Dark world of Fake Rudraksha

Dark world of Fake Rudraksha
Rudraksha as a product has fascinated mankind since ages. The believers have used these beads for centuries as a healing product. Due to lack of genuine information about Rudraksha there was always a shroud of mystery about it. This lack of information about Rudraksha induced a sense of hesitancy in adopting this wonder bead. But there were determined effort by some determined souls to take the bead to the masses. Information about the beads, its uses, care & maintenance was made available in far more convincing manner.
The beads which were a mystery to many became a much sought after product over a period of time. The demand for Rudraksha shot up suddenly which led to some unique problems. One of the problem was the gap between the demand and supply. Rudraksha being a naturally grown fruit had severe restrictions on its production. The output was dependent on the vagaries of nature. Natural disasters like earthquake and floods in Nepal also did not help matters. This gap in demand and supply was sought to be filled by shady operators with spurious and manipulated products.
The market was full of fake and duplicate products. Some were manufactured others were modified physically to enhance the commercial value. Profit was the sole motive in this dangerous trade. Loss of faith in the Rudraksha was a real casualty. Absence of proper quality standards made matters worse. Once again clouds of mystery and doubt started lingering over Rudraksha. Rudralife with the help renowned botanists, researchers and analytical chemists sought to create proper standards of testing to objectively ascertain the quality of the beads. Scientific testing systems were created to achieve this near impossible task.
This helped to stem the slide of the value of Rudraksha. Trust was regained and faith restored. But the threat still persists as fakes are still around although in small numbers. Constant vigil by all stake holders is required to keep this threat at large so that this threat can be completely eradicated in the future. Till such time it is important to remain faithful to Lord Shiva and Rudraksha.