Giant Prayer Wheel – Bhutan

Prayers wheels are cylindrical wheels containing scrolls that are repeatedly inscribed with mantras.   By turning the prayer wheels clockwise,  it is believed that the mantras inside are activated and released. The mantras are said to purify negativity, generate compassion, remove barriers to enlightenment and bring benefit to all sentient beings.

Buddhists believe that mindfully spinning a prayer wheel produces the same benefits and merits as orally reciting the number of mantras inside the prayer wheel. The more revolution one makes the greater the merits.