Prayer wheel- (Tibetan: mani khor lo) are widely used in Tibet and the entire Himalayan region where Tibetan culture is predominant.
The most common forms of these objects are hand held prayer wheels (Tibetan ma ni lak ´khor). It consists of a metal cylinder and a handle. The handle serves as an axis around which the cylinder revolves round it. The metal cylinder is set in motion by a small weight which is attached to it by a string or a thin chain. The cylinder contains a paper roll on which Buddhist texts are printed. The persons who use these instruments believe that by setting the prayer wheel in motion, prayer goes on automatically.
Apart from hand prayer wheels there are table top prayer wheels. People use the thumb and index finger to spin it clockwise. There are wall mounted prayer wheels also. Around Buddhist temples and monasteries, there are row of prayers wheels which are set in motion by pilgrims using their hands who circum-ambulate the building in a clockwise direction. Huge prayer wheels are also seen in separate rooms in Tibetan temples. They are called Mani Lhakhangs. Devotees pull a metal ring attached to the bottom of the large wheel. With the help of a small bell tied on the top, number of revolutions can be counted. In Tibet there are prayers wheels turned by the water currents. We carry regular hand held prayer wheels, table top prayer wheels and wall mounted prayer wheels. Their price ranges from $14.95 to $64.95