Prayers

High on the mountains, top of the tents, outside a café, on the bikes and jeeps…. prayer flags fluttering in the wind is a very common sight in Ladakh. I don’t yet understand the significance of it completely. A local told us these are prayers being sent to God. Another said these are stories and teachings of Buddhism. Someone else said prayer flags tied up in the mountains are blessings for residents in nearby villages.

While we were high up in mountains soaking the sun and enjoying the cool breeze, the presence of prayer flags in our view added a special charm to the moment. Are the prayers traveling to gods and heavens above? Are the blessings enriching the lives of everyone nearby? Are the stories traveling far away to everyone?

The prayer flags kissing the sky somehow made me want to believe in a special someone up there listening to us… blessing and loving us.

 

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In the very brown landscape of Ladakh, monasteries, monks, prayers flags and Buddha statues bring in beautiful colors. I was fascinated with monasteries. The contrast between humble construction of monasteries and intricate Buddha statues is quite intriguing.

I have limited knowledge of history but it is said that Ladakh has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. In the long and interesting history of the region, Buddism seems to have left its mark more strongly than any other religion or culture. The monasteries and Buddha statues stand out in the landscape. The huge Buddha statues are visible from way up in the distance. The monasteries can be seen as tiny White-Grey dots high up in the mountains. The Buddha statues are elaborate and the monasteries simple.

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Moonlit road to Lamayuru and a starry sky

 

 

 

 

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