The Ultimate Comparison between Nepali and Indonesian Rudraksha, which one is right for you?

Rudraksha is undoubtedly the most widely used spiritual tool. However, one of the questions that is common among new buyers is whether they should buy the divine Nepali Rudraksha or the cheaper alternative of Indonesian Rudraksha. This guide will give you a detailed comparison between the Rudraksha from Nepal and the Rudraksha from Java, Indonesia.


Comparison on Effectiveness of the Rudraksha:

The single most important factor when deciding the origin for Rudraksha is it’s effectiveness. While the effectiveness of a Rudraksha is dependent on a few different factors (Quality, Size and Energization procedure) , the most important factor among all is the origin of the Rudraksha bead.

Nepali Rudraksha are proven to be more effective and potent than Indonesian Rudraksha because they are almost 5 times larger than any of their Indonesian counterparts and they are the original form of Rudraksha that has been used since the beginning of mankind for energy harvesting.


 The Winner based on Effectiveness: Nepali Rudraksha


Comparison Based on Price and Availability:

 Another factor that might be important to some customers is the pricing and availability of the Rudraksha bead. Since high quality (A+ Grade) Nepali Rudraksha are almost 90 times rarer than Indonesian Rudraksha, they are always more expensive and are rarer. Therefore, because of mass production and excess supply, Indonesian bead are the more attractive choice when it comes to the price.


The Winner Based on Price and Availability:


Even Though Nepali Rudraksha might be the better choice for the long run, the immediate winner in terms of price is the Indonesian Rudraksha because of its mass availability and lesser demand than it’s Nepali counterpart.

Comparison Based on Vedic Texts and Overall Acceptance

 We cannot compare Rudraksha without considering the Vedic texts and the overall acceptance by scholars as well as spiritual practitioners. When we refer to the Puranas and the Rudrakshajabala Upanishad, we can clearly see that these texts refer to Rudraksha from Nepal (Part of the mahabharata at the time).  In fact, the origin Story of Rudraksha involves the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.

 Similarly, almost every scholar, priest or spiritual practitioner is seen wearing a Rudraksha originating from Nepal. This consensus is based on the overall effectiveness of Nepali Rudraksha and it’s wide spread acceptance.


The Winner Based on Vedic Texts and Acceptance:


The Nepali Rudraksha is a clear winner in this comparison based on research on ancient texts and overall acceptance by scholars and practitioners.

Comparison Based on Data and User Feedback:

 One of the major factors that Nepa Rudraksha considers while recommending Rudraksha is the feedback and data that we have collected over Generations. Since 1973, Nepa Rudraksha has successfully helped transform the lives of thousands of individuals from different walks of lives and in the process, we have gathered feedback and information to better our understanding and effectiveness.

After analyzing 10,000+ customer data and feedback, Nepa Rudraksha has found that customers who purchased the Rudraksha originating from Nepal have a significantly more positive experience compared to customers opting for the Indonesian Rudraksha. Another surprising insight is that customers who initially opted for the Indonesian bead are almost 40 times more likely to shift to a Nepali Rudraksha within the first year of their purchase.

 The Winner Based on Data and User Feedback


Winner is the Nepali Rudraksha as it generates more positive user experience and customers opting for Indonesian Rudraksha are more likely to shift to a Nepali Rudraksha bead in the long run.

Comparison Based on Physical Attributes( Size, weight, Mukhi clarity, compartment, etc.)

 The Nepali Rudraksha and Indonesian (Java) Rudraksha beads are significantly different based on their physical attributes

Size and weight :


The Nepali Rudraksha beads are always larger and heavier than their Indonesian counterparts. Even though the Nepali Rudraksha are practical for daily wear, the Indonesian Rudraksha are almost always tinier and are mostly smaller than 15mm on average. Similarly, the weight of the Indonesian beads are always lighter than Nepali Bead. For example, a high quality Indonesian bead is around 1.5-2grams whereas a similar sized A+ Grade Nepali bead is more condensed with a weight of almost 5 grams or above.

Mukhi (Face) Clarity:


The Nepali Rudraksha of A+ Grade quality ratings have clearly defined Mukhi which can be counted with naked eyes without any external tool or expert guidance. However, due to its tiny size, Indonesian Rudraksha require industrial microscope or a high quality magnifier to clearly Identify the Mukhi and we strongly recommend customers to get expert guidance for counting their Indonesian Rudraksha Mukhi (Face).

X-Ray Compartment Test:


One of the testing factors used by most laboratories to Verify the authenticity of Rudraksha is X-Ray test. That is why Nepa Rudraksha provides 100% free X-Ray reports for each and every Rudraksha purchased with us. In this category, the Nepali Rudraksha is the clear winner because of its size and density which makes reading the X-Ray report easier and more intuitive for experts as well as customers compared to Indonesian (Java) Rudraksha 

Summary and Final Verdict:

To summarize, it is very apparent that the Nepali Rudraksha is the clear choice for Rudraksha based on effectiveness , durability and Vedic texts. However, Indonesian Rudraksha could be an attractive option for customers prioritizing cost reduction.

 Nepa Rudraksha always recommends buying Rudraksha from Nepal for overall satisfaction and the best long term return on investment.