Rudraksha Mala Beads
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These Mala Beads come to us from Brindavan, India, where they have been hand-strung from local materials, and serve as an intrinsic part of the culture. Walking on the streets of Brindavan, you will see strings of Malas in hands, used to count repetitions of 108 mantras, worn around the neck to remind the wearer of his or her inherent holy nature, and hung on statues of deities and on the corners of framed pictures of gurus and saints. Each string of Malas, or prayer beads, contains 108 beads, a number which holds manifold numerological and mythological significance within the Hindu tradition, as for Hindus, it stands as the number most connected to human life.
Rudraksha beads are made from the berry of the Rudraksha Tree, and adorning oneself with these beads has historically been prescribed by Ayurvedic medicine to help lower blood pressure, to help cure allergies, mental disorders, asthma, diabetes, and cancer. Rudraksha can be literally translated from Sanskrit to ‘Shiva’s Tears,’ as it is said that after Shiva had been meditating for many years on the welfare of all creatures, a tear rolled down his face in the form of a Rudraksha bead, which landed in the earth and planted the first tree of its kind. It is said that the wearer of these beads will learn to embody the qualities of Shiva, and will live a fearless life.
These hand-strung beads come in sizes 5mm and 7mm and 9 mm and come in strings with Lengths of 10 inches, 17 inches and 23 inches respectively. Each mala contains 108 genuine Indian Rudraksha beads. The 5mm is good for small children and as a wrist mala but cannot be worn as a necklace by an adult.