Himalayan Trade sells a wide selection of Malas in our retail store. Malas are used in many religions for meditation, spiritual practice and are commonly made of seeds, beads and other organic material. On our website, we are featuring our most popular chakra mala which is comprised of semi precious stones corresponding to the chakras. Apart from use in spritual practice it is a beautiful piece of jewelry and makes a fine gift.
Malas or prayer beads are used in many religions as part of the spritual practice and commonly during meditation, chanting, and prayer. The exact origins of prayer beads remain uncertain, but their earliest use probably traces to Hindu prayers in India. Buddhism probably borrowed the concept from Hinduism. The statue of a holy Hindu man with beads dates to the 3rd century BC. The number of beads varies by religion or use. Islamic prayer beads, called "Misbaha" or "Tasbih", usually have 99 or 33 beads. Buddhists and Hindus use the Japa Mala which usually has 108 beads, or 27 which are counted four times. Baha'i prayer beads consist of either 95 beads or 19 beads strung with the addition of five beads below. The Sikh Mala also has 108 beads. Roman Catholics use the "Rosary" (Latin "rosarium", meaning "rose garden") with 54 and additional five beads whereas Eastern Orthodox Christians use a knotted "Rosary" with 100 knots, although "prayer ropes" with 50 or 33 knots can also be used. Since the beads are fingered in an automatic manner, they allow the user to keep track of how many prayers have been said with a minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be paid to the prayers themselves.
Malas and prayer beads are commonly made of seeds, beads and other types of organic materials as well as semi-precious stones, glass and metal.