You can even use it as a bracelet. Legend says that Siva awoke after a thousand years of meditation and began to shed tears of worldly wise compassion, these tears crystallized into seeds and there grew the first Rudraksha tree. "The Eye of Shiva" a tree seed considered sacred to Shiva and worn by worshippers of Shiva, Shakti, and Ganesha, and by yogis, usually in a strand of 108 seeds. Also used as a rosary to count the number of mantras repeated in japa. Significance: It enhances one’s intellect and self-awareness It is extensively used for wearing and chanting mantras It cultivates Wisdom and intellect. It helps to remove intellectual dullness and in obtaining spiritual faith and insight Therapeutic Benefits: It helps those with timid, shy or suppressed predisposition and enables them to attain a growing sense of uniqueness, self-worth and creativity. Gives relief in Asthma and other respiratory disorders Helps to cure diseases related to the thyroid gland. Note - Please be advised that the internet is full of conflicting and misleading information so beware of such knowledge. If you are fearful and superstitious please do not buy or wear such things.