Browse By

The significance of Buddhist prayer flag and what it means

Once you go beyond the regular hills, you will see the real mountains and off course, the hills are not bad, its just the traveller in you will always ask to go beyond.

In out last travel to spiti valley, we saw the real mountains when we crossed Sangla and the real beauty of the valley has started to show its reflexes. The mountains are beautiful and no words cant describe but when it adores ornaments, it becomes magnificent and the ornaments here is, Prayer Flags!

Once back from the journey, I did some study on the significance of these flags and trust me, next time, they will have far more than importance than the colourful beauty it projects on your journey.

The prayer flag tradition has a long continuous history dating back to ancient
Tibet, China, Persia and India. The tradition has now reached the West and is
rapidly gaining popularity. The meanings behind prayer flag texts and symbols,
indeed behind the whole idea of prayer flags, are based on the most profound
concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho. “Dar” means to increase life,
fortune, health and wealth. “Cho” means all sentient beings. Prayer flags are
simple devices that, coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly
harmonize the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune
among all living beings.

The above is an excerpt from the article posted on, take out some time to about the prayer flag, its history and about the symbols by clicking – The Prayer Flag and you will never look at them in the same way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *