Akshamala, is a garland of beads, made of pearls, boners, dried seeds, berries, and sometimes of skulls. It is the attribute of many gods and deities in Hinduism. In general, an Akshamala is composed of fifty beads, corresponding to the characters of Sanskrit alphabet. In some cases, it may consist of 81 or 108 beads; both are occult and significant numbers in Hinduism. Wikipedia: Akshamala The simplest versions have 9 + 1 beads and are made of sacred thread. Akshamala was the name of Arundhati as wife of Vasishtha in his second birth.