Is it called just mālā, or does it have a special name? I'm not concerned about the material, rather about the fact that it's shorter and worn on a wrist.

Rudraksha beads Wrist mala

  • Yes.This is called RUDRAKSHA MALA.
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 30 '16 at 11:55
  • @TheDestroyer Sorry, I wasn't clear in my question. I'm concerned about the fact that it's shorter and worn on a wrist, not about the material.
    – Petr
    Aug 30 '16 at 12:19
  • Yes. You can do that. But,now a days no one does that except saints who seek ultimate Truth. Lord Shiva wears it on wrist but you should take utmost precautions while you select Rudraksha, I suggest you to ask a priest in nearby Shiva Temple.
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 30 '16 at 12:25
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    bracelet mala? I'm not sure. Traditionally, a full length mala is just rotated several times over the wrist. Aug 30 '16 at 12:39
  • The one in the image is not arudraksha mala.
    – Rickross
    Aug 31 '16 at 5:07

Shiva Purana, 1.25. 29 (The greatness of Rudrākṣa)

śatamekottaraṃ kaṃṭhe bāhvorvai rudra saṃkhyayā | kūrparadvārayostatra ᴍᴀɴ̣ɪʙᴀᴍ̣ᴅʜᴇ tathā punaḥ || 29 ||

"Hundred and one Rudrākṣas shall be worn round the neck; eleven Rudrāksas shall be worn round each of the arms, elbows and wrists."


"This is the rule regarding eleven hundred Rudrākṣas. If so many are not available, another auspicious procedure I mention to you."

Shiva Purana 1.25.34,35:

śikhāyāmekarudrā kṣaṃ śirasā triṃśataṃ vahet | paṃcāśacca gale dadhyādbāhvoḥ ṣoḍaśa ṣoḍaśa|| ᴍᴀɴ̣ɪʙᴀᴍ̣ᴅʜᴇ dvādaśa ||

One Rudrākṣa shall be worn on the tuft, thirty on the head, fifty round the neck; sixteen in each of the arms; twelve round each of the wrists; Shiva Purana

That on the wrist is called as "ᴍᴀɴ̣ɪʙᴀɴᴅʜᴀɴᴀ"

But also one who takes a Vow to wear it are supposed to refrain from :-

madyaṃ māṃsaṃ tu laśunaṃ palāṇḍuṃ śigrumeva ca | śleṣmāṃtakaṃ viḍvarāhaṃ bhakṣaṇe varjayettataḥ || 1.25.43

”A devotee of Śiva shall refrain from eating meat, garlic, onion, red garlic, potherb, Śleṣmātaka, pig of rubbish and liquors."


Its called Rudraksha beads (Mala). Rudraksha is used for prayer in Hinduism. The name rudraksha stems from Hindu mythology and means “the eyes of Shiva.” Size of beads are from 3 mm to 40 mm.

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  • As I wrote in my question, I'm not concerned about the material (rudraksha). I'm interested if the shorter variant worn on a wrist has a specific name or not, probably it doesn't. In any case, thanks for the image, I've never seen the tree.
    – Petr
    Aug 31 '16 at 11:15

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