Prayer beads are used by various religious people and this is mainly used for the counting repetition prayers. The prayer beads are also used for the meditation purpose to bring the concentration. These prayer beads are used for used for protection purpose in case of negative energy sources. The prayer beads are used when the devotee wanted to repeat a set of slogans for a number of times. This is the earliest Christian form of prayer and the Islam people use for spiritual theme repetition. The prayer beads vary depending on different religions from 99 to 33 respectively. Generally Hindus and Buddhists use 108 beads, while others prayer beads contains 95 beads. The Sikh mala also contains 108 beads. The Hindu people generally call it as "japa mala". The prayer beads are the string used in spiritual practice for performance of mantra. These beads are made from several products which include wood, peals, or gems. Rudraksha is also one of the forms of prayer bead which includes 108 beads.
The beads some times made out of sandalwood and rose wood. The beads are generally 108; it's because of the count of 12 astrological houses by the 9 planets which gives the number. The mala contains the main bead which makes us to remind of the guru for the growth this is called guru or tassel. There are also the specific way to hold the mala, as it has to be hold between the thumb and the middle finger. As the bead is passed along the name of the god is pronounced once. This is the form of keeping our self calm and remembering god during our day to day life activities. The bodhi prayer seeds are also used for prayer and these are available in both mala form and also wrist mala form.
Buddhist makes this mala in the form of bodhi seeds, turquoise and many gemstone types, also yak bone prayer beads. The history of prayer beads falls back to 500 BC in Hinduism. There are many histories for the prayer beads to come to this century. The wrist mala have the beads ranges from 16-19 beads. There are lots of collections of prayer beads and these are available at lower price online. The mala is the Sanskrit name which means garland. The Tibetans uses the mala made out of precious stones and they use this for prayer. The purpose of the mala is just to bring out the peace and harmony from the individual and also in the environment.