Collection: Mala Beads

The Mala is a rosary containing 108 beads. It is used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or name of a particular deity. Hindu tradition holds that the correct way to use a mala is with the right hand, the thumb flicking one bead to the next, and the mala draped over the middle finger. The index finger represents the ego, the greatest impediment to Self-Realization, so it is considered best avoided (as with the ego) when chanting on a mala.