Tests for a Genuine Rudraksha
Although Rudraksha bead is a gift of Lord Shiva for the benefit of entire mankind, yet in Ancient days very few people which primarily included Saints and Brahmins were aware of the benefits of Rudraksha Beads. Hence, the Rudraksha beads were available in abundance since their demand was restricted to a select few people. However, in recent times, a lot of research and work has been done on Rudraksha beads and their benefits due to which there has been an unprecedented surge in their demand which can not be fulfilled because Rudrakshas grow naturally while their demand has surpassed their growth. This short fall in requirement of Rudraksha beads have led some people to make fake Rudrakshas wherein either they are made using artificial materials like wood, areca nut, nutmeg, tulsi, etc. or at times, the original Rudraksha beads are tempered by adding / hiding one mukha to convert them into costlier ones which makes it very hard for a normal person to differentiate them from the real one. For example, a 14 Mukhi Nepalese Rudraksha is around 4 to 5 times costlier in comparison to a 13 Mukhi Nepalese Rudraksha and therefore adding an extra mukha artificially by skilled hands to a genuine 13 mukhi Nepalese Rudraksha can easily convert it into a 14 Mukhi Nepalese Rudraksha which may pass almost all the common tests for a genuine Rudraksha. It is due to this reason that only a Cut Test or the X-ray Test or Laboratory Test done by experts under a Microscope can be a perfect answer for establishing the Authenticity of a Rudraksha Bead. Please find below a few commonly known test for Rudraksha Beads along with an Analysis of their creditability.
There are few methods of testing a Genuine Rudraksha :Cut Test :