You & Your Mala

We want you to find your perfect Mala. One that makes you feel great when you hang it around your neck and roll it through your fingers. One that absorbs your oils and energies when you wear it against your skin. A Mala that reflects your intentions. And embodies your personality. One that adds to your outfit and karma — and makes you look and feel great. A Mala you feel good about because it’s fair trade and ethically produced.

What is a Mala?

‘Mala’ in Sanskrit means ‘garland’ or ‘necklace’. Malas are rosaries and traditionally intended to be used for meditation to facilitate an effortless way to count the repetitions of mantras (sacred prayers). Mantra meditation is one of the most fundamentals ways to ‘charge’ your soul with divine vibrations.

Often called prayer beads, anyone can wear these beautiful pieces. You don't have to be religious or have any spiritual practice. We believe you can simply wear them as a reminder of an intention you've set. And if you are seeking a calmer mind, body and spirit.

How to choose a Mala?

Choosing a mala is simple. Because we believe that ‘you don’t choose a mala, the mala chooses you’, therefore, the mala that you're drawn to first is the one you're meant to have. Don't resist the ease. Embrace it. Allow yourself to surrender and be lead by your heart.

If you wear a lot of pink, and you are drawn to the pink rose quartz stone, allow that to happen. If you love blue and find yourself in love with an amazonite mala, embrace it.

How to use a Mala?

Traditionally, the beads have been used in prayer and meditation. But don't let that intimidate you. Anyone can wear mala beads, whether you meditate or not. Often, people are drawn to the necklaces for their believed healing qualities of calming the mind and providing inner peace. You can wear them around your wrist, your neck, hang them at your altar, or meditate on them.

If you choose to meditate on your mala, you will most likely use a mantra. A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. It can be as simple as the word 'love,' something you are thankful for, or a Sanskrit phrase such as 'om shanti, shanti, shanti’, which represents all encompassing peace. During meditation, each bead is held between the thumb and middle finger while the mantra is chanted once for each bead. Never use the index finger. A mala counts usually 108+1 ‘guru’ bead, which like a pendant is separate from the necklace of 108 beads. It is given the name “guru” — meaning “that which leads from ‘gu’ (darkness) to ‘ru’ (light) — because it is both the beginning and ending point of a mantra repetition circuit.

It's widely believed that when one uses a mala for meditation, and makes it all the way around, they will have found enlightenment. A mala’s practical value is not just its use during meditation. Because of its inherent magnetic power, it not only holds its own charge, it also gains and holds the charge of the mantra. Thus, when your soul is fully charged with the power of the mantra, so is the mala. In this way, your mala is not only a sacred power object in its own right; it takes on the divine charge of the mantra and your personal divine fragrance as well. One powerful healing technique is to simply place a mala, sufficiently charged, onto a person’s chest. It is written that the healing power of a mala lasts for 7 generations.

What makes our Malas unique?

Our authentic pieces are handmade by artisans in Hardwar (also spelled Haridwar), who hand-knot each piece, and bless them before they leave the pious city. Our malas are special as we combine sacred Rudraksha seeds, Indian woods and Gemstones.

Hardwar - The Birthplace of Malas

Hardwar is an ancient holy city in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. In Sanskrit, Hara means "Lord Shiva" and Dwara means "gate" or "gateway". Hence, Hardwar stands for "Gateway to Lord Shiva". Hardwar has been regarded as “The Birthplace of Malas”. It may not be a fact but it is truth that Hardwar is the place where the Malas were created or crafted for the first time. It is also worth noting that Hardwar is situated very close to the “World Capital of Yoga”, Rishikesh, India.

The first of the Malas were made using Rudraksha beads. Mala-making evolved over a period of time. And gradually, use of Indian woods and gemstones started in the world of mala-making. Today, Hardwar is a mature market with a lot of shops/stores trading in Malas, Rudraksha and Gems. Om Prakash & Sons is at the forefront of providing its customers high quality genuine products at very reasonable prices.

What are Rudraksha seeds?

Rudraksha seeds grow on trees inside of what looks like a blueberry. Ours are sustainably harvested in South East Asia. The seeds are believed to embody peace and love.

Read More About Rudraksha

Why do we use gemstones?

Gemstones are believed to offer different healing qualities. For example, rose quartz is believed to open the heart chakra, lava is thought to encourage strength and clarity, and amazonite is associated with helping us follow our dreams.

Read More About Healing Properties

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