This Rudraksha Mala is approximately 32 inches long. Since this is a natural product, each mala may be slightly different. Our current stock of Rudraksha malas come with a yellow tassel.
Rudraksha seeds/berries are frequently used in Hindu and Buddhist Malas. The tree that produces these seeds,Elaeocarpus ganitrus, is a large evergreen, broad-leaved tree that is found in the Himalayas. The tree is said to have grown from a tear from Shiva’s eye. Translated from Sanskrit, Rudraksha means “Rudra’s (Shiva’s) eyes”. The Rudraksha beads are thought to be protective and enhance spiritual connection. This mala may be worn at all times, even in water, but do not expose the rudraksha to chemical soaps as it may cause the seeds to become brittle and crack. Ganesha, Shiva, and Shakti mantras are especially potent with Rudrakshas, but they may be used for any deity.
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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.