Different types of Japa Malas
A Japa Mala or a Rosary string consists of 108 beads called Mala, used to count mantras with one bead as the peak bead called “SUMERU”. Energized Japa Mala or Rosaries Mala have been used for thousands of years. Japa Mala is used to keep our state of mind control during meditation practice. The Japa malas and mantras depend upon our individual mind and body type. They are either provided by a Guru or can be selected by yourself depending upon your intuitive sense.
There are different kinds of Japa malas, each having certain effects and properties which delicately influence the unconscious mind of the practitioner.
Lotus Seed Mala:
This type of Lotus Seed Mala is used during Japas and Sadhana of Goddess Lakshmi. It is said that the Goddess is easily appeased if one uses this rosary for the chanting of her Mantra and she bestows upon him wealth and comforts.
The Turmeric Mala is used to perform special prayers and to destroy enemies and succeed in law suits. By wearing this turmeric mala disease like Jaundice can be cured. With this Turmeric mala one attains peace of mind and gets rid of anxiety, depression and tensions.
Coral Mala is used during worship of Lord Ganesha, Hanuman, goddess Lakshmi and Mars planet. Coral Mala are useful for people who are prone to anemic condition. Tibetan Buddhists considered Red Coral has treasure for centuries and considered as the most precious natural “stone,” and the supreme Mala material.
Putra Jeeva Mala:
Putra jeeva mala also known as putra prapti mala is made of from the fruit seed of Putrajeeva tree. This Putra jeeva rosary Mala has the power of bestowing the wearer with a son. Mantra of Jupiter, Sun or Santangopal and all those Mantras which are recited with the wish of having desired offspring can be recited on it.
Sandal Wood Mala:
Sandal wood mala used for welcoming and for giving honor. Sandalwood rosaries come in two types as red and white beads. The white sandal wood mala is used for peace and empowering rituals and for worshipping Lord Ram and Vishnu. The Red sandal wood mala is used to worship of Lord Ganesha.
Since crystal balances all the energy Chakras while reciting mantras during meditation Crystal Mala can be used as a japa Mala. These Crystal beads also protect and heal by neutralizing negative influences.
Lord Vishnu, Ram and Krishna are worshipped by Tulsi mala. This mala is useful in curing diseases like throat and for purification of the body.
Conch Mala or Shankhas:
Conch Mala are very lucky and are dear to the Goddess Mahalakshmi. Shankha mala can be used during Mahalakshmi sadhana and also during other sadhanas. Conch Mala is also used for tantric rituals.
Bodhi seeds mala is used for meditation and for reciting many types of mantras. This japa mala aids the practitioner in counting mantra recitations while also helping to focus concentration and awareness. It is very popular among Buddhist monks.
Vaijanti Mala is made of White beads of Vaijanti and is used for Vashikaran, Attraction and Devi Siddhi. It is also used by the devotees of Lord Vishnu and for chanting Mantras for worship of goddess Lakshmi.
Chirmi Beads Mala:
The Goddess of wealth, MahaLaxmi, stays near to these Beads it is said the bead itself will choose its owner and will not stay with an unlucky person. These chirmi beads are considered very lucky and powerful. This mala can be used for Shaligram shingar too.
During Japa Amber Mala is that contains 10 -11 mm 108 round amber beads. It is very useful in diseases related to blood and disorder in menstruation.
Sphatik mala is the best mala for counting beads while chanting Devi Mantras. By wearing this Sphatik mala, the mind becomes pacified and quiet and becomes favorite of Lord Shiva.
Rudraksha mala are very effective used in all kinds of rituals while worshipping gods, goddesses and nine planets. Rudraksha mala is said to have many healing properties. Rudraksha is said to be rich with shakti and calms the kundalini, thus making it easier to rise.
Navratna Mala pacifies nine planets. So there are nine precious stones corresponding the nine planets or navagrahas in it which are Ruby (Sun), Pearl (Moon), Red coral (Mars), Emerald (Mercury), Yellow sapphire (Jupiter), Diamond (Venus), Blue Sapphire (Saturn), Hessonite (Rahu) and Cat’s Eye (Ketu).
Parad mala is considered as one of the most pure and auspicious metals since ancient times having both religious and medical importance. Parad in the form of beads is a very powerful cure of diabetes, blood pressure and heart diseases. Parad mala can be worn around the neck or waist and can also be used a japa mala.