Malas were first created in India 3000 years ago (with roots in Hinduism & Buddhism) and were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, "to recite". The term 'mala' is a Sanskrit word for "meditation garland."
Mala beads are a strand of 108 beads(Full Mala) used for keeping count during mantra meditations. They can also be made of 27 beads or 21 beads(Wrist Mala) for use in shorter meditations. They have been used by yogis and spiritual seekers for thousands of years to help keep their minds focused during meditation and can be made from gemstones that match the intention of your practice. Often malas are placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations. Malas are also referred to as mala beads, Buddhist beads or Buddhist prayer beads. Mala beads have been used in Buddhism and Hinduism for centuries and the traditional Rudraksha mala dates back to the 10th century.
It’s important to know that a mala represents something different to each person. It can be a tool for meditation. A reminder of an intention. A piece that inspires you. A beautiful manifestation of a feeling. Whatever it means to you, don’t judge or compare. Embrace your calling, and let it guide you in your choice.