In Sanskrit “mala” signifies a “garland” for prayers made of flowers or pearls. Mala crafting is considered to be one of the 64 traditional Indian arts.
This mala is composed of 108 seeds, like the 108 Upanishads, the 108 names of Vishnu in the Mahabharata. 108,
like the Mudras (ritual gestures) in Tantra. In Buddhism this number represents the 108 trials that Buddha underwent
to attain enlightenment.