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Sandalwood is one of the traditional materials used for Japa Malas. It is a fragrant wood that is believed to attract subtle but positive vibrations which promote tranquility and a positive frame of mind. Sandalwood is also an antiseptic and insecticidal wood.
The Japa mala should be held in the right hand with the middle finger and thumb, never with the index finger which is considered inauspicious. With each bead, one repeats the prayer or mantra. According to some traditions, 108 represents the number of mortal desires of mankind that one must overcome.