Hand Knotted SemiPrecious Gemstone Japa Malas

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Last updated on September 4, 2013
Welcome and thank you for visiting Kajal’s Malas! All my malas are hand knotted with love and care on silk beading thread (with the exception of wrist malas, which are strung on durable clear stretch cord), while listening to, chanting or repeating sacred mantra. Malas are traditionally used for japa meditation, which is reciting a mantra, prayer or intention with the passing of each bead over the fingers. They are also lovely to wear (as in the 108 bead malas) or carry with you (all sizes, especially 54 bead malas, or 27 bead pocket mini malas, which also make wonderful “worry beads“). The properties of the stones I have used have been described in each listing, one of my favorite references is The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.

Hand knotting adds to the beauty of your mala, increases it’s strength and keeps it’s beads from rubbing against each other. It is overall a nicer feel as the beads slide across your fingers during japa, and even as you wear or hold your mala, as the gemstone beads stay secured in place with the knotted silk thread. Hand knotting a mala takes much longer to create, but it is oh so worth the time!

In many traditions a mala is 108 beads (a sacred number)** or a number divisible by 9, hence the 54 bead and 27 bead malas. The number of repetitions of mantra, prayer or intention should be 108, so when using a 54 bead mala, the mala is turned after one pass, and 54 more repetitions are completed for a total of 108 repetitions. Using a 27 bead mala, you would turn the mala three more times after the original pass to complete 108. The guru (or meru) bead is not counted, this is the bead from which the tassel hangs.

Your mala will arrive in a protective pouch for safe keeping, along with more detailed information on the practice of japa meditation, as well as info on the stones used in your mala.

~ Here’s a tip for keeping your tassel from getting messy ~ drop the beads into your pouch first, keeping the tassel up toward the top of the pouch (it will be upside down). Then lightly tighten the drawstring around your tassel. This will keep it straight and nice! ~

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Your mala will ship with 1-2 days of receiving payment, by First Class USPS, in secure, padded packaging with Delivery Confirmation within the United States. Insurance is not added unless it is requested.
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Don’t see your perfect mala here? I would love to create your custom mala using stones, thread and tassel color of your choice. Convo me and we can start to design a mala made especially for you!

**Here is an explanation from Amma Sri Karunamayi, a Divine Mother and living saint, on why 108 is considered a sacred number and used in japa:

“In the human body, there are 108 main “jnana kendras”, or centers of higher knowledge. Therefore, when we perform mantra japa 108 times on a mala that has 108 or 54 beads, we energize all the 108 subtle centers and the 108 jnana kendras. We can derive the same effect by wearing malas of 108 or 54 beads that have been energized by japa or puja, or the blessing of a holy person.”

For more information on Amma Sri Karunamayi, here is a link to her website: