Here, Shakyamuni Buddha is featured at the center of the prayer flag, surrounded by symbols of royalty such as elephants, snowlions, nagas, offering goddesses, and a mighty garuda in his nimbus. Beneath the image is a supplication in Tibetan script, meaning:
Born into the Shakya clan, skilled in means and compassion,
Conquering the hosts of demons unable to harm you,
Your magnificent form resembles golden Mt. Meru;
King of the Shakyas, to you I bow down!
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 2.1 meters.