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Wheels of Faith

275.Wheels Of Faith
Photo By: Digital Monk
Posted Date: 23rd September

The Swayambhunath (also called the Monkey Temple) is a Buddhist Stupa nestled high atop a hill in the Western part of the Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath Stupa is a golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill. It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu Valley.The area surrounding the stupa is filled with chaityas, temples, painted images of deities and numerous other religious objects. Most striking are the religious Tibetian Prayer Wheels surrouding the Stupa.

It’s a belief that spinning such a wheel will have much the same effect as orally reciting the prayers. The rules surrounding the prayer wheels are very specific (although occasionally vary according to tradition). The practitioner must spin the wheel clockwise. This was determined because this is the direction the mantras are written.

This photograph depicts a Nepali girl spinning prayer wheels at Swayambhunath stupa. The intricate writings in these wheels are simply beautiful and speak of the rich history of this place.

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