A prayer wheel is a sacred or spiritual tool in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that the followers use to carry out their devotional practices. It is shaped like a cylindrical wheel mounted on a handle or axis. Inside the wheel, inscriptions of mantras or sacred syllables are found on a paper tightly bound to it. The most common mantra inscribed is “Om Mani Padme Hum”. This mantra is associated with Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion.
It is believed that by spinning the prayer wheel clockwise, the person gets unlimited spiritual credit which helps him in advancing in his spiritual journey to achieve liberation. Sacred mantras are very powerful and have the potency of purifying the mind and senses of the reciter. Spinning the wheel is equivalent to reciting the prayers or mantras inscribed on it and thus purifying the surrounding environment as well. The spinning movement symbolizes the vicious cycle of repeated birth and death in this material world. Thus it enlightens the conditioned souls to recognize their true nature and to be liberated from this Bhavachakra.
Exotic India is delighted to feature this mesmerizing collection of prayer wheels from the holy land of Nepal where thousands and lakhs of people sincerely practice Tibetan Buddhism. These Buddhist wheels are made of different durable materials such as copper and brass. Their natural brilliant luster creates a sense of warmth and evokes divine feelings in people’s hearts. Made by highly skilled artists with utmost care and devotion, these masterpieces are beautifully decorated with colorful stone inlay, a parasol in the shape of Dharmachakra, or a wooden temple structure. These superb details add grace to their aesthetic appeal. The sonorous sound of these wheels is sure to soothe your consciousness, filling it with transcendental emotions. The intricate carvings and traditional engravings feature elaborate artistic elements and thus are perfect for your home decor as well.
Q. What is the significance of prayer wheels in Buddhism?
Prayer wheels hold great significance in the Buddhist tradition. Spiritualists spin the wheel clockwise as it is considered to purify one’s existence, balance their negative karma, and offer them spiritual merit. Spinning the wheel is equivalent to reciting the mantra or prayer written inside it. Furthermore, it radiates waves of positive energy into the surrounding environment.
Q. How do I display a prayer wheel in my home?
Since a prayer wheel is a sacred tool for spiritual practice, it should be preferably displayed on your altar or meditation area. While there are no hard and fast rules to display it, keep it in a clean and respectable place. Avoid keeping it on the ground or in inappropriate places such as the bathroom.
Q. Can non-Buddhists use prayer wheels?
Yes, prayer wheels are not only meant for Buddhist practitioners but also work for non-Buddhists. Its cultural and spiritual benefits are the same for everyone. They can be appreciated for their aesthetic appeal and spiritual potency in promoting mindfulness.
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