DharmaShop founder, Sander Cohen, helped design this 108 bead mala alongside of our artisans in Kathmandu. It's made with and incredible combination of naga shell beads, carnelian spacers, inlaid naga shell markers, and a bodhi seed guru bead. It features a set of bell and dorje Tibetan mala counters and is finished with a gold-plated brass Cheppu pendant. Sander actually sourced these amazing pendants on his last trip to Taiwan and brought them directly to our mala maker in Nepal, making this a truly exclusive DharmaShop design!
Cheppu, known as the mask of protection, can be seen at the main entrance of many stupas and homes as a protection from all dangers. The naga/conch shell represents the fame of the Buddha's teaching which spreads in all directions like the sound of the conch trumpet. It is a symbol which fearlessly proclaims the truth of the dharma.
Mala measures approximately 38 inches around. Naga and carnelian beads are 8mm, naga marker beads are 12mm. Cheppu pendant is about 1/2 inch tall and 3/4 inch wide.