- Offers cool environment due to its evergreen nature
- Uplifts spirituality, self - confidence and offers protection
- The leaves of Rudraksha tree have anti-bacterial properties which are used in treating wounds mental disorders, epilepsy and migraine
- The outer skin of the Rudraksha fruit holds medicinal properties. Boiled fruit water can be used to treat fever, cold and cough
- The Rudraksha beads aid in meditation
- Rub the five mukhi Rudraksha on grind stone and apply this mix on the affected parts. It helps relieving pain.
- All the parts of the Rudraksha Tree are beneficial and hold medicinal properties
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