a little Mala history...




'Mala' meaning garland is usually made with 108 beads, traditionally used in Hindu & Buddhist practise for meditation and repeating mantra, but also used in various other cultures for prayer & stress relief. It is believed that the gem stones give protection from negative energy. There are many theories as to why a mala is made up of 108 beads…

“according to chinese astrology there are 108 sacred stars…”

 “some people say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future…”

There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, each has masculine & feminine - shiva & shakti qualities ~ 54 x 2 = 108

Heart chakra: The chakras are the intersections of energy lines and of the heart chakra there are said to be 108, of which 1 of them Sushumna leads to the crown chakra and is said to be the path of self-realization...

The mala is usually used in the left hand. One bead is counted for each recitation of mantra,

commencing with the first bead after the 'guru' bead.

The first bead is held between the index finger and thumb and with every count the thumb travels over the bead.

Once you have gone through your 108 beads you turn the mala 180 degrees avoiding the guru bead and continue round.


Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Malas are generally made from bodhi seed and are considered auspicious.

Lotus seeds and red sandalwood are also widely used.