Japa malas

I have heard my family recite God’s name in multiples of 108 using a beaded necklace (rosary). The beads can be made of Rudraksha, stone, wood. The japamala is activated by the Guru who during Diksha recommends the pupil to do the japa (recital) during a specific time of the day. What to recite, propitiating which God, what time, how many times per day, how many days etc varies based on the underlying purpose for which the pupil will be reciting.

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