Prayer Beads- What They Are And What They Are Used For?

Prayer beads have been used for counting mantra recitations in many religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Bahai Faith, Buddhism, and Christianity. It is believed that these beads help you stay positive and faithful. You can also visit and find prayer beads as per your desire.

Prayer beads can be used in following accepted ways:

  • meditation
  • repetition of the same worship a set number of times
  • repetition of different prayers in a pattern


Prayer beads were first used by Hindu region and they call them Japa Mala. Japa means repeating a mantra and Mala a garland. They contain a set number of beads (108), believed to mean the number of sins or names of Hindu gods. They are usually made from Tulasi wood or Rudraksha seeds.


They use prayer beads which are also called as a Japa Mala, Tibetan Buddhists most common mala also uses 108 beads. They sometimes may also use a larger mala containing 111 beads. These Tibetan prayer beads can be made of wood, seeds or animal bone. However, you may also get these prayer beads made of semi-precious stones such as amethyst and carnelian.

These prayer beads can be also used as necklace or bracelet. You might have seen malas enhancing the wrists, necks, and altars of meditation enthusiasts.

These elegant necklaces carry special importance for the carrier predicated on where they first got it, why they find the stones, and the powerful fullness they feel with these beads. If you want to know more about the meditation with prayer beads, you can go to this website.

If you search online, you will also find unique or different formed beads positioned after each 27th bead to make it better to keep an eye on the mantra.

You can also look for bracelets and ornamental necklaces with 54 or 27 beads. Today, malas or prayer beads are designed out of a number of materials such as hardwood, seeds, stones, pearls, and crystals.