Sandalwood Mala. $40.00. Mala beads, also known as japamala, are prayer beads most commonly used in Indian religions. A normal mala necklace is made up of 108 primary beads, a guru bead, and a tassel. Some people choose to wear their malas, while others do not. Use the beads during meditation, and create mantras associated with the beads. One main custom with mala beads is to not let them touch the ground. Other than that, the practice of using mala is really up to you.