Budget priced mala


Budget-priced Japa Mala (prayer beads), in polished rosewood

Mala is originally the Sanskrit word for a garland - but it is now generally used to describe the prayer-beads used by Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs.

These malas consist of 108 polished rosewood beads - one of which is marked with a decorative tassle (colours may vary) - as traditionally used in Tibetan Buddhism. They're employed for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra - the practice known in Sanskrit as japa.

They're usually worn round the neck, or wrapped several times around the wrist.

(Other names for these beads include: juzu or nenju in Japan, shu zhunian zhu or Fo zhu in China, ba-di in Burma... or the more familiar rosary, in Christianity.) 

Total length about 30 inches (760mm), with each bead approximately 8 - 10mm in diameter.