This traditional mane, commonly known as prayer wheel, is elaborately engraved with astamangala. The cylinder wheel, made of brass, is attached to wooden handle that allows devotes to rotate the wheel with the help of chain attached with metal ball at the end. This is a meditation tool that multiplies the mantras to be released hundreds of time in one spin.
The mane is 11.5″ long.
What is mane?
Mane is a prayer wheel used to release mantras thousands of time through the scroll of paper rolled inside the cylinder. The wheel is on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, or leather. A typical six syllable mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written around the wheel and the paper scroll inside. It is also used as meditation tool that help prayers focus while spinning the wheel. It is an example of buddhist technologies to multiply the number of prayers they expressed by millions..
What is Astamangala? It is a group of eight (asta) auspicious (mangal) symbols known in Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Each symbol has meaning and different value from spiritual viewpoint. Conch represents the pervasive sound of dharma (truth) and said to awaken disciples from the sleep of ignorance to seek for truth and welfare. Endless Knot represents the ultimate unity symbolizing enlightenment through union of compassion and wisdom. Lotus symbolizes divine beauty and purity of body, speech, and mind regardless of muddy water. Vase represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, and wisdom as true treasures of life.