Mani stones

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 29 2020

Tags: , , , ,

Category: Asia, India

Leave a comment

Focal Length:16.49mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

You find them near temples and monasteries, along paths and mountain passes, in the middle of nowhere. Piled up by pilgrims they form mounts or long walls that mark the landscape of the Tibetan cultural region.

Texts are skillfully cut in relief on the stones. Often it’s the mantra « om mani padme hum » signifying the union of method and wisdom as the path to purity.

Millions of mani stones have been cut and left behind as offerings to the sacred land of Tibet. I regard them as lasting signs of the union of nature and culture.

Photo of the week: Thiksey, Ladakh, India 2019