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Wheel of Life @ Buddhist Temple, Manali

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 7 May 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The Tibetan Wheel of Life symbolizes the Buddhist perspective on life and contains within it numerous symbols of Buddhist themes and teachings.


The creature who turns the wheel of life and holds it in his clutches is Yama, a wrathful deity and the Lord of Death. Yama symbolizes the inevitability of death, samsara and the impermanence of all things. This does not lead to hopelessness, though, because outside of the wheel stands the Buddha, who points the way to liberation (symbolized by the moon).


The inner circle of the wheel contains symbols of the three root delusions: hatred (snake), ignorance (rooster), and greed (pig).


The ring around the center represents karma, with the figures on the left ascending to higher realms of existence because of virtuous actions, and the figures on the right descending to lower realms of existence because of evil or ignorant actions.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I have no Faith, but I enjoy understanding comparative religions. It's interesting to me that the 3 root delusions are what they are, other religions don't pick these, and very few put store into knowledge(or decry its opposite, ignorance) I like the idea of knowledge and enlightenment as being goals, they are ones that we could all have without denying our Faith, or life goals.

7 May 2011 6:17am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Interesting...

7 May 2011 9:09am

Thomas from Paris, France

I love all these colors. Thanks for sharing your culture!

7 May 2011 10:48am

fereshteh. from Iran

great composition!!!
I like it.

7 May 2011 12:25pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice colorful one. Very interesting.

7 May 2011 12:28pm

Andy Wong from Hong Kong, China

Nice colors!great shot!

7 May 2011 3:54pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

jolies couleurs ! peace !

7 May 2011 7:06pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Terrific! I love the colors... A hug, Adela

7 May 2011 7:50pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful colours and detail in this shot Sunder! Well done! ;-)

7 May 2011 10:27pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Another gorgeous work of art. I enjoy those bright colors.

8 May 2011 12:58am

Doug from Long Beach, United States

Everyone's complimenting the colors--but how can we not? They're marvelous!

8 May 2011 5:07am

Vibha Ravi from Mumbai, India

Had visited this breathtaking monastery in 2010 and wondered what the wheel symbolised - thanks for the explanation.

19 Nov 2012 8:33am