Approach to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan

Like the prayer wheels, prayer flags are ubiquitous and iconic in Bhutan and are seen around monasteries, chortens (stupas), llakhangs (temples), on the railings of bridges, mountain passes as well as some homes.

Infused with religious and cultural significance, these flamboyant red, green, blue, yellow and white flags can also be seen dotting the Bhutanese landscapes and near the summit of some mountain peaks. These symbolic flags not only add colour to a place, they are often hung high for the wind to blow as much compassion and blessings to all .

The type of prayer flag in this picture is  Darchog – vertical prayer flags which are usually rectangular in shape and attached to poles along their vertical edge. They are mostly found huddled close together.

They are commonly planted in mountains landscapes and forests. Darchog are also symbolically related to the Dhvaja (Victory banner) in Hinduism as well.


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