Literally, the meaning of Mauli is ‘Crown’. Mauli Pooja Thread is also known as ‘Kalava’. It is a cotton thread which is Hygiene in a yarn. This Kalawa thread is dyed in red and yellow combination. There is a specific way of tying Mauli thread. This holy thread is tied by spinning it seven times after or before the holy pooja ceremony has been accomplished. While tying the Mauli thread, a mantra is chanted, which as follows:
“Om yena baddho balee raajaa daana
vendro mahaa balah tenatvaa mabhibadhnaami,
rakshe maachala maachala”.
That means “I am tying this mauli holy thread on your hand this a symbol of Protection (Rakshana), which is the most powerful and generous King Bali himself was bound, O Raksha Don’t go away.”