Natural 5 face (mukhi) NATURAL Rudraksha in 5mm; 10 strands per order; 108 beads per strand - 1,080 beads total.
Sacred holy beads from Vrindavan, India. 10 strands of 5mm natural 5-mukhi Rudraksha; each strand has 108 beads. The size and color are approximate since these are natural seeds.
Rudraksha beads are the material from which malas (108 beads in number) are made. The term is used both for the berries themselves and as a term for the type of mala made from them. In this sense, a rudraksha is a rosary, used for repetitive prayer (japa), a common aid to worship in Hinduism. Rudrakshas also used for the treatment of various diseases in traditional Indian medicine.
The seeds show variation in the number of grooves on their surface, and are classified on the basis of the number of divisions they have. Different qualities are attributed to the rudraksha based on the number of grooves, or "faces" that it has. A common type has five divisions, and these are considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva. It can only be worn with a black or red string or a gold chain.
Rudraksha malas have been used by Hindus (as well as Sikhs and Buddhists) as rosaries at least from the 10th century for meditation purposes and to sanctify the mind, body and soul. The word rudraksha is derived from Rudra (Shiva—the Hindu god of all living creatures) and aksha (eyes). One Hindu legend says that once Lord Shiva opened His eyes after a long period yogic meditation, and because of extreme fulfillment He shed a tear. This single tear from Shiva’s eye grew into the rudraksha tree. The rudraksha fruit is blue in color but turns black when dried. The central hard rudraksha uni-seed may have 1 to 21 faces.
You will be most familiar with the reddish-orange colored Rudraksha because that is how it is almost exclusively prepared and sold around the world. The last photo shows the Natural Rudraksha along with the regular Rudraksha for color comparison.