Why does a japamala consist of 108 beads?
The Hindu mālā (rosary) usually consists of 108 beads in addition to the merubead. In some sects however the number of beads varies, for instance in the Shaiva sect the mala has 32 beads. According to some Holy texts the mala should have only 9 beads and one should count 108 with 12 of its turns. Click here to read more.
- 1. The effects of Names of certain Deities
- 2. The method of chanting the Deity’s Name
- 3. The speed of chanting
- 4. The stage of the seeker and the mode of speech (vānī)
- 5. Keeping a count of the chanting
6. The japamālā (rosary)
- 6.1 The number of beads
- 6.2 The types of beads in a mala
- 6.3 The thread and the Brahmagath (gath = knot)
- 6.4 The principles of using the mala
- 6.5 Performing sanskārs (spiritual rites) on the mala [malasanskar]
- 6.6 The ritual of accepting a mala (japamalagrahanvidhi)
- 6.7 Donning the mala
- 6.8 Practical suggestions about using a japamala (rosary)
- 6.9 The exchange of a mala
- 6.10 The japamala (rosary) in certain sects
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