Mala prayer beads: Sandalwood


Mala beads made from richly-scented Sandalwood

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The rich scent of sandalwood

These polished sandalwood Malas are made from 108 beads plus one Guru or God bead, on elastic thread. This enables the Mala to be worn around the neck, or looped around the wrist.

Mala beads are traditionally used while reciting Mantra, to count the number of repetitions. 108 repetitions is the traditional number, although one can do half a mala, or sets of 12 – it’s up to the individual. Mala beads can be used during Mantra or meditation, or worn everyday.

Malas take on the energy of the prayer or Mantra, and the more a person uses them with a particular Mantra, the quicker it helps them set that strong intention. Sometimes people have several Malas – and when they move on to a new intention, they will purchase a new Mala for this purpose.

Using your Mala

Hold in the hand while cradling the weight of it with your other hand, or laying it in your lap/on your leg.

As you recite, pull each bead toward you with your thumb. When you return to the Guru bead, turn around and head back the other way if doing more than one set. Don’t go over the Guru bead – use it as a turning point.

Caring for your Mala

Please be gentle with your Mala. Keep it wrapped in cloth or a pouch of natural fibres preferably – silk is ideal as it contains the energy of your Mala.


You can cleanse your Mala in a number of ways—either place on dry salt, smoke with sage or eucalyptus leaves, or place in the sunshine for no more than an hour, or under the light of the moon. If your sandalwood Mala gets wet, you may just notice that the rich scent of the wood is reduced.

Weight 0.023 kg
Dimensions 82 × 0.8 × 0.8 cm


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