5-Pointed White Metal Bell & Vajra Counter
Tibetan style counter used on malas/prayer beads to keep count of mantra recitation and accumulation.
In certain Vajrayana practices there is an emphasis on keeping count of one's accumulation of mantras or prayers. In these instances one may commit to accumulating 10,000 or 100,000 or even a million of a specific mantra. Hence mantra-counters have been developed.
These counters are often attached to a full-length mala at either the 21st or 27th bead on either side of the guru-bead. The counter with a vajra at the end is used to keep track of 100s, while the counter with a bell at the end is use for tracking the accumulation of 1000s.
- Brass mala counters with 9-pointed vajra & bell, ornamented with red & blue stones.