Tulsi mala is one of the most preferred malas, considered as an ornament as well as a japamala. When used as a japamala, it has 108 beads plus one. The 108 beads refer to chanting 108 names of a deity or chanting a mantra 108 times.
We all know that Tulsi is dear to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Garuda Purana mentions that Lord Vishnu stays with the person who wears Tulsi beads. It also mentions that the benefits accrued by wearing it are a million times more than those earned by wearing Devta puja, Pitra Puja or other punya karmas. It also gives protection from bad dreams, fear, accidents and weapons. And representatives of the Lord of death, Yamaraja, stay far from that person. It also protects one from ghosts and black magic.
s soon as you wear the tulsi mala, around your neck or around your wrist, you feel protected and focussed. It actually goes a long way in helping you deal with the stress of modern life. If time permits, you can simply chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Some people believe that this mere chant is enough for salvation in this dark age called Kali Yuga, but even this seems a difficult task for people to do, such is the manifestation of this age.