Bhutan - Prayer Wheel - Gangtey

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A prayer wheel is a 'wheel' on a spindle made from metal, wood, leather, or even coarse cotton. On the wheel are depicted or encapsulated prayers, mantras and symbols such as the Ashtamangala. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same effect as orally reciting the prayers.

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Taken on October 7, 2008