It is said, that the national occupation of inhabitants of Tibet is prayer. This praying wheel is found mostly in all Buddhist temples and monasteries. It is also known as khorten or chos-kor. It is the pilgrim’s best companion. It has a hollow cylindrical wheel penetrated along an axis on a spindle and has mantras or prayers engraved on it. These prayers are said to be Buddha’s first teachings. This wheel is rotated in the same direction as the sun (clockwise direction). Each turn that it takes is equivalent to chanting of a prayer. As the wheel rotates, it means that the recitation of mantra is also in continuation with the rotation. It is generally placed at the outer walls of the sanctuaries so that the person has space to walk along it. When the wheel is set in motion, it produces a gentle ticking sound in pace with the walker’s rhythm.
This is a sea green and red colored, divinely patterned wheel and prayers embossed with golden color. It has a beautifully architectured black colored wooden frame.
There is a belief that even if an insect touches the wheel, it will purify its negative karma. Mantras on the prayer wheel are used to accumulate wisdom, truth, peace and purify negativities.