A Rudraksha Mala is made with the auspicious number of 108+1 bead, the +1 bead is called the Sumeru and it is not supposed to be crossed while chanting mantra. You can use your Mala to wear on your body for protection, blessings, good fortune, health and well-being, and for spiritual evolution. Many people wear the Guru bead at the top of the Mala behind the neck to represent the Divine or the Guru as the highest state of Awareness. As well, you can use the Mala as it is traditionally used for meditation and Japa (chanting mantra repetitively). When using your Mala for Japa purposes, we hold the Mala with our right hand only, and we can use our thumb, ring finger and middle finger to move from one bead to the next as though we are ‘guiding’ the beads towards us,the index and little finger are considered as inauspicious for touching the Mala when used for Japa purposes.) Most Rudraksha Malas- unless specifically made otherwise- use 5-faced or 5 Mukhi Rudraksha beads, which represent Shiva or the Absolute. It has many benefits and properties. The 5 Face Rudraksha Mala is great for one’s health. It is also said to gain fame, peace and prosperity, dissolves karma and fear. It is also used for Spiritual Evolution.