Step 1: Cut a length of cord (5 feet for a 108-bead mala necklace is suggested). ...Step 2: Tie off one end of your cord and leave a 5-to-8-inch tail. ...Step 3: Start stringing your beads and pull a tight knot after each bead using your thumbnail to push the knot tight against the bead. ...Step 4: Continue this repetition for 108 more times. ...More items
How do you make a Mala with beads?
Slide the knot as close as possible to the bead. Repeat this process: add a bead, tie a knot, add a bead, knot. Start and complete one entire side of mala: add 18 beads and 18 knots then add one counter bead and one knot. Continue with 36 more beads and 36 knots, which will put you exactly at of the mala.
What is Pavithrotsavam and how to celebrate it?
During Pavithrotsavam, priests perform Pavitra Adhivasam, a special puja for Pavitra Mala (silk thread garlands). Priests offer these Pavitra Malas to the deities and perform Mula Mantra Homams to bring purity. The Pavitra Malas are then given to the devotee sponsors as blessings.
What supplies do I need to make a Mala?
Before you begin crafting your mala, make sure you have the following supplies ready: 108 beads in 6 mm or 8 mm size. Use a bead with a hole size of 0.8 to 1 mm; 5 feet of 1 mm waxed cotton or hemp cord. For shorter malas, use a shorter amount of cord; Waxed cotton or hemp will ensure a strong and durable mala; 1 guru bead
How to use a mala for mantra repetition?
When using a mala for mantra repetition, you will never skip over the guru bead. The tassel is the cluster of string at the bottom of the mala. Each strand of the tassel is an extension of the cords that bind the necklace together and our connection to the divine and one another.
The Anatomy of a Mala
Traditionally, a mala has 108 beads, but you can use factors of 108, such as 18, 27, 36, or 54, to make a shorter mala that can be worn as a bracelet. (Necklace malas are typically used for longer mantra repetitions.)
Supplies for Creating Malas
Before you begin crafting your mala, make sure you have the following supplies ready:
Steps to Creating a Mala
Step 1: Cut a length of cord (5 feet for a 108-bead mala necklace is suggested).
Designing your mala
Lay your beads out in the order you want them, exactly as you want them to be on your mala. Be sure to count your beads and make sure your pattern is even on both “sides” (or staggered any way you like).
How to make a knotted mala with your own tassel
1. Tie a double knot at the end of the knotting cord. Make sure this knot is large enough so your guru bead can’t slide off easily. (see knotting diagram below this set of instructions)
How to make your own professional looking tassel
These instructions can be used to craft a stand alone tassel, or add one to a mala from the first set of instructions. This is a little bit more of an advanced way to tie your tassel together, so allow yourself a few tries to get it right.
How to make a knotted mala with premade tassel
For this design, we start at the “back” of the mala, for a full 108 bead mala that would be with bead #54 in your sequence – and note that we do not count the guru bead, there are 108 mala beads and 1 guru bead. Be sure to test your guru bead to be sure your cord can go through twice before you begin.