Before the Chinese occupation, Tibet used to be a flourishing centre of Buddhist culture, some of which is still extant in the surrounding regions of Nepal, Bhutan and the Indian states in the Himalayas. Buddhism as a religion is very practical and there are dozens of Tibetan Buddhist artifacts and methods which aims to do away with man’s earthly entanglements while promoting meditation and spiritual healing.

some of the most popular Buddhist handicraft items which have a lot to do with the promotion of the wellbeing of the mind and body.

Buddhist Prayer Wheels

The prayer wheel of the Buddhists are inscribed with certain chants or mantras and spinning the wheels around is supposed to be equivalent with chanting the mantras. The small hand prayer wheels which can be easily found in most of the Himalayan states in India are generally inscribed with the mantra ‘Om Manu Padme Hum’. At times you will also find representations of Protectors, Dakinis and the Ashtamangala or the eight auspicious symbols. The ‘Tree of Life’ forms the core of the cylinder which is usually crafted out of metal or wood with a few mantras written on it. According to the Tibetan Buddhists, spinning the prayer wheel is as effective for spiritual wellbeing as orally chanting the mantras.

The Mani wheel is the hand prayer wheels you get to see in most monasteries. They consist of a cylindrical body with a sheet metal with embossments which is mounted on a metal pin. It is believed that spinning the Mani wheels not only radiates positive energy but also allows the practitioner to acquire spiritual wisdom. According to Rinpoche Lama Zopa, just a few turns of the wheel is going to purify your soul while imbibing you with unbelievable merit.

The Tibetan Bell and Dorje

 The Tibetan Dorje and bell are almost synonymous with the practices in Vajrayana Tantric Buddhism. These are some of the most powerful ritual symbols of Buddhism which is owned by most practitioners or would be practitioners of the religion. The bell which is attached to the Dorje or the vajra symbolizes endless Buddhist concepts. The bell is said to symbolize the feminine side of the divine while the vajra represents the unbridled masculine energy. The combination of these two aspects is supposed to bring about enlightenment. At the deepest level, the bell and the Dorje held together represent the compassion and wisdom of all the sutras of importance.

Prayer Flags

The Tibetans prayer flags are small coloured cotton squares on which the prayers and images are block printed. Rather than a tool for carrying the prayers to the divine, the prayer flags are believed to disseminate the prayers through the blowing of the wind. Each colour of the flag represents a certain element. Red stands for fire, green for water, white for air, yellow for earth and blue for wind. Receiving a prayer flag as a gift is considered to be a lucky omen so make sure to ask a friend on his way to the Himalayas to get one for you.

Tibetan Singing Bowls

The Tibetan singing bowls are basically a kind of a vertical bell which has been used for centuries in Tibet for meditation and spiritual healing. The singing bowls also known as rin gongs, suzu gongs or Himalayan bowls are known to produce a range of harmonic sounds which are said to restore the regular vibratory frequencies of an ailing person. These days the Tibetan singing bowls are popular all over the world and are mainly used for decorative purposes or for meditation, relaxation and spiritual wellbeing.

Phurba

The Phurba dagger is a typical Tibetan Buddhism ritual instrument which is often called the ‘magic dagger’. This three-pronged dagger is said to have drawn its inspiration from an ancient Indian tool which was used for pinning down the sacrifices. Generally made out of copper, brass, stone or wood the Phurba comes with intricate carvings on the top. The Phurba is said to give one stability and foster positive energy by the destruction of the demon. The Phurba is used in a large number of Buddhist ceremonies and is an essential component of the Tibetan masked dances. Traditionally used for defeating the demon, Phurba is one of the most popular Tibetan artefacts you will find in the Himalayas.

Tibetan Tables

The Tibetan tables feature some of the most exquisite examples of woodwork combined with beautiful Thangka paintings. Although meant as an altar table for placing the prayer items, these days many people from around the world like to keep one in the house for decorative purpose.  The Tibetan tables and cabinets come with an antique look and colourful representations of typical Tibetan symbols like dragons.

 Tingsha Bells

They are basically small cymbal like instruments which are used during prayers by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The enchanting sound which is produced when the two bells are clapped together is often used during meditation for cleaning the surrounding environment.

Thangka Paintings

The Thangka paintings are typical Tibetan Buddhist paintings made on cotton which generally depicts a mandala or a deity of the Buddha. They are valued not just for their aesthetic appeal but also for their use in spiritual practices. These painting which form a part of any meditation class are meant to enhance the concentration of the practitioners and forge a link between the human soul and the divine.

Incense and Incense Boxes

Burning of incense is an age old practice not just in Buddhism but in many other religions like Hinduism or Catholicism. Burning incense is supposed to purify the space no matter if it’s a temple, a monastery, a meditation room or even your bedroom. The pleasant fragrance of the incense sticks are also known to elevate your mood. In Buddhism three incense sticks burnt together stands for 3 essential concepts- the Dharma, the Buddha and the Sangha.

You need to get one of those beautiful wood incense boxes with lattice work to keep the fragrance of your incense intact. The Tibetan incense boxes also makes for an excellent gift for your loved ones.

Wrapping it Up

Tibetan Buddhism with all its philosophy, literature, art and poetry was quick to cross the Himalayas and make its way to India. The Bhotia are an ethnic group in Uttarakhand who still practice a blend of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. Uttarakhand is home to a number of monasteries and it goes without saying that one can easily find a vast collection of Buddhist handicrafts in many parts of the state.

 

Tibetan Buddhist Hanging single Prayer Wheel

Tibetan buddhist hanging single Prayer wheel

Rs. 550.00

Beautiful hanging fibre Tibetan single Prayer wheel in wooden frame with Holy Mantra written on it.This praying wheel is made of fibre and the frame is made of wood.The Tibetan prayer wheel has holy mantras (Om Mani Padme Hum) and other Buddhist symbols inscribed on...
Tibetan Phurba with Aesthetically carved stand-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Tibetan Phurba with Aesthetically carved stand

On Sale Rs. 3,475.00 Regular price Rs. 3,750.00

The Phurba is triple sided Tibetan buddhist ritual dagger or stake.  This beautiful Phurba is designed by local Tibetan artists. This has wonderful carving both on blade and handle as well which gives it a fabulous look and is perfect for any kinds of ritual ceremony.This...
Very fine crafted Tibetan Om bell-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Very fine crafted Tibetan Om bell

On Sale Rs. 2,695.00 Regular price Rs. 3,650.00

This very fine hand crafted four spoke buddhist Om Monk bell in pure bronze is remarkable for the intricate detailing in the base and the stem. The stem is brass made and coloured in golden and silver to perfectly complement the base of the bell. Uttarakhand...
Tibetan Tingsha Meditational Cymbal with Eight Auspicous Symbols-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Tibetan Tingsha Meditational Cymbal with Eight Auspicous Symbols

On Sale Rs. 975.00 Regular price Rs. 1,150.00

Tinghsha are hand cymbals made with bronze traditionally used in Tibetan or Buddhist ceremonies. They produce a distinct tone that clears the mind to help meditation. These cymbals feature the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism. Tibetan Tingsha The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand which is home...
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Handcrafted Tibetan Buddhist wall hanging Om Feng Shui Vastu bell

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This gorgeous  handcrafted wall hanging Tibetan Om bell is not just used in Tibetan Buddhism but also in Feng-shui and Vastu. The bell which is made out of  bronze also comes with a beautifully carved brass wall mounting.It has got intricate traditional Tibetan Buddhist carving...

Hand crafted Tibetan Buddhist Om Prayer bell -Big

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Authentic hand crafted traditional Tibetan buddhist Om prayer bell made by traditional Tibetan artisans, with aesthetically carved handle. As per Feng-Shui ringing Om bell creates positive vibration and removes any negative ones from the surrounding.The prayer bell is made of pure bronze with brass carved...
Handcrafted Himalayan Brass horse bells (set of 4 Pieces)-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Handcrafted Himalayan Brass horse bells - set of four Pieces

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Handcrafted traditional Himalayan Uttarakhandi /Tibetan Brass horse bell.These bells are in a set of 4. The horse bells, popularly known as Ghungru in India, are manufactured in Uttarakhand and have a slightly different make and bigger size than those used by dancers across the country. These...
Very fine crafted Tibetan Om bell-black coating-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Very fine crafted Tibetan Om bell-black coating

On Sale Rs. 2,695.00 Regular price Rs. 3,650.00

Beautiful very fine hand crafted traditional Tibetan Om bell in black coating. As per Feng-Shui ringing Om bell creates positive vibration and removes any negative ones from the surrounding.The bell is made of Brass and Bronze having black coating and handle is in golden and...
Hand-crafted-Tibetan-buddhist-Dorje

Hand crafted Tibetan Dorje

On Sale Rs. 475.00 Regular price Rs. 650.00

This beautiful hand crafted four spoke Tibetan buddhist Dorje made of brass and bronze can be a very nice souvenir to take away from the Himalayas. Uttarakhand has a considerable Buddhist population and here you can always find a plethora of Buddhist handicrafts and tools...

Tibetan Buddhist Auspicious Symbols Wall Hanging

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Budhist Thangka silk brocade Wall hanging banner made by local Tibetan artisan from Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.The eight depicted auspicious symbols are 1. Wheel of Dharma 2. Eternal knot 3. Parasol 4. Conch shell 5. Eight petal lotus 6. Twin Golden fish 7. Victory Banner...

Tibetan Wind Chimes Infinite Knot (Brass)

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Tibetan hand made Wind Chimes in Infinite Knot design. This beautiful craft piece is made with brass metal. Infinite Knot is an important and auspicious  symbol in Tibetan culture, which signifies the interweaving of spiritual path. It has no starting point and it doesn’t end,...
Tibetan handmade wooden prayer wheel-Tibetan Craft-Samaun- The Himalayan Treasure

Tibetan handmade buddhist wooden prayer wheel

Rs. 650.00

Handcrafted single wooden Tibetan prayer wheel with holy mantra Om Mani Padme Hum  inscribed on it.The auspicious beautiful souvenir gift from Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. The Tibetan prayer wheel has holy mantras and other Buddhist symbols inscribed on it. When turned clockwise, it is believed to...

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