A beautiful, organic combination of Jasper beads and Rudraksh seeds have been used for this full 108 mala. We've used a beautiful, old Ersari bead as the Sumera - these beads are becoming hard to find now, so something to really treasure!
A mala is a string of 108 beads with a larger starting/finishing bead known as the ‘Guru’ or ‘Sumera’ bead (not used for counting). These beads are used for keeping count while chanting mantra.
The number 108 symbolises the entire Universe and represents the 27 constellations times the 4 parts, the 12 signs of the Zodiac by the 9 planets and the number of scriptures in the Vedas, a Hindu Holy text. The mala is held in the right hand, moving it along with the thumb over the middle finger. The mantra is recited for each bead.
Also sometimes called a Japa Japa Mala to indicate the many repetitions of the mantra being chanted.