Each flag depicts a popular Buddhist deity: Amitayus, Lord of Infinite Life, 4-armed Chenrezig, Lord of Infinite Compassion, Guru Rinpoche, Green Tara the Liberator, and Buddha Shakyamuni. Beneath Guru Rinpoche, Green Tara the Liberator, and Buddha Shakyamuni is their unique mantra in both Tibetan script and English phonetics. Beneath Amitayus is his mantra in Tibetan and a supplication translated into English. Beneath Chenrezig, in Tibetan, is his six-syllable mantra, Om Ma Ni Pad Mé Hum, and a prayer invoking his blessings of compassion.
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 5, or 10 multicoloured flags. Each flag measures 20x20cm. Complete length, including string is 1.4, or 2.4 meters.