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mala

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːlɑː
 
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Definition of mala in English:

noun

(In Hinduism and Sikhism) a string of prayer beads.
Example sentences
  • Saivites wear malas of them always as a symbol of God's love, chanting on each bead, ‘Aum Namah Sivaya.’
  • In the outer right hand, Chenrezig is holding crystal beads and moving them the way we use a mala to count mantras.
  • As for the more spiritually inclined, there are malas made of rudraksh, tulasi beads and lotus seeds.

Origin

from Hindi mālā.

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