Mala beads are also carved from the tagua nut and wood, and these are symbolic of a spiritual connection with the earth and a grounding energy that promotes greater mindfulness and focus during meditation.
Japa Mala Beads - The most popular and widely used kind of mala is the one with a string of 108 beads that are intricately carved with various materials, including wood, semi-precious and precious stones, bones, or even seeds. Every single time you use this mala to practice a mantra or spiritual chanting, this bead allows you to make 100 repetitions. The 8 beads are added to make up for any mistakes in counting or reciting the mantra.
Guru Bead or Head Bead - The most fascinating bead of all, the head bead, referred to as the ‘Guru bead’, tends to bigger than all the other beads. The guru bead has a special significance and it is symbolic of the sacred relationship of a student with their “guru”, the teacher. The Guru bead is the starting point of the mala, and it is never counted amongst the other bead. When you reach the Guru bead, you must turn around and change your direction of rotating the beads during your meditation practice to avoid stepping over your teacher.
Counter Beads - A large mala might also have counter beads, which are added to divide the mala into 4 equal sections, each consisting of 27 beads. You can also get malas with a wide variety of lengths, including 21, 27 and 54 beads, while mala bracelets tend to have at least 18 beads. Some malas are created with stretchy materials and elastic cords so you can easily wrap them around your wrist and wear them like a bracelet. Other full-length malas can be worn as necklaces, but not all designs are to be flaunted as ornaments because of their spiritual significance.
Brand Name: Lodisney
Metals Type: Tibetan silver
Metals Type: Zinc Alloy
Model Number: XL034