In Sanskrit means necklace and is similar to the rosary. It has been used for thousands of years as an aid to prayer and meditation and helps to maintain self-concentration. Consists of 108 beads and one. The 109th Bead is traditionally devoted to the spiritual instructor of its owner.
The number 108 is an important symbolic number and one interpretation of it is: 1 our unique nature - the uppermost truth, 0 the emptiness of the mind - the fullness in the spiritual act, 8 the infinity - eternity.