Mala beads: 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. This listing is for a single bead.