Malas are sets of beads used for prayer and meditation. “Mala” is a Sanskrit word meaning “garland”. I find it beautiful to think of them as garlands for holy adornment! Goddess Malas may be used for mantras, chanting, prayer, meditation, to wear, and to share on your altars and Goddess statues. There are traditionally 108 beads with a focal point bead, sometimes called a guru bead. Smaller malas may come in derivatives of 108 beads. Malas may be made from bone, gemstones and crystals, wood, and seeds and are typically 6mm to 10mm beads.