A japamala, jaap maala, or simply mala (Sanskrit: मल; mālā, meaning 'garland') is a loop of prayer beads commonly used in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism for counting recitations when performing japa (reciting a mantra or other sacred sound) or for counting some other sadhana (spiritual practice) such as prostrating before a holy icon. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and are sometimes referred to in Christianity as a \"rosary\".
Crystal, pearl, nacre, or other clear or white in colour beads may be used to count mantras used to appease devas or purify oneself; beads made of gold, silver, copper, or lotus seeds may be used to count mantras intended to increase lifespan, knowledge, or merit; beads made of ground sandal wood, saffron, and other fragrant substances may be used with mantras meant to tame others; mantras aiming at subduing malicious spirits or afflictions may be made from rudraksha seeds or human bones; and beads made of bodhi wood can be used for many purposes, for counting all kinds of mantras, as well as other prayers, prostration, circumambulation and so forth.
In Buddhism in Japan, Buddhist prayer beads are known as ojuzu (数珠, counting beads) or onenju (念珠, thought beads), where the \"o\" is the honorific o-. Different Buddhist sects in Japan have different shaped juzus, and use them differently. For example, Shingon Buddhism, Tendai and Nichiren Buddhism may use longer prayer beads with strands on both ends similar to those used in mainland Asia. During devotional services, these beads may be rubbed together with both hands to create a soft grinding noise, which is considered to have a purifying and reverential effect. However, in Jōdo Shinshū, prayer beads are typically shorter and held draped over both hands and are not ground together, as this is forbidden.
Jōdo-shū is somewhat unusual because of the use of a double-ringed prayer beads, called nikka juzu (日課数珠), which are used for counting nenbutsu recitations (i.e. recitation of the name of Amitabha Buddha): one ring contains single beads used to count a single recitation while the other ring is used to count full revolutions of the first ring. Additionally, other beads hang from the strings, which can count full revolutions of the second ring (flat beads), or full revolutions of the first string of beads. In all, it is possible to count up to 120,000 recitations using these beads. The design is credited to a follower of Hōnen named Awanosuke.
Regardless of Buddhist sect, prayer beads used by lay followers are frequently smaller, featuring a factor of 108 beads. It is common to find prayer beads in Japan that contain a small image inside the largest bead, usually something associated with the particular temple or sect. When held up to the light the image is clearly visible.
Japa is a Sanskrit word that means spiritual practice or reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the names of a deity. And this Japamala keeps the counting on your fingers while chanting or repeating that mantra. Doing this Japamala on a regular basis will help you become stress-free, and can also help you to complete many spiritual tasks. The beads in a mala usually stand for 108 prayers and they come in different colors and materials. Some other decorative items like bells or statues may also be used to track the amount of rounds that have been completed.
I have been receiving many requests to post the Rosary and other Prayers in Malayalam (with English Lyrics) for those who speak Malayalam but cannot read Malayalam. One of the readers of this site named Sophia Thomas has been kind enough to share many Malayalam prayers. I am really grateful to her for her wholehearted effort. May God bless her for helping others.
The beads in a traditional mala are rudraksha seeds, produced by several species of large evergreen trees associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. In the yogic tradition, the beads are used in japamala practice, reciting mantras in meditation.
Japa mala is a garland made of beads and is used in spiritual practices. Sanskrit terms, japa is a prayer involving recital of mantras and mala means \"garland.\" Japa malas have been used since ancient times by sages, yogis and Buddhists while performing their spiritual practices. The beads in the japa mala are used to keep count of the number of times a mantra is uttered.
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