The first prayer beads (“Sanskrit: mala, meaning “garland”) grew out of the Vedic tradition in India and were the prototype for prayer beads in later world cultures. (For more information on history and meaning, see our About Malas section.)
Our wood and seed malas are strung either on woven nylon cord with decorative knots, or on flexible wire with cotton tassels. Derived from the ancient city of Benares, these malas retain for years their lovely sandalwood fragrance. When the Buddhist teachings flourished in India, meditators retreated to the cool sandalwood groves during the heat of the summer. Finished with a sandalwood guru bead and red tassel.
Marker beads may be special ordered for an additional $8.00 to $10.00 depending on the number added to the mala. Placement of markers can be arranged according to one’s meditation tradition. Please contact us for more details.