Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
Thank you for the A2A.
There are many ways to differentiate between a rudraksha and a bhadraksha. Bhadraksha is a variety of rudraksha, but is generally considered to be inferior than rudraksha. Though both come from the same type of tree, there is a marked difference in their shapes.
Rudrakshas are usually perfectly spherical in shape, especially the high quality ones from Nepal. Bhadrakshas are flatter and usually shaped like a crescent. They are mostly found in India and Sri Lanka. Bhadrakshas are also lighter than rudrakshas because of lesser density. Here’s a picture of bhadraksha beads…
The surface protrusions of bhadrakshas are less sharper and less rougher than rudrakshas.
Another very easy way to check for the natural hole. Bhadrakshas do not have a natural hole while rudrakshas have holes on either side for passing a string through them. Also check if the holes are perfectly cylindrical. If it is, then the hole has been artificially drilled. Otherwise, the hole would be irregular.
If you drop a rudraksha in water, it will sink to the bottom while a bhadraksha always floats for a while before sinking in slowly with slight wavy movements.
If you put a rudraksha in a copper vessel with water, it rotates automatically. There is no such phenomenon visible for a bhadraksha.
It is said that if you place a genuine rudraksha in your right palm and close it, you will feel certain vibrations. Then you can be sure that it is authentic. There is nothing of the sort for a bhadraksha.
Hope this helps!
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