HIMALAYAN SYMBOLS

Ladakh  ( numerous blogs from FEB/MARCH 2016 will reveal more) is an unusual and Wondrous Region in the lap of The Himalayas in Jammu & Kashmir, India.

However here I am focusing on one Symbol in particular which you will see strike you between your eyes repeatedly in Buddhist Ladakh.

This was hand painted on the Wall of the Dining Room of a Hotel in Leh, Ladakh.

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Symbols from Nature around a Chakra

The “Dharam Chakra” is seen again on a Curtain in the Hemis Monastery  ( see earlier blogs on the Monastery) in the main courtyard. Do notice the Wheel or Chakra always has Eight Spokes.

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In Black & White

The featured image is a zoom in of the top of the gate which welcomes you to the “3 Idiot School” ( do see an earlier blog on the school to know more)  in Shey, Ladakh. The Chakra is held  aloft between Two Mighty Dragons.

What do the symbols signify, what is the message they convey to you ?  Three pictures, three depictions , three different locations and three different materials, yet the Symbol is Constant.

A subsequent blog will reveal more symbols seen along with the spectacular terrain of Ladakh.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

16 thoughts on “HIMALAYAN SYMBOLS”

  1. A fascinating symbol. The top image definitely makes me think of water: the chakra resembles a ship’s helm, the two blue ribbons on either side of the wheel are reminiscent of flowing water, and the chairs is flanked by two fish. Perhaps it has something to do with finding one’s way in a chaotic world: similar to charting a course during ocean voyages. Or it could be more closely related to navigating the turbulent waters of the unconscious; since I have frequently seen water symbolize the unconscious.

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      1. these are symbols and I think one should have freedom to express as one wishes. Yet, these are in an an area where the majority are Buddhists and one Picture is from a Buddhist Monastery. I think they denote the Eight Truths ( eight spokes) which Lord Buddha preached in the cycle ( the wheel) of life and death.The centre denotes the balance of Yin and Yang.( male and female, good and bad etc )

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  2. Thank you for your blog. You combine, delightfully, a good eye and actually seeing the world around you with ideas, insight and information. After reading each post I could imagine following it with conversation.

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