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About Mala’s

Mala

A Japamala is a string of beads used for Japa, which is the practice of chanting or meditating on a divine name, mantra or hymn. Typically, a Japamala consists of 108 beads that are used to repeat the mantra or name of a god 108 times, or for reciting Ashtothram's names.

If you're considering using a Japamala for prayer, you may have some questions about which Japamala to use, how to use it, and what benefits are associated with specific Japamala beads. It's important to understand the significance and importance of Japamalas before you begin using one.

Types of Japamalas and their Benefits – Which One to Use

There are different types of Japamalas, each made of different materials, and each offering its own set of benefits. However, any Japamala can be used for regular purposes. You can find Japamalas made of lotus beads, rudraksha, wood, or even precious gems such as corals, emeralds, and pearls.

Various Hindu scriptures describe the benefits of using certain materials for Japamalas. For instance, Rudraksha malas are believed to fulfill wishes, while pearl malas are used for gaining fame and protection.

However, it's also important to note that Japamalas can be used for devotion or Mantrajapas, regardless of the material they are made of.

Here are some phrases that describe the various Japamala benefits:

Rudraksha maalika stute japenn swamanoradhan
Padmakshairvi hitaa maala satrunaam naasinee maata

  • By doing Japa with Rudraksha Japa mala, one can fulfill all their wishes, The use of Japa mala made with lotus beads will remove your enemies from your path of success.

 

Kusagrandhimayi maala sarvapapa vinaasini
Putra jeeva phalaihi kluptaa kurute putra sampadam

  • Japamala made with darbha grass (Kusha) knots will destroy all your sins. By using Putra-jeeva beads japamala, will help to grant a son.

 

Nirmithaaraushya manibhirjapamalaepsita prada
Hiranmayairvirachitha maala kaaman prayacchathi

  • Using japamala made with silver beads will help to accomplish all the internal desires(Ipsitha), Use of golden bead mala will help to fulfill your desires

Pravaalairvi hitaa mala prayachhet pushkalam dhanam
Saubhagyam spatiki mala mouktheekairvi hitha sriyam

  • Using Japamala made with corals can benefit you to get immense wealth, At the same time, spatikamala will improve prosperity and luck, while the one made with pearls gives protection and fame.

Importance of Japamala in Hinduism:

The Japamala is a significant symbol in Hinduism that represents various aspects such as meditation, knowledge, and the fulfillment of wishes. It is often seen in the hands of sages, yoginis, and even gods and goddesses, emphasizing the importance of meditation in attaining moksha or fulfilling desires. The repetition or punahcharana of a mantra while using the Japamala helps to maintain focus.

How to use a Japamala?

Japamala is a string of beads used for prayer and meditation. To use it, hold it with the middle and thumb fingers and turn the beads using the thumb. The mala has a separate outstanding bead called Sumeru, which represents the divine Mount Meru. It's important not to cross or count this bead while doing Japa. Instead, reverse the direction once you have reached the 108th bead or the one before Sumeru.

Use the Japamala only when you are clean and in a peaceful environment like your puja area. Also, ensure that the mala never touches the ground to protect its sanctity. To avoid this, try using it at a particular height above your waist. If that's not possible or too difficult, use a dedicated cloth bag, clean cloth, or traditional mat like Kusha mat.

Once you have completed doing Japa, keep the mala safely in a bowl or a small cloth bag and place it near the god in the puja room.

Do and don’ts For using Mala's:

Do’s:

  • Sit in a quiet place or in your puja area.

  • Sit comfortably

  • Be clean physically and internally in your mind and heart

  • Apply Vibuthi/Bhasma or Kumkuma or any other tilaka.

  • Meditate

  • Preserve the sanctity or holiness of Japamala

  • Use a clean cloth or a traditional mat such that the mala doesn’t touch the ground.

  • Reverse the counting without crossing the Sumeru bead

  • After using Japamala keep it in a bowl or cloth and place it in your puja area.

Don’ts:

  • Never touch the Japamala when you are unclean

  • Never allow the Japamala to touch the ground

  • Don’t cross the Sumeru Bija or bead.

Why does Japamala contain 108 beads?

Most of the Japamala’s contains 108 beads because of the significance of that number.

  • The motion of the planets is divided or described in 27 nakshatras, each one has 4 padas. So, when 4 padas of 27 nakshatras each were combined it gives the number 108 (27 nakshatras * 4 padas). So, any being born on the earth will be in one of the nakshatras and padas. To get God’s mercy all the time and for all beings, the use of 108 has great importance in Hinduism.

  • Sanskrit alphabet: There are 54 alphabets in Sanskrit language. Each alphabet has masculine and feminine properties, shiva and shakti. Therefore, to energize the mala with masculine and feminine properties 108 beads mala is used (54 multiplied by 2 is 108).

  • Planets and Houses: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets, therefore, 12 multiplied by 9 is 108. Therefore, 108 beads of mala represent the universe.

There are different kinds of Japa malas, each having certain effects and properties which delicately influence the unconscious mind of the practitioner.

Lotus Seed Mala:

This type of Lotus Seed Mala is used during Japas and Sadhana of Goddess Lakshmi. It is said that the Goddess is easily appeased if one uses this rosary for the chanting of her Mantra and she bestows upon him wealth and comforts.

Turmeric Mala:

The Turmeric Mala is used to perform special prayers and to destroy enemies and succeed in law suits. By wearing this turmeric mala disease like Jaundice can be cured. With this Turmeric mala one attains peace of mind and gets rid of anxiety, depression and tensions.

Coral Mala:

Coral Mala is used during worship of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, goddess Lakshmi and Mars planet. Coral Mala are useful for people who are prone to anemic condition. Tibetan Buddhists considered Red Coral has treasure for centuries and considered as the most precious natural “stone,” and the supreme Mala material.

Putra Jeeva Mala:

Putra jeeva mala also known as putra prapti mala is made of from the fruit seed of Putrajeeva tree. This Putra jeeva rosary Mala has the power of bestowing the wearer with a son. Mantra of Jupiter, Sun or Santangopal and all those Mantras which are recited with the wish of having desired offspring can be recited on it.
Sandal Wood Mala:

Sandal wood mala used for welcoming and for giving honor. Sandalwood rosaries come in two types as red and white beads. The white sandal wood mala is used for peace and empowering rituals and for worshipping Lord Ram and Vishnu. The Red sandal wood mala is used to worship of Lord Ganesha.

Crystal Mala:

Since crystal balances all the energy Chakras while reciting mantras during meditation Crystal Mala can be used as a japa Mala. These  Crystal beads also protect and heal by neutralizing negative influences.

Tulsi Mala:

Lord Vishnu, Ram and Krishna are worshipped by Tulsi mala. This mala is useful in curing diseases like throat and for purification of the body.

Conch Mala or Shankhas:

Conch Mala are very lucky and are dear to the Goddess Mahalakshmi. Shankha mala can be used during Mahalakshmi sadhana and also during other sadhanas. Conch Mala is also used for tantric rituals.

Bodhiseed Mala:

Bodhi seeds mala is used for meditation and for reciting many types of mantras. This japa mala aids the practitioner in counting mantra recitations while also helping to focus concentration and awareness. It is very popular among Buddhist monks.

Vaijanti Mala:

Vaijanti Mala is made of White beads of Vaijanti and is used for Vashikaran, Attraction and Devi Siddhi. It is also used by the devotees of Lord Vishnu and for chanting Mantras for worship of goddess Lakshmi.

Chirmi Beads Mala:

The Goddess of wealth, MahaLaxmi, stays near to these Beads it is said the bead itself will choose its owner and will not stay with an unlucky person. These chirmi beads are considered very lucky and powerful. This mala can be used for Shaligram shingar too.

Amber Mala:

During Japa Amber Mala is that contains 10 -11 mm 108 round amber beads. It is very useful in diseases related to blood and disorder in menstruation.

Sphatik Mala:

Sphatik mala is the best mala for counting beads while chanting Devi Mantras. By wearing this Sphatik mala, the mind becomes pacified and quiet and becomes favorite of Lord Shiva.

Rudraksha Mala:

Rudraksha mala are very effective used in all kinds of rituals while worshipping gods, goddesses and nine planets. Rudraksha mala is said to have many healing properties. Rudraksha is said to be rich with shakti and calms the kundalini, thus making it easier to rise.

Navratna Mala:

Navratna Mala pacifies nine planets. So there are nine precious stones corresponding the nine planets or navagrahas in it which are Ruby (Sun), Pearl (Moon), Red coral (Mars), Emerald (Mercury), Yellow sapphire (Jupiter), Diamond (Venus), Blue Sapphire (Saturn), Hessonite (Rahu) and Cat’s Eye (Ketu).

Parad Mala:

Parad mala is considered as one of the most pure and auspicious metals since ancient times having both religious and medical importance. Parad in the form of beads is a very powerful cure of diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases. Parad mala can be worn around the neck or waist and can also be used a Japa mala
 

Mala Suggestion:

It is crucial to understand that certain mala’s are traditionally associated with specific Beej mantras, Using the recommended mala is essential for reciting them.

It is not recommended to purchase a mala solely based on its description. These Mala’s should be used only after a Mala Sankar has been performed on your name and then as per suggestion, you can either perform Japa Vidhi on deities or yantras. Our detailed report suggests which mala should be used based on the Yantra that is recommended to you.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

Please take note that it's important to keep your Mala away from harsh chemicals such as dishwashing soap, lotion, perfumes, and silver cleaner. Your Mala should be the first thing you take off and the last thing you put on. To prevent moisture from damaging your Mala, store it separately in a ziplock bag. 

Kindly note that natural variations may occur, and that while the images displayed signify the actual product, the colors in the image may slightly differ from the actual product.

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