Mala beads: This is a string of beads-108 is a common number-of uniform size. There is one bead, called the guru mother or focal bead. They are sometimes called "Prayer beads," "Worry beads" or "Buddhist Rosaries". The beads are used as counters to help Buddhists, Hindus, and yoga practitioners repeat their mantra a certain number of times. They can also help a person stay focused during meditation. Due to the handmade nature of these beads, size, shape and finish may vary.