This is a Buddhist prayer mala or beads made of Sandalwood used when reciting sacred mantras during meditation or prayer. It’s also known as the Buddhist rosary. The objective of using Buddhist prayer mala beads is to ward off evil spirits and fill yourself and all beings in the world with bliss and peace, joy and happiness, serenity and kindness – all sources of deep blessings in life.
Buddhist prayer beads are used by moving it through your fingers beginning at the first bead after the Guru bead. Each time you recite one compete mantra you then cross to the next bead. Once you have gone one round across the Mala and reach the Guru bead you reverse the direction. Most people hold the belief that you do not cross over the Guru bead as a sign of respect or a good attitude of mind towards a spiritual teacher.
Keep the Buddhist mala off of the ground, as is true with all sacred objects, including books and other ritual instruments of spiritual practice. If the Mala falls on the ground, touch to the crown of your head while reciting, Om Ah Hum, three times. The mala should not be worn while bathing or allowed to get wet, as this may weaken the cording which the Malas are strung with. It would be wise to remove your Buddhist mala before retiring at night or while sleepings, as stress can be exerted on the cording which may cause it to break.