The Windhorse, or Lung-Ta (དར་ལྕོག), is a mythical Tibetan creature associated with positive energy. It symbolizes the outer manifestation of the wind element as well as the corresponding inner manifestation of our physical breath. Printed on the flag in Tibetan script are the mantras of the most popular main deities in Tibetan Buddhism─Vajrapani, Chenrezig, Guru Rinpoche, the Mantra of Causation, etc. including a prayer requesting their blessings to increase our lifespan, excellent fortune, and protection from all harm. Guarding each corner of the flag are the four great animals (Four Dignities): garuda (wisdom), dragon (gentle power), tiger (confidence) and snow lion (fearless joy). Guarding the four corners, instead of the images depicting the four great animals (Four Dignities), their term is written clockwise in Tibetan script: “kyung” for Garuda, “druk” for Dragon, “tak” for Tiger and “seng” for Lion.
It is said that when prayer flags flap in the wind, the spiritual powers of the sacred images and scriptures are carried by the wind to balance the elements, and engender enrichment and supportive opportunities. Hanging prayer flags is considered an act of merit that increases positive opportunities.
Each of the five alternating colours of the flags represent a primary element: sky (blue), air (white), fire (red), water (green), and earth (yellow). Together in the right order, a balance of these elements is achieved.
Generally speaking, Mondays and Fridays are the most effective days to hang your prayer flags. Ideally, the flags should be hung in the morning. When the flags are faded and ready to be replaced, customarily they are carefully taken down and burned or otherwise respectfully disposed of. For a joyful start to the New Year, Tibetan “Losar” (New Year) is considered the most auspicious time to replace faded or tattered prayer flags.
Set of 25 multicoloured flags. Each flag measures 33x33cm. Complete length, including string is 8.5 meters.