An extremely popular deity in the Mahayana Buddhist pantheon, Manjushri is profoundly revered by most Buddhists. He completely embodies prajna, ‘transcendent wisdom”’or divine knowledge.
Here, Manjushri sits upon a lotus and moon disk, raising his flaming sword of wisdom to cut through ignorance while clutching the stem of a lotus flower visible above his left shoulder. Upon the lotus is a volume of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. He is also surrounded by his prayer of praise and invocation, ‘Gangi Lodro’, in Tibetan script, which is followed by his powerful mantra oṃ arapacana dhīḥ said to enhance wisdom and one’s powers of elocution.
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 10 multicoloured flags. Each flag measures 15x20cm. Complete length, including string is ~1.9 metres.