Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha Beads: Is There A Difference?
The Rudraksha tree is botanically known as ELAEOCARPUS GANITRUS ROXB. Its English name is UTRASUM BEAD TREE. Rudraksha beads are seeds of the fruit that grows on Rudraksha trees, found commonly in Southern Asian Islands of Nepal, Java, Sumatra, Bali, Iran, Timor and Borneo. When it comes to rudraksha beads, around 70% come from Indonesia and only 25% come from Nepal, with the remaining 5% coming from India. Both Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha Beads are high in quality and are considered to be equally beneficial, as they both share the same internal structure though there might be slight differences on the external surface.
Rudraksha Beads from Nepal and Indonesia: Understanding the Difference
The morphological characters of Indonesian or Java rudraksha beads are totally different than that of Nepal rudraksha beads. Nepal beads are larger in size, thorny with several projections and having deep clear mukhis. The mukhi lines are embedded deep in the outer surface. Sizes may vary from 14mm-40mm with average size 20mm. On the other hand, Java Rudraksha beads are much smaller in size with smoother surface and mukhi lines visible as white lines from one to the other very close to the surface and not etched deep. Sizes vary from 2mm-20mm, with average size 12mm. The ornamentation of both the Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha Beads is totally different. In Nepali bead, the tubercle ornamentation is more prominent than in Java beads. The fruit ornamentation is with smooth elevated structures in case of Indonesian beads. Clefts of Nepal beads are also more prominent than that of the Indonesian or Java beads. The mukhis/facets of Nepal rudraksha beads are very well formed, defined and have deep groove cavities on the outer surface, whereas the facets of Java rudraksha beads are just like thread lines -slightly etched in the outer surface, and rarely do these have deep grooves. Nepal beads have obvious body protrusions where as Indonesian Rudraksha are comparatively way smoother.
Nepali and Java Rudraksha Beads: Understanding the Similarities
Both Nepal and Indonesia produce Rudrakshas right from 2 mukhi to 21 mukhi, Gaurishanker, Ganesha, Savar & Trijuti Rudraksha. Rudrakshas like 1 mukhi and 22 mukhi to 38 mukhi are rarely produced. Rudraksha beads from both Nepal and Indonesia share a common shape. The 2 & 3 mukhi Rudraksha beads from both the origins are elliptically round in shape; whereas 5,6,7,8 mukhi beads are mostly round, and 9 to 21 mukhi & above are oval with a concave top and bottom. Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha Beads are also similar in the fact that pure and authentic beads from both these locations have a natural center hole. However, another similarity is that the center hole may not be very well defined from 3 mukhi to 7 mukhi in either origin. On the other hand, this center hole is absent in Indian Rudrakshas, they have to be drilled by hand.
Is One Better Than The Other?
The demand of higher faceted Nepal rudraksha beads is more than its supply, whereas the demand and supply of Indonesian Rudraksha beads is balanced. Rudraksha from Nepal are considered to be the best in terms of its formation & appearance, and since these are rarer, they can be pricier. However, the effects of a Rudraksha berry do not depend on its shape, size, colour, origin. The one and only constraint is that the mukhis / facets of a Rudraksha should be well formed and genuine without any human manipulation. It has been found that both Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha Beads are equally effective. It is commonly believed that due to lesser surface area and lesser projections, effects with Java beads could be visible after a slightly longer duration than Nepal beads. However, the effects cannot be measured using any instrument. Testimonials and feedbacks received prove that both these rudraksha beads produce similar results, as long as they are authentic, pure, and come from a well-trusted source.