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BEFORE HANGING TIBETAN (LADHAKH) FLAGS 

THIS  SHOULD YOU KNOW

A Tibetan prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon. In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in Tibet.



‘OM MANI PADME HUM’VERY DEEP MEANING

  • OM              -  THE SACRED SYLLABLE
  • MA  NI         -   JEWEL   
  • PADME       -   LOTUS 
  • HUM           -    SPIRIT OF ENLIGHTENMENT


This mantra does not have one particular meaning. It’s a combination of values like compassion, ethics, patience, diligence, renunciation, and wisdom. It is said that if you recite the mantra during meditation, it can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed, and aggression. 

 

 THE FLAGS DON'T CARRY MANTRAS TO THE GODS


This is a common misconception: rather, the mantras printed on the flags are carried on the wind and believed to spread goodwill and positive energy wherever they go.

 THERE'S MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF FLAG


While the square-shaped horizontally strung prayer flags are arguably the most common, they aren't the only variety of Tibetan prayer the flag you'll see being used at sacred sites and on significant calendar dates. Those flags are called lung dar prayer flags. Flags that fly vertically, which are less common, are known as dar Cho or dar Chen flags.

 GOOD INTENTIONS ARE IMPORTANT


You don't have to be a Buddhist to hang prayer flags, but there is a right way to hang them. While stringing your flags up wherever you choose to display them, it's important to keep good, selfless motivations in mind, in keeping with the flags' ultimate purpose, which is spreading positivity far and wide.

THEY'RE STEEPED IN BUDDHIST TRADITION


According to Buddhist legend, the first prayer flags were used by Gautama Buddha, on whose teachings Buddhism is founded. Devas, which in Buddhism are a type of god-like, non-human entity, would carry flags with Gautama Buddha's prayers written on them into battle with asuras, which are a type of demi-god.

 


  • Tibetan prayer flags are bright and beautiful, but their colors aren't just for show. Each hue signifies an element — and the flags are always arranged in a specific order, from left to right: blue, white, red, green, yellow. Blue represents the sky, white represents the air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. All five colors together signify balance.

 

The annual Saga Dawa Festival, which takes place in Tibet, is the most important religious festivals in the country. The festival is celebrated to commemorate when Sakyamuni (Buddha) attained enlightenment and is typically observed by visiting temples, lighting lanterns and practicing kindness and generosity. One of the most significant events of Saga Dawa is the replacing of the Tarboche Flagpole, a famous flagpole draped in Tibetan prayer flags that stand on the sacred mountain of Kailash. Here, five important facts about those important flags


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