Rudraksha is a seed traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leafed tree.
Rudraksha is primarliy used in India as beads for organic jewellery and malas and are valued similar to semi-precious stones. They are also the source of superstitious claims similar to beliefs related to magnetic or crystal bracelets, faith healing and other medicial pseudoscience.
Rudraksha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the name Rudra (“Shiva”) and aksa (“Teardrop”).