Design your own Custom Mala in 7 simple steps:
Choose main beads
Select your main 108 beads, these are 8mm beads, some beads incur an extra cost which is displayed within step 1 and at the final total
Choose a guru bead
The guru bead is the larger 3 holed bead
Choose end beads or tassel
- Select 3 end beads with a snake knot – mala beads with a snake knot have a fixed tension
- Select 3 end beads with adjustable knot – this knot slides up and down to alter the tension of your mala beads
- or a cotton tassel – choose from 13 different colours
Choose the thread colour
Select from 14 different colours
Choose counter beads
Optional – 3 x 8mm counter beads are placed at intervals of 27 beads to aid in mantra counting.
If you choose the same main beads and counter beads, we’ll make your mala with smaller counter beads to add contrast.
Choose bead caps & seed beads
Optional – gold plated or silver plated bead caps placed either side of the guru bead and counter beads to enhance the design of your custom mala.
Choose knots between each bead
Optional – we’ll make your mala with knots between each bead
The healing properties of the beads available for custom mala beads are listed here > mala beads & healing
How to use your Custom Malas
Our mala beads are suitable for mantra recitation, mindfulness practice, meditation, yoga, prayer & reflection.
- The meditation mala is generally held in the left hand and used with gentleness and respect.
- One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, starting with the first bead next to the “guru” bead. The guru bead is usually larger & more decorative.
- Hold the first mala bead between your thumb & forefinger and silently recite one mantra.
- Move your thumb and forefinger along to the next bead of the strand to chant the next mantra; then repeat.
- After completing a full circuit of the mala, flip the mala around 180 degrees (this takes some practice) and continue as before, in reverse order.
- One avoids passing over the “guru” bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one’s teacher.
Mantra for Blessing your Mala Beads
Recite the mantra seven times, then blow on the mala beads. This mantra increases the power of the mantras you recite using your custom mala.
OM RUCHIRA MANI PRAVARTAYA HUM
How to Care for your Custom Mala
When not in use please store your custom malas in a mala bag.
Please don’t wash your mala or wear whilst bathing or sleeping as this can weaken the mala thread.
To clean your mala: gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place in sunlight to dry.
Kay Maughan (verified owner) –
Sandlewood mala was beautiful love the feather tassel.
Harry Rezzemini (verified owner) –
The custom design process was fun: the web page guided me through clear steps and choices to request a mala with just the options I wanted. I noted an additional special request on the form and received an email to confirm that detail. Turnaround and shipping were timely. The piece is beautifully crafted and presented (would make a great gift). I appreciate the accompanying storage pouch and literature, and I especially honor the artisans’ commitment to creating a blessed ritual object (prayers said as the knots are tied, for knotted mala). The mala is a great value, and I am certain it will enrich my practice. I highly recommend Tibetan Mala Shop!
Bobby Cook (verified owner) –
Absolutely beautiful! Delivery was very quick. I couldn’t be happier!
Ziwen Li (verified owner) –
The garnet Mala is stunning! I used to have one I obtained from a lama temple back at home for 5 years but gifted it to my family for their health. This Mala gives me back the feelings I used to have, difficult to describe, like a missing piece that finally found its place. Truly grateful for the excellent Mala and feeling very much blessed! Many thanks!
Ben C (verified owner) –
Really happy with my custom DZI Agate Mala.
The custom build process is great and allows for many combinations.
Even during the current climate the Mala arrived in line with the advertised build time.
Well made and classy product.
Maurie (verified owner) –
I ordered a garnet mala, which is truly lovely. It is beautifully made and the presentation in a pouch with the cards outlining what each stone signifies makes it very special. I am wearing it daily and also using it for meditation. I love it.
Vanda Hodgson (verified owner) –
I took a long time deciding which Japa Mala bead necklace to choose for my Brazilian daughter in law, as each of them were all so beautiful. After reading your description of each bead, I chose the aquamarine with a pale blue silk tassel. It arrived on time and when I saw it I was overjoyed at the beauty and quality. Thank you so much.
Steven (verified owner) –
Cant recommend Tibetan Mala shop enough, the quality is superb.
The wax sealed envelope with details about which beads were chosen and good looking mala bag are nice additions.
Although there was no option for a feather tassel, I enquired and was told that is was no problem in making one.
Delivery was quick after the mala was made, even during the current situation the world is in.
Justin P –
Overall 10 stars out of 5 for everything about Tibetan Mala Shop! The custom mala process was so seamless.
I asked for one modification for a different guru bead than what was available to select and the shop accommodated it quickly. The international shipping was quick. The end product (sandalwood main beads, amethyst counter, bodhi seed guru, and aquamarine end) was even more beautiful, calming, and pure than imagined! I use it everyday in meditation whether saying
Mantras or just holding it.
I now want to get some wrist based custom malas next!
Please use Tibetan Mala Shop over mass produced options.
Felipe (verified owner) –
Tibetan Mala Shop is definitely the best place for custom malas. The quality of the beads is outstanding, it is beautifully made and clearly done with great care. The contact with the seller was impeccable. Cannot praise it enough!
Damon (verified owner) –
Custom made wrist mala for Thelemic yoga and invocation. Spectacular creation and outstanding customer service.
pippa (verified owner) –
Such beautiful malas
Laura (verified owner) –
Easy to follow instructions when choosing a custom mala and the delivery time was great! I was impressed how it came packaged so beautiful in a decorative drawstring pouch and was even more thrilled to receive cards explaining the meaning and use of each of the beads I had chosen! So thoughtful! 🙂
Laura (verified owner) –
The process of selecting beads for the custom mala was very informative and straightforward. When they arrived, they were beautifully presented in a decorative pouch and I was surprised to see that my order contained an envelope filled with descriptions and uses of each bead that I had picked. It was so thoughtful! I cannot recommend enough!