Buddhism has influenced the life and thinking of the people in Ladakh owing to its widespread presence in this region. The locals come across as irrepressibly happy, with a strong sense of self and remain connected to their land having developed a close bond with their natural surroundings. As a common practice lending an identity to the region one can find prayer flags and prayer wheels everywhere.
Originally written on cloth banners the Indian Sutras were shared with other regions across the world as prayer flags. ‘Lung–Ta’ the horizontal, rectangular prayer flag and ‘Darchor’ the vertical flag are the two different types that can be seen all over Ladakh. The belief is that if hung in high places the blessings depicted on the flag will be carried all over the region. When the wind touches these flags the air is sanctified and becomes pure, emanating good vibrations.
Prayer wheels are cylindrical bodies made from metal or wood, containing verses of spiritual text and mantras written in the bodhi script on circular parchments, which are then sheaved into the cylindrical body of the wheel. Each clockwise rotation of the prayer wheel is said to negate bad energy and add good karma to a person’s life.
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