This beautiful string of red sandalwood prayer beads can be worn as a necklace, wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet, or it can be used for japa mantra chanting practice. The beads are joined closely together with traditionally knotted thread, and finished with a flowing red tassel. Red sandalwood is commonly referred to as rosewood, and is a much-prized component of ritual malas, and it is specifically said to aid in relaxation and the reduction of excessive thoughts and nervous energy.
Malas are symbols of the never-ending cycle of eternity and are beloved of many deities. Sandalwood is especially sacred to Shiva and to Ganesha, the Lord of Success and the remover of obstacles. Malas are often worn for purification, for protection, and for uplifting the mind, body, and spirit.