Tibetan Buddhist Mala Beads
Tibetan Buddhist Mala Beads are a string of beads used to count mantras (Sanskrit prayers) in sets of 108 repetitions. The large “sumeru” (mountain) bead provides a starting and ending point on the mala for counting the repetitions. Mala beads are an ancient tool that was developed to keep the mind focused on the practice of meditation.
Mala beads are seen in other cultures and religions and are also known as prayer beads, rosary beads and worry beads. Over two-thirds of the world’s populations employ some type of prayer beads as part of their spiritual practice. The use of beads in prayer appears to have originated around the 8th century in India.
Mala beads are typically made out of different materials, and the properties of the beads are said to have specific energetic effects. Different spiritual practices and religious traditions historically have used beads of a specific material.
Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland. Japa means recitation, and it is traditionally used as an adjective and combined to form Japa Mala (prayer beads for meditation).
Sandalwood is mainly used for chanting beads and rosary beads.
Our company use high end sandalwood known as “Mysore Sandalwood” for making fine quality sandalwood beads procured from Government authorized suppliers.