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Que.6  What kind of Rudrakshas do we get?

Ans.   It's kinds are four, according to Mythological books- Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shoodra. Its division is not based on caste system but it is based on their ability to wear. In this context the statement of Devi Bhagwat is noteworthy.

"Brahmanah, Kshatriya, Vaishyah, Shoodrashcheti Shivagyaya, Vriksha Jatah Prithviyam Tajjateeya shubhakshaka, Shwetastu Brahmana Jneyah kshatriya Rakta Varnaka, Peeta Vaishyastu Visheyah krishna Shoodrah Prakeertitah, Brahmno Bibhriyachchhevetaan ktaanja tu Dharyate, Peetanbeishyastu Bibhriyatah Krishaan Shoodrastu Dharyet."

Que.7  Why mostly Rudrakshas are orange in color?

Ans.   The original whitish colour of Rudraksha is dyed into orange colour which is a symbolic colour of the saints and sanyasees. Orange colour Rudraksha becomes useful to all kinds of men of any age, caste, sect, religion and sex and according to one's liking for its size, colour or face (Mukh-line).

Que.8  What is the botanical name of Rudraksha?

Ans.   Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb.

Que.9  Where are the Rudraksha Trees found?

Ans.   The Rudraksha tree inhabits areas starting from Manila, Philippines and passing through Myanmar to entire North-East India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. However, in present era, the Rudraksha tree is localized only in Eastern Nepal due to suitable climatic conditions.

Rudraksha is a large, evergreen broad-leaved tree found in tropical and sub-tropical areas at the altitudes ranging from seacoast to 2,000 meters above the sea level. The tree is a perennial i.e. grows throughout the year and is about 50-200 feet high.

Que.10  How can we identify Rudraksha Trees?

The main trunk of the Rudraksha tree is cylindrical with a grayish white and rough textured bark. In Nature, leafy crown of a Rudraksha tree takes a pyramidal shape. The leaves of Rudraksha tree are shinning green on the upper side with a dull leathery dorsal side.