Colors in the Prayer Flag
These five colors of Tibetan prayer flags also stand for the five main directions, north, south, east, west and center and also for the five wisdoms in Buddhism which are compassion, wisdom of sight, harmony, kindness and perfect wisdom.
Each color in the flag symbolizes an element
- Blue flags symbolizes SKY
It signifies purity or healing. It is believed that when meditating on this color, anger can be turned to wisdom.
- White flags symbolizes AIR
If meditated upon, white can cut the delusion of ignorance and turn it into the wisdom of reality.
- Red Flag symbolizes of FIRE
In canonical texts, in Buddhism, out of the four ‘great’ elements, fire represents heat or energy, both internal and external.
- Green symbolizes NATURE
Water represents liquidity of motion. Some say meditating on this color can help one get rid of jealousy.
- Yellow symbolizes EARTH
Yellow represents solid elements. Internal earth elements would be bone, sinew, teeth and skin.
The meaning of ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’
- Om means “The sacred syllable”
- Mani means “Jewel”
- Padme means “Lotus”
- Hum means “Spirit of enlightenment”
Reciting the mantra during meditation, can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed and aggression.
When to put up the Tibetan Prayer flags
- 10th and 22nd of the first, fifth and ninth months
- 7th and 19th of the second, sixth and tenth months
- 4th and 16th of the third, seventh and eleventh months>
- 1st and 13th of the fourth, eighth and twelfth months
Some believe that if the flags are hung on inauspicious astrological dates, they may bring negative results for as long as they are flying. The best time to put up new prayer flags is in the morning on sunny, windy days.
Old prayer flags are replaced with new ones annually on the Tibetan New Year.
How and where are the Buddhist Tibetan Prayer Flags made
Each prayer flag is hand inked and hand printed. These flags are handmade primarily from cotton, a few variations in velvet and Satin, by local artisans in himalayan region of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Where to hang the Tibetan Prayer Flags
According to traditional belief, because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. Keeping flags on the ground is considered disrespectful. Old prayer flags should be burned.
Always hang them at a height, the frame of the doorway is considered one of the right places. Few people also hang these prayer flags on bikes (mostly Royal Enfield), cars, garden outdoors, offices etc.
Fading color of the flags is considered auspicious as it is told that the breeze carries the prayers.
Other names of Tibetan Prayer Flags
The Tibetan prayer flags are also known by the names such as Ladakh Flags, Leh ladakh Flags, Bike prayer flags, Car prayer flags, Nepal flags, Himalayan flags, mandala flags, lung ta flags, Darchog flags and many more…
- Length of the Roll : 975 cms
- No. of Flags/Roll : 25 Flags
- Size of Each Flag : 38 cms x 33 cms
- Weight/roll : 250 grams