How to Cleanse Your Mala

How to Cleanse Your Mala

Your mala beads are believed to protect, guide, and serve you as a constant reminder of the divinity that is within you. Activating your mala is a beautiful way to connect the beads to your energy and intention. Below is an example of a small ceremony you can perform to set the intention and energy for your new mala beads.


Create a quiet space and find in a comfortable seated posture. Light a candle or your favorite incense. If you wish to wash your mala first, you can do so in pure water with flowers. Close your eyes and start to lengthen your breath. Breathe. With a clear and calm mind state your intention to the beads, moving each bead through your fingers. (Note: We recommend avoiding the use of your pointer finger, as it represents ego.)

Visualize yourself finding peace of mind and inner calmness. A traditional mantra for activating and sealing in the energy in your new rudraksha mala is “Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Om.” Chant this mantra at least three times. Sit for at least five minutes to seal the energetic bond.


Once you have activated your mala beads, you may want to cleanse and clean them from time to time. The beads are believed to absorb and store energy, therefore depending on your preference, you may wish to cleanse your mala beads from time to time. We recommend that you do not lend or share your malas with others as not to transfer any energy. If this does happen, you may wish to cleanse your mala. There are a few different ways you can choose to do this—here are some of our favorite ways to cleanse ours:

  • Placing your mala in the sunlight or moonlight.
  • Burning white sage over your mala.
  • Placing your mala in a singing bowl and ringing the edges or tapping the side to bring sound to the bowl.