An image of rudraksh containing Trishul and Shankh symbols is being widely shared on social media with a claim that it formed naturally and is very rare. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Image of a rare natural rudraksh containing trishul and shankh symbols.
Fact: This is a fake man-made rudraksh that can be created using several substances like wood, lead, plastic, glue, etc. The symbols are carved on them using moulds. These type of fake rudrakhas are sold at exorbitant prices to the devotees. Several people and companies warn people to be aware of such fake ones. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
We did a reverse image search and found that the same image has been going viral for a long time with the same claim. When Bollywood actress Esha Deol shared this post on twitter in 2018, several people commented saying it is fake and such rudrakshas are abundantly available in Rishikesh. Moreover, the official Twitter handle of CPI(M) Puducherry warned users that these are fake ones and should be avoided.
According to The Wire, Rudraksha are the dried seeds of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree. Also, in a series of videos, Dr. Tanay, founder of Rudralife Seetha exposes several fake rudrakshas available in the market which are being sold at exorbitant prices. These fake rudrakshas are made using various materials like plastic, lead, wood etc. and the required shapes are carved on it.
To sum it up, an image of a fake rudraksha with trishul and shankh is falsely shared as a real one.