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Japam Vidhi Clarification

From: Lakshmi Narayanan (
Date: Mon Oct 16 2000 - 10:32:17 PDT

Dear BHAgavathothamAs,

I have 2 questions:

1. I have been told by elders from day-1 that while doing Japam (gAyathri or
moola manthram or any other)
    that I should cover my hands that are counting with the Utthareeyam. Why is
it so?

2. Could we do japams using beaded mAlai (garland). Any specific rules about
using sandal wood bead mAlai.

rAmAnuja dAsan

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