The term mala is derived from the Sanskrit word “Japamala,” which is a string of beads used for prayer and meditation by Hindus and Buddhists. The number 108 has spiritual significance and is considered sacred in the Hindu religion.
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a ‘sumeru.’ Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
Lotus Seed (Kamal Gatta) is a symbol of Goddess Lakshmi.
These malas can be used as is, or as material in your own art.
Sizes (all measurements are approximate):
~6mm beads, 640mm strand, 108 beads per strand
~8mm beads, 760mm strand, 108 beads per strand
~10mm beads, 1020mm strand, 108 beads per strand