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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

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  • 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
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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."

1.25.33:

"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."

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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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