Travel Photo of the Week – vol. 16

31 March 2012 | By Pawel

Topics: Photography


Traditional Buddhist prayer wheels or Mani wheels are different-size cylinders placed on a spindle, usually engraved with religious texts (mantras). According to those texts, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativity (bad karma). The believer usually spins the wheel clockwise, repetitively saying prayers, either aloud or only in thoughts.

Surprisingly, different types of prayer wheels can be powered not only by muscle strength but also by water, fire, wind or electrical energy… however, the most astonishing discovery for me was that there are even digital prayer wheels, Internet-operated ones (user can watch the wheel via a webcam) and not to mention special applications for iPhone!

buddhist prayer wheel

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