Tests like the one which sinks in water is original and the one
that floats is a duplicate one , are not right. Even the ones made
of wood with some lead impregnated in it can sink comfortably in
water. The best way is to procure from reliable source.
Many get confused with the shape and size. One should not seriously
worry about it. Just see that the Mukhi is well defined, corns and
contours are natural, there are no cracks near the central hole
and the bead has a good health . Smaller size is also considered
to be very auspicious.
Rudraksha can be worn at all times . Some books say that Rudraksha
could be taken off during sex , menstrual cycles , during visit
to funeral grounds and during Bowel movements . Also it is advisable
to take off beads while taking bath as excess soap dehydrates the
beads of the natural Oil . They need to be worn with faith , respect
and love .
Life of Rudraksh could be any number of years. If well protected,
can be passed on from generation to generation.
How to Identify the real Rudraksh:
1 If you place a real rudraksh bead in a full glass of water, it
would drown in water.
2 Boil the rudraksh in water for continous 6 hours, if it is real
rudraksh there would not be any effect on the rudraksh bead, else
if it is artificial or two rudrakshs are joined together artificially(in
case of Gauri shanker bead), they will get seprated.
3 Rudraksh should not be confused with the shape
and size. One should carefully examine that Rudraksh bead have well
defined, corns and contours are natural, there are no cracks near
the central hole and the bead has a good health . Smaller size is
also considered to be very auspicious.
4. Rudraksh Bead shall not be broken from any end.
Rudraksh is of special importance in religious ceremonies and prayers
of God - Goddesses. It is difficult to get one faced and 9 to 14
faced Rudraksh. One faced rudraksh is very rare and is very powerful.
The five faced Rudraksh Chain (mala) is therefore considered ideal
for pooja purposes. A chain of 26 beads of rudraksh is placed on
head, a chain of 50 beads is placed over the heart, while a 16 beaded
chain is kept on the forehead.