Traditionally a mala has 108 beads strung together and one “guru bead,” which is larger than the rest. The guru bead is used as a place marker for the fingers to feel for the end or the beginning of the necklace In the yogic tradition the beads are used in japamala practice to recite mantras in meditation (hence the name).
A full cycle of 108 repetitions is counted on the mala so the practitioner can focus on the sounds, vibration and meaning of what is being said.
Traditional malas are almost always worn on the right hand, wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet.
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