Prayer Wheel

© Nilesh J. Bhange

Prayer Wheel

Uploaded: April 02, 2010

Description

Photograph taken at a Monastery in Gangtok,India.
A prayer wheel is a cylindrical 'wheel' on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or even coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit externally on the wheel. Also sometimes depicted are Dakinis, Protectors and very often the 8 auspicious symbols Ashtamangala. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers. It is said that prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit or good karma and to purify nativities such as bad karma.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/15 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 55.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL

Comments

Carol Flisak level-addict April 03, 2010

I like the perspective and colors. Thanks for sharing the details. I've traveled to Tibet and Nepal and seen many prayer wheels, and your photo fondly took me back there! Thanks! #1255029

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