These rosary beads or mala are made from Rudraksha seeds which in Sanskrit means Rudras eyes and are traditionally used as Hindu prayer beads. They are tactile and rough to the touch and tied together with a contrasting red thread, rather than metal to keep their organic quality and protect the beads. This thread is wrapped into a dainty tassel at the front. Traditionally there should be 108 beads, plus one. This extra bead is called a bindu and if the mala lacks a bindu it is said that the wearer will become dizzy if particularly sensitive.
The company who hand-makes these beads is based in Delhi and sources its products from local artisans. There are eight people who work in the office who receive statutory wages and a wage rise twice a year, plus a health insurance card. In their community they support local school children with free exercise books and school equipment and on the 15th of August (India Day) they provide ten cash prizes for Best Student in various subjects. This benevolent and caring company, were the first in line to provide help to Nepal when a major earthquake occurred, and sent food and solar cookers, so people could cook food and sterilise water. The supplier says "We are blessed to have such a team that runs the company in a professional way, we hope and dream we can continue with honesty and integrity?. It is believed Rudraksha provides support for those on the move who often eat and sleep in different places, and is good for warding off negative energy. It is a lovely necklace as well as an amulet.
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Complete length 122cm
Drop length 80cm