Prayer Wheel Workshop

A Ubiquitous Buddhist Symbol in Nepal

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$30.00 per guest
Hosted by Rajesh Maharjan

Highlights

  • Create the perfect personalized gift for yourself, for friends or family back home
  • Take home a completely unique souvenir that no one else will have
  • Opportunity to learn from a professional prayer wheel craftsman
  • Enjoy the ambience of the workshop which is located in the hosts humble home

Inclusive of:

  • English speaking guide
  • All tools and materials

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
5 Out of 5
8 Reviews
Dream Traveller
5
10 Apr, 2018

Developed a new appreciation for the work that goes into making a Prayer Wheel. An inspiring artist who is very passiona...

Martina Phillips United States
5
4 Sep, 2017

This was a great workshop! Rajesh and his family are very nice and I enjoyed meeting them. We spent a day together makin...

$US 30.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 3 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Prayer wheels are central to Tibetan Buddhism. These prayer wheels have prayers/chants written on them that devotees believe is chanted with every rotation. Prayer wheels generally line the outskirts of religious sites where pilgrims and devotees walk around the site rotating these wheels as they make their rounds. There is however a portable version of the prayer wheel as well, which one can rotate in one's hand with relative ease. And it is this portable prayer wheel that you will be making for this course. Based on the size of the prayer wheel that you want to make you will first have to mark the metal sheet which will then have to be cut with a pair of heavy duty scissors. Once you have the sheet ready it has be moulded into a circular shape. With the base of the prayer wheel ready, next up is getting the pre-shaped text (the prayers) into shape to fit on the metal base. The next step involves using high pressure flames to mould the metal and put the pieces in place (only the host will handle the high pressure flames for safety reasons). The last step for this course is preparing the handle on which the prayer wheel will be mounted. Once this is done then all you have to do is fix the prayer wheel to the handle and there you have it, your own portable prayer wheel! ;) Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

Additional Information:

  • - Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • -Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.
  • - The process can be quite difficult so note the host is always there to help you
  • - As there is a fari degree of metal work involved, we would ask you to take note of your personal safety
  • - The activity is conducted sitting on the floor so please wear appropriate clothing

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Rajesh Maharjan

Rajesh is from a long chain of metal carvers. He has been working in this field for more than 25 years. He learnt this skill from his father and mother. He is very passionate about his work and wants to be very suc...

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8 reviews from people who took this experience

Dream Traveller
5
10 Apr, 2018

Developed a new appreciation for the work that goes into making a Prayer Wheel. An inspiring artist who is very passionate and proud of the product that he produces. Came away with a very professional product at the end and really liked the fact that the artist receives a large portion of the fee pa... Read more

Martina Phillips United States
5
4 Sep, 2017

This was a great workshop! Rajesh and his family are very nice and I enjoyed meeting them. We spent a day together making prayer wheels which turned out great! I have a new appreciation for Nepalese crafts. It is all made from scratch down to simple wire and pieces of metal. The translator was nice ... Read more

Kristen W
5
24 Aug, 2017

During my 5 months stay in Kathmandu, I went to 4 different workshops from Backstreet Academy. I did the lantern making, prayer wheel, mask carving and the Nepali hat workshop. They were all very interesting and they were equally amazing. To come home to the different hosts was a big part of this f... Read more

US$ 30.00 per guest
8 Reviews