Rudraksha, also rudraksh, Sanskrit: rudrākṣa (“Rudra’s Tear Drops”), is a seed traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism . The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved tree in the genus Elaeocarpus, with Elaeocarpus ganitrus being the principal species used in the making of organic jewellery or mala.
Rudraksha, being organic, is preferentially worn without contact with metal; thus on a cord or thong rather than a chain. The benefits of rudraksha beads are believed to provide good support for those who are constantly on the move and who eat and sleep in a variety of places This is because it is claimed to create a cocoon of the wearer’s own energy. It is said that if the situation around one is not conducive to one’s kind of energy, one will experience difficulty settling down. This was noted as being especially difficult for sadhus and sanyasis, as they were constantly moving, and were traditionally never supposed to rest their heads in the same places twice. Likewise, the rudraksha may be helpful for travellers and professionals who eat and sleep in a variety of places.