Malas

Malas

A Japa mala or mala (from the Sanskrit meaning "garland") is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists,  usually made from 108 beads, though other numbers are also used. Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. Some Hindu traditions hold that the correct way to use a mala is with the right hand, with the thumb flicking one bead to the next, and with the mala draped over the middle finger. The index finger represents ego, the greatest impediment to self-realization, so it is considered best avoided when chanting on a mala.

A wide variety of materials are used to make mala beads. Beads made from the seeds of the rudraksha tree are considered sacred by devotees of Siva, while beads made from the wood of the tulsi plant are used and revered by the followers of Vishnu. Other common beads include wood or seeds from the sandalwood tree or the Bodhi tree, and seeds of the Lotus plant. Some Tibetan Buddhist traditions call for the use of animal bone (most commonly yak), but sometimes human bone is used, those of past Lamas being the most valuable. Semiprecious stones such as carnelian and amethyst may be used, as well.

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Blue Mala
This mala (prayer beads) made of blue beads and silver findings.  A small buddha head is part o..
$19.99
Multi color Mala
A multi colored Mala made of red, green, white and black wooden beads. Can be worn as a necklace or ..
$18.99