SphaTika-ghuTikA is the crystal bead necklace. In Sanskrit it is called ’aksha-mAlA’. This is the same as ‘akshara-mAlA’.
The akshharas are the alphabets. The 51 letters of the Sanskrit alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘kshha’ correspond each by each to the beads in the necklace; that is why it is called ‘akshara-mAlA’, also called ‘aksha-mAlA’.
Here I have to tell you a very important component of the ShAkta tradition and scriptures.